House debates

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Questions without Notice

Electric Vehicles

3:04 pm

Photo of Barnaby JoyceBarnaby Joyce (New England, National Party, Leader of the Nationals) Share this | Hansard source

I have great pleasure in taking this question. Quite obviously, if he were going to help electric cars he would have supported the ARENA legislation. But, of course, the Labour Party last night did not support it, and there's a reason for that. I'd like to quote the honourable member for Grayndler and the honourable member for Hunter, because this goes to the reasoning on how we finance electric cars. The member for Grayndler said:

… we don't think that carbon capture and storage should come at the expense of using the existing renewable energy frameworks such as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation …

But the member for Hunter said:

… and it's regrettable that Labor is now opposing $1.2 billion worth of public investment—

that could go to things such as electric cars—

in carbon-reducing innovation simply because we don't like the entities being used to spend the additional money.

Then he said, and this is the clincher:

Now, that is ideological craziness.

So I think the member for McMahon should be asking the member for Grayndler about his ideological craziness, because the member for McMahon himself said the Senate just voted—


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