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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 The detailed survey of 747 road deaths in Victoria io 1989 indicated that 368 resulted from driver carelessness, 122 from speed, 93 from alcohol and 57 from a combination of speed and alcohol. The number resulting from the condition of the roads was one (1). Mr LEO: Mr Deputy Speaker, I have to ask the minister some questions because he certainly did not answer them in any part of his speech. As he said, it is a very serious matter. When the minister addresses this subject aga in, I want to know whether or not he intends to accept the federa 1 government's offer of some $Sm or whatever it is. MrFinch interjecting. Mr LEO: I want to know whether or not the minister intends to accept it. Mr Finch: No. Mr LEO: If the minister is not going to accept it, at least we are aware that this government is so flush with money that it can afford to turn down SSm. Mr Finch: It would cost us more to accept it. Mr LEO: That is one question answered. The minister has indicated across the Chamber that the government intends to turn down $Sm from the federal government. The other question I want to ask him is that, whilst he may feel that the Pri meMi n i sterr sproposa 1 s are inadequate and are costly to firms and individuals, does he believe that anyone of those plans will cause more road deaths, the same number of road deaths or, in fact, ,fewer road deaths? Mr Finch: ,Some wi 11. Some of them less. Mr LEO: The other question I need to ask in the context of this debate, after listening to the tripe that we have been given, is whether or not the mini ster bel ieves that a uniform system of 'road rules, for the want of a better term, would assist all Australians in moving about this continent? Mr Finch: No. Mr LEO: The minister does not believe that a uniform system of road rules would assist people in moving around this continent. Those are 3 fairly startling admissions from the minister. First, he has so much money that he wi 11 not accept SSm. Secondly, he does not believe that any of the plans announced by the Prime Minister will help in reducing road deaths ... Mr Finch: I ~aid that some will. Some will increase them and some will reduce them. Mr LEO: In toto? Mr Finch: Some will. Mr LEO: Mr Speaker, he does not bel ieve that, taken in toto, these 10 proposals will assist in reducing road deaths. The other startling 8792