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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9931


Senator HINCH (Victoria) (16:23): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HINCH: On the ABC this afternoon I was asked about this. I was asked, 'Are you here to vilify old people?' I said, 'Not at all. I wear a knee brace and may need one of these things at some stage.' The reason that I am co-sponsoring this motion is that the mother of one of my staff ended up in hospital with bad hip injuries because her partner—inadvertently, I hasten to add—ran her over in one of these motorised scooters. He was in his 80s, legally blind and still driving it. The weight and speed of these things should be checked out. They need to be made safer not only for partners but also for the people riding them.

Question agreed to.