The federal elections are just around the corner for Australia and this time it cannot be clearly ascertained that the odds will be in the favor of the Australian Labor Party led by Bill Shorten or the Liberal/National Coalition party lead by the present Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison. There is plenty of reason for this befuddlement in the minds of the locals but one of the leading reasons causing the same is the debate regarding the use of the Electric vehicles in place of combustion driven vehicles. The idea is being supported and advocated by the Australian Labor Party in addition to which Bill Shorten has made a proposition that by the year 2030 50% of all vehicles on the roads of Australia must be electric vehicles if the people of the country need a sustainable environment for their generations without the lack of fuel and natural resources. However this hypothesis of the opposing leader has is being constantly ridiculed by the Australian prime minister by rebutting that the people of Australia cannot be stripped off their rights to choose the kind of vehicle they want to drive.
This disagreement between the two leaders has sparked a heated debate and a war of facts and words which is most likely to make this election a more interesting one because of the fact that not only the leaders but also some influential names in Electric vehicles’ business are weighing in on the proposition so provided. Let’s take a closer look at the same.
THE CENTRIFUGAL CONCERN
The major point of concern as propagated by the Australian labor party is the
consumption of fuel by the masses of the country and why it is neither feasible nor sustainable to go by the same plan of action that has been in place all this while. The most importunate of these reasons from a strategic stance is Energy Security. As of this time and era, it is evident how Australia depends on foreign liquid fuel which is imported for 85% of its needs which doesn’t seem to decrease anytime soon, not to mention that Australia’s refining capacity is undergoing a massive turbulence and it’s estimated that by 2030 there will be nothing left in the arsenal of the country that could add to its refining capacity. Although this might not seem like a very dependable political agenda which can be exploited by a political party but owing to the condition of Australia on this is particular front, this agenda is quickly becoming the centrifugal point of not only immediate concern but also a matter of debate as the party in power lead by the Prime minister of the country have some pretty engaging rebuttal to what seems like an otherwise menacing problem for the future of the country.
THE PRIME MINISTER’S PERSPECTIVE
The proposal of the Australian Labor party might be agreeable on more than one counts to the people of the country but certainly, that is not what the Liberal/national coalition party believes. The present government is of the firm opinion that the shift from combustion driven automobiles to electric vehicles won’t be a walk in the park for the common masses of the country as it will burn a hole in their pockets to buy a new electric vehicle and get rid of the old one once the policy of Labor party is formulated and put into motion. In addition to this, the prime minister is advocating the right of the masses to choose the type of vehicle of their choice. What is noticeable is the fact that it is not like environment protection and sustainability is not on the agenda of the government but they are just not willing to support the formulation of a policy that in all probability be pushing the country towards a financial setback and will make it lose more than it would actually achieve.
IF LABOR PARTY’S “50% PLAN” IS PUT INTO ACTION
Going by the numbers – Labor party aims at an investment of $57 million for research and development initiative to develop the industry, and the strategy would focus on creating electric vehicle design and manufacturing jobs in Australia. However, a major concern still haunts the plan of the labor party which is the disposal of the already manufactured vehicles which would lead nothing but utter wastage of the already invested resources. Furthermore, the cost of a new electric vehicle for a common man in the country will certainly be higher than the average cost the person can spend on an automobile. However, recent reports and polls conducted over on social media platforms have suggested that one in every two Australians are supporting the idea of shifting from automobile industry from a combustion-based one to an electricity based one which without a doubt suggests that the common man of Australia is seemingly ready to embrace the change that will be brought about by the formulation of this plan.
MORE BENEFITS OR MORE TROUBLES
Where on one hand the government is focusing on the financial trouble that the
common people will be put through, on the other it must also be focusing on the brighter side of the deal. It is in no way a doubtful question that whether a country should be focusing on more eco-friendly ways in all the fields or not besides, while the US, China, Japan & Europe continues to enhance the habitude of electric vehicles with wider choice of models, the Australian market fizzling out through lack of commitment from Government on not one but many fronts. In addition to this, the usage of electric vehicles in place of combustion based vehicles will enable the country to reduce its carbon footprint and also help it to acquire and invest resources in a more fruitful manner even if it poses a bit of a threat to the pockets of the common man during its inception phase. Safe to suggest that there are more benefits than there are troubles that will be caused
by the adoption of this plan as suggested by the Labor party.
In addition to the above once the plan is formulated, it will become inevitably necessary for the common people to get rid of their old and scrapped cars that will eventually lose their significance. This, however, may seem like degrading factor but if we take a closer look, this will also provide a golden business opportunity to the persons involved in the Car wrecking and Car removal business which is already a booming business in many parts of Australia. Some of the Titans of this business are King Auto, Vic Car Removal, Taha Auto Group. Hence there are many more valid points to consider only if a broader and more informed perspective is employed.
From the looks of it, it seems that the present government in Australia is on the back-foot as the opposition has raised some valid as well problematic issues that need to be addressed and the present government has failed to act upon the same and lay the same to rest. Due to this malfunction on their part, now they face the threat of losing their hold on the political scenario in Australia which is sooner or later bound to happen, given the way the events are unfolding with Elon Musk also weighing in on the political action between the parties and openly supporting the opposition. The Australian Labor Party seem to be having a firm standing in the election nevertheless they should be considerate of the fact that the ideas they have suggested shall be implemented without even the slightest delay if they don’t want to be considered a fluke by those who vote them in and as the new ruling Government.