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AGAINST – Bills — New Vehicle Efficiency Standard Bill 2024, New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2024; Third Reading

Catherine King

by leave—I move:

That this bill be now read a third time.

It has been 20 years since we've talked about having a fuel efficiency standard in this country. We stand alongside Russia as the only advanced economy that does not have fuel a efficiency standard.

Hon. Members

Honourable members interjecting—

Milton Dick

Order! The minister will pause. The minister is on her feet. She has been speaking for about 15 seconds. That is not the reason for everyone to start screaming and yelling. We're not having that.

The member for Barker. We will listen to the minister. The minister has the call.

Catherine King

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. As I said, we have stood alongside Russia as one of the only advanced economies that does not have a fuel efficiency standard, so consumers in Australia are not getting the benefits of the most efficient vehicles, whether they be petrol vehicles, whether they be hybrid, whether they be electric vehicles or diesel vehicles like the one that I drive. This is an important reform, one that is long overdue, one that used to be supported by those opposite. They know that it is an important measure to make sure that people in regional areas get the fuel savings that are desperately needed. We know in country Australia just how important it is that we are part of the net zero transformation and that is what this bill is very much part of—making sure the people in regional Australia get the benefit of fuel-efficient cars. That is what this bill does. I'm very proud that we are bringing this into the House today and getting it through and getting this done, something the member for Bradfield could only dream about.

Paul Fletcher

I move as an amendment to the motion before the House that the word 'now' be omitted and replaced with the word 'not', so the question would be 'that this bill be not read a third time'. The reason I move that—

Milton Dick

Just pause, I want to hear from the Leader of the House.

Tony Burke

I move:

That the question be put.

Milton Dick

The question before the House is the question be put.


Date and time: 10:33 AM on 2024-05-16
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 81
Total number of "no" votes: 67
Total number of abstentions: 3
Related bill: New Vehicle Efficiency Standard Bill 2024

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