Tasmanian voters go to the polls on Saturday, 1st May. Where do the candidates stand on electric vehicles?


Liberal Party

The Liberal Party policy on climate change includes the following items:

  • Support the electrification of transport by:
    • Delivering a two-year Stamp Duty waiver for the purchase of new and second-hand Electric Vehicles
    • Delivering a further $600,000 in grants to grow our state-wide electric vehicle charging network in our regions and at key tourism destinations.
    • Supporting the tourism industry’s goal to become a carbon neutral destination by waiving registration for electric vehicles purchased by car rental companies and coach operators for two years*.

Further details are available in their "Taking Further Climate Action" policy document.

In their budget last year, they had also announced their intention to trial either electric or hydrogen buses in Hobart and Launceston within two years, and to transition the government vehicle fleet to 100% electric vehicles by 2030.

Additional link: Liberal's policy on delivering clean energy.


Labor Party

The Labor Party have not announced any policies specific to electric vehicles - although they have gone to previous elections with funding for electric buses and fast charging networks, and their federal leader Anthony Albanese announcing some progressive policies for the next federal election.

They do, however have some statements in their platform of principles and policies:

  • Labor believes electric vehicles represent both a new industry and an industry enabler for Tasmania.
  • Labor recognises the opportunity for Tasmania to lead the way in electric transport technology.
  • Labor supports the roll out of a carefully planned network of electric vehicle charging stations and the purchase of electric vehicles in the government fleet.

Additional links: Labor's policies on transport, energy and climate change.


The Greens

The Greens policy on transport and energy, includes the following items:

  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure: Government buildings will be fitted with charging infrastructure. Grants will be provided to businesses and councils for public charging infrastructure, and to households for home charging infrastructure.
  • Consumer incentives for electric cars: All new car sales after 2030 must be electric cars – except for prescribed circumstances. In the interim, we will legislate for a registration fee exemption for all electric vehicles sold before 2030. This cost will be offset by incremental increases to registration fees for higher emitting vehicles.
  • Creating a supply of second-hand EVs: A Treasurer’s Instruction requiring all new government car purchases to be electric - except for prescribed circumstances - will be issued, in order to increase the supply of a second-hand fleet as quickly as feasible.
  • Consumer incentives for electric trucks: We will set a reduced registration cost for the lifecycle of electric trucks. This cost will be offset by incremental registration fee increases for higher emitting trucks. We will also provide one off grants for companies to trial electric truck technology previous untested in Tasmania, with participation in studies to be a grant condition.
  • Electric vehicle consumer and supplier study: We will initiate a study into consumer and supplier electric vehicle uptake barriers in order to inform future policies.

Further detail is available in their policy document.


Other parties:

  • The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party - no electric vehicle specific policy

  • Animal Justice Party - no electric vehicle specific policy, but their climate change policy specifies the objective: "To rapidly transform to a carbon free energy infrastructure"

  • Australian Federation Policy - no electric vehicle specific policy, but their core values include "We must return to refining fuel in Australia and seek to utilise Australian oil, to develop a large and reliable reserve as part of Australia’s energy security."


Independent candidates:

  • Roy Ramage (Bass) - Statement: Tasmania Should Be Leading Australia to Sustainability

  • Craig Garland (Braddon), Liz Hamer (Braddon), Matthew Morgan (Braddon) - no specific policies, but some candidate views were stated in the Braddon Candidates Forum on 15 April

  • Kristie Johnston (Clark) - Community priorities: - "Electric Vehicles – To support the transition to a zero net carbon emission state we need to look to fuel alternatives for transport. With renewable hydro-electric energy, electric cars can help us achieve this target. To encourage greater use of electric vehicles we need to provide for more charging stations in key locations around the state"

  • Sue Hickey (Clark) - Core values: "Tangible actions to respond to climate change"

  • Jax Ewin (Clark), Mike Dutta (Clark), Lisa Gershwin (Clark) - no specific policies

  • Francis Flannery (Franklin), "Green energy with electric vehicles that cost almost nothing to run"

  • George Spiliopoulos (Franklin) - no specific policies 

  • George Lane (Lyons) - no specific policies