National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008; National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008; National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

14 October 2008

© Commonwealth of Australia 2008
ISBN 978-0-642-71984-3

View the report as a single document - (PDF 560KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 8KB)
Recommendations (PDF 6KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and conduct of the inquiry (PDF 12KB)


Chapter 2 - The Economics of Fuelwatch (PDF 80KB)

Addressing information asymmetries
The demand for better information on petrol prices
Reducing the cost of gathering and distributing information
Petrol price cycles
Intra-day price movements
Petrol prices in regional areas
The 'Fuelwatch of the future'

Chapter 3 - FuelWatch in Western Australia (PDF 208KB)

Opinions of FuelWatch in WA
Comparison of Perth fuel prices with other capitals
Econometric approaches

Chapter 4 - Fuelwatch and independent operators (PDF 69KB)

The role of independents in petrol retailing
Challenges facing independents
Concerns raised by independents about Fuelwatch
Predatory pricing and Fuelwatch
The experience of independents under FuelWatch in Western Australian

Chapter 5 - Legal aspects (PDF 17KB)

Legal basis for the legislation
Definition of 'standard price' in the bill
Review provisions

Chapter 6 - Summary and conclusions (PDF 11KB)
Coalitions Senators' Dissenting Report - Executive Summary – watching prices won’t bring them down (PDF 384KB)

The Bills
   1. The unbalanced interim report
   2. FuelWatch – The WA Experience
   3. The Position of the ACCC
   4. The Treasury’s view
   5. Motoring Organisations
   6. Informed Sources
   7. Effects on Independents
   8. Rural and Regional Australia
   9. Wholesale Market
   10. Technical Aspects

Appendix 1 - Submissions Received; Additional Information Received (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 19KB)
Appendix 3 - Bibliography (PDF 7KB)


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719