Oil prices rose in the New Testament last year. But are drivers really ‘taken to drive’?

Like all other drivers, Wendy Bartle has seen her fuel bill increase steadily over the past year.

“As he grew older, I became very angry and wondered why?” She lived in Darwin after filling an inner city service station.

But recently, Travel Interst gave her a new look at the current fee of $ 1.51 per liter.

“Now I am going down to the south and [the Darwin prices] They are very good. ”

Fuel Prices at Darwin’s United Gas Station Friday.(

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Last year, Top End Capital’s average oil price rose by 33 cents.

However, according to the latest data from the NT Treasury and Finance Department, four other capitals had higher average prices in August.

The most expensive fuel was in Sydney, with drivers paying an average of $ 1.58 per liter, followed by Brisbane, Hobart and Canberra.

But for Darwin drivers, it is not uncommon to find that local fuel prices are lower than the national average.

A man in a black hat sits in the driver's seat.
James Hawks thinks Darwin’s drivers are being robbed.(

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“Obviously I’m not happy,” says Darwin driver James Hawkes.

But what can you do? he is.

For Territorians living in regional centers, the costs are higher.

According to the New Testament government, oil costs $ 1.74 per liter in the Catherine region and $ 1.89 in the Alice Springs region.

Laws designed to prevent inflation have not been passed

In May last year, when Darwin’s oil price was just $ 1.21 per liter, Prime Minister Michael Gunner threatened to introduce new rules to reduce oil prices.

At the time, Darwin’s difference between wholesale and retail prices was 35 cents per liter – the second highest of all capitals.

But for a year, the margin has dropped dramatically to just 9 cents – including the country’s second lowest.

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Mr Gunner last year threatened to take “severe action” to lower oil prices in the New Testament. (

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The Prime Minister used the latest figures to explain why the government did not comply with the current cap on retail oil margins.

Since I raised my concerns 18 months ago, the retail oil margins in the region are consistently lower than in the country.

Unfortunately, crude oil prices are currently high across Australia.

According to Edon Bell, operations manager at the NT Automobile Association, the main reason why terrain drivers spend more on fuel is international factors.

But he said if gasoline prices did not fall last year, gasoline prices would get worse.

“For me, the oil industry is playing its part,” Bell said.

And if consumers are generally shopping around and looking for the best price for the day, this will motivate competition.

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