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THE Rudd Government has dumped one of its key election promises, the Grocery Choice price monitoring website, after supermarkets failed to provide enough information to make the site reliable.

After a meeting today with major supermarkets, Competition Minister Craig Emerson announced that the measure – an election promise that was aimed at keeping grocery prices low – would not proceed, The Australian reported.

“Upon close examination of the data requirements for reliable price information, I have formed the view that it is not feasible to generate that information in a timely manner, “ Dr Emerson said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    website cost of living in oz

The scheme had been due to be up and running next week.

The dumping of Grocery Choice comes after the Government last year abandoned FuelWatch after it was defeated in the Senate.

Mr Rudd campaigned heavily prior to the election on easing the cost-of-living pressures on working families and increasing competition in the petrol and grocery sectors.

Both FuelWatch and Grocery Choice were criticised for not putting downward pressure on prices.

Earlier this month it emerged that the consumer advocate Choice would be forced to go it alone on the website as the major supermarket chains continued to drag their feet over supplying price data.

Choice took over the running of the website from the Rudd Government, which launched it after campaigning on easing cost-of-living pressures before the election.

The $13 million site, which originally launched last August, was heavily criticised for displaying information that was too general and outdated to be useful.

Source  :  www.news.com.au

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Shares in WA explorer Mutiny Gold shot higher today after the company said it had found five new gold mineralisation zones at its White Well project east of Cue.

Mutiny said the White Well project covered 6.5 km of the Tuckabianna mineral belt, which had a total estimated resource of one million ounces over a strike length of 48km.

The White Well resource is estimated at 113,000 ounces of gold, which the company expects to enhance through further drilling and exploration.

White Well was abandoned by Newcrest Mining in the late 1990s and was acquired by Mutiny in the middle of last year. 

Mutiny Gold managing director John Greeve said he was confident White Well was a vastly underdeveloped resource.

Mutiny Gold shares were up 1.8 cents, or 64.29 per cent, to 4.6 cents at noon on low volumes.

STUART McKINNON

www.thewest.com.au

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