‘Peddling misinformation’: Bowen accuses Coalition of blocking ‘better choices’

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen has slammed the Opposition for peddling “misinformation” on the government’s proposed vehicle emissions efficiency standards, which is standing in the way of “better choices” for motorists.

Yesterday, Bowen claimed there would be no purchase price impact on vehicles under the proposed emissions standards changes, despite the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry estimate that it could cost $38 billion over five years.

“The reason I appreciate the question so much is it enables me to correct several of the misinformation that the Opposition is peddling in relation to this policy,” Mr Bowen said during Question Time on Tuesday.

“I draw the attention of the Member for Gippsland to Hyundai, Volkswagen, BMW, Kia and Volvo, who have all welcomed the government’s new vehicle emissions efficiency standard.

“The real question for the Opposition is why do they want to stand in the way of better choices and better savings for motorists right across Australia.”

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