• Jul 26, 2010
Australia's recently seated prime minister, Julia Gillard, is just now talking about a "cash for clunkers' program when most other countries ended theirs ages ago. Yet for Gillard, the program isn't about stimulating car sales but rather about stimulating the Earth: Gillard wants to get about ten percent of Oz's two million pre-1995 vehicles off the roads.

The mechanics of the program are largely the same as they were in the States, the new stipulation being that purchasers need to buy an "extra-efficient vehicle" like a Holden Cruze, Hyundai Getz or Toyota Camry Hybrid. The rebate is $AUS 2,000 – $1,790 Yankee bucks – and the program has been funded with $AUS 394 million (around $356M USD) and runs from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2014.

[Source: The Australian]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's also just an election promise at this stage. If she wins the August 21 election, then it may happen. Course, being an election promise, don't hold your breath.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't do it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Which name is better? 'Cash for clunkers' or 'scrappage scheme'?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As already mentioned it's just a typical Labor party ploy to win the election again and appear to be 'for the people.'

      I think Julia is spending money we really don't have.

      I do however think it would be good if purchasing a Holden or Aussie built Fords and Toyotas had incentives.
      • 4 Years Ago
      registering
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a Australian Federal Government election next month. There's one thing that the Labor party do well in Australia and that's throw lots of money at totally flawed ideas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Holden Cruze has the worst fuel economy of it's class in Oz spec form. So if the cash for clunkers gets introduced, that is 1 car that shouldn't qualify on environmental grounds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yeah ... the Cruze. A completely forgettable car if there's nothing to remind you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, because that huge government waste of OUR money worked so well in the USA that now they have to try it in Australia under their new liberal government too. Our CFCs program was a gift from the Obama administration to their UAW overlords and I can only imagine it's the same sort of shenanigan in Aussieland.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except neither of our two main parties are Liberal in their ideas.

        Thing is, even a clunker in most parts of Australia is sold for more than $2000. If it isn't, and Labor wins the next election, the cheapest car her will be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It may have been another costly expenditure (that did not have any large or lasting upside), but it was a boon mostly for the foreign makers. Chrysler had few models that qualified, GM had few newer models. The gov't giving the unions massive shares of the Dying Detroit Duo was their boon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CFC wasn't even really a boon for the UAW or automakers in general. The sales increases that we had under CFC were immediately followed by sales decreases by nearly the same amount. The reality is that very few people at the margin would have decided to buy a car that weren't already considering a new vehicle.

        It was a profoundly stupid and wasteful (of taxpayer dollars) policy. So congrats to Australia for not learning from our mistakes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 Hector.
        Obammy was making promises to those UAW thugs well before he announced he was running for dictator.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This program is the biggest scam on Earth. Most older cars produce less CO2 than new ones and many get better mileage. So where's the "better" part come in.

      Personally, they should stop dilly-dallying and institute a program where they destroy classic inefficient buildings and build tiny environmentally friendly communal eco-homes. Hey! They can call it "Mansions to Beehives!" I'm a genius!.
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