Queensland’s Liberal National Party opposition is backing calls for a real-time fuel monitoring program to help bring down the cost of petrol in the state.
The LNP says it will introduce real-time monitoring of fuel prices if it wins the 2020 state election, following calls for the measure from Queensland motoring club RACQ.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington says price monitoring has helped to lower fuel prices in other states, and Queensland shouldn’t be left behind.
“This isn’t rocket science; we just need to force these companies to show what their high prices are, and it might start driving down that price,” Ms Frecklington told reporters on Tuesday.
“As we all know, competition brings down price. In NSW we’ve seen it saves around $6 per tank of fuel.”
Ms Frecklington also says she will lobby the government to take up the idea, and wouldn’t mind if they “nicked” it.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday said her government has no plans on rolling out a real-time fuel pricing app or website, instead urging the national consumer watchdog to take the lead on the issue.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey released a statement on Tuesday calling the LNP’s proposal “knee-jerk” and pointing out the opposition’s current transport spokesman Steve Minnikin previously ridiculed real-time fuel price monitoring.
“The Leader of the Opposition should be pressuring her federal LNP leader Malcolm Turnbull to ensure the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has the powers and legislation it needs to act on this national issue,” Mr Bailey wrote.
In a statement on Monday, the ACCC insisted it doesn’t have a role in regulating fuel prices, merely monitoring them.
The Palaszczuk government has made some moves to try to lower petrol prices in the last year, including introducing legislation to ban discounted prices from being displayed on price boards at service stations, to give motorists a clear idea of how much petrol costs on a given day.
Originally published as LNP back real-time Qld fuel price tracking