Fuel subsidy for mining companies has some backing

ABOUT half of Queenslanders and Western Australians back cutting fuel subsidies for mining companies, a survey of about 2500 people suggests.

They were asked their thoughts on subsidies and tax breaks amounting to $7.7 billion for "fossil fuel companies".

The lion's share of that figure comes from the $6 billion diesel fuel rebate for off-road use, which is mainly used by mining companies.

In the ReachTel survey, funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation and other environmental groups, 51-52% of Queenslanders and WA residents backed reducing the rebate.

Also, about 55% of WA survey respondents and 51% of the Queenslanders backed phasing out all subsidies for fossil fuel companies "over time", without a specific end date.



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