|Issue No 46||17 March 2000|
Letters to the Editor
Join Australia's Gas Out
Hey here's something fun!!!
Petrol Prices in the city went up by ten cents and the national press told us all about it. The same thing happens in the country (week of Feb.26th) and it does not even receive half the outrage in the media.
The internet threatens the big importers in Australia by allowing demand to supersede the limited brain pool involved in current 'marketing decisions' that restrict trade and consumer choices in Australia especially outside city Australia.
The following stand on petrol profiteering is another opportunity provided by the internet for those outside city Australia to gain some parity in being heard, and in a way that benefits city folk equally in unison with all Australians concerned with the price of petrol.
Low income groups, especially in the outer suburbs and rural areas, must buy a car since the collaboration between government and oil companies in this profiteering does not provide adequate alternative transport and thus compounds the inequities in our country.
April 6th to 8th is an opportunity to address this profiteering by providing those at the petrol pump front-line an incentive to complain to their overlords in a way that they will take notice.
INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY PETROL BOYCOTT - April 6th-8th.
Last year on April 30, across the USA the American people staged what they called a "Gas Out" across Canada and the USA to bring down the high price of petrol ..........and it worked!!!!
It's time we Australian's took a leaf out of the old American protest book and did something similar, only this time let's make it for THREE DAYS instead of just one.
Can you imagine how this sort of action would hurt the Federal Government which rips us off blind with its World Parity Pricing Policy?
Can you imagine how this sort of action would hurt the Oil companies
who also rip us off blind with their variety of fuel prices all across the nation aimed at wringing the last cent out of our pockets wherever they can do so?
Let's see how many Australians we can get to band together for a three day period in April, NOT TO BUY ANY PETROL, during those three days. It will take a little planning but with a small amount of self sacrifice (i.e. ride your bike to work!) and some solidarity with the Canadian and American people as well, we have an opportunity to send a real world message where it's going to hurt the most.
If you're happy about seeing your hard earned dollars stolen by a Middle East Oil Cartel and seeing your own Government rub its hands together while we're ripped off by them as well.......then do nothing !!
If you're fed up with the constant rip off by Cartels and your Government tell them directly. Tell them you've had enough and JOIN AUSTRALIA'S GAS OUT.
Do not buy any petrol from APRIL 6, 2000, to APRIL 8, 2000. Buy what you need before the dates listed above, or after, but practice some restraint and put off some things you were going to do and don't buy any petrol during the GAS OUT. If you want help, just ask!! And mark these dates in your diary-organiser NOW !
> Stephen Hartley
> Brisbane, Australia
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