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Liberals playing catch-up – again – this time on petrol pricing

  • Hodgman Government almost two years too late on petrol pricing fix
  • Liberals release a policy which doesn’t go far enough
  • Labor’s petrol pricing transparency initiative released 20 months ago

Almost two years after Labor released its policy to get Tasmanians a fairer deal at the petrol bowser, the Hodgman Liberal Government has finally decided to play catch-up.

Shadow Public Transport Minister Craig Farrell said the announcement by the Liberals today that fuel retailers will finally be required to display full rather than discounted prices on petrol price boards in May next year was disgracefully belated after Labor announced the move and a more wide-ranging policy in March 2016.

“Once again the Liberals are shamelessly following Labor’s lead but it beggars belief that this announcement is coming so late – this is something the government should have delivered already,” Mr Farrell said.

“The Liberal’s tardy announcement additionally only does half the job.

“Labor will establish a statutory role of Fuel Price Oversight Officer within the Department of State Growth with power to monitor and collect fuel price data from across Tasmania.

“New legislation will require retailers to display daily fuel prices in real time on the commission’s website which will enable motorists to quickly identify the cheapest fuel price in their area.

“Labor will also work to increase the number of independent operators in Tasmania which will deliver much needed competition to the Tasmanian market place and drive down fuel prices for Tasmanian motorists.”