Petrol: PM’s tough talk won’t work

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 31-Oct-18

The average price of unleaded petrol has risen to a 10-year high of more than $1.60 per litre. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged government intervention to put downward pressure on prices. However, he says it is ultimately up to petrol companies to "do the right thing". Caltex argues that the high crude oil price and the low Australian dollar are the main drivers of the spike in petrol prices. It adds that the government’s fuel excise tax of $0.412 a litre is also a major contributor, but government sources have ruled out an excise tax cut.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, CALTEX AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX CTX, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, VERTIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF PETROLEUM LIMITED

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