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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Page: 1287


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (12:05): The government shares Senator Rice's concern for cycling safety and does note the tragic death of the 25-year-old cyclist in Melbourne. Similarly, the Abbott government welcomes the work of Australian cycling advocates, many of whom visited Canberra this week for the Australian Bicycle Summit and the Big Canberra Bike Ride.

However, under the federal system the Commonwealth has a particular role in planning. Senator Rice needs to recognise the division of labour between the jurisdictions and the significant investment in infrastructure that the Commonwealth makes, a proportion of which is already in place to support cycling paths. The government cannot support this motion, but there are significant investments delivered in our commitment to reduce the road toll and support the development of bicycle paths.

Question agreed to.