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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE SHADOW MINISTER FOR LAND TRANSPORT, DAVID HAWKER, AN D THE SHADOW MIN ISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, EXTERNAL TERRITORIES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA GRANT TAMBLING

BROWN MUST EXPLAIN

The Federal Coalition has called on the Government to explain Us strategy for ensuring rural and remote areas arc taken into account in any new truck charging regime.

In what appears to be a massive backdown in the face of Coalition and StatefTcrriioiy pressure, the Member for the Northern Territory has let that cat out of the bag.

It now appears that the Federal Government is proposing zones for different parts of the country and having different truck charges in the zones.

It seems that the Government is starting to recognise the enormous problems for people living in rural and remote areas of imposing significant increases in truck charges. The Coalition has repeatedly warned of this problem - it's encouraging to see that someone in the Government had the sense to listen ιό us.

The Report that the Overarching Group Is looking at, to take recommendations to the Special Premiers' Conference, is the original Interstate Commission Report. Even the Interstate Commissioner at the time, recognised the problems of this report and did a subsequent review. This should have been the starting base, not the discredited first report.

Now that some in the Government have recognised the problems of the report raised in country areas the questions to be answered are:

. How many zones will there be?

. What will be their boundaries?

. What will be the rates for each zone?

. What will be the effect on country people and businesses?

. What will be the terms of reference for the research into the effects on country areas?

These questions need to be answered before anyone in the industry or in rural and remote Australia can believe that the Government is serious about addressing the problems.

ends 8 May 1991

Contact: David Hawker (06) 277 4231 Grant Tambling (06) 277 3436