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    Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Just thought as an off-topic discussion, to help keep in perspective with other parts of the world, that the price of Petrol has reached $5.30US a gallon ($1.55AU a Litre)here on the East Coast of Australia.

    Would be interested in knowing what it has reached in other areas of the world as a comparison.

    Do you believe that World Prices are fair and comparable with others around the world, or are we being taken to the cleaners by those that control the Oil Prices ?

    Would be interested to know.

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Here in Canada it's around 97 cents per litre...

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    My car is a Diesel, so that's what I pay attention to. I think standard grade 87 octane gasoline is a little less than Diesel lately. Here near (not in) Chicago, I'm paying about $2.30-ish for a gallon. When I bought the car two years ago, it was always $1.60, give or take .10 - very constant because truckers can just wait another 100 miles or so to fill up if one area is very expensive. So those of us driving the 50+ mpg Diesel cars benefited from it.

    Here in the US, we've had it so cheap for so long that few people worry about it. That's a waste, so many people driving much bigger cars than they need. I was in England in '92 and prices there were so much higher than I was used to - maybe three times the money (this was in Brighton, much less than London). I have to admit that I haven't followed the reasoning behind the price surge that closely, but there are a lot of recent (past couple years, anyway) events that apparently contribute to that. How close are we to running out of a supply of oil? Have all other petroleum based products like plastics gone up that much too? Natural gas here has gone up at a faster rate than gasoline or Diesel.

    I can see how prices in England would be so much higher because it's imported. I was in Houston, Texas a year ago and it was a little less than here at the time - home to lots of oil production and refining. But not that much different.

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    There's even a rather large difference within areas of each state... here in my state the difference between the lowest and highest (voluntarily reported) is nearly .40ยข per gallon.
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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    It's about $2.35 us here in NE FLA. And with 2 trucks this family is going broke!

    I would guess that fairness would really have little to do with it, because it is unfair to everybody. If it did then we would not have to spend a 1/3 of our pay checks just to get back and forth to work everyday. Though some countires are feeling it more than others. I have some very, very strong feelings on this subject that I will not go into, from opec to drilling anwar and the eastern coastline.

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Interesting posts.

    It's about $2.30 near DC, about $2.5 inside DC I think, and about $2.15 in the rural portions of Virginia.

    From what I understand, the US government sudsidizes fuel prices here so we are arguably paying the difference from the rest of the world with our taxes. I am buying into oil and gas stocks at this time as they are doing well overall. It's a smart way to make your money back from the gas pump

    Sorry to see it's happened for these reasons, but on a personal level I am glad to see that the new hybrid-engined cars are getting immensly popular here in the US. In metropolitan Washington DC I see several on the road everyday, growing in numbers. Down here in conservative Richmond they are rare.

    Be interested to see what others have to say. Peter, is there an alternative-fuel vehicle explosion in Oz as well?

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Nope there isn't because of there initial cost. Although there are 3 manufacturers now with them. I spent $2,500 on LPG conversion on my 12 year old Tarago, 11 years ago when LPG was cheap per litre, around $0.20, but now it is $0.60 but more in the 40-50 cent range majority of the time. Taxi's run fulltime on LPG, I have dual fuel LPG/Petrol, need to use both. There are some Buses that are running on Natural Gas here as well.

    I can't understand why there isn't more input into alternative cars and getting the price cheaper overall to make them more interesting to customers. I can understand about development costs, but looking at the long term I think is better than looking short sighted as well.

    We need to get the cars cleaner and the air cleaner or the world is just going to go more and more down hill over the next 10-30 years or so.

    Even though Oil has dropped by $8US a gallon on the world market, Petrol is still very high here again, around $5US a gallon which just isn't right.

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Peter, this all sounds very interesting to me however I am going to require some translation on this: "I spent $2,500 on LPG conversion on my 12 year old Tarago, 11 years ago when LPG was cheap per litre,"

    Sorry I don't knwo what LPG or a Tarago are! I presume the latter is a car.

