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Motorists reject Government's sneaky Tax grab

29.10.2014

The peak national body representing motoring consumers, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has rejected the Federal Government’s move to abandon the parliamentary process and introduce an increase in fuel as completely unjustified.

“This is a sneaky and tricky move to introduce an unfair and unjustified tax on ordinary motorists via the backdoor,” AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

“This government has shown contempt for the motoring public and also for the parliamentary process in this country,” he said.

“We need a guarantee that if this measure is not passed by the Senate that all unjustified taxes collected during this period will be refunded to the consumers who paid it,” Mr McKellar said.

“It is important the ACCC monitors fuel prices very closely over this period to ensure this is not used as an excuse to inflate margins,” he said.

“This is a tax that will hurt those in rural and outer metropolitan areas the most because they drive the furthest distance and have few public transport options,” Mr McKellar said.

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