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What's Genter at?

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OPINION: If the Government's plan to defend its Electric Vehicle "feebate" scheme is to individually respond to comments on National Party Facebook pages, they're nailing it.

It seems that for all the planning that took place to announce it with maximum coverage, apparently far less thought was given to how to defend it.

This has left Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter seemingly with no other choice but to stoically dive deep into the heart of Opposition online territory as the last bastion of defence against misplaced skepticism of Government policy.

* Government considered $2000 subsidy and age limit on imported vehicles instead of feebate
* Government's electric vehicle policy a subsidy for unsafe cars - Nats
* Let's not be fundamentalist about feebates and EV ownership
* Here's the future: you'll pay extra tax to drive an EV

With no critique too small and no backbench MP too irrelevant, she'll personally wade into enemy territory to ensure even the followers of National's lowest ranked MP Dan Bidois get the Government's message.

She's either a closet fan of National's individualistic social investment approach - taking it to new levels by saving National voters from themselves one person at a time - or she's incredibly thin-skinned.

Either way, the level of hyper defensiveness leaves the impression the Government is........

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