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North Sydney welcomes release of New Vehicle Efficiency Standard

Media Release, 27 March 2024

Kylea Tink MP, Independent Federal Member for North Sydney, has welcomed the Government's release of the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard.

The legislation, to be introduced in parliament today, will deliver lower emissions, better air quality, and cheaper, more efficient cars for the Australian public.

These standards have been decades in the making. Today's legislation follows attempts by the Gillard government in 2010, the Greens in 2014, the Turnbull government in 2016, and consistent calls from the North Sydney community to introduce strong standards.

It reflects feedback from industry and the public and is a solid stepping stone towards Australia’s emissions reduction targets with the initial settings expected to reduce Australian transport emissions by 20 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, and 80 million tonnes by 2035.

Comments from Kylea Tink MP, Independent Federal Member for North Sydney:

"North Sydney welcomes the release of the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard. This long-awaited legislation will bring Australia in line with the global market, delivering cleaner, cheaper road transport for all Australians.

"Ambitious fuel efficiency standards are an essential step towards reducing the cost of transport, reducing transport emissions, and improving air quality, energy security and safety.

"These standards are already decades overdue. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Parliament to ensure a strong, sensible standard is introduced, and will continue to push hard against the persistent misinformation campaign that has plagued this debate so far.

“Australia has been stuck in park when it comes to reducing transport emissions. These standards shift us into first gear, but there’s a long way to go until we can set the cruise control.

“This is just a first step: now we need to find ways to make it easier for everyone to be able to access a fuel-efficient vehicle. Whether that’s potentially tax credits for consumers or making it easier to get access to a second hand vehicle - the guardrails are now set but we’re still a long way behind. We must continue to clean up transport, including making public and active transport a viable travel option for more people.”

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