    The only reason I can determine that there is little more being done to develop alternative fuel vehicles is that the Oil Empire is against it. Like it or not, there are special interest groups pulling weight on government officials in this country (and I can only imagine elsewhere) and of course Oil has more money lining its pockets than Hydrogen does! It's come to this, the crucial point of oil prices, availability, wars, politics and public interest to get the ball rolling here. And even AT THAT the American car makers have dropped the ball! Oh, the irony! In the 1970's during the gas crisis here the American car makers were still pumping out big, boxey V8 cars from Detroit. Well, low and behold the Japanese came in with their Hondas and blew the American companys away, the American public ate it up and to this day the Americans are still trying to play catch-up to the level of quality and technology that the Japanese have spanked us with for 30 years now. Again! Honda and Toyota BOTH came out with hybrid gas/electric cars around the year 2000 or so. Spanked us again! American companies wer caught with their pants down, began scambling to catch up and only this year are we seeing the first American cars (and trucks!) being released with hybrid motors. It's embarrasing!

    So I think the technology has been there for quite sometime. It's obvioulsy simply a matter of desire. The politicians had no desire to anger the oil companies by throwing money in alternative fuels, but now that the Japanese have spanked us and consumer demand for this technology is up - in other words, now that there's MONEY to be made - the American car companies are taking action. "We haven't had the technology until now." I don't buy that for one second. It's about desire.

    I don't know if Ausland is subject to the same buerocracy as we are here god bless you if you are!

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Rick,

    I believe LPG is 'litre per gallon', the metric equivalent of MPG (miles per gallon). Wait, that doesn't make any sense. Ah, well I'll post it anyways for the humouros nature,

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    The real answer of LPG should be found somewhere on this site.

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    LPG stands for Liquid Petroleum Gas, think of your Bar-B-Q Gas bottle and make it a 60 litre (13 gallon) tank. $2,500Aus is around $1,900US in todays $$'s but back then it was more likely around $1,500US as the Aus $ is worth more now than it was then so really it should have cost me about $1,950Aus then. 1 Gallon is equivalent to 4.5 litres.

    Basically it costs me roughly about $16Aus ($12US) to travel about 240Km (110 miles) city traffic as apposed to $53US to travel 159 miles on unleaded Petrol. Roughly.

    A Tarago, is made by Toyota, is a People Mover, Sleek Looking. I know they have them in America I have seen them in the movies and on TV Shows.

    The Van that was being driven in the Movie Carpool with Tom Arnold in it, you know the one where he kidnapps the father and children, drives through a mall and chased by Rhea Pearlman on a Cop cart, and ends at a sideshow carnival.

    Pretty much what a Chrysler Voyager was probably modelled on.

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    I've been paying about $2.50 USD/gallon for Super Unleaded (92 octane)...Yikes. As a poor college student, it's putting a pretty big dent in my wallet. Why did I have to buy a car that takes Super???


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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Quote Originally Posted by Flashram_Peter_AUS
    LPG stands for Liquid Petroleum Gas
    AKA Propane over here. There are some companies working on this in the US too, but it's more for industrial use (fork lifts, been common for a long time). I think that's what most of the mail delivery trucks run on too.

    There's an infrastructure problem with something like this in the States for big time use - there aren't many places that sell it, and nothing all night (like gas stations and truck stops).

    Rick, it's too bad that high fuel prices are the only reason that hybrids are taking off right now, but that's what it takes sometimes. The only thing is, at highway speeds you're not really saving anything. If you drive a lot of hwy miles then you're going 60-70mph (or more ) and the very small gasoline engine just has to work that much harder.

    I'm taking a break from working on my Diesel right now, getting ready for a road trip to Denver in a couple of weeks. I can get fuel 24 hours a day but only need it about every 6-700 miles, and won't have another oil change for 10,000 miles. Plus no ignition system to worry about (VW's biggest problem) or Hybrid batteries to replace some day. If I keep it around 70, I'll stay at 50mpg, too. Diesel exhaust does have a higher soot content than anything else, but 2006's Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel fuel mandate will help that. But it does have less CO2 than an equivalent gasoline engine which helps the greenhouse effect. Cold-weather starting isn't an issue anymore, either. These cars aren't for everyone, but I'm not going back to a gasoline car anytime soon! ;)

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Penny,

    Puts things into proportion eh?! I read somewhere that in most places beer is cheaper than milk now!

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    I wish it did run on water then I could just get it out of the tap and use that which is a site cheaper than bottled water. Penny, you can virtually double those prices for us here, with exchange and markup. The thing about Milk, the farmers get no where near that for their milk, it is just the stores that make the huge profits out of it.

