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Petrol companies ripping off Canberra again?

By johnboy - 27 June 2009 41

The ABC informs us that petrol prices are running 15 cents a litre higher than Sydney, or even Goulburn or Yass.

It also seems we have both too much competition, and not enough.

One suspects maybe we just have too much money.

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Petrol companies ripping off Canberra again?
justsayit 1:04 am 28 Jun 09

Post #14 +1

It is time to move beyond quibbles about petrol prices because alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar and karma will be the only long term options. My family own no cars but still manage to get to work at our market stall on a daily basis. Our children don’t go to private schools as we have chosen to home school them to reduce their carbon footprints on the front lawn heading towards the local school. We eat only vegetables we have grown ourselves somehow in a time when water restrictions have destroyed most gardens. Maybe we have no $4,000 plasma TV (or any TV) but we are happy to be entertained, as a family, dancing around the tree I planted that was nourished by the placentas from my offspring.

Blessed be

DrKarl 12:36 am 28 Jun 09

Post #13 +1

We are past peak oil now it going to only get more expensive now, I like our new Toyota Prius family car. The fact that I brought a smaller older house closer to the city and insulated it, I grow vegetables on its large section. And I ride my bike with our kids in a bike trailer around the wonderful parkland of lake Burney Griffin, And that we are also all vegans, and save alot of money on groceries, and can send our kid to a private school so they don’t grow up as bogens.

futto 12:04 am 28 Jun 09

Jivrashia said :

Because you’re unsophisticated?

15c per litre = $390 per year (assume you have to fill up a 50 litre tank every week)

Nope. 40 L tank but only fill up once every two weeks. Also, that money comes out pre-tax as I lease.

I don’t drive a gas guzzler so i don’t care about petrol fluctuations. This leaves me with more spare time to complain about roundabout indicators, speed cameras and 80 km zones on duel carrigeways. 🙂

canberra bureaucrat 9:06 pm 27 Jun 09

ok, I might have conflated a couple of things there…but you get my drift…

canberra bureaucrat 9:01 pm 27 Jun 09

GregW said :

Supply – demand. It is a competitive industry.

Get over it.

+ 1

It is called income elasticity of demand

Or in plain english – Canberrans earn more on average, so don’t search for the bargains so much, and so the average price of many things is higher.

ant 8:57 pm 27 Jun 09

And yeah, heading off the Hume into Goulburn to take the Tarago road home, petrol was also in the mid 120s.

ant 8:54 pm 27 Jun 09

When it was at 135 here, last friday, I did an Ikea run and was surprised to find that petrol was in the mid 120’s on that main drag off the M5 to Homebush.

also, the big main petrol station at Marulan, it was the same price as Canberra BUT, as you exit that, there’s a mobil behind it, and petrol was 10 cents cheaper! argh.

Ian 8:19 pm 27 Jun 09

$1.219 at the Woolworths in Yass today, $1.319 on the highway.

Jivrashia 6:17 pm 27 Jun 09

futto said :

I just spent $4000 on a plasma TV. Why the hell would i give a crap about 15 cents a litre? Complaining about petrol prices is so 2008.

Because you’re unsophisticated?

15c per litre = $390 per year (assume you have to fill up a 50 litre tank every week)

You TV, which will last at least 10+ years, is worth $400 or less per year.

Which means someone in Sydney will be able to afford another plasma TV while you have to settle for one.

Tempestas 6:04 pm 27 Jun 09

And apparently prices usually rise on APS payday Thursday in this town, who would of thought that could happen!

dvaey 4:48 pm 27 Jun 09

This is shown especially when travelling to Sydney or Melbourne. If you stop in the large service centres the cost of fuel is generally about 15c more than the cost of fuel in the nearby town.

Yass over the June long weekend, was $1.32 on the highway or $1.09 in Yass.

When I visit the coast I always get my fuel in Bungendore as it has always been cheaper than Canberra prices at the same time.

futto 3:45 pm 27 Jun 09

I just spent $4000 on a plasma TV. Why the hell would i give a crap about 15 cents a litre? Complaining about petrol prices is so 2008.

Ruby Wednesday 3:18 pm 27 Jun 09

Perhaps we lack supply, given the number of ‘out of order’ signs my local Caltex seems to perpetually have on its bowsers.

caf 2:46 pm 27 Jun 09

Surely the ABC could have found someone more coherent than Mr Evans to comment.

GregW 2:34 pm 27 Jun 09

Supply – demand. It is a competitive industry.

Get over it.

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