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No rates of pay have a big effect on road safety



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SENATE

Senator for Tasmania

Putting Tasmania First

Jacqui Lambie

Media Statement

12.4.16

No Rates of Pay have a big effect on Road Safety.

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie after meeting with Tony Sheldon

of the Transport Workers Union and with Warren Clark the CEO of National Road

Transport Association - has called on the Liberal Government to empower the

National Heavy Vehicle Register (NHVR) so that it can enforce and mandate the

payment of 30 day accounts by big business to small trucking operators.

Click below to view 6min conversation with Warren Clark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wqbKLe4i1M

Click below to view 30sec summary of Senator Lambie’s position

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc8wbiz5rGk

“ I support Senator Lazarus’s plan to immediately abolish the Federal Tribunal (RSRT) whose pay decision

would have killed off 35,000 Australian small and family trucking businesses, while giving an unfair

advantage to big fleet operators. However, after speaking with Warren Clark - the CEO of National Road

Transport Association, it’s become obvious that the greatest threat to Australian trucking road safety - is

the failure by our big business to pay their transport bills on time.

No rates of pay have a big effect on road safety - that’s why I support legislation and the empowerment of

the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) so that it can enforce and mandate the payment of 30 day

accounts by big business - to all trucking operators, especially those small family businesses.” said Senator

Lambie.

“ I congratulate Senator Lazarus for his leadership on this matter. I also call on the Liberal party to stop

playing political games with the lives of 35,000 hard working Australian Trucking families. The Prime

Minister’s decision to delay (until after the election) - the abolishment of the RSRT only creates more

uncertainty for Australian trucking families.

The Liberal’s have had 2 years to fix this problem. In saying they’ll abolish the RSRT after the election, the

Liberal’s are simply manipulating this terrible trucking crisis for political gain. The only jobs the Liberal’s are

trying to save are their own.

Stop the political games. Abolish the RSRT and their silly low pay orders now - and pass legislation which

guarantees that small trucking businesses are paid on time i.e. within 30 days not 120. That’s the simplest

and easiest action the parliament can take to increase Australian road safety.” said Senator Lambie.

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