Your Say: The price of fuel 36

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This is an opportunity for you to have your say. This is an open space for discussion about issues, concerns and some very confronting debates in our society. How do you feel? What do you think? 


The price of fuel has been going up steadily for months in Australia, and now nears the levels we saw when oil peaked at $145 in 2008, prior to the near 40 cent collapse of the Aussie dollar from 96c to 68c.  And today the Australian dollar is at approx. 90c to the USD and the price of oil is much lower at $106 approx.

So why is the price of fuel so desperately high?  Is it an issue for you?  Do you use fuel coupons or travel to specific locations to obtain discounts?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. It really is a joke and they should be held accountable. We use coupons. We also travel with fuel cans on the back of our van and can top up when we are in places that the fuel prices are ridiculous. Why for instance would Darwin be so high when the boats unload there and down the road it is cheaper. Word of mouth hurts the petrol stations that overcharge in the outback as they whack on prices knowing you have to buy. I don’t know what it is in Brisbane at the moment but in Townsville $1.58 as we use diesel. Never complain as if you cant afford fuel you cant afford to travel. That is life for us all or get rid of your car and use public transport if able. They are a bunch of crooks and we all know it

  2. Driv ing a diesel ute means the shopper dockets are valueless to me a nd many like me. The excuse is that the northen hemisphere use more fuel and gas in their winter so the demand is greater and therefore the price goes up. In the summer they use more in their vehicles and for recreation so the price stays up. In reality the government will not control the price because the higher it goes the more money they get in excise and GST. With a 180 litre capacity, I can afford to wait until I pass a service station with cheaper fuel befor I fill up. Even so one must question why diesel is more expensive than petrol given that petroleum is a waste product of oil.
    Diesel used to be 20 cents a litre cheaper than petrol. With the advent of more diesel vehicles on the road it suddenly jumped to 10 cents a litre cheaper. Now it is only about 5 cents a litre cheaper and in some cases only one or two cents. We sell all of our oiloverseas and then buy back the refined products.. It would be cheaper to build a refinery here & process our own fuel.

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    • we had our own refineries but they went broke because Woolworths and Coles were buying great volumes of cheap fuel from Asia .

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