Dishonest, incompetent Morrison Government must go

Published on Tue 23 November 2021 11:05am

In 2019, the Prime Minister ridiculed electric vehicles. Now he pretends that hydrogen only happened yesterday. The truth is the man who with every passing day piles untruth upon untruth in a kind of dishonest lasagne is trying to bury the falsehood from 2019 with a brand-new falsehood.

Mr Wilson (1:35pm) – Deputy Speaker yesterday the Prime Minister excuse this government’s woeful record on sustainable transport by claiming that hydrogen was a new technology.

I’ve got a news flash for you.

The West Australian Labor government ran a hydrogen bus trial in 2004 as part of an international collaboration; three buses covered more than 260,000 kilometres carrying more than 330,000 passengers.

Deputy Speaker, the truth is there have been electric and hydrogen alternatives in transport for years and years and years.

Technology hasn’t changed. With this government, it’s the falsehoods that come thick and fast.

In 2019, the Prime Minister ridiculed electric vehicles. Now he pretends that hydrogen only happened yesterday. The truth is the man who with every passing day piles untruth upon untruth in a kind of dishonest lasagne is trying to bury the falsehood from 2019 with a brand-new falsehood.

Thanks to eight years of Coalition ignorance and inaction we have a woefully low uptake of electric vehicles, which means we have achieved no emission reductions in transport. It means we’ll be a dumping ground for the motor vehicle dregs of the future. It means we will continue to be vulnerable because of our liquid fuel security. And Australia’s have no choice but to suffer from petrol price spikes, big serious risks about which this government has done nothing.

Deputy Speaker, the urgent climate and energy challenge has not changed. But if you want to end the dishonesty and the incompetence, you have to change this awful government.

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