Roads small business | August 09, 2017

Kealy - make your voice heard in regional fuel inquiry

The Nationals Member for Lowan and Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Emma Kealy MP is urging families and businesses to make their voices heard in a parliamentary inquiry into regional fuel prices.

Nationals and Liberal MPs fought hard to establish the inquiry, which will work to provide regional Victorians with answers on how petrol prices are set in country areas.

Ms Kealy said many motorists in the Lowan electorate felt they were getting a raw deal having to pay some of the highest fuel prices in the state.

“For many regional Victorians, getting on a tram or a bus just isn’t an option and privately owned vehicles are their only means of getting from A to B,” Ms Kealy said.

“Many people have raised concerns with me about high fuel prices and the perceived difference between county and city areas.

“Unlike other investigations into petrol prices, the spotlight will be on regional Victoria and what can be done to relieve the pressure high fuel prices are adding to the cost-of-living,” she said.

The inquiry will compare the price of unleaded, diesel and LPG fuels between different regional communities and metropolitan areas. It will also look at the impacts on country families, businesses and industry.

The inquiry will be undertaken by Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee whose membership includes The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp MP.

Submissions can be made until 22 September, 2017 at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eejsc/article/3834 or emailed to eejsc@parliament.vic.gov.au

Hard copy submissions should be posted to The Executive Officer, Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee, Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002.

“This is a really important inquiry for regional Victoria and I look forward to the results this Liberal-Nationals inquiry will bring for country people,” Ms Kealy said.

“I strongly encourage everyone in the Lowan electorate to take this opportunity to have your say,” she said.

 

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