Fuel subsidy scrapped as Government scrambles to cut costs

By: Chris Smith


Just months before it was due to be introduced the Bligh Government's controversial new fuel subsidy scheme has been scrapped. The

Just months before it was due to be introduced the Bligh Government's controversial new fuel subsidy scheme has been scrapped.

The State Government's botched plan to introduce a barcode discount system has been plagued by problems since it was hastily cobbled together before last year's State Budget claims LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Nicholls.

Nicholls said the revelation the $20 million plan had been scrapped was a clear indication that Labor was making policy on the run.

"While scrapping this unworkable scheme is welcome, Fraser and Bligh still need to answer questions about it," he said.

"From the start, the LNP warned the barcode discount system was unlikely to work and in the end, would cost retailers and consumers more.

"Now that the plans have been scrapped, the question remains - just how much money has been wasted by the Government and retailers in trying to make it work."

Nicholls said the decision to dump the scheme was just another example of the State Labor Government's desire to be popular rather than produce good policy.

"Already we have seen the Bligh Government back flip over recycled water and the Traveston Dam," he said.

"Now, following a backlash from small businesses and retailers, this stupid scheme has also been ditched.

"I'm now concerned the decision to scrap the scheme is a sign the Bligh Labor Government is softening Queenslanders up to dump the $540 million scheme altogether as it desperately tries to balance the books.

"Unlike the Premier, I can guarantee Queenslanders that under the LNP the fuel rebate will remain," he claims.

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