Regional Petrol Prices at Record Levels
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today released figures which demonstrate that the gap between city and regional petrol prices reached record highs during October 2005.
AAA Director of Research and Policy, John Metcalfe, said the figures refute claims that the high petrol prices were purely the result of international oil prices.
“Based on our analysis of unleaded petrol price data in 103 country locations, it is apparent that motorists in many country towns paid – and continue to pay - significantly more than their city counterparts during October,” Mr Metcalfe said.
“In 56 of the 103 country locations examined, we found that the October city-country margin was significantly higher than it had been during the previous 12 months. This confirms an earlier analysis reported by AAA last month.
“Government and Opposition platitudes that prices were high simply because of international events have been shown to be a smoke screen. The Prime Minister must demand real reasons from oil companies, distributors and retailers.”
Some examples of the price discrepancies follow:
- GOULBURN (NSW) - the average margin was 4.3cpl, but in October the margin jumped to 10.8cpl;
- WODONGA (Vic) - the average margin was 5.3cpl, but in October the margin jumped to 10.8cpl;
- KINGAROY (Qld) - the average margin was 2.3cpl, but in October the margin jumped to 10.3cpl;
- RENMARK (SA) - the average margin was 4.1cpl, but in October the margin jumped to 11.8cpl;
- BUNBURY (WA) - the average margin was 6.9cpl, but in October the margin jumped to 10.9cpl;
- CAMPBELLTOWN (Tas) - the average margin was 0.7cpl, but in October the margin jumped to 2.7cpl;
“AAA and its constituent clubs have been seeking reasons for these unreasonable price increases on behalf of millions of country motorists,” Mr Metcalfe said.
“Motorists should be told why regional price margins have been so high for so long –Australia’s motoring community deserves to know the truth on these artificially high prices.”