Government Plans to Increase Fuel

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A New South Wales mid-north coast politician wants the Federal Government to rule out any increase to the fuel excise.

A report released as part of the Henry Tax Review says the current 38 cents a litre excise is too low and could be increased by 10 cents.

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker says the Government has done nothing to put downward pressure on the cost of living.

“The report actually says that the current levels of excise, at some 38.14 cents a litre, are too low and need to be raised,” he said.

“I don’t think there would be too many north coast families who would agree with that idea.

“Kevin Rudd has to come out immediately and rule out any further increase in the cost of fuel.”

Mr Hartsuyker says the increase would lead to a jump in the cost of all goods, particularly in regional Australia.

He says the cost of fuel is already a strain on most families.

“Kevin Rudd has to come out immediately and basically rule out any further increase in the cost of fuel,” he said.

“He promised to put downward pressure on petrol and grocery prices.

“He’s failed spectacularly in those promises, certainly an extra 10c a litre is just not acceptable to north coast motorists.”

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