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(generated from captions) Minister. Off to Bill

Shorten. Thanks very much Off to Bill Shorten. Shorten. Thanks very much Sean.

Australians use Off to Bill Shorten. All

Australians use Australia's roads. Australia's roads though

are work places for some. We

understand that sorting out and

making sure that truck drivers

have better safety isn't to prevent all injuries and have better safety isn't going

fatalities on roads. Road

safety is a complex issue. What

we also understand is that this

Government wants to make sure Government wants to make

that Australia's roads are safe

for both truck drivers and the

rest of us who use them. 250

people being killed across

Australia on roads, 250 people

being killed annually Australia's roads in being killed annually on

Australia's roads in connection

with heavy vehicle collisions,

a thousand people being seriously injured, literally seriously injured,

the road toll which is

happening related to the work

place in trucks needs to be

tackled through every level of government including the government

Federal Government. Today the Government has negotiating passage through the Government has succeeded

House of Representatives legislation which will make legislation

roads safer. I would like to put on record my recognition of

the work of the Minister for

Transport Anthony Albanese. I

would like to put on record the work

work done by the Member for

Hinkler. The work he did

draw several years ago started to

draw a light on this matter. I

would like to put on record acknowledgement of the would like to put on record my

Transport Workers' Union of

industrial Australia and the various road

the employers who industrial organisations from

the employers who have supported this. I would also

like to recognise the leadership of individual

countries great and small in

the transport industry, not the least of which is Linfox who least of

said we need to do more than we

are currently doing to make the

roads and transport industry safer. Today the Parliament of

Australia has voted to make

sure more Australians who start

work at the start of their

shift come home sach safely. The Government has committed to cutting red committed to cutting red tape.

small trucking businesses? Doesn't this strangle a lot of

small trucking businesses? We want to cut the crime small

tape on Australia's roads.

There is a bit more tape which

is more important than anything else, that is safety. 1,000

seriously injured people every

year adds up to hundreds of year adds up to hundreds

millions of dollars. It is

estimated the most recent

numbers we have that heavy vehicle collisions cost $2.7 billion. Work place safety germ generally

generally in Australia doesn't

get the sort of attention it

deserves from the media. $60

billion is the cost of work

place injuries generally. $2.7 in the transport in the transport industry

alone. The new tribunal will

take into account the needs of industry. Transport is industry. Transport is not

monolythic. In the speeches

given in the House, we

recognise there is plenty of

subsets within transport. One

would not want to sacrifice

safety on an argument of cost

because the greatest cost because the greatest cost isn't

even the economic cost which is profen. How do you measure the

cost to a family of the driver

who doesn't come home? How do

you measure the cost of a

family who might be on family who might be on holiday

and caught up in a heavy

vehicle collision through no vehicle collision through

fault of their own. Will this

cut the toll? I did say I believe

believe safety is complex. The

causes for road injury are complex. The complex. The Opposition said

there is no link at all remuneration and road safety.

What I believe is when you look

at the National Transport

Commission report of 2008, I

commend you to look at it if you haven't done so, it

recognises what has been

recognised since as early as

1979. We are not discussing a 1979. We are not discussing

new problem here. It does new problem here. It

believe there is a link between

remuneration, the method in which owner-operators,

independent contractors are

paid, and road safety. The

National Transport Commission

said that in their 2008 report. Even much more recently, the

mon yash University accident

research centre, who I think are among some of the world

leaders in work place safety

and vehicle-related safety,

they have made it clear their research one of the they have made it clear for

contributors to fatalities,

collisions, is the high

turnover of labour in the

transport industry. They say it

you is inexperience. The reason

you have so many is inexperience. The reason why

you have so many inexperienced drivers is because you simply can't make

the can't make a living on some of

the conditions people get. No

wonder people churn through the wonder people churn through

industry. What we have done in

Australia is we have seen the

evolution of a system which

sees a greater than average

preponderance of inexperienced

people, trying to make ends

meet and seen the human cost on

the road. Do I think this will

guarantee the road toll is

whatever it is now minus the whatever it is now minus

road amount ... 250. That is the

road toll related to trucks. I

can't guarantee what the road

toll will be next year. One

thing I can do is one of the

causes of excessive speeding, taking illicit substances, one

of the causes of the high

turnover of labour in the turnover of labour in

industry, that will be tackled.

I also trust this tribunal will

engage with employers, it will

engage with the experts, it engage with the experts,

will engage with the union,

engage with people. I think

tackle that is the best recipe to

tackle this issue. Following on

from that question, do you have

any idea or expectation of how much this legislation much this legislation will reduce fatalities or injuries

in the industry? Are you happy

for this legislation to be judged on whether it is

successful in achieving that? Joe, I would refer you to the

answer I gave to the answer I gave to the previous

question, but just to

supplement, no-one supplement, no-one can guarantee what's going to

happen in terms of the road

toll. What I do know is that I

personally have seen

personally have seen enough

work place injury and fatality to

to know that fatigue is a

factor and can be a factor. I

know that if you have got to

spend long times waiting to

load and unload and then you

want to get home, I know that load

there is a whole lot of

pressures in the remuneration

system which contribute. I

don't think there is one silver

bullet to road safety but I do

know that the research by

people who have studied this

matter for decades and years,

the National Transport

Commission of Australia, Commission of Australia, the Australian Road Transport industrial

industrial authority, five out

of six of the associations, the

CEO of Linfox. Tony Sheldon from the Transport Workers'

Union. These people live and

breathe transport every day. It

defies credibility to argue

poor remuneration structures

are not related to some of the

collisions we have seen and we have

have the evidence to support

that. This trouble has to be up and running by 1 July. Do you have any idea who you will be appointing

appointing to the appointing to the tribunal? That's a work in progress.

