By Steve Dellar  |  09-25-2018   News
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Australia is a big country for the population it has. The 25 million citizens of Oceania’s largest nation sometimes have to cross thousands of miles to get to see family. As fuel prices have risen and excise and taxes (which account for more than 30 percent of the cost of fuel at the pump) gone up with it, some people are having to cut back on traveling.

None of these stories have hit home harder than a Queensland grandmother who took up a call to arms to protest rising fuel prices.

Ms Sabrina Lamont, the retired music teacher who lives off-grid just outside of Bundaberg claims that she now has to give up what she loves doing most: teaching music to isolated children in the outback.

Because of the current fuel cost, she can no longer afford to keep buying petrol to travel 500km a week to teach the children.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">OCT<br>26<br>National fuel strike<br>Public · Hosted by Sabrina Lamont<br><br>Friday, 26 October 2018 at 00:00 <a href="https://t.co/qXKN0aOJMl">pic.twitter.com/qXKN0aOJMl</a></p>&mdash; Brien (@brifd) <a href="https://twitter.com/brifd/status/1044095877910953984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ever since her outcry on social media, people have signed up to boycott buying fuel on 26 October.

Ms Lamont, who has seen the number of people answering her call pass 50,000 in no time, stated: “We will do this every month until we are listened to and prices come down and stay that way."

"The government must reduce tax on fuel - its theft and greed. It's sad to see so many people hurting. I sometimes sit here and cry at night thinking about the suffering - I can be an emotional person."

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The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, RACQ, responded via it’s spokeswoman Ms Lucinda Ross: “It’s completely understandable that drivers are frustrated by the high fuel prices we’ve seen in recent months, and while one-off stunts like this may give motorists a feeling of empowerment, unfortunately, they’re unlikely to make a difference in the long-term.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Huge support for National Fuel Strike <a href="https://t.co/hlNcqXTX89">https://t.co/hlNcqXTX89</a></p>&mdash; Melinda Osbaldiston (@lacey002) <a href="https://twitter.com/lacey002/status/1044459709258883073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“We see many motorists continuing to buy from the most convenient site, often just because it’s on the way home from work — but these servos could be the ones charging the highest prices.”

“If you’re in the south east, the best thing you can do to drive down prices is to avoid buying fuel at the top of the cycle — and regardless of where you are across the state, do your research and only ever buy from the cheapest servo in your area.”

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Source:

https://www.qt.com.au/news/thousands-boycott-petrol-stations-national-fuel-st/3533292/

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