    You know Restraunts work the price out that it costs them to make a dish and then add 65% markup. Remember that next time you are eating out.

    I don't anymore as I have lost all income now and can no longer afford to do just about anything. Any spare cash the wife has the girls get that for them which is a rarerity now. I know you aren't working either as well, so you feel my pain.

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Quote Originally Posted by Flashram_Peter_AUS
    Just thought as an off-topic discussion, to help keep in perspective with other parts of the world, that the price of Petrol has reached $5.30US a gallon ($1.55AU a Litre)here on the East Coast of Australia.

    Would be interested in knowing what it has reached in other areas of the world as a comparison.

    Do you believe that World Prices are fair and comparable with others around the world, or are we being taken to the cleaners by those that control the Oil Prices ?

    Would be interested to know.
    Here on the North Coast, it's been about $2.70 to $2.80 for REGULAR!!! That's per gallon, folks... 87 octane.
    I keep hearing these "National Average" numbers and AAA figures on the Highest Gas Price in the Nation... the numbers are always lower than our prices here... it's 40-50 cents cheaper just over the border in Oregon. Lots of us drive up there to save on gas, since it's not that far. Do some sales-tax-free shopping as well and you've saved enough. In the meantime, my bike is getting used almost daily.
    Politics don't matter to us up here-- we're so detached from the rest of the world that it's hard to stay in the know. (Though I insist on not being a mushroom-- you know, kept in the dark and fed ********) Our questions are not so much "Why is the state of the world making gas prices like this?" They're more like "How come we're getting shafted here but only a few miles away it's cheaper?" There's talk of local conspiracies and price gouging... the gas station owners insist that their costs are rising, but one of our County Supervisors says his own investigations say otherwise.
    My car gets good mileage, but I guess that doesn't really matter in the big scheme of things-- we're still burning fossil fuels to get around, so it's a lose-lose situation anyway...
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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    I talked with a friend yesterday. He works at a gas station in Oregon. He said they're paying $10 for 50 gallons of gas, and then selling it for $2.50 a gallon. Anyone can do the math on that. It equals "Ouch, Is that My Ass? I'm Getting Screwed In It!"
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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    well i thought i might just add the british prices for petrol: 89pence per liter thats 1.74$usd
    and then theres diesel: 93pence per liter : 1.86$usd

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    Struth Dyer that ain't cheap, evern more expensive than here in Australia. Nearly Double what is is a Litre here.

    Just an update, even though Oil has gone under $50 a barrel on the world market, Petrol prices still remain quite high here, without much likely hood of dropping in the near future as well.

    It really doesn't make sense compared to prices in the US being what they are, if it is a world controlled market price, (me thinks it is not the case).

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    Re: Petrol Prices here in Australia at present

    Quote Originally Posted by Flashram_Peter_AUS
    if it is a world controlled market price, (me thinks it is not the case).
    Same here. Prices go up a lot, then come back a little. The rise usually has to do with the price of crude, but the fall in price doesn't seem to have much to do with it. Being a commodity that the refineries are sitting on, maybe they have to sell off the expensive stuff they're sitting on before they can lower the price - or maybe I'm being optimistic. Regardless of what crude does, I don't think I'll ever see $1.60/US gal Diesel again.

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    Thanks to a huricane.

    Monday I paid $2.569 per gal for 11 gal of gas.$ 28.25. Today it's$ 3.109, or $34.20 for 11 gal. But don't worry, you can get a good deal on a Chevy Suburban!
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    As if all the destruction of the hurricane wasn't enough!! Regular unleaded here is now $2.99 a gallon, and stations are slowly shutting down due to running out of fuel. I have a 300zx that gets 19 miles a gallon, and takes 93 octane ($3.61 a gallon)!! Time to get a second job so I can afford to go to work!

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    Well currently it has hit $4.455US a gallon down here in Australia for Unleaded Petrol, so still a long way to catch up to us here.

    I do feel for everyone and the price of Petrol.

    Fortunately for me I run LPG as well mostly which is $1.50US a gallon equivalent so I don't feel the pinch as much as the wife does with her Daewoo Lanos that she drives.

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    Well, Peter, we came a long way overnight!! It is now $5.87 for regular unleaded!!!!!!!!

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