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Petrol Prices Skyrocket for Long Weekend

8.6.2006

Petrol prices have reached record highs ahead of the June long weekend according to the Australian Automobile Association (AAA)—Australia’s peak motoring body.

 

AAA Executive Director, Lauchlan McIntosh said despite the fact that world benchmark prices have been steady in the past month, prices in Australia are on the way up this week.

 

“The average price today in Sydney of 144.7 cpl is more than 36 cpl higher than it was in June last year,” Mr McIntosh said.

 

“Oil companies need to justify why prices today are so high coming to the June long weekend,” Mr McIntosh said.

 

Average petrol prices around Australia today are:

 

  • Sydney            144.7 cpl
  • Melbourne       142.6 cpl
  • Brisbane          135.4 cpl
  • Adelaide          144.9 cpl
  • Perth               134.6 cpl
  • Hobart             146.3 cpl
  • Darwin             146.6 cpl
  • Canberra         145.1 cpl

(source: www.shell.com.au)

 

 

“Is it just coincidence that Perth, the only capital not to have a long weekend coming up, is also the only capital where prices have not jumped today?

 

“We challenge one of the oil companies to give motorists a break. Why not have a sale over the long weekend instead of putting prices up? Many motorists have to accept double demerit points this weekend, they should not expect double the petrol margin,” Mr McIntosh said.

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