The Australian Greens have thrown down the gauntlet ahead of the Batman by-election in Victoria, with an electric vehicle policy that would ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars in Australia by 2030.
The Greens have unveiled a suite of measures the party said would “kick-start” the EV revolution in Australia, where it has so far lagged embarrassingly behind other developed nations.
As well as shutting down the market for new ICE (internal combustion engine) cars, the Greens’ propose a four-point plan that would introduce light vehicle emissions standards by 2022, and remove import tariffs, GST and stamp and registration fees on zero emissions vehicles.
The policy measures, which would apply until 2022, would also introduce an EV sales requirement for manufacturers selling vehicles in Australia, and establish a $151 million fund to help fund the roll-out of public EV charging infrastructure.
The policy launch comes ahead of this weekend’s by-election for the inner Melbourne seat of Batman, which is being billed as a key battle in a long-running territory war between Labor and the Greens.
The Greens currently hold seven lower house electorates in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, as well as the federal seat of Melbourne, which is held by Adam Bandt.
A victory for Greens candidate Alex Bhathal would give the party its second lower house seat – although recent polls put Labor candidate Ged Kearney slightly ahead.
The Greens have fought the major parties hard on climate and renewable energy policies – both at a federal level, and in recent and upcoming state elections – in a bid to call out the distinct lack of policy ambition in the Coalition, and to shame the Labor party into meeting them somewhere much further than halfway.
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