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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1405

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport aware that the traffic regulations in Australian States relating to axle loadings and speed limits on road transports vary so much that the maximum speed limit in Queensland is 60 miles per hour., in New South Wales it is 50 miles per hour and, according to my understanding, it is soon to be 50 miles per hour in Victoria, but it is only 30 miles per hour in South Australia? Will the Minister have discussions with the respective State Ministers for Transport in an endeavour to establish uniform traffic regulations, particularly in relation to speed limits and axle loadings?

Senator COTTON - It is perfectly true that there are differences in regulations and differences in speed limits in the various States. These matters are taken up regularly by the Australian Transport Advisory Council on which the Commonwealth and the States are represented. The Council, with its advisory committees, puts forward recommendations and suggested standards from time to time. In that way it seeks to achieve uniformity. That is the direction in which it is working. I understand that these matters are discussed at its meetings. It would not be possible for the Commonwealth to act unilaterally in this sense. There are constitutional problems in this area. The Council is seeking to achieve a result by cooperative discussion on a Commonwealth-States level.

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