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Question Without Notice No. 270 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 2 April 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY — ELECTRIC VEHICLES

270. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the answer to question without notice 96 asked in February in which the minister stated that the McGowan government has —

� commenced a wide range of climate-related initiatives, including measures to � accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles �

(1) What are these measures?

(2) Have these measures already been implemented; and, if not, when does the minister expect them to be implemented?

(3) How does the minister intend to measure the success of the measures in accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(3) To accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Western Australia, the McGowan government signed a memorandum of understanding alongside other state governments that are members of the Climate Action Roundtable. An electric vehicle working group was established, chaired by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, to progress this issue and report to government. It includes membership from state government agencies, utilities, local government and industry. The Western Australian electric vehicle working group is currently assessing the cost benefit of a range of policies and incentives to encourage and facilitate the uptake of electric vehicles in Western Australia. The Western Australian electric vehicle working group expects that it will provide preliminary findings and recommendations for government consideration by the end of 2019. The government will determine how best to measure success once it has considered the working group's recommendations.