Car carbon tax as ‘ as likely as Elvis comeback’
THE Federal Government has compared the likelihood of a “carbon tax” on the family car to an Elvis sighting.
The Coalition was yesterday hosing down reports industry consultations on a new vehicle emissions standard could result in cars costing thousands of dollars more.
“Certainly no decisions have been made in that regard at all,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in London.
Bureaucrats are reportedly considering hitting high CO2- emitting petrol vehicles with a charge. Peak motoring body the Australian Automobile Association warned if such a proposal became reality the price of the average family car could rise by as much as $ 5000.
But Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says that’s a beat- up.
“There is as much chance of a carbon tax on cars as Elvis making a comeback,” he told ABC television.
“The only thing the Government is interested in is how do we reduce the fuel costs for families on their vehicles.”