The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has introduced a bill to get a straight published price on petrol station price boards:
“The Fair Trading (Fuel Prices) Amendment Bill 2013 will ensure that petrol stations display the fuel price that is available to all consumers and not the price available to consumers who have already shopped with the retailer and have a discount voucher,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“Retailers will be required to display the actual, non-discounted, price of the most popular fuels they sell including diesel and LPG.
“The reforms, recently passed in NSW, will prevent deceptive advertising and ensure that consumers are accurately informed of the actual price of the fuel they want to buy.
“As newer cars need different grades of fuel and different fuel options are being offered, it is important that an accurate price is advertised so consumers can make an informed decision whether or not to pull in.
“This is a sensible step to promote fair competition in the fuel market and ensure that consumers are able to make decisions based on accurate information, as well as better enabling smaller independent retailers to compete with the large chains.
“The new obligations are not onerous and there should not be any difficulty for retailers to comply.
“Given that NSW and South Australia have already taken action on this issue, there is no reason we should delay our response when there is a clear option to deal with the issue that will make us consistent with surrounding NSW,” said Mr Rattenbury.
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