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Bill to delay RSRT payment order before Parliament



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WHYALLA OFFICE: PORT PIRIE OFFICE:

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ROWAN RAMSEY MP

Federal Member for Grey Media Release

Bill to Delay RSRT Payment Order Before Parliament

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he strongly supports Minister Michaelia Cash in introducing legislation to the Parliament next week to delay the implementation of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal payment order until January 2017.

“Over the weekend the Prime Minister announced that we will move to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal after the next election,” Mr Ramsey said.

“We should be doing that now, however at this stage the government does not have sufficient support from the cross benchers to pass an abolition bill. Consequently as an interim and emergency measure we are focussed on a bill delaying the payment order until January 2017.

“I understand we have sufficient cross bench support to pass the delay bill next week, and so will push ahead with this strategy and hope that we are able negotiate for abolition after the election.

“The RSRT is an appalling Labor/union assault on free enterprise, small business and unrestricted trade within our economy. “Imagine what would happen if the Government legislated minimum prices for petrol, bread or cars. The whole premise is preposterous.

“The RSRT ruling singles out owner/operators and directs them to charge substantially more for their services if they drive their own trucks than when an employee drives their truck. Linking this outcome to safer roads is beyond comprehension.

“The bill for deferral will be introduced to Parliament when it resumes on 18 April. I expect it to pass and if so it will suspend the operation of the order and provide the trucking industry with certainty, until such time as we take legislation to a new parliament to abolish the RSRT.

“We opposed the creation the RSRT which was put into place by Bill Shorten and provides great advantage to the Transport Workers Union and adds to their influence in the ALP.

Mr Ramsey said the extra layer of regulation coming from the RSRT is completely unnecessary.

“The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) administers the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and is responsible for regulating a range of safety-related measures including driver fatigue, speeding, loading requirements and for ensuring that supply chains share equal responsibilityfor ensuring standards are complied with,” he said.

WHYALLA OFFICE: PORT PIRIE OFFICE:

45a Playford Avenue WHYALLA SA 5600 104 Ellen Street (PO Box 296) PORT PIRIE SA 5540 Phone: (08) 8645 4255 Phone: (08) 8633 1744

Phone: 1300 301 651 (local call cost) Phone: 1300 301 742 (local call cost)

Fax: (08) 8645 5933 Fax: (08) 8633 1749

“The NHVR has had an enormous impact on road safety and are well able to properly regulate our transport system. There has been a gradual decline in road deaths involving heavy vehicles, from 264 in 2008 to 192 in 2015 and the Government is committed to continuing this trend”.

“This regulation, unlike the RSRT, has broad support from the industry.”

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Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744 April 12 2016