FEDERAL MP for Chifley Ed Husic says any increase in the fuel excise in tomorrow’s Budget would deal a heavy blow to Western Sydney families, many of whom are currently forced to drive great distances to and from work.
The fuel excise has been frozen at 38.1% since 2001, but there is increasing speculation the Abbott Government’s first Budget handed down next Tuesday will see the fuel excise unshackled to include twice yearly rises.
“Car dependant Western Sydney families and businesses are already struggling with cost of living pressures,” said Mr Husic.
“Slapping them with fuel tax increases when they are already paying upwards of $1.60 a litre would be devastating.
“The costs associated with any fuel tax increases would automatically flow on to households, not just at the bowser, but through almost every product we buy as transport and logistics companies pass on the extra costs to them,” Mr Husic added.
The Commission of Audit Report released last week was a frightening forerunner to what Australians are expecting from the Abbott Government next Tuesday night.
The report recommended, among other things;
· Ending Medicare with a $15 GP tax, a hospital cut and cuts to the PBS – (The Abbott Budget is expected to see the announcement of at least a $6 GP co-payment).
· Slashing the minimum wage by around $130 per week
· Cutting Family and Pension payments, forcing students and middle income earners to pay more.
“On coming into office, the Abbott Government immediately created a “Budget Emergency” and is using that to try to justify new taxes and payment cuts that it said it wouldn’t impose on people,” Mr Husic concluded.