Media Release: Family Business Feeling Fuel Pressure

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Family Business Feeling Fuel Pressure
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has accused the Prime Minister of being asleep at the wheel when it comes to the cost of fuel, with his office overwhelmed with businesses and families struggling to make ends meet.
Fuel prices in Townsville today sit at $1.99 for Unleaded and $2.50 for the same on Magnetic Island.
Mr Thompson said it showed the Prime Minister was a hypocrite, after he called much cheaper prices unaffordable nearly two years ago.
“In 2021, Anthony Albanese called for the then Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take action when fuel sat at $1.70,” Mr Thompson said.
“Now, 20c higher, we haven’t seen any ideas, discussion or action on what this Labor Government will do to reduce cost of living pressures.”
Managing Director of Fair Dinkum Builds Townsville Zeke Hansen said his monthly fuel bill had skyrocketed.
“Since January, we have seen a 45-50% increase on fuel prices across all operations,” Mr Hansen said.
“We can’t pass those costs on, we have to take the hit.”
Mr Thompson said the issue went beyond businesses and was impacting every family’s budget.
“We have heard from locals who are choosing not to fill up their car, or not to eat, to try and look after their families.”
“The Prime Minister has many options at his disposal, but for the last 15 months he has been more focused on wanting to get a Voice to Parliament and taken his eye off the ball which is the cost-of-living crisis”.
“Instead of flying around the globe, he should be standing up and making some tough decisions.”


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