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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7561

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (3.41 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the truck blockade on the Hume Highway on 3 December 2002,

(ii) that the purpose of the blockade was to call attention to the lack of safety standards and a national code of conduct for long distance truck drivers,

(iii) that the primary cause of long-distance truck driver death is driver fatigue,

(iv) the concern of the long-distance truck industry that unreasonable driving hours are partially a result of demands made by shippers,

(v) the concern of the long-distance trucking industry that transport rates are so low that increased driving hours are increasingly necessary in order for long haul truckers to remain economically viable, and

(vi) that these pressures to drive longer hours create a threat for drivers and the broader community; and

(b) calls on the Government to implement national safety standards and an enforceable code of conduct for long-distance drivers in consultation with that industry.

Question put.