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Friday, 8 May 1970

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Industry) - I think all of us, including the right honourable member for Melbourne, who is interjecting, are concerned at the appalling incidence of road deaths in Australia and any measures that can be taken to reduce the incidence of road fatalities are certainly worth investigating. 1 have seen the report to which the honourable member alluded. 1 believe that in some States there have been experiments with measures somewhat similar to the device which was apparently used with such success in the United Kingdom. I am told that in Melbourne the Country Roads Board has employed a similar proprietary line with equal success. However, as the honourable member will realise, specific road traffic control devices of this nature must come within the ambit of the responsibility of State governments and authorities responsible for road control. However, I shall ensure that the measures referred to by the honourable member and the success of the application of this anti-skid device in the United Kingdom are brought to the attention of responsible State authorities. One would hope that by its application there may be some alleviation of road traffic accidents, particularly at intersections and corners where the volume of traffic apparently is such that a device of this nature is most likely to yield the results for which it is designed.

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