Threat to Fuel Subsidy Angers Drivers, Lobbies; Govt Eyes 8c Grab for Ailing Coffers

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

IF the Queensland Government scraps the state's eight cents a litre fuel subsidy Luke Rose will be one of thousands of Rocky drivers who feel the sting in his wallet.

As he filled his tank again yesterday, Luke said he might well join the call to sign an online petition to keep the subsidy.

"I don't do much motoring, just to and from work mostly, but losing the subsidy would make a big difference," said Luke.

Five major industry groups came together yesterday to try to save the subsidy after the government said it was one measure under consideration to plug a $14 billion hole in its Budget.

The RACQ, AgForce, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Motor Trades Association of Queensland and Queensland Trucking Association want millions to sign the petition.

RACQ chief executive Ian Gillespie said removing the subsidy plus GST would amount to a tax increase of 9.2 cents on every litre of petrol and diesel.

"We estimate it could cost your standard family a couple of hundred dollars a year," he said. …