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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8150


Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (15:43): At the request of Senators Sterle and Gallacher, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 18 November 2018 is the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) - a day to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world's roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected,

(ii) it is also a day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it,

(iii) during the calendar year of 2017, there were 1224 road deaths in Australia and more than 35,000 seriously injured on our roads,

(iv) in 2018 alone, there have been 874 deaths on Australia's roads, and

(v) the annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia is approximately $30 billion per year;

(b) acknowledges the work of Mr Peter Frazer as President of Safer Australian Roads and Highways, and his advocacy for road safety and passion in encouraging all Australians to drive so others survive; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to work with stakeholders and Parliament to make our roads, vehicles and all road users safe.