Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1667


Senator Milne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 19 February 2008:

(1)   What action is being taken to ensure current and future road and rail infrastructure developments are placed in areas that will not be subject to coastal flooding or inundation due to climate change.

(2)   What subsidies currently apply for road freight transport.

(3)   What action is being taken to ensure that large freight vehicles pay the full cost of their road use.

(4)   Will the transport budget be re-allocated to give a greater share of funding to rail and intermodal freight structure and reduce the share of road transport.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Responsibility for local statutory planning approval of road and rail projects rests with state and local governments.

(2)   The Commonwealth Government does not provide subsidies for road freight transport [see answer to question 3 also].

(3)   It is the policy of the Australian Government that heavy vehicles pay the full cost of their road use. The Australian Transport Council voted to approve the 2007 heavy vehicle charges determination on 29 February 2008. This determination was developed by the National Transport Commission (NTC) to give effect to an April 2007 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) direction to deliver, and continue to deliver, full recovery from heavy vehicle users of their allocated share of road infrastructure costs in aggregate and across heavy vehicle classes.

(4)   The Government is committed to a freight transport system that maximises the efficiencies of both rail and road. Funding allocations will be announced in the Budget which will be delivered on 13 May 2008.