Fuel rebate cut a no go

WAFarmers is cautioning the Federal government against making cuts to the current off-road fuel rebate farmers can claim through the Fuel Tax Credit Scheme.

Should speculation of such cuts be true, the Federal government would be defying its commitment to industry’s profitability and competitiveness, WAFarmers President Dale Park said.

“Prior to last year’s election, WAFarmers called for the off-road fuel rebate to be retained in the interests of keeping farming businesses viable in the face of rising cost pressures,” Mr Park said.

“If agriculture is one of the five pillars of the Australian economy, as the Coalition claims, and they are committed to the future competitiveness of industry, then this is definitely not the way to demonstrate that.

“Cutting the rebate could cost producers thousands of dollars per year, compounding other cost pressures which continue to rise.”

WAFarmers is joining with the National Farmers’ Federation and other State Farming Organisations in voicing its concerns about the potential cut, and will be speaking with politicians demanding they take any such cuts off the table.

“I also urge all farmers out there to get on the phone or write an email to their Federal member of parliament and have their voice heard, in the best interests of industry,” Mr Park said.

The current Fuel Tax Credit Scheme allows farmers to get a rebate of duties paid on certain fuels purchased for off-road purposes, while the collected duties are used to maintain the nation’s road network.

Ends.

All media requests must be directed to WAFarmers Marketing and Communications Officer Leslee Hall on (08) 9486 2100 or [email protected].

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Prime Minister
Tony Abbott
Phone:
6277 7700
Email: [email protected]
 
Treasurer
Joe Hockey MP
Phone:
(02) 6277 7340
Email: [email protected]
 
Assistance Treasurer
Senator Mathias Cormann
Phone: (02) 6277 7400
Phone: (08) 9325 4227
Email: [email protected]
 
Minister for Agriculture
Barnaby Joyce
Phone:
(02) 6277 7520
                (02) 6761 3080
Email: [email protected]
 
Minister for Infrastructure and regional Development
The Hon Warren Truss MP
Phone:
(02) 6277 7680
                (07) 4121 2936
Email: [email protected]

WA Politicians:

Rick Wilson, Member for O’Connor
Phone:
(08) 9021 2044
Email: [email protected]

Melissa Price, Member for Durack
Phone:
(08) 9964 2195
Email: [email protected]

Nola Marino, Member for Forrest
Phone:
(08) 9721 3788
Email: [email protected]

David Johnston, Senator for WA
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8) 9478 2088
Email: [email protected]

Chris Back, Senator for WA
Phone: (08)
9328 3688
Email: [email protected]

Michaelia Cash, Senator for WA
Phone: (08)
9226 2000
Email: [email protected]

Alan Eggleston, Senator for WA
Phone: (08)
9368 6633
Email: [email protected]

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