Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 4 August 2022) . . Page.. 2422 ..
times is vital to your health and wellbeing. I hope that, with the support of members in this place, the Period Products and Facilities (Access) Bill 2022 will begin to alleviate some of the issues that I have outlined.
I am very pleased to present my bill to this place today. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (3.38): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that the:
(a) ACT has some of the highest fuel prices of any Australian capital city;
(b) ACT has one of the least competitive fuel retail markets in the country;
(c) ACT Labor/Greens Government has ignored advice from the ACT Legislative Assembly Select Committee on Fuel Pricing in 2019, to initiate a real time, mandatory price-monitoring scheme similar to the FuelCheck app in NSW;
(d) ACT Labor/Greens Government stated they believe that there is already a high degree of retail fuel price transparency in the ACT; and
(e) price of fuel is a significant impact on Canberrans’ cost of living; and
(2) calls on the ACT Government to introduce the FuelCheck app in the ACT.
My motion today proposes a simple and effective solution to a growing concern for many Canberrans. Today I propose that this Labor-Greens government introduce a FuelCheck app that would support the transparency of fuel prices in the ACT by providing accurate, real-time information, and more transparency and choice for Canberra’s consumers and drivers.
The introduction of a FuelCheck app—a digital app and website, which we propose to be administered by the ACT government, which compares prices for all registered retail fuel providers in the ACT—intends to, firstly, increase competitiveness among fuel retailers by implementing price transparency; secondly, provide ACT residents with choice and transparency; and, thirdly, provide accessible, customer-oriented government services. From the perspective of reducing red tape and regulatory burden and supporting a more robust market and better outcomes for consumers, the FuelCheck app makes sense.
This proposal is not just a political move on the part of the Canberra Liberals. As my colleagues across the chamber would realise, just a few weeks ago the NRMA urged the ACT government to consider a fuel price monitoring app “now more than ever”. The “now more than ever” quote is to do with the cost-of-living pressure that Canberrans are under at the moment.