Conservation group push to cut fuel tax breaks

A CONSERVATION group has urged the Abbott government to cut $5.2 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for fuel use, in a pre-budget submission.

The Australian Conservation Foundation's submission argued for reforms to the fuel tax credit scheme. It also said aviation fuel concessions should be abolished.

ACF chief executive officer Kelly O'Shanassy said "cutting unfair handouts that encourage pollution should be a no-brainer".

But a move to limit the tax credits last year was stopped by industry lobbying and Nationals support for the industry's position.

The government will release the budget in May.

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