“I think Australians know that what’s happening with petrol prices at the moment is being caused by what’s happening with the war in Europe,” Mr Morrison said.
“We’re working with other countries around the world at the moment in terms of releasing fuel reserves to try and alleviate the pressure on fuel prices.”
Speaking in Sydney, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet would not comment on whether he would follow his South Australian counterpart’s lead but said the rising tax “penalises people right across our state and across the country”.
“Cost of living and family budgets [are] a real issue right now and will continue to be so, particularly as we move into a more inflationary environment,” he said.
“We should be doing everything we can to make sure the focus isn’t on our own budget but on family budgets across the state.
SA government and opposition unveil rival fuel relief schemes
Mr Marshall made his pitch for lower prices six days out from the March 19 state election, but Labor also unveiled a policy to ease the fuel burden.
Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said a Labor government would double the government’s Cost of Living Concession next financial year.
He said Labor would invest $37.7 million to boost the concession, for eligible individuals, to up to $434.
“Petrol prices in Adelaide have hit $2.20 a litre. This is unprecedented in our lifetimes and we know that it’s having a particularly draconian impact on South Australians doing it tough,” he said.
“If you’re a pensioner on a fixed or low income, your ability to be able to fill up your car with petrol has now been dramatically impinged upon.”
Mr Malinauskas blamed high prices on “Russian aggression” and conceded his policy would only lead to “modest” relief, given that state governments can only do so much to ease the burden.
“The state government can make a little bit of a positive difference,” he said.
“I note that Steven Marshall’s response to this cost of living spike, this massive impost on people doing it particularly tough, is to write a letter to Josh Frydenberg. Well I think that doesn’t cut it.”
But Mr Marshall unveiled another plank of his fuel policy, saying he would make the government’s real-time fuel pricing scheme permanently available if he is returned to office.
The scheme includes an app that compares prices at petrol stations across the state, and extending it would cost $1 million over the next four years, the government said.