Qld Fuel Prices

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 14:58
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I'll quote from the Grey Nomad Web Site...

"Keeping subsidies in-house
Talk about kicking a bunch of grey nomads when they’re down! Have you heard about the Queensland government’s plan to restrict the 8.354c per litre fuel subsidy to residents of the Sunshine State only?
That means all interstate travellers are going to pay exactly that much more at the bowser than they would otherwise have done."

Apparently you will have to flash your drivers Licence (Barcode) to get the subsidy as only Qlders with qualify.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:08

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:08
That's the plan... Any non QLD resident will pay the full non subsidised price.
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:32

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:32
How are they going to police that.

Most servo operators dont have the time to check your number plates and see where they come from, then have to do the sums to apply the extra 8.3C per litre.

Their consoles wont be set up for that and the cost to do so would be astronomical per servo.


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Follow Up By: Graeme67 - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 16:16

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 16:16
You'll have to scan your Qld licence at the point of sale. I'm not sure how they then credit the money to you.
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Follow Up By: Grungle - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:43

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:43
It will automatically discount the price by the going rate - like using a shopper docket.

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Follow Up By: violetb - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 22:46

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 22:46
Will someone correct me if I'm wrong but I read somewhere that this discount won't apply to Diesel only to unleaded.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:35
What is most interesting about all of this is that the reason for this situation in the first place goes back a few years when all the states charged their own fuel excise but Qld did not have an excise unlike the other states. There was a successful court case in NSW that challenged the state’s ability to collect a tobacco excise and it was found that only the Commonwealth could collect excises. So it began with a universal rate to be applied across all states by the commonwealth for the benefit of the states and with Qld not having an excise to start with it resulted in a status quo when this new excise was refunded to the Qld motorist. And off course locally we never really got back the full value anyway because of all the parties in the food chain syphoned off their share.

Seems like a reasonable solution but I remain concerned that there is another piece of privacy lost to big brother. For those that don’t follow the news closely there has also been a suggestion of fuel rationing as a response to dwindling oil supplies. That bar code now has a whole new meaning. How about this for an example, “Mr Beatit you have swiped your licence and are not eligible for further fuel under our fuel ration scheme. Please come back next week when you are once again eligible – have a pleasant day and is there anything else we can do for you?”

Not sure I like the idea either but sure would like that 8.35c/l though.

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Follow Up By: JimDi - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:13

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:13
Hmmmmm, last night in Alice Springs whilst buying my after 6pm 2 litre box of red wine the customer in front of me was initially refused her purchase of 2 litres. As forumites may/may not be aware in Alice one is required to have your photo ID scanned to purchase these products. In this case the woman challenged and got thru, a mistake apparently by the retail person whilst putting her license thru a scanner.
But your concerns Beatit are valid. And for my money as a fellow Qld'er they can keep their 8cents. Seems to me whilst travelling that prices are level pegging down to Moree etc in NSW with Qld prices so where does the 8cents per litre less come from.
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Follow Up By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:34

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:34
Thats exactly right JimDi the Queensland prices can roll over the boarder anyway. On my last trip to Newcastle (from Brisbane) I filled up just before the border to get maximum distance on Queensland's so called discounted fuel. What did I find out later? I should have waited until Ballina as it was cheaper there than in Queensland!!!
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 07:57

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 07:57
Yes guys, Nthn NSW fuel prices are subsidised by the state govt so they can be competitive with Qld. But now the NSW govt has come out and said that since Qld will be changing things, the subsidy will be looked at....
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 18:58

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 18:58
Sounds like it will be linked to the new Qld Licence Smartcard apparently being introduced around 2009.

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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 22:38

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 22:38
As I see it nder new system the price displayed in Queensland will increase by 8cents and Queenslanders will get a discount of 8c once their drivers licence is swiped.

This would mean the servos south of the border will probably be rubbing their hands as they can increase their price to match the displayed price in Queensland.

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 07:39

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 07:39
I don't think prices will go up by 8 cents pl. The main reason that the QLD government is changing the approach is that much of the subsidy has been ending up in the Oil Company pockets and not in motorist pockets. I reckon you will see very little movement in prices regardless.
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Follow Up By: kiwicol - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 10:50

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 10:50
Totally agree wiith you Peter. Col ( QLD )
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