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The Australian government has received 1,200 submissions from organisations and individuals for the Australian Fuel Efficiency Standard.

“The submissions are now informing an impact analysis and our preferred model which will be released before the end of this year,” according to a joint statement by the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and the Ministry for Climate Change and Energy.

According to the statement, “The FES will save Australians money, unlock greater choice of modern, safer cars, and help us achieve our critical emissions reduction target of 43 per cent below 2005 levels.”

“For too long, Australia has lagged behind international vehicle markets, meaning Australians miss out on a range of overseas models and the benefits they bring,” said   Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say – I look forward to continuing to work across government, industry and communities to progress a FES that will make a real difference for Australia,” she added.

Meanwhile, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen said “The response to our FES consultation reinforces overwhelming support for the Government’s position: Australia needs fuel efficiency standards that make us competitive with other parts of the world for cleaner, cheaper-to-run cars.”

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