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(generated from captions) well, I don't think there'll be anyone left on the road. It's as simple as that. Keith Bell owns three trucks, and he sympathises with owner-drivers who blockaded the Pacific Highway last night. I think we have to do something to bring it to their attention, so if that's what it takes, that's what it takes. We're not blocking highways, you know, but we've got to bring it to their attention. The blockade on the NSW mid-north coast held up more than 200 trucks as owner-drivers demanded a better deal from the Government. But not all drivers supported the protest. Why don't you do something useful? Absolute scumbag! Police kept those with opposing views apart, and there was one arrest before the road was cleared just after dawn. We want our industry legislated. We're running for less than a taxi cab. Taxi cabs are legislated. We're running for less than taxi rates with these rigs. Fuel's gone through the roof - that truck of mine currently sits here with the fuel company's pulled the pin on fuelling me. I've got no credit. The Federal Government has urged transport companies to renegotiate drivers' contracts to share the pain of higher petrol costs. But the PM says there's nothing he can do to make fuel cheaper, flatly rejecting suggestions of a temporary tax cut. Once tax is reduced in the name of giving temporary relief, there is near 100% resistance to it going up again when the reason for the relief has disappeared. The Treasurer's challenged the states to use their GST take from petrol to subsidise the cost of fuel.

All I am saying is there is one state government that does - that's Queensland - and there are five that don't. We can't necessarily control the overseas prices, but we can do something about what's going on here and that is state government taxes, which no-one is really talking about, which makes a significant difference. There's a GST component on those taxes as well and also a road user charge. At a summit of oil executives next week,

the Government will push for ethanol blends of up to 10% to become the norm. The NRMA says that wouldn't be a problem for most cars but has warned it won't necessarily save money. Sometimes it's 5 cents a litre cheaper, sometimes it's the same price, and really, considering that you use more of the fuel when you use an ethanol blend, it should be at least 3.5 or 4 cents cheaper than straight petrol. But that's cold comfort for the diesel-buying truck drivers, who are warning that their campaign has only just begun. This is not the finish,

because we're gonna keep on going with what we're doing.

They're talking about more blockades in the next few days,

with the Hume and Bruce highways next on their list. Dana Robertson, Lateline. Greens leader Bob Brown has called for a Senate inquiry into the deportation of American political activist Scott Parkin. He's also calling on the Australian Federal Police to investigate how ASIO's classified intelligence on the case was leaked to the 'Australian' newspaper. Scott Parkin was deported back to the United States last Thursday after ASIO assessed him to be a national security risk. His lawyer, Julian Burnside QC, is yet to see the allegations against his client and ASIO has refused a request by Senator Brown for a briefing on the matter. However, the 'Australian' newspaper revealed ASIO believed Mr Parkin was planning to teach local demonstrators tactics including throwing marbles in front of police horses and freeing protestors from police custody. I view the leaking of the information to the 'Australian'