‘Fuel excise duty should be reinvested in infrastructure’, poll finds

Australia’s top motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has published new independent research suggesting that two-thirds of Australians would prefer money from excise fuel, which will soon return to its rate full or reinvested in infrastructure projects.

Insightfully’s survey of 1,910 Australians found the cost of living was the number one concern for 53% of respondents, ahead of health (9%) and climate change (3%).

Ten percent of respondents identified fuel costs as their main concern (included in total cost of living).

Key survey findings include:

  • 67% are in favor of 100% of the tax levied on motorists through the fuel tax being reinvested in road and transport infrastructure
  • 56% would be in favor of returning to its full fuel excise rate, but only if all the money collected is spent on transport infrastructure
  • 60% oppose increasing fuel excise duties if no new measures (such as 100% reinvestment) are enacted

AAA chief executive Michael Bradley said fuel costs were a growing concern for Australian motorists.

“High fuel costs continue to be a major concern for Australian motorists, who clearly expect the taxes they pay to bowser to be spent on making their transport network safer and more efficient,” said said Mr. Bradley.

“It is clear that a strong majority of motorists oppose a 25 cent per liter increase in fuel excise, but motorists are more accepting of this tax if they see it being spent on the roads and the transportation infrastructure their communities need.

“The AAA again calls for the October budget to allocate 100% of fuel excise revenue to Commonwealth funding of land transport infrastructure.”

The AAA did not support the halving of fuel excise duties in the March budget, which it said cut revenue available for infrastructure investment by $3 billion, while by doing nothing to improve the sustainability or fairness of Australian car taxation, or the factors that continue to drive up prices. .

The AAA also raised concerns that there was no guarantee the cut would be passed on to motorists by fuel retailers.

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