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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Page: 7463

Senator LAZARUS (Queensland) (15:45): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the range of issues currently being experienced across the country in relation to the operation of UBER, including allegations of acts of violence and intimidation against UBER drivers by members of the taxi industry in Queensland;

(b) acknowledges the important role of competition, change and disruption in forging new industries and creating new services;

(c) further notes the impact of UBER and other ride-sharing services on the viability of the taxi industry and the stakeholders involved in the taxi industry, including owners, administrators, drivers and others directly and indirectly employed by the industry;

(d) urges the Government to consider the opportunity for all transport services, including the taxi industry and ride-sharing services, to have a legitimate and legal role in Australia; and

(e) calls on the Government to show leadership and urgently address the taxi and ride-sharing issue by working with state and territory governments to develop a national approach which:

(i) puts the needs of the people of Australia first,

(ii) improves the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of taxi and ride-sharing services across Australia,

(iii) creates a framework to enable the operation of taxi and ride-sharing services on a level playing field basis, including regulation, fee introductions and fee modifications,

(iv) engages with the complex policy questions regarding taxi licences as a financial asset,

(v) proposes amendments to policy, legislation and administrative instruments and mechanisms across relevant levels and areas of government to facilitate the adoption of the framework,

(vi) is developed in consultation with all taxi industry, ride-sharing service providers and other stakeholders, and

(vii) aims to resolve the issues being experienced across the country, and reduce the tension and concern being felt by many involved.