What I would say is that you

want to get people who know a

lot about the transport

industry. That to me is as

important as having people who

are legally trained, people who

know the transport industry

from the employer perspective,

the employee perspective, the

safety experts, business. We are not in a position to make

announcements on that yet. But

certainly we will be looking for people with life

experience, not just black

leather law experience. On

financial advice, you have that

before the Parliament at before the Parliament at the moment. Are you open to

adjusting that reform in order

to secure the support of the

Independents. Are you talking

to them, do you have any confidence of getting confidence of getting that

reform by this week? To take

the three questions in the in

order I can recall them, what

the Government is interested in

doing is making sure doing is making sure that

Australians have enough money

to retire on. That is to retire on. That is why tonight there is every chance

that superannuation will be -

the increases to the

superannuation will be passed

for the first time since 1992

which will see compulsory

superannuation increase over

the next seven and eight years

by a total of an extra 3%. That

will see superannuation go from

9 to 12%. If that is the case,

what we are doing is it is not

going to necessarily help

people in their 60s and 70s people in their 60s and 70s but

our young workers in their 20s

and 30s have a far better

chance of not retiring poor. If

we are going to create large

legislated compulsory savings, then our financial services

industry has an obl gags not to

unduly enrich themselves on the

way through. If we are going to

create a river of retirement

sgold gold, I want to make

sure people aren't helping

themselves and siphoning it off out of people's out of people's accounts through being too expensive or

poor financial advice. That is

what's motivating the reforms.

In addition, the roll call In addition, the roll call of

Storm, Opus Prime and Trio and

other collapses means we need

to prove the confidence in the

Australian pla people in the

financial sector. We are

entirely open to the pragmatic

negotiation of implementation details. It is details. It is fashionable

sometimes in the media to sometimes in the media to say

whenever the government compromises, that's a back

down. It is not a back-down. We know the destination we want to

arrive at. We will listen, though, to the voices

industry, consumers, to get the

best possible outcome. That

also includes listening to also includes listening to the measured and worthwhile

contributions of Mr Wilke, Mr

October, Mr Windsor - Mr

Oakeshott, Mr Windsor, Oakeshott, Mr Windsor, Mr Bandt. You have another Bandt. You have another year

for Tran z igs - transition,

does that mean you have more

time to get the legislation

right or do you have to get it

done this week? I am

confidence of the justice of

our cause about reforming

financial advice. It wasn't the

Government who invented some of the financial problems which

have occurred to particular

financial providers. We don't

pretend the reforms will fix

it. But ASIC and other regulators believe these are

good reforms. We will negotiate

them in a timely manner, in a

way that respects the concerns of the financial planners

Association of Australia, the

industry services network and

the other various stake holders

who have provided us with

valuable counsel so far. We

will get the reforms done, in a pragmatic fashion. If it takes longer

longer to get from A to B, we

will do so. What do you make will do so. What do you make of the position of the Craig

Thomson medical certificate? I

gather he has a certificate up

to Thursday? Listen, the Opposition don't know whether

or not they are Arthur or

Martha in relation to some of the financial transactions of

the HSU. They have accused us

of political infeern, they have

accused us of not particularly interfering. I think there is

forests that have been cut out

to write on this matter. We

want to let the process take

the course of events. We are

not interfering. He asked not interfering. He asked you about Craig Thomson and about Craig Thomson and medical certificates. Most employers

want give someone a week off

without seeing an update on the

state of health. I haven't followed the latest transactions. I don't think the transactions. Opposition are greatly concerned about an individual

Government MP's health. Do you

think it sets a disturbing precedence for workers across Australia if a medical

certificate isn't taken at its

face value? I haven't followed

the latest on the medical

certificate s. I am at a press

conference to talk about how we handle safety on the handle safety on the roads,

make sure drivers have

conditions which improve the

safety not only of drivers but

also other road users. In terms

of medical certificates for

individuals here and the argy

bargy, I am not across the

latest on that. Do you individuals

Craig Thomson should be granted

a pair for the rest of a pair for the rest of this

week? Listen, if Mr Thomson week? Listen, if Mr Thomson is

ill, he should be. I have no

reason to believe he isn't.

Again, I hope that when we replay this discussion later

on, when we talk about 250

people dying in heavy vehicle collisions, when we have a thousand people seriously

injured, this doesn't injured, this doesn't become the press conference on the

medical certificate. You said

that the report last week, that the report last week, you

will talk about it later, isn't

it a kick in the teeth or how

much of a kick in the teeth to

unions is it given it has

brought up allegations brought up allegations of misuse of money, payment of

money, use of union funds to go

to weddings. Is that a kick money, to weddings. Is that a kick in

the teeth for people trying to

retain and get union members?

First of all, this whole matter has been investigated matter has been investigated by

the general manager of Fair

Work Australia who exercises

the discretion in this the discretion in this matter.

They had a delegate working for

her who has done the report.

She has given us a report 150

pages long. She has provided to

the Senate committee I should say. She has made recommendations. The report

says that she has asked the Australian government solicitor to to pursue the matter further.

As the matter is being pursued

further, in other words, the

process is under way, I don't

think I am going to think I am going to help anyone's point of view on anyone's point of view on this

by starting to second guess the

individual transactions. To go to to your broader question, I

think the vast, vast bulk of

Australian trade unionists and

trade unions are honest,

professional and hard-working.

I don't immediately - I

certainly for one don't think

that the activities or that the activities or proven,

unproven or alleged of one organisation should be passed to reflect on the

to reflect on the whole Australian trade union movement. Just as when there

was a corporate collapse, I

don't think all of Australian business are crooked. That was Bill Shorten there Bill Shorten there answering

questions on a range of issues. But saying the Government But saying the Government has secured passage through the