Follow The Money
Follow The Money
Nov 25, 2020
Why tax electric vehicles but not heavy trucks? Politics
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The SA and VIC governments have announced a new electric vehicle tax - in other words, a great big new tax on clean air.
In today's episode we explain why this EV tax is terrible idea and unpack some of the arguments for and against it.

Host: Ebony Bennett, deputy director of the Australia Institute // @ebony_bennett
Guests:
Tim Washington, Chair EV Council // @EVTimOz
Richard Denniss, chief economist, The Australia Institute // @RDNS_TAI
Richie Merzian, director, Climate & Energy Program // @RichieMerzian
Audrey Quicke, researcher, Climate & Energy Program
Producer: Jennifer Macey
Theme music is by Jonathan McFeat from Pulse and Thrum
Politics with Michelle Grattan
Politics with Michelle Grattan
The Conversation
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on promising budget figures
Lukas Coch/AAP This week’s update shows an improvement on the numbers in the budget that was delivered only 10 weeks ago. The prospects for growth and employment have been revised upwards. While the forecast for the deficit remains massive, at nearly $200 billion, it has been revised down. Read more: So far so good: MYEFO budget update shows recovery gathering pace But even as we return to some sort of normality, it will be many years before the economy resembles its pre-COVID self. And the Parliamentary Budget Office predicts the federal budget won’t leave its deficit behind in this decade. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg joins the podcast to discuss Thursday’s budget update and the economy’s future. Frydenberg acknowledges the road back will be tough, for the economy and the budget. Given the “huge economic shock” of COVID, the “unprecedented spending” will leave us in the red for a long time. “There will be a very challenging fiscal environment for years out of this crisis.” The economic future looks vastly better than in the hairy initial days of the COVID crisis. “Very early on it was uncertain, and many of us feared the worst.” “Treasury told me early on in the pandemic that the unemployment rate could reach 10%, and, but for Jobkeeper, reach 15%. That’s a very different world to the one that you and I face today.” “Programmes like JobKeeper, the cash flow boost, the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement, the $750 payments, now $250 payments to pensioners and to carers and others on income support have very much helped pull Australia through this challenging time. "Australians go into Christmas with real cause for optimism and hope.” Additional audio A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive. Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
21 min
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
The wellbeing economy - lessons for the future
On the final episode of Policy Forum Pod for 2020, Martyn Pearce is joined by Arnagretta Hunter, Sharon Bessell and John Falzon to look back on the year, and our special mini-series on the wellbeing economy. It’ll go down as the year everybody is very happy to see the back of. But what have we learnt from 2020? And what can policymakers do to ensure 2021 is a whole lot better? On our last episode of Policy Forum Pod for the year, Martyn Pearce hosts his final podcast for Policy Forum and is joined by Professor Sharon Bessell, Dr Arnagretta Hunter, and Dr John Falzon to reflect on the conversations we’ve had in our special mini-series on the wellbeing economy. They discuss the importance of an ethic of care, the end of the neoliberal model, the crisis of precariousness, and much more. The team also make some special announcements about the future of the podcast in 2021. John Falzon OAM is Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice at Per Capita. He is also a sociologist, poet, and social justice advocate, and was national CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2006 to 2018. Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer for ANU Medical School. Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.   Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to podcast@policyforum.net. You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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