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Notice given 21 March 2002

55  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) under a New South Wales government scheme, drivers could save $2 000 in stamp duty costs if they purchased an environmentally friendly car, such as a petrol electric hybrid vehicle,

(ii) under the scheme, drivers purchasing new high-polluting vehicles will pay more stamp duty,

(iii) hybrid vehicles are up to 50 per cent more fuel efficient and are far less polluting, and

(iv) natural gas vehicles can produce more than 70 per cent less particulate matter than diesel vehicles;

(b) congratulates:

(i) the New South Wales Government for developing the scheme, and

(ii) the Federal Government for its decision to allow senators and members to choose to drive hybrid vehicles; and

(c) calls on all senators to consider using hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles as their electorate cars.