Magical $1:00 mark for fuel

Submitted: Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 23:34
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Reading the postings about fuel recently (the positive ones) has got me to thinking. What if somehow we could get everyone to avoid buying fuel when it hit the $1 and over mark and as soon as they dropped it below everyone refills their tanks. Obviously it would take some work in getting the word passed around and we may all have to walk a bit more than usual when the tanks get down, but I reckon we could win this fight.
Am interested in reading your comments on whether or not this is a worthwhile challenge. For the record I have been paying over a dollar for more than a year now but am more isolated than most of you and have little choice but would be prepared to do this if I were living somewhere more central as I hope to be one day soon.
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Reply By: ROX - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 00:07

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 00:07
Yea coops I keep thinking about bio diesel made from chip oil. I remember when 1994 fuel was $.66 cpl and when diesel was cheeper than petrol
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 08:55

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 08:55
Coops the trouble is people need to buy fuel when they need it.
Personally I think the majority of people now just don't care about fuel prices and just learnt to grin and bear it.
Fuel actually came down here just over 1c yesterday. We have 6c fuel discount dockets from Safeway/Woolworths +Petrol this week, and will be going down to fill up. What is more with Safeway/Woolworths +Petrol they have been consistantly up to a 1c cheaper than other outlets and sometimes up to 3c before you get your discount.
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Reply By: Truckster - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:18

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:18
If public transport in aussie was worth weeing on, it MAY work..

People need $$... need to get to work, pick up kids etc..

Not buying fuel, companies would hold out, they have more $ than you or me.

Good idea, but it wont work.

I feel for you people in remote areas that get shafted with no KY on fuel prices. over a $ for a yr?... Cruel. Not that people out in remote areas have it hard enough without being screwed
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Follow Up By: Thepublican - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 11:28

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 11:28
And in todays lucky country ,3 servos,3 adjoining suburbs, 3 different prices for the one product,the offending company? woolworths+ on Brisbanes northside. And on a slightly different note BP doing a recall on their Zoom25,all batches since Oct,generously offering to replace the product,yet no mention of compensation for damage caused,how kind.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 21:22

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 21:22
thats BP for ya......

like their low suphur diesel that killed lots of motors!! What a company!!!!
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Reply By: royce - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:33

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 09:33
You know how we all used to own a bank, an airline, public transport, electricity supplies, and all those things that we thought of as too important for greedy private enterprise to run? ... And.... You know how since we sold them to pay off debt but nothing really changed except the service we used to get? Well...... what if we said that fuel was an essential service? What if we set up a supply network owned by all of us..... well at least by our elected representatives..... and we ran it at a small profit.... Hmmmmm. Okay I know... it's a bit of a commie concept.... and yep there will be like all these government run things a far bit of dead-wood employment going on. BUT of course that will employ a few more people..... Ah well .... just dreaming.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steven - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 16:52

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 16:52
royce our elected reps would not go for it because for every $1 we spend on fuel they get there 10cents (get Stu!!ed Tax) on top of all other taxes on fuel so there is no way they would even consider dropping fuel prices in fact i wouldnt be suprised if they were not in the background of rises saying yeah yeah yeah steve
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 19:51

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 19:51
Royce the major problem with fuel is the Federal Government taxes. At least now petrol tax in not CPI indexed. Little Johnny Howard with all their space cash at the moment robbed from us, would be preferable to lower fuel tax rather than cut income tax which they are talking about. I feel this would be a more equatible way for everybody. Fuel price certainly does affect everybody.
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 19:56

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 19:56
Royce forgot to post this URL so you can see how much Honest John is taking in fuel tax.
http://www.shellau.com/petrolpricing/

Honest John Howard also came into power the previous election promising to remove the tax haven of Trusts and Family Trusts. This would have ensured all the disgusting rorts in the tax system that allowed people to avoid paying tax would be scrapped. However, all Honest John Howards rich mates lobbied him something terrible to ensure they could still get away with tax rorts, and ensure the middle working class paid for everybody. The middle working class is robbed blind by tax in Australia.
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Reply By: Member - NOBBY - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 17:44

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 17:44
I lived in the Gulf of Carpentera from 1985- 1990 and the standard price for unleaded fuel and diesel then was $1.00 per litre. We used one 44 gal per day of diesel and probably the same for petrol.( big dollars spent for not much return), so I reckon fuel is still cheap. Of course it's not but it seems so after being robbed for 5 years.
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Reply By: janjon - Sunday, Jan 12, 2003 at 11:46

Sunday, Jan 12, 2003 at 11:46
Good-day all ,we have been paying over the doolar for nearly two years here in Bega Valley NSW ,bonus in off tourist times and every one in business looking to have a dollar go thru the till how fuel drops considerably,come long weekends and up it go yet local also get hit,no public transport so its drive or hitch!Have old landrover so can cut across forestry roads to shorten my klms sometimes.many can`t afford to update to small vehicles so we pay the penalty.
Anyway thank you all for all the forum notes ,has been very useful on so many subjects.We will be off air from 18th-made the BIG DECISION -our on-site van gone and off to living on the road ,fishing rods,detector,paint brushes and paper ,lick the stamps for mail to my panicing sons of 30plus who think Mum is running away never to be seen again!When we go out the gate of our temporary home end of March watch the rain come down-the biggest flood will happen -we need rain desperately on the East Coast of our great country and I`m sure the west is drying out too by now-but have gum boots and that`s life.See some of you all out there we hope-little green /white 64 swb landy and trailer in company of small toyota -dyna with silver camper on tray -drop into our camps and have a cuppa.janjon
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Sunday, Jan 12, 2003 at 15:47

Sunday, Jan 12, 2003 at 15:47
Janjon have a great time, and what a way to go. I just cannot understand how people can live permanently in suburbia.

Which way are you heading first?
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Reply By: janjon - Sunday, Jan 12, 2003 at 21:19

Sunday, Jan 12, 2003 at 21:19
Hi ozieexplorer,
Don't know yet,more than likely South Oz to see my family,six year old grandson we haven't seen yet,spend a bit of time with the family & then toss a coin when we drive out the gate,trouble is haven't got a three sided coin.
When we know more will drop you all a line.
Jan/Jon
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