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Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

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2019-2021

 

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES ACCOUNTABILITY BILL 2021

 

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of Senator Rice)

 



ELECTRIC VEHICLES ACCOUNTABILITY BILL 2021

 

OUTLINE

 

The purpose of this Bill is to ensure that the Australian Government provides a clear statement to the Australian Parliament of its approach to electric vehicles, including whether or not it has a national strategy.

 

In 2019, the first recommendation of the Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles was that “the Australian Government develop a national EV strategy to facilitate and accelerate EV uptake and ensure Australia takes advantage of the opportunities, and manages the risks and challenges, of the transition to EVs.”

 

Despite a commitment in 2019 to provide a strategy, the Australian Government has failed to provide a coherent strategy. In the absence of federal leadership, state governments have adopted a range of disparate approaches, including unnecessary taxes that penalise electric vehicles.

 

This bill will require the Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister to outline the Australian Government’s strategy on electric vehicles, and require the Productivity Commission to produce a comparison of Australia’s approach in an international context.

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

Clause 1: Short Title

1.           Clause 1 is a formal provision specifying the short title of the Bill.

Clause 2: Commencement

2.           This clause provides for the whole of the Act to commence on the day after it receives the Royal Assent.

Clause 3: Electric vehicle strategy statement

3.           This clause requires the Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister to table a statement on or before 1 August of each year, outlining Australia’s electric vehicle strategy.

Clause 4: Productivity Commission electric vehicle report

4.           This clause requires the Productivity Minister to refer matters to the Productivity Commission for annual inquiry and report, including Australia’s support for the manufacture, purchase and use of electric vehicles, and how it compares internationally. This will complement the electric vehicle strategy.

 

5.           The Productivity Minister is the Minister administering the Productivity Commission Act 1998.



 

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

 

This Bill is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 .

 

Overview of the Bill

The Bill requires the Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister to make a statement to Parliament every year outlining Australia’s electric vehicle strategy. It also requires the Productivity Minister (the Minister administering the Productivity Commission Act 1998 ) to cause the Productivity Commission to prepare a report comparing that approach to an international context.

 

Human rights implications

This Bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

 

Conclusion

This Bill is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.

 

Senator Rice