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Thursday, 12 August 1999
Page: 8602


Mr O'CONNOR (11:44 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Corio moving that Senate message No. 171 be bought on for debate forthwith in order that the House

(a) endorse the inclusion of the Geelong Road as part of the national highway system and that the Commonwealth government matches the Labor Party's commitment to fund half of the costs of the necessary upgrade to bring the road up to the national highway system standard;

(b) notes that the Geelong Road is Victoria's most deadly highway with 87 fatalities since 1990 and that in that same period there have been 6,000 car accidents resulting in 1,000 injuries;

(c) recognises that the Geelong Road carries over 100,000 vehicles a day and is a vital economic link servicing the ports of Melbourne and Geelong, which carry 40 per cent of Australia's exports; and

(d) concurs with Senate message No. 171.

This is Victoria's death highway and I want to know where the Victorian members stand on this particular issue.

Motion (by Dr Wooldridge) put:

That the member be not further heard.

The House divided. [11.50 a.m.]

(Madam Deputy Speaker—Mrs J.A. Crosio)

Ayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Noes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

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Majority . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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Voting lists are recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.

Question so resolved in the affirmative.