Relief at the bowser is going beyond beyond the temporary 22c a litre fuel excise cut introduced in the Federal Budget, with prices dropping in the Mid West and Gascoyne by as much as 35c a litre.

In the December quarter last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had Carnarvon among the nation’s top 10 towns with the most expensive fuel prices.

According to motormouth.com.au, the Gascoyne town’s average petrol price was around 215c a litre on March 29, before the excise cut. On April 11, it was 25c a litre less at around $1.90 — cheaper than some bowsers in metropolitan Perth.

In Geraldton, petrol peaked as high as 212.8c a litre before the tax was slashed. As of Tuesday, the city’s average was 177.6c — 35c cheaper. Geraldton’s cheapest ULP on Tuesday was 165.9c.

With cost of living the hot topic of the Federal election campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Budget was delivering “real cost of living relief now.”

“That’s exactly why we cut the fuel tax, we wanted to ensure every time Australians needed to fill up their car, that it would be cheaper for them and their family,” he said.

The Morrison Government cut the 44c excise tax in half for the next six months as a temporary relief measure for struggling household budgets.

Liberal Durack MP Melissa Price said: “In regional communities like ours, you have to drive long distances on a daily basis. The Morrison Government’s fuel tax cut is helping regional families go about their daily lives.”

To put the skyrocketing cost of living spike in context, FuelWatch data shows the average cost of ULP in Carnarvon in March 2021 was 139.9c.

The global oil crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine saw prices soar.

Petrol prices in Perth range from as low as 143.7c a litre to as high as 197.5c.

Elsewhere, Meekatharra petrol prices on Monday were 193.9c, while Exmouth was just under $2, with the cheapest service station selling ULP at 198.9c.

Extracted in full from: Carnarvon fuel prices began to soar past 200 cents per litre, now the price is lower than some Perth bowsers | The West Australian

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