The Scott Morrison government has kicked one of the biggest own goals on record criticising the Labor Party’s electric car policy when the Liberal’s own policy is basically the same. Instead of backing off on the issue the Liberal Party has doubled down and wheeled out one of Australia’s most disliked and dishonest politicians in Michaela Cash to front the attack on the Labor Party.
To prove to yourself how bad the Liberal Party lies are do an internet search for “Josh Frydenberg electric cars” and you will find a long list of articles of former Minister for the Environment and Energy and current Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talking-up and promoting Australia’s transition to electric cars. You’ll even find on Josh Frydenberg’s own website a copy of an article he wrote for The SMH and The Age in January 2018 which says:
Stand by, Australia, for the electric car revolution is nigh
Date : 13 January 2018
Author: The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
Publication: THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD AND THE AGE
We live in the decade of disruption. Technology is transforming our lives at a rapid rate with no sector immune from its impact.
In communications it’s the iPhone, in data management it’s the cloud and in energy it’s renewables and storage.
In each case, Australians have been among the early adopters. But there is another area of exciting technological disruption with real economic and environmental benefits that is yet to really take off here at home. Electric vehicles.
Capitalising on a declining cost curve, new investments in recharging infrastructure and significant improvements in battery capacity, the industry has now real momentum in Europe, Asia and North America, which will inevitably be replicated here.
The numbers are illustrative. Today, there are two million electric vehicles on the road around the world, a tenfold increase over the last five years and these cars represent around one per cent of new annual vehicle sales.
But it is the projections that are staggering. China is the largest vehicle market in the world with 25 million annual vehicle sales, with an expectation that electric vehicles will make up 10 per cent of new sales by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030.
France and the United Kingdom have announced that they will end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 and Norway and the Netherlands aim to do so by 2025. California has mandated that there be 1.5 million zero emission vehicles in that state by 2025 with already five times as many electric vehicle sales as the US average.
Car manufacturers are also on board. Volvo has said that it will only build hybrid and electric vehicles from 2019, General Motors has announced that they have 20 new electric models under design, Jaguar and Land Rover say all their new model lines from 2020 will be electric and Volkswagen, the world’s biggest car maker, is targeting three million electric vehicle sales per year by 2025.
But in Australia, the emergence of electric vehicles is a different story. Currently, there are 4000 such vehicles on the road, making up just 0.1 per cent of new vehicle sales. Indeed, New Zealand, which is one-fifth of the population of Australia, has already similar number of electric vehicles on its roads.
With regards to range and recharging, the Chevrolet and Renault models already travel around 350 kilometres without needing to be recharged and using the increasingly prominent DC recharging stations, an electric vehicle can be recharged in less than 30 minutes. Indeed, it’s the view of Australia’s Chief Scientist that by 2025 there might be electric vehicles in production that can drive 1000 kilometres on a single charge. This will be remarkable.
Not insignificantly too the fuel cost of a 300-km journey in an electric vehicle is currently about a third of that of a petrol-fuelled car.
A global revolution in electric vehicles is under way and with the right preparation, planning and policies, Australian consumers are set to be the big beneficiaries.
Josh Frydenberg was the Minister for the Environment and Energy when in 2018 he wrote the above article which I have edited down. (Click here to read the full article on Josh Frydenberg’s website or click here to read it on The SMH website)
On the 4th of April 2019 it was reported:
Govt admits own high electric car goal
The government has a pollution reduction goal based on an electric vehicle take up of 25 to 50 per cent of all new cars by 2030, senators have heard.
Despite criticising Labor’s electric vehicle target of 50 per cent by 2030, the government is using a similar policy to project emissions reductions.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says significant funding is needed for Labor’s policy as the energy grid will need to be strengthened to cope with a dramatic increase of electric cars.
But Environment Department officials on Thursday confirmed to Labor senator Kristina Keneally the government is eyeballing the same target. (Click here to read more)
The first video below is Labor Party Senator Kristina Keneally on Monday the 8th of April 2019 exposing the Liberal Party for being hypocrites in relation to their electric car policy.
The below video is Liberal Party Senator Michaelia Cash doubling down the day after the above video on Tuesday the 9th of April 2019 continuing with the Liberal Party lies which, Scott Morrison who is in the background, has to take full ownership of the lies given he is the Prime Minister.
The most telling point with the electric car issue is not the electric car issue. It’s the total and blatant lies being told to win an election even when faced with the truth Prime Minister Scott Morrison and The Liberal Party will just keep on lying.
A lot of voters will be asking if the Liberal Party are willing to so openly and deleiberatly lie about electric cars even after being caught out what issues won’t they lie about?
Some Liberal Party supporters will pull out the 2 wrongs equal a right argument and tell everyone the Labor Party are just as bad with their lies. So what if they are? People can vote for minor parties and independents. It’s time for the lies by all political parties to stop but the parties still haven’t woken up to that yet.
Scott Morrison is going to take his party to a new low to try and win the election and the only thing he is going to achieve is long-term damage to the Liberal Party’s reputation as he’s turfed out of government.
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