NRMA calls for review of dependence on foreign fuel

IF AUSTRALIA'S overseas oil supply was significantly disrupted tomorrow, the nation could come to a standstill within three weeks, the NRMA has warned.

The company's fuel security report has revealed just how vulnerable Australia would be if unprecedented events like war, economic turmoil or significant natural disasters offshore cut off the road transport network's lifeline.

Prepared by air vice-marshal John Blackburn, the report suggests chilled and frozen foods and pharmacy supplies could run out within seven days and hospital supplies and public fuel in as little as three days.

The NRMA has called on the Federal Government to immediately review Australia's level of dependence on foreign fuel.

Director Graham Blight said the idea that "we have about three weeks worth of fuel at our disposal before the country would come to a standstill" should be enough to bring the planned 2014 forum on Australia's fuel vulnerability forward.

NRMA KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Reduce our dependence on overseas fuel supplies by sourcing local supplies and safeguarding our refining capabilities
  • Develop and use non-oil based alternative fuels or other resources available in Australia such as LPG and electric vehicles.

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