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‘Tokenism’: Dick Smith slams Labor’s electric car proposal

Dick Smith has criticised Labor’s plan to significantly increase the number of electric cars in Australia.

Bill Shorten has announced the plan as part of Labor’s climate change policy.

His government would aim for half of all new cars to be electric by the year 2030.

But Dick Smith, who himself owns two electric cars, says the proposal won’t do anything to lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

“This type of tokenism, it’s just gonna put the prices up.

“If you’re wealthy it’ll be okay, if you’re a typical working Australian you’re not going to be able to afford an electric car.”

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The Big Guns have also weighed into the debate.

Political commentator Peta Credlin says it’ll be nearly impossible to go from 0.2 per cent of all cars on Australian roads being electric to 50 per cent in just eleven years.

“It’s absolute madness.”

Former Labor senator Graham Richardson tells Ben Fordham it will “do nothing to stop coal-fired power”.

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