Bundy woman leads strike against rising fuel prices
A BUNDABERG woman is at the forefront of a national fuel strike that's gained the backing of more than 85,000 Australians.
Retired music teacher Sabrina Lamont orchestrated a call to arms to protest against the continuously rising fuel prices.
She is putting the spotlight on the Federal Government to abolish taxes which account for more than 30 per cent of the cost of fuel at the bowser.
Her Facebook event has at least 85,000 people agreeing to join in the strike, a figure that has more than doubled in a month.
Another 77,000 people are interested in the protest.
Ms Lamont's motivation behind the strike comes from having to give up a job she loved, teaching music in the outback, due to rising fuel costs about one year ago.
She has a message for fuel companies and those in charge of taxing petrol - this won't be the end of it.
"We will do this every month until we are listened to and prices come down and stay that way," Ms Lamont (pictured) told News Regional Media.
"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."
Federal Government taxes and excise account for a significant percentage of the retail cost of fuel, according to an RACQ fact sheet published this month.
At a cost of 137.6 cents a litre on regular unleaded fuel, federal excise accounts for 40.9 cents of that retail price, while a further 12.5 cents is added in GST. That's 53.4 cents in taxes out of a cost of 137.6 cents per litre, which would be considered cheap.
While the RACQ said it understood drivers' frustrations, the organisation believes a change in long-term habits would be more effective.
"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," RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said.
Ms Lamont is hopeful the unified protest will bring change to fuel prices Australia-wide.
"Together we stand, divided we fall.
"That is the message I am trying to embed in people's hearts and minds," she said.
Thousands of people are expected to take part in the national fuel strike tomorrow.