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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Page: 8984

Senator MOORE (Queensland) (15:53): Short statements are always dangerous.

The PRESIDENT: You are seeking leave?

Senator MOORE: I am seeking leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: It is granted for one minute.

Senator MOORE: Thank you. Labor agrees with the core premise of Senator Muir's motion, especially the point about the cost of road trauma and death. Labor notes that more deaths per population occur in rural areas. Federal Labor invested record amounts to improve road and rail transport and there are several ongoing projects in rural Victoria, including the Western Highway and the Princes Highway and new projects to be funded under the boost to Roads to Recovery funding initiated by the opposition. Labor also spent $3.2 billion on the Regional Rail Link. Labor believes the East West funding should be spent on road and rail projects in Victoria. Whilst specifying roads, the motion does not specify rail or that the funding should go to Victoria. For this reason, Labor cannot support the motion as worded.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 914 moved by Senator Muir be agreed to.