The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member national grassroots advocacy group representing the nation’s taxpayers, today commended Craig Kelly MP’s proposal to reduce excise by 25 percent, or 10c per litre once budget conditions are favourable, to provide welcome respite to hardworking taxpayers and reduce cost of living pressures for Aussie families and business.
“Fuel taxes are regressive and disproportionately hurt the working poor, especially those on our city fringes and in regional Australia who commute long distances for work. They should be cut for that reason alone.” Said Satya Marar, ATA Director of Policy.
“While suspending fuel excise indexation will deliver a barely noticeable 1 cent per litre cost relief, a substantial cut of 10 cents per litre will make an immense difference, especially to workers, families and small businesspeople on low and middle incomes, as well as farmers and other rural and regional Australians.
“We also welcome Nationals Senator John Williams’ proposal to freeze fuel excise if the international price exceeds $120 per barrel.
“There is no good reason why the Labor party, minor parties, and the rest of the coalition shouldn’t back an excise cut that delivers a fair go for our motorists struggling with petrol prices that have hit ten-year highs.
“We commend Craig Kelly MP and Senator Williams for their proposals and call on bipartisan support for them. This is not an issue of left or right – it is an issue of right and wrong.”