Canberra Petrol Prices Skyrocket for Long Weekend


The Australian Automobile Association has called on oil companies to justify charging Canberra motorists the highest capital city price for petrol at the start of the Canberra Day long weekend.


AAA Executive Director, Lauchlan McIntosh, said that a comparison of prices in the capitals today showed that Canberra motorists were being charged 10 cents per litre more that Adelaide motorists for unleaded petrol, 9 cents per litre more that Melbourne motorists and 6.3 cents more than Sydney motorists.


"The average price in Canberra for unleaded fuel today is between $1.07 and $1.09 cents per litre," Mr. McIntosh said. "Even Darwin, at $105.2 is cheaper than Canberra.


"It is impossible to accept that this sort of price difference is justified and it only adds weight to the view that profiteering may be taking place because of the long weekend.


AAA believes the ACCC should be demanding an urgent explanation from oil companies," Mr. McIntosh said.

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