Labor and Bill Shorten should explain why high emitting luxury and exotic cars favoured by billionaires will be spared from their planned vehicle emissions standard, while Australian families and tradies would be slugged up to $5,000 more for an SUV or ute.

If Australians don’t understand Labor’s vehicle emissions standard, they shouldn’t vote for it.

Labor’s new car tax will force Australian families and tradies to pay up to $5,000 more for the new family SUV and work ute, but would give those who can afford high-end sports cars and ultra-luxury vehicles a break.

Labor and Bill Shorten snuck their vehicle emissions proposal out under the cover of the Budget and ever since they have been running a mile from scrutiny.

It won’t stop Australians learning the truth about Labor’s new car tax and it’s a truth getting uglier by the day.

So far Australians have learnt Labor’s vehicle emissions standard will:


  • Increase the cost of a new car by almost $5,000 (Daily Telegraph, 9/04/2019).
  • Cost state police forces tens of millions of dollars to comply (Herald Sun, 11/05/2019).
  • Hit Australians on the lowest incomes in regional areas the worst (Courier Mail, 13/04/19).
  • Give a free ride to millionaires and billionaires with the highest emitting cars (Daily Telegraph, 15/04/2019).

  • Labor’s new car tax is yet another product of their reckless emissions reduction target that will drive up prices, slash wages and cost jobs.

    Some cars exempt under Labor’s chosen model include:


    Lamborghini Aventador S

    6.5L V12

    394g CO2/km


    Ferrari 812 Superfast

    6.5L V12

    366g CO2/km


    Bentley Mulsanne

    6.75L twin-turbocharged V8

    365g CO2/km


    Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV

    6.75L V12

    341g CO2/km


    Maserati GranCabrio MC

    4.7L V8

    337g CO2/km


    McLaren 600LT

    3.8L twin-turbocharged V8

    276g CO2/km (508 g CO2/km on suburban roads)