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i&n The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts

Chair Mr Paul Neville MP

Deputy Chair Mr Steve Gibbons MP

Members Mr Gary Hardgrave MP Mr Colin Hollis MP Hon David Jull MP Mr Peter Lindsay MP Mr Stewart McArthur MP Mr Frank Mossfield AM MP Mr John Murphy MP Mr Stuart St Clair MP

Correspondence and inquiries Committee secretary House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Communications, Transport and the Arts Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel 02 6277 4601 Fax 02 6277 2067 Email cta.reps@aph.gov.au www.aph.gov.au/house

Media Release

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13 September 1999

Public round table discussions

The Fatigue Frontline Managing fatigue in transport inquiry

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts will be taking the issue o f fatigue in transport to the community with a series o f informal and public round table discussions to be held in:

Guyra 14 September 1999

Armidale 15 September 1999

Kempsey 16 September 1999.

Mr Paui Neville MP, Chair of the committee, said:

'The issue of fatigue is a community issue.

Ultimately, the whole community is responsible for fatigue. In these discussions the committee will be visiting a number of communities that are on the frontline o f the fight against fatigue. This is particularly so in transport.

The Armidale-Guyra, and Kempsey areas are high risk areas for fatigue related accidents, being situated midway between Brisbane and Sydney. The committee will be seeking the views o f members o f the local emergency services, truck drivers and the public on ways to address this pressing problem.

In Guyra, we will be talking with drivers at a major highway truck stop to hear their views on managing fatigue. The committee also will hear about the plans to develop a new concept for

truck stop facilities. This development will assist truck drivers to better manage fatigue by

providing a state of the art facility for drivers to rest, change over and maintain their vehicles.

In Armidale and Kempsey the committee will be speaking to emergency services personnel. These people face the realities of fatigue related

accidents year after year. Their views are directly relevant to the inquiry.'

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Further, Mr Neville said

’By going to communities such as Guyra, Armidale and Kempsey, the committee wants to get a feel for the realities of fatigue. We believe that the people o f these communities have much to offer by way o f ideas on how to tackle the problem of driver fatigue.

Committee members want to recognise and discuss the positive initiatives being developed and implemented in the transport industry. We also want to identify any shortfalls and recommend to the parliament how any gaps might be plugged.

The community needs to get behind efforts to address fatigue. A major shift in attitude, similar to that which now exists with speed and drink driving, is needed to successfully combat this problem. We are looking forward to discussing how best to manage fatigue in transport with people in Guyra, Armidale and Kempsey.'

The committee will be holding a media conference at

Armidale 15 September 1210 to 1240 Armidale Exservices Club

Kempsey 16 September 1110 to 1140 Kempsey Golf Club

In addition, interviews in Armidale and Kempsey can be arranged by calling 02 6277 4597 before the day or 0413 085765 on the day.

The terms o f reference for the inquiry are listed below.

All members of the public are welcome as observers to the public hearings and round table discussions.

The public hearing, round table discussions and briefings program for Guyra, Armidale and Kempsey is attached.

Terms of Reference In relation to managing fatigue in transport, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts is to inquire into, and report on, the following. -

• Causes of, and contributing factors to, fatigue.

• Consequences o f fatigue in air, sea, road and rail transport.

• Initiatives in transport addressing the causes and effects of fatigue.

• Ways of achieving greater responsibility by individuals, companies, and governments to reduce the problems related to fatigue in transport.

For further information

Media comment Paul Neville MP, committee chair 07 4152 0744

02 6277 4940

Background Adam Cunningham, inquiry secretary 02 6277 4597

on the day 0413 085 765

Web site http://www.aph.gov.au/house/com m ittee/cta/index.htm

Parliament of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee Parliament House on Communications, Transport and the Arts Canberra ACT 2600

G uyra and A rm id ale

Tuesday and Wednesday, 14-15 September 1999

Inquiry into managing fatigue in transport inquiry

Tuesday

2100-2230 Guyra truck stop (informal discussions and private briefing)

Wednesday Armidale [Venue: Armidale Exservices Club]

0930 Public round table discussions

0930-1030 Representatives from Armidale and Uralla emergency services

1030-1110 Suspension

1110-1210 Representatives from Guyra emergency services

1210 Close round table discussions

1210-1240 M edia conference

1240-1340 L unch

1400-1530 Private inspection and briefing at New England Regional Art Museum

The scheduled times and groups are indicative and may be subject to change on the day. A detailed program is available close to the day.

All members of the public are welcome as observers to the public round table discussions on Wednesday.

• Tel 02 6277 4601 · Fax 02 6277 2067 · Email cta.reps@aph.gov.au • www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/cta/index.htm l:Man fatigue/public hearings/A&G public program

Parliament of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee Parliament House on Communications, Transport and the Arts Canberra ACT 2600

K em psey

Wednesday and Thursday, 15-16 September 1999

Inquiry into managing fatigue in transport inquiry

Wednesday Inspection

1700-1800 Private inspection of emergency vehicles and discussions at Kempsey

Thursday Public hearing and round table discussions Venue: Kempsey Golf Club. Pacific Highway

0830-0910 McCafferty Express Coaches

0910-0955 Representatives from emergency services

0955-1030 S h o rt suspension

1030-1110 Representatives from emergency services

1110-1140 M edia conference -

1140-1230 Truck drivers

1230-1400 L unch

1400-1440 Williamson Brothers Removal and Storage

1440 Public hearing and round table discussions close

1450 Private inspection at Clybucca memorial

The scheduled times and groups are indicative and may be subject to change on the day. A detailed program will be provided on the day.

All members of the public are welcome as observers on Thursday for the public program.

• Tel 02 6277 4601 · Fax 02 6277 2067 · Email cta.reps@aph.gov.au · www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/cta/index.htm l:man fatigue/public hearingsyKempsey public program