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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 achi eve. We have been ta 1 king about the Greenhouse Effect and the huge prob 1 ems whi ch confront humanity yet we cannot even