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AAA Welcomes ACCC Petrol Commissioner

17.2.2008

Australia’s peak motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association, today welcomed the Federal Government’s nomination of Western Australia’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Mr Pat Walker, as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s first Petrol Commissioner.

AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said there was a clear need for a greater focus on, and transparent monitoring of, Australian petrol prices and Mr Walker’s appointment would assist this.

“AAA and the motoring clubs have been monitoring and publishing petrol prices over the past decade to ensure Australian motorists are not being overcharged at the pump, and this announcement is beneficial,” Mr Harris said.

“The AAA motoring clubs – the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT – welcome the announcement by the Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, of Mr Walker’s appointment and we believe the scope of his brief will ensure motorists are paying a fair and reasonable cost for their fuel.

“We welcome the focus on diesel and LPG prices in the Petrol Commissioner’s brief – it is good to see the government recognises that effective and transparent price monitoring should be on fuels such as LPG and diesel and not just petrol alone.

“The extension of the review – to include diesel and LPG and to advise on whether the ACCC requires further powers concerning pricing of these fuels – is timely, particularly given a marked increase in the purchase of diesel-fuelled vehicles in recent years and consequent increase in diesel fuel sales.

“LPG and diesel fuels are more beneficial in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“We also commend the scope of Mr Walker’s brief, which includes looking at downstream costs such as the use, leasing and sharing of terminals for importing refined petrol.

“AAA and the motoring clubs, which represent more than 6.5 million members, are very keen to provide input to the various issues the commissioner will be addressing, and stand ready to assist the ACCC and Mr Walker in his important new consumer role.”

 

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