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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 best and indeed this is not either. I suggest that the honourable minister put his mouth on hold, at least until after the election, and we might get some business done in this House. Mr Ede: Helen Galton is issuing a press release dissociating herself from the lot of them. Mr LEO: Well, I cannot say that I blame the poor woman. If I were, Helen Galton, I would be outside slashing my wrist every time the minister opened his mouth. Mr Speaker, I have some statistical information that I would like to bring to the attention of members. That is all it is: . information. I would like to read out some statistical facts for the minister and I accept that they do not address the particular concerns the minister has raised as far as the Northern Territory is concerned. However, these are statistical rea 1 it i es. The peak year for road deaths in Australia was 1970, with 3798 deaths. In 1960, there were 9.3 deaths on our roads per 10 000 vehicles. In 1988, there were 3 road deaths per 10 000 vehicles in Austral ia on our roads, a drop of some 68%. In 1960, there were 25.4 deaths on the road per 10 000 of the Australian population. In 1988, there were 17.4 deaths on the road per 10 000 people in Australia. That is a drop of some 31%. In 1960, there were some 3.6 deaths on the roads per 100 million vehicle kilometres in Austral ia. In 1988, there were 1. 9 deaths on the roads per 100 mi 11 ion vehicle kilometres, a drop of some 47% over that period of time. Those are the type of statistics contained in this material. Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave of the House to have this incorporated in Hansard. Leave granted. Road Details Australia has about 800 000 km of roads spread over a continent of 7.7 million square kilometres which is populated by only 17 million people. The break up of roads is: National Highways - 16 000 km Arterial Roads - 105 000 km Local Roads - 680 000 km Road Responsibilities The federal government has no constitutional responsibility for roads. The primary responsibility remains with the states. Success i ve federa 1 governments have accepted va ryi ng 1 eve 1 s of responsi bil i ty for road con struct i on and rna i ntenance because of the high national importance of an efficient road system. No federal government ever has or would responsibility for every road in Australia. states welcome it. 8787 accept fu 11 Nor would the