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Tuesday, 14 May 2002
Page: 1470


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 25 February 2002:

With reference to the review of the 1991 Intergovernmental Agreement on Road Funding:

(1) (a) Who commissioned the review; and (b) who is conducting the review.

(2) What are the terms of reference for the review.

(3) (a) What role did the states and local government play in the development of the terms of reference for the review; and (b) what role will the states and local government play in the actual review.

(4) (a) When is the above review scheduled for completion; and (b) what process will be followed in the consideration and implementation of any recommendations that might flow from the above review.

(5) What role will the Australian Transport Council play in the development of recommendations from the above review and the implementation of those recommendations.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

In Stronger Regions: A Stronger Australia, the Government announced:

`We will seek a review of the 1991 Intergovernmental Agreement on Road Funding to ensure it properly reflects the Federal Government's focus on regional development. It is important to establish improved cooperation between governments on roads because of their critical importance to regions, as well as urban Australia'.

The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has asked his Department to examine the issues that will need to be considered as part of a review of the 1991 Agreement so that they may be considered by the Government. Naturally the Minister will discuss any proposals that emerge from this process with State and Territory Transport Ministers and with Local Government at the appropriate time.