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5       Interstate Road Transport Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2018

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Rice moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “but the Senate:

                         (a)       notes that:

                                               (i)       approximately 3000 Australians die from the effects of air pollution each year;

                                             (ii)       the transport sector is accountable for nearly 19% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to ongoing and dangerous climate change;

                                            (iii)       Australia is not compliant with the International Energy Agency’s 90 day stockholding requirement of liquid fuels; and

                         (b)       calls on the Government to:

                                               (i)       introduce Euro VI standards for light and heavy vehicles at the earliest possible opportunity,

                                             (ii)       immediately begin work on the design and implementation of a heavy vehicle fuel efficiency standard, and

                                            (iii)       develop a plan for Australia’s transition to electric and other zero emission transport for freight”.

Debate ensued.

At 11.45 am : Debate was interrupted while Senator Rice was speaking.