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Cost of family cars to increase under Labor

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton met with Tait Auto Group General Manager Kendall Tait to discuss Labor’s proposed new Vehicle Efficiency Standard. Photo contributed

According to local Federal Member, Mark Coulton, the price of Australians’ favourite SUVs, utes and 4WDs will be jacked up by thousands of dollars under Labor’s proposed carbon tax on vehicles.

Mr Coulton, the member for Parkes said that, under the proposed new Vehicle Efficiency Standard, Labor will place penalties on new petrol and diesel vehicles over a certain emissions limit to subsidise electric vehicles and make them relatively more affordable.

Industry analysis of the proposed new standard predicts the cost of some popular models such as the Toyota LandCruiser could rise by as much as $25,000.

MR Coulton said Labor’s newest tax will put too many cars out of reach of the average family budget in the Parkes electorate.

“During a cost-of-living crisis, the last thing people want to hear is that the government is going to increase the cost of their favourite family cars and utes with a great big tax,” Mr Coulton said.

“I’m not opposed to electric vehicles, but to subsidise EV sales by taxing people who use other vehicles is yet another attack on regional Australians, particularly working people, young families, tradies, and farmers.

“For these people, SUVs, utes and 4WDs are not a luxury. The Prados, Rangers, HiLux’s, LandCruisers and D-Maxs are the workhorses that rural Australians rely on to go about their daily lives. […]

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