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Wednesday, 23 October 2002
Page: 8506


Mr HOCKEY (Minister for Small Business and Tourism) (6:18 PM) —I move:

That the House, having considered Senate Message No. 135 of 23 October 2002, approves, in accordance with subsection 31(3) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Disability Discrimination Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002, made under subsection 31(1) of the Act, as approved by the Senate.

The transport standards are a practical demonstration of the government's commitment to facilitating participation in community life by people with disabilities. They provide practical measures to be taken by transport operators and providers so that public transport will become more accessible. They will not be of benefit only to people with disabilities; the standards will provide benefits to all users of public transport, particularly the elderly and those travelling with young children. The standards were developed in close consultation with all relevant sectors of the disability community, the transport industry and all levels of government. The product is, as a result, a sensible and workable framework for the elimination of disability discrimination on public transport. I thank the opposition for their support in this matter.