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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Page: 1286

Senator RICE (Victoria) (12:05): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the tragic death of a cyclist in Melbourne on Friday, 27 February 2015 involving a 'car dooring' incident,

(ii) the work of Australian cycling advocates in hosting the Australian Bicycle Summit at Parliament House, in the week beginning 1 March 2015, calling for infrastructure, safety and health measures that will increase the number of Australians cycling,

(iii) the importance of cycling as a healthy, clean and efficient mode of transport for Australians of all ages, and

(iv) the National Cycling Strategy endorsed by ministers in 2010, which aims to aims to double the rate of participation in cycling between 2011 and 2016; and

(b) calls on the Government to follow the lead of the United Kingdom Government which recently adopted a national walking and cycling investment strategy, including specific time bound objectives and funding allocated to achieve those objectives.

Senator Fifield: I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.