The State Government is ignoring the pressure that high fuel prices are putting on Queensland families, experts and the Opposition claim.

Petrol prices around the southeast are at a three-year high and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has accused Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of not fighting for her communities: “Annastacia Palaszczuk can ignore this petrol rip-off, but Queenslanders can’t avoid it,” she said.

With the average price for a litre of unleaded fuel hovering around $1.53 on Monday, The Courier-Mail sent questions to the Premier’s office asking what was being done to help ease the burden on motorists, including how the Government was working to attract independent retailers to Brisbane.

In response, a Government spokesman sent a generic statement.

“All stakeholders agree there is a lack of competition in driving higher prices,” he said.

Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association CEO Mark McKenzie said the Government could take measures to help encourage independent retailers into Brisbane’s market.

Fueltrac’s Geoff Trotter said a “lack of political will” was making sure Queenslanders continued to pay the highest retail margins on fuel of any capital city.

Extracted from Cairns Post.