Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles

The Australian Senate has established a Select Committee on electric vehicles and is calling for written submissions by 10 August 2018 and it will report on or before 17 October 2018. This might be an opportunity to ask that all public transport be electrified (why does ACT insist on heavier, more polluting EURO6 diesel buses when electric options are available?) and for making the point that the cost and availability of electric vehicles will make them elite options unless governments force the pace. Given that there is now no local car industry there are fewer vested interests to stop governments from facilitating electric vehicle take-up.

See details on the inquiry below. It’s good to see one term of reference is “measures to support the acceleration of electric vehicle uptake”. We’ve driven an electric vehicle and their acceleration is fantastic!


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Mr Larry O’Loughlin

Email: [email protected]au

Dear Mr O’Loughlin,

On 27 June 2018, the Senate referred the Select Committee on Electric Vehicles for inquiry and report by 17 October 2018. The full Terms of Reference for the inquiry are attached.

The committee invites you to provide a written submission by 10 August 2018, covering terms of reference relevant to you. The committee prefers that this is done online. There is an Upload Submission Online button on the committee website, which can be accessed at this address: Alternatively, submissions may be emailed as an attached document to [email protected]au or mailed in hard copy to the address below.

Please note submissions become committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the committee. Publication of submissions includes loading them onto the internet and making them available to other interested parties including the media. Please indicate if you wish the committee to consider keeping your submission, or part thereof, confidential.

Any person or organisation making a submission must not release it without the approval of the committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege, however the unauthorised release of a submission is not protected.

Information relating to Senate committee inquiries, including notes to assist the preparation of submissions, can be found at

The committee will consider all submissions, and may invite individuals and organisations to give evidence at a public hearing. If you have any further questions about the hearing or the inquiry more generally, please contact me on (02) 6277 3439.

Yours sincerely

Tas Larnach

Committee Secretary (A/g)


Terms of Reference

The Committee will inquire into and report on the following matters:

(a)       the potential economic, environmental and social benefits of widespread electric vehicle uptake in Australia;

(b)       opportunities for electric vehicle manufacturing and electric vehicle supply and value chain services in Australia, and related economic benefits;

(c)       measures to support the acceleration of electric vehicle uptake;

(d)       measures to attract electric vehicle manufacturing and electric vehicle supply and value chain manufacturing to Australia;

(e)       how federal, state and territory Governments could work together to support electric vehicle uptake and manufacturing, supply, and value chain activities; and

(f)        any other related matters.

(2)       That the committee present its final report on or before 17 October 2018.

(3)       That the committee consist of six senators, two nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, two nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, one nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens, and Senator Storer.

(4)       That:

(a)       participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator;

(b)       participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

(c)       a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

(5)       That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that not all members have been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

(6)       That Senator Storer be appointed as chair of the committee, and the committee elect a member nominated by the Leader of the Opposition as deputy chair.

(7)       That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

(8)       That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

(9)       That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, have a casting vote.

(10)   That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of three or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

(11)   That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

(12)   That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

(13)   That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.


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