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Mitchell, D H(Douglas Hutson),1943- 1986 , 'Fiscal measures and vehicle fuel conservation', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Australian self sufficiency in oil is declining. From the early
1990's Australia will have to fund rapidly increasing oil imports
and find alternative tax revenues to replace present oil resource
Because of low levels of fuel taxation, Australia has one of the
world's lowest prices for vehicle fuel and one of the world's
highest rates of vehicle fuel consumption. Switching to smaller
and more fuel efficient vehicles is the accepted strategy for
reducing vehicle fuel demand, but in Australia fuel price
incentives are no longer sufficient to maintain, let alone
increase, such a trend. The logical solution is to increase
vehicle fuel taxes in Australia to levels common in similar
economies. The additional tax revenue would offset the declining
yield from oil resource taxation, and higher fuel prices would
promote the adoption of more efficient vehicle technology.
However, logical solutions must be defined in the context of
existing social and political realities.
Present government policy of not increasing vehicle fuel taxes to
reduce fuel demand is based on economic theory. While this study
concentrates on removing, or at least weakening, this economic
argument, the real barriers to fuel tax increases are considered
more likely to be found in the underlying social attitudes
developed around the private motor vehicle in Australia, and the
impact of these attitudes at a political level.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Mitchell, D H(Douglas Hutson),1943-
Keywords: Petroleum conservation, Petroleum conservation, Petroleum, Automobiles
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1988. Bibliography: leaves [72]-87

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