CFMEU’s diesel claims refuted

THE NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) has refuted union claims about the off-road diesel fuel exemption.

The NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) has refuted union claims about the off-road diesel fuel exemption.

The Council said that Ian Murray, District President of the CFMEU, incorrectly claimed that the mining industry was accessing a fuel rebate only available to select industries.

“This is a tax rebate in name only,” NSWMC chief executive Dr Williams said.

“It was introduced in 1982 and evolved from an off-road exemption certificate, which acknowledged that diesel vehicles being used off-road could not be charged for damage to public roads which they weren’t using.

“All industries and users of diesel for off-road purposes have access to this exemption, including farmers using tractors, haul trucks in the mining industry, anyone using a diesel generator in remote areas, and back-up generators for hospitals and emergency services.”

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