Car car­bon tax as ‘ as likely as Elvis come­back’

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

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.”

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