Local MP for Wright Scott Buchholz has vowed to fight Labor’s Plan to make sure that 50% of new vehicles sold in Australia are electric over the next decade, describing it as “devastating for local residents”.
“I am actually really angry that the alternative Prime Minister can have a plan that will add up to $10,000 to the price of new cars and severely limit the vehicle choices that local residents have in the future,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Labor’s 50% electric car plan is sheer madness and I will fight it tooth and nail.”
Under Labor’s plan all petrol and diesel vehicles, such as the family car or work ute, will be subjected to tighter carbon emissions standards – which is predicted to push up the price of these cars by between $5,000 and $10,000.
On top of that, expensive electric cars will receive taxpayer subsidies to encourage more people to buy them.
“So people will be paying for this crazy plan through their taxes and also when they go to buy their next car,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This plan shows how out of touch Bill Shorten is – I know many local residents enjoy four wheel driving, camping, and family holidays that explore the great outdoors. Not only is it tough to find an electric car capable of towing a camper trailer – but good luck finding a recharge station off the beaten track!
“And local tradies and farmers who require a work ute or van will also be hit. It’s hard to fit tools and equipment in a Tesla!”
Mr Buchholz said he was also concerned that the Greens Adam Bandt has said the Greens planned to make Labor’s plan even stronger – bringing targets forward and hitting residents harder.
“This is environmental activism gone mad – to dictate what sort of car Australians are allowed to drive and to impose draconian laws that will hit hard-working families.
Labor and the Greens are a real threat to the lifestyle we enjoy here in Wright and I want to let locals know I’ll be fighting this ridiculous plan on their behalf.”