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Madigan calls for caution on RSRT

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Senator John Madigan Independent Senator for Victoria

--- Media Release --- Madigan calls for caution on RSRT

12 April 2016

Independent Senator for Victoria John Madigan has cautioned against abolishing the Road Safety

Remuneration Tribunal, saying the issue was complex and needed further consideration.

“There are genuinely-held concerns on both sides that need to be addressed,” Senator Madigan

said. “The RSRT should not be kicked to the kerb without giving consideration to how these

concerns will be met. There needs to be further discussion about a suitable replacement, if that in

fact is the best way forward.”

On the weekend Senator Madigan hosted a four-hour public meeting in Ballarat attended by more

than 200 people who had been affected. Attendees included Transport Workers Union National

Secretary, Tony Sheldon.

Senator Madigan called the RSRT “a very serious issue”.

“There are very grave knock-on effects for owner-drivers and their families. Drivers spoke on the

weekend of potentially losing their homes and ultimately their livelihoods. A number of them

seemed at breaking point due to the stress. The emotion in the room was overwhelming. I left that

afternoon deeply concerned for the welfare of these men and women if the issue is not fixed.

“While urgent action is needed to save the livelihoods of these hardworking Australians, it would

be a kneejerk reaction to abolish the Tribunal without proper consideration of an alternative. A

roadmap needs to be put in place for the path forward.

“I support the government’s stay on the RSRO as an interim measure which will allow all those

affected time to find a fair solution. However, I caution the government not to play politics with this

issue given there is so much at stake for thousands of Australians.

“We need to get to the bottom of this in a manner that is fair for all.” Senator Madigan said he

would continue to engage with all stakeholders over the coming week.

Media inquiries: Chloe Preston 0432 029 644