It was almost as if the last election campaign had never happened. Here was Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his colleagues enthusiastically spruiking next-generation technology vehicles: hybrid, bio-fuelled, hydrogen and, yes, electric cars.
Katie Allen, first-term Liberal MP and outspoken advocate for climate action, introduced her boss fresh off the plane from the Glasgow climate summit at Toyota’s Altona plant in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
“I know my constituents will be enthusiastically embracing electric vehicles,” the inner-city MP for the seat of Higgins said. “I myself have bought an electric vehicle. We need practical solutions to do the right thing for the planet.”