Won’t the ACCC do what it is paid to do?

Letters to the editor

For years I have been under the delusion that we, the people of Australia, elected our local representatives to gather in Canberra and run the country.

And that the Prime Minister was the boss and he/she told the Public Service what to do. Well apparently, I have been wrong all this time. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority, whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians. However, it seems Mr Rod Sims and the ACCC are above the wishes and requests of the people and can do whatever they choose, whenever they choose.

We, the good citizens of the Peninsula, have been requesting an investigation into the petrol price rip-off we have been forced to put up with for years.

Our federal parliamentary representatives, our state representatives, the media and particularly our Peninsula News have raised our concerns for years but these requests have gone into Mr Sims’ too-hard basket or just couldn’t care-less rubbish bin. It is interesting to see that Lucy Wicks has organised a petition expressing our concerns. Why do we have to have a petition requesting the ACCC to do what they are being paid to do? How are we getting a fair deal when we are being robbed by the petrol companies, and have been for years? We shouldn’t have to go cap in hand to anyone when Blind Freddy can see this continued theft should have been fixed years ago. If the ACCC doesn’t want to conduct a searching investigation, could someone from that organisation tell us why they won’t and maybe even suggest a body, with the power to get some answers, which will.

Email, 13 Apr 2018 Laurie Powell, Woy Woy