LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians to research fuel rip-offs

I HAVE just been reading how Michelle Landry wants the ACCC to come to Rockhampton to investigate the petrol price rip-off that occurs here.

This is just another piece of wasted effort on the part of her and Bruce Young from Keppel.

If they actually wanted to do something about petrol prices they would take a bi-partisan approach with all other rural MPs in Queensland (at least) to present a case to the ACCC.

I was in Melbourne at the beginning of November and petrol was around $1.30 a litre then. In Townsville three weeks ago it was already down around the same price and diesel was cheaper than unleaded petrol. On both occasions when I returned to Rockhampton the prices were 15 to 20 cents a litre higher than these areas.

Every politician is given funds to cover such things as research so why not use some of this funding to collate some factual information? If a collective approach was used instead of a grandstand effort, the result may be worthwhile.

 

Alan Nicholson, Mount Chalmers



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