The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

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Premier says it’s time to con­sider ac­tion on prices

- DARYL PASS­MORE

PREMIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is look­ing at a fuel price in­quiry in a bid to ease bowser pain for mo­torists.

Bris­bane driv­ers now face the high­est petrol costs in the coun­try.

Ms Palaszczuk told The Sun­day Mail she will ask Cab­i­net to con­sider ac­tion to bring them down.

One op­tion is to fol­low their North­ern Ter­ri­tory coun­ter­parts who launched a fuel price sum­mit which has helped trans­form Dar­win from the most ex­pen­sive to the cheap­est city to fill up in less than 12 months.

Prices there have fallen by 21.5 a litre since the public in­ves­ti­ga­tion – div­ing more than three times faster than the rest of Aus­tralia.

And with Bris­bane now tak­ing over the un­wanted ti­tle as the coun­try’s pump price cap­i­tal, the Premier is ready to act to en­sure Queens­land con­sumers get a fair go.

“I’m well aware of the pres­sures fam­i­lies are fac­ing, in­clud­ing fuel prices. We know that the mar­ket de­ter­mines prices, but we still need to be sat­is­fied that those prices are fair and rea­son­able,’’ she said.

Re­cep­tion­ist Grace Ferrier, 20, who spends $100-plus a week com­mut­ing from her Sam­ford home to work in Moorooka, said: “Fuel takes a large amount out of my bud­get. I would like to see the Gov­ern­ment try to do some­thing to bring prices down.’’

Ms Palaszczuk said ac­tion on the is­sue could in­volve “a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry, or it could mean a fuel sum­mit sim­i­lar to that which oc­curred in NT”.

Yesterday, Bris­bane driv­ers were fork­ing out an av­er­age 142 a litre for un­leaded while Syd­ney ser­vos were charg­ing 133 , Dar­win 132 and Mel­bourne mo­torists were fill­ing up at just 117 . Gold Coast con­sumers were be­ing stung 143 , those in Townsville 144 , Rock­hamp­ton 145 and Cairns 148 .

Ge­off Trot­ter, gen­eral man­ager of price mon­i­tor­ing group FUEL­trac, said with ter­mi­nal gate prices at 112 yesterday, south­east Queens­land mo­torists should be pay­ing 126 based on tra­di­tional mar­gins.

Mr Trot­ter said the Dar­win ex­pe­ri­ence showed that gov­ern­ment scru­tiny and in­ter­ven­tion worked and Queens­land should fol­low suit.

“The North­ern Ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ment hauled the com­pa­nies in to a public hear­ing and read them the riot act,” he said. “Within a week, prices dropped 10 a litre, and they have kept fall­ing.’’

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EAT­ING INTO THE BUD­GET: Grace Ferrier fills up at the bowser in For­ti­tude Val­ley yesterday. Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston on
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