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22    National Road Safety Strategy

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator Sterle and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 78—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       on 8 September 2017, the Australian Government announced the commencement of an independent inquiry into the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS),

                                    (ii)       on 12 September 2018, just over a year later, the NRSS inquiry panel, headed by Professor Jeremy Woolley and Dr John Crozier, presented its report to the Australian Government at Parliament House,

                                  (iii)       it has been almost 11 months since the Government received this report, and not enough has been done to address the 12 important recommendations within the report, and

                                  (iv)       a failure by the Government to act on these important recommendations will result in continued loss of life and injury through road trauma incidents; and

               (b)       calls on the Australian Government to:

                                     (i)       acknowledge that almost 90 % of the NRSS targets will not be met by 2020,

                                    (ii)       provide an update to the Senate on its plan to address the 12 recommendations from the inquiry into the NRSS, and

                                  (iii)       provide a guarantee that the NRSS is being monitored and that changes will be made to reach the agreed targets if they are not on track to be met.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Ayres

Gallagher

McKim

Steele-John

Bilyk

Green

O’Neill

Sterle

Brown

Griff

Patrick

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

Pratt

Walsh

Ciccone

Keneally

Rice

Waters

Di Natale

Kitching

Sheldon

Watt

Faruqi

Lambie

Siewert

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

McAllister

Smith, Marielle

 

 

 

NOES, 31

Senators—

Abetz

Colbeck

McDonald

Ryan

Antic

Cormann

McGrath

Scarr

Askew

Davey

McMahon

Seselja

Bragg

Duniam

Paterson

Sinodinos

Brockman

Fawcett

Rennick

Smith, Dean*

Canavan

Fierravanti-Wells

Reynolds

Stoker

Cash

Hanson

Roberts

Van

Chandler

Hughes

Ruston

 

* Tellers

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.