When’s a lie not a lie? Ask, Prime Minister Morrison. Now, “Don’t hurt your back doing back flips” ‘Prime Minister Scott Morrison has doubled down on comments made toward Bill Shorten in his last election campaign who he accused of “wanting to end the weekend” with his electric vehicles policy.
Mr Morrison was doing the media rounds on Thursday morning when he was asked by Sunrise host David Koch about his “massive backflip” on electric vehicles before a video was played.
In the clip Mr Morrison criticised EVs and the policy set out by then-Labor leader Mr Shorten, who he accused of trying to force Australians to give up their petrol-run cars.
“It’s not going to tow your trailer, it’s not going to tow your boat. Bill Shorten wants to end the weekend when it comes to his policy on electric vehicles,” Mr Morrison said at the time.
He was asked whether it was a “come to Jesus moment” and what lead him to change his view.
Mr Morrison stood by his comments saying Mr Shorten and the Labor Party wanted to “force” people to do it.
“I still don’t want to do that,” he said.
“You don’t get people to do something else by pushing up the prices of what they’re currently doing. And that’s still what Labor wants to do. They want to put up your petrol prices. They want to increase your cost of living to force you to make other choices.’
The Prime Minister said it was about “respecting” the choices of millions of residents.
But he refused to answer why he had a sudden change of heart on EVs following his policy announcement this week.
Co-host Natalie Barr said it was not a mandate Labor was introducing but a non-binding emissions target of 50 per cent.
Mr Morrison reiterated Mr Shorten was “going to put up fuel prices to force people to switch over”.
“That’s not how we do things,” he said.
“We don’t, we’re not a government that goes around telling people what to do. I think Australians have had a gutful of governments telling them what to do in their lives.”
Mr Morrison is on a media and campaign blitz ahead of the election, likely six months away, where he announced his plan to encourage more Australians to buy electric vehicles.
The Prime Minister pledged he “will not be forcing Australians out of the car they want to drive” as the government looks to accelerate the rollout of 50,000 charging stations to encourage more people to buy electric vehicles.
“Australians love their family sedan, farmers rely on their trusted ute and our economy counts on trucks and trains to delivers goods from coast to coast,” Mr Morrison said.
“We will not be forcing Australians out of the car they want to drive or penalising those who can least afford it through bans or taxes. The strategy will work to drive down the cost of low and zero emission vehicles, and enhance consumer choice.”
“We will do this by creating right environment for industry co-investment in technology development.”
He said the plan was designed to avoid taxes and “offer choices not mandates” as electric vehicle prices slowly fall in line with rising demand.
The plan does not include subsidies, tax incentives, sales targets or minimum fuel emission standards that would make electric vehicles more affordable, industry groups have said.
Mr Morrison hopes Australians will embrace electric vehicles like they have with rooftop solar.
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