MPs unite for cheap fuel
South West MPs have united in a push for fairer fuel prices in regional WA.
The campaign has included fullpage advertisements across several regional newspapers.
Bunbury MLA Don Punch and 11 members of Parliament representing the South West are hoping their letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see a review of the petrol price disparity.
“There is a continuing history of significant differences between the pricing of fuel in metropolitan Perth and Bunbury,” he said.
“I had spoken to a fuel company and could not get an answer as to why this might be the case and we collectively decided it was time to act on this.
“They need to be held accountable for why they are charging people in regional WA at a time when we are all doing it tough.”
When asked the reason behind the record price difference, FuelWatch manager Ben Derecki put it down to lower fuel sale volumes.
“Generally speaking, retailers in regional areas have lower fuel and shop sales volumes and relatively similar fixed costs compared to stations in the metropolitan area,” Mr Derecki said.
“This makes it difficult for retailers to offer greater discounts on each litre sold.
“Lower fuel sales volumes result in a slower turnover of fuel which in turn delays changes in the international benchmark to be reflected in local prices.”
Forrest MHR Forrest Nola Marino said she had spoken to ACCC chairman Rod Sims and was requesting a detailed inquiry regarding fuel prices in the South West.