Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Rudd's main 07 election strategy in shambles

Kevin Rudd’s plea to oil-producing nations to increase production to stave off further petrol price increases is another sign of his desperation, the Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, said today (Tuesday). “Motorists facing paying $1.70 a litre shouldn’t expect any help from this quarter,” Mr Hartsuyker said. “They’re not going to listen to this plea from the Prime Minister, particularly as he’s out of step with the Group of Eight major industrial nations who are concentrating instead on improving fuel efficiency. “Having led the voters during the election campaign to believe he was going to reduce petrol prices, it’s another sign of his desperation on the issue. Read more here ...

Wrote Time Blair:

Meant to deliver cheaper petrol, this $20 million baby - due for launch in December - is believed likely (by four government departments) to instead make petrol more expensive. The way FuelWatch works, see, is that petrol stations all tell a Big Government Website what their prices will be for the next 24 hours - this is locked in, which is the problem - and you drive home whenever you’re low on fuel and check out the site and then drive over to wherever the cheapest petrol station is. You know, if there was such a demand for a cheap-fuel site someone might already have come up with one. And they have! According to MotorMouth.com.au (a private site that gets by on advertising) the cheapest petrol in my area is $1.53 per litre at the Caltex on Alison Rd. MotorMouth has been around for eight years. It was previously known as FuelWatch.

Similar to FuelWatch, except it will apply to turnips instead of unleaded. Unlike previous generations, who knew nothing about grocery prices except if they picked up a daily newspaper and looked at full-page ads, lucky Ruddlings will one day be able to dial up a Government-funded website to get all the latest chicken and noodle news. It’s conceivable that a nationwide army of grocery monitors might cost something themselves. Labor senator Kate Lundy ran her own little GroceryWatch site before the 2007 election, focusing on a few ACT supermarkets. She apparently gave it up on October 9 after reporting that the Woolworths in Dickson was charging $4 less for bread, milk, eggs, bananas and lamb chops than it had in mid-August.

Visit Tim's blog here ...

Recall the language of Kevin '07:

"This morning Mr Rudd pledged to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) power to monitor the rising cost of groceries and to publish the average prices. Formally launching his policy this morning, Mr Rudd said the rising costs of grocery bills, child care and petrol were hurting Australian families. "The increasing cost of living is felt most sharply by families at the local supermarket," he said. "While the prices of many goods and services go up and down, over the past five years families have generally seen the prices of everyday goods like bread, fruit and vegetables go up, and up and up. "When families fill up their basket and trollies at the local supermarket, they should not have to fear they're getting a raw deal through inflated grocery prices."

It was Kevin Rudd's main election strategy - to ease pressure on household budgets - a strategy that's all but collapsed just six months into his administration. Fuelwatch, GroceryWatch ... More like RuddWatch!


David Schantz said...

Some of our elected officials in the United States wanted to do away with the big oil companies tax breaks. I don't see big oil taking that very well at all.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

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