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Congratulations to Mia Armitage and Rob Osborne for their very timely article last week on climate-change policies. The coalition of course has no real policies, and Labor’s and the Greens’ policies have lots of detail on the easy part, that’s the one-third of emissions from electricity generation. But they have very little on the other two-thirds, and what they do have is simplistic or poorly detailed.

For example, Labor wants 50 per cent of new car sales to be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. That sounds good, but the other 50 per cent could (and probably would) be emissions-intensive 4WDs, most of which would still be on the road in 2050 and beyond, when we need to be at net zero emissions.

What is needed is both an incentive to buy EVs and a disincentive to buy fossil-fuelled vehicles.

Remove GST from all vehicles, and collect the same amount of money by a sales tax based on emission levels – no tax on EVs and an increasing level of taxation on more polluting vehicles?

Similarly, why not reduce rego and CTP (compulsory third party) fees to a nominal level to cover administration costs, and recover the money by an increased fuel tax? No fees for EVs, increasing fees for fuel-guzzling 4WDs.

These sort of signals need to be implemented now, to give a clear signal to consumers that EVs are the future, and fossil-fuelled vehicles will be not only more expensive to buy but also more expensive to run, and therefore not a good buy.

As for charging points, if Giles Parkinson wants to find something he could always go the local library. Not only do they still have books, they also have very knowledgeable staff, who could have pointed Giles to the charging station in the library carpark.

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