Senate debates

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008; National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

Second Reading

11:21 am

Photo of Nick SherryNick Sherry (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) Share this | Hansard source

I am not sure you know it is better, because you are fast discovering that you get treated like doormats over in WA, Senator, from what I have been reading about how the Liberal Party are treating you—but that is another issue for another day.

We have a good working example in Western Australia, and are the new Liberal-National Party government in Western Australia going to get rid of Fuelwatch? No. They have promised to retain it, because the Western Australian Liberal-National Party government have recognised, rightfully, that for many years Fuelwatch has been a good scheme on petrol pricing for consumers.

It will be interesting to watch the vote of the WA Liberal-National Party members in the Senate when we vote shortly. They come from WA and their state political colleagues are supporting and will maintain support for Fuelwatch, but they come across the Nullarbor, get rolled by the Liberal Party over here—squashed by the Liberal Party and the National Party—and will vote against what their state colleagues in WA have done and have promised to maintain. What hypocrisy! What a negative, carping approach to a positive program to assist consumers in Australia!

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