March 15th 2008


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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Will the economy spoil Rudd's party?

THE ECONOMY: Higher interest rates the wrong way to cut inflation

EDITORIAL: Horse flu: Canberra makes the victims pay

PREDATORY PRICING: Defending small business and farmers

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Ten concerns about Rudd's first 100 days

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Warmer oceans? / Revenge of the nerds / The left assault on the student mind

ENVIRONMENT: Climate change: fallacies in the Garnaut report

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Time for moratorium on abortion?

CHINA: Beijing's human rights record: why we must act

ASIA: Sri Lanka at the brink

RUSSIA: From Putin to Medvedev: a new Russia?

EASTERN EUROPE: Communist old guard still not defeated

Fuel price deception (letter)

The real 'stolen generation' (letter)

BOOKS: UNSTOPPABLE GLOBAL WARMING Every 1,500 Years, by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery

BOOKS: THEIR DARKEST HOUR: People Tested to the Extreme in WWII, by Laurence Rees

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Fuel price deception (letter)


by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, March 15, 2008

Sir,

Even motorists, who have other distractions, would have noted that fuel prices at petrol stations (they are no longer "service" stations) always end in .9 of a cent. This poor attempt at deception was in full swing, even when I first arrived in Brisbane with my family, when I was nine years old.

Various shop windows displayed their wares in the old currency as one pound, 19 shillings and 11 pence ha'penny. For the uninitiated, that price meant that one ha'penny (or halfpenny) more would take the price to all of two pounds.

However, the ha'penny, like the .9 of a cent, promises to give the illusion that the item is a little cheaper, which wouldn't be noticed too much nowadays, if your card is swiped quickly and it's accompanied by the attendant's friendly comment "And how's your day been?" I replied to one guy: "Great until I drove in to fill up the car."

Frank Bellet,
Petrie Qld




























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