Have say in fuel in­quiry

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Mem­ber for Euroa and Na­tion­als deputy leader Steph Ryan has urged fam­i­lies and busi­nesses across the elec­torate to make their voices heard in a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into re­gional fuel prices.

The in­quiry will work to pro­vide re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans with an­swers on how petrol prices are de­ter­mined in coun­try ar­eas.

Ms Ryan said lo­cal mo­torists felt they had been left in the dark.

‘‘For many re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans, pub­lic trans­port just isn’t an op­tion and pri­vate trans­port is their only re­li­able means of get­ting from A to B,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Many peo­ple have raised con­cerns with me about high fuel prices and the per­ceived dif­fer­ence be­tween county and city ar­eas.

‘‘Un­like other in­ves­ti­ga­tions into petrol prices, the spot­light will be on re­gional Vic­to­rian com­mu­ni­ties and what can be done to re­lieve the pres­sure high fuel prices add to the cost of living.’’

The in­quiry will com­pare the price of un­leaded, diesel and LPG fu­els in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties with met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas and other re­gional com­mu­ni­ties. It will also look at the im­pacts on coun­try fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and in­dus­try.

Shadow Con­sumer Af­fairs Min­is­ter Emma Kealy said in many coun­try ar­eas travel wasn’t as easy as get­ting on a tram or a pub­lic bus.

‘‘Fuel is just one of the ris­ing costs of living putting pres­sure on Vic­to­rian fam­i­lies and busi­nesses,’’ Ms Kealy said.

Sub­mis­sions can be made un­til Septem­ber 22, 2017 at http://www.par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au/ee­jsc/ar­ti­cle/3834 or emailed to ee­jsc@par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au

Hard copy sub­mis­sions should be posted to The Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Eco­nomic, Ed­u­ca­tion, Jobs and Skills Committee, Par­lia­ment House, Spring St, East Mel­bourne, VIC 3002.

For many re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans, pub­lic trans­port just isn’t an op­tion.

Steph Ryan

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