Voters are evenly split on the ChooseCBR vouchers after the ACT Government announced an additional $2 million for the scheme.
The model was trialled last year and copped its fair share of criticism, and this time around, some argued that Canberra’s economy is now well past its pandemic problems.
Jack Lloyd said: “It’s free money, so if I don’t it’s really my own fault.” But russianafroman disagreed, writing: “Nup let people spend their money how they want, including donating their money to charity, don’t convert money to vouchers, put the 2 million into things that actually matter.”
We asked, Will you be using the ChooseCBR vouchers? A total of 610 readers voted and the votes were split down the middle.
Your choices were to vote: No, the economy is fine, and the money is better spent elsewhere. This received 50 per cent of the total, or 306 votes. Alternatively, you could vote Yes, it’s a sensible way to help small business and people doing it tough. This also received 50 per cent of the total.
This week, we’re wondering whether you are ready to buy an electric vehicle.
The ACT Government has announced two years’ free registration for new and used electric vehicles acquired after 24 May, in addition to new EVs being exempt from stamp duty. Columnist James Coleman argues that there’s never been a better time to think about ditching your petrol or diesel drive. Combined, the incentives will take about 5 per cent off the cost of an EV.
But many readers were less than convinced this was a good idea.
Angus Fung wrote: “Ev car’s battery can be dead if no charging station is provided in the city.”
Martin Stanton said: “It doesn’t matter to me how good these cars are, nor how far they get on a charge. I’ll never afford one on my wage, new or even worse, used. Low income earner getting close to my last days of work. The fuel I use will be the last thing on my mind, there’ll be far more important things to find money for!!”
But Woody Brenden is a fan, writing: “I just got a new Tesla Model 3 after driving a diesel for 10 years. Cannot even begin to describe how much better the experience is. I did my first road trip to the South Coast yesterday and it was so much fun to drive. So much for Scotty from marketing claiming that EVs were gonna cause the end of the weekend.”
Our question this week is: