“It’s crap. I drive about 120km a day to get to work and back and that’s half my wages spent driving,” Mr Thompson said.
“The government needs to do more to ease the burden on everyone, especially truckies. Everything’s going up, except the wages.”
Fellow Riverina resident Sidney Quince agreed and labelled the price hikes as “silly”.
“If it’s not food then it’s fuel,” she said. “This is only going to make things harder for the people already doing it tough.”
In the same podcast interview, Mr Chalmers said the country would be better off once it got through the current difficult period, adding that Australia’s opportunities would eventually outweigh its challenges.
With unleaded 91 fuel currently hovering around just over $2, the looming end to the fuel excise means prices could rise another 20 cents per litre.
The price could be much higher for those with cars that run on premium 95 and 98 fuels.
“I think it’s unfeasible for country people,” said Riverina resident John Napier.
“If you look a the price of crude oil in comparison to the price of petrol now, what we’re paying is a little bit ludicrous. It’s making things very difficult out here in the country.”
Mr Napier said he would like to see the federal government take a more home-grown approach and reintroduce oil refineries in Australia rather than rely on imported overseas product.
Riverina resident Maria Teusner agreed that people living in rural areas were most likely to suffer from climbing fuel prices given metropolitan residents benefit from having a public transport option.
“I don’t live here in Leeton, I drove over here today for a doctor. I have to drive wherever I need to go for most things. We don’t have public transport options out here,” she said.