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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator BREEN (VICTORIA) - I preface my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport by reminding him that the Commonwealth Government contributes £150,000 annually to the Australian Road Safety Council, which is using every means within its power to lessen and prevent the appalling loss of life and injuries caused week after week through accidents on Australian roads. As the importance of the preventive effect of driver education courses is recognised, can the Minister inform the Senate whether the financial resources of the Australian Road Safety Council are sufficient to cover research into investigations being made in other countries regarding the subject material of driver educational programmes and into experiments such as that described in a recent report of a study lasting twelve months in Ohio, in the United States of America, to record and assess drivers' road behaviour and reactions? Can the Minister also inform us whether further encouragement can be given by the Commonwealth Government to developing in Australia an effective system of driver training?

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