Petrol Commissioner Quits as Fuel Prices Hit New Highs
The peak national motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), is calling for effective and urgent action by the Federal Government and the ACCC to ensure motorists are protected in the face of growing pressure on fuel prices.
"Australian motorists need an effective watchdog at a time when fuel prices are increasing," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
Mr Joe Dimasi was appointed Petrol Commissioner in 2008 and has announced today that he will not seek reappointment to the ACCC - stepping down from the role in August.
"Regrettably the appointment of a dedicated 'Petrol Commissioner' appears to have been nothing more than an exercise in political window dressing - it has been a failed policy experiment," Mr McKellar said.
"The AAA is calling for tougher action to increase the level of competition in the retail fuel industry and drive a better deal for motorists," Mr McKellar said.
"It is essential that action is taken to ensure that major fuel retailers are not able to gouge motorists through the anti-competitive sharing of price information."
A policy of the AAA and constituent clubs Demand Better Roads campaign is to get a fairer deal for motorists through effective competition in the retail fuel industry. Find out more at u www.demandbetterroads.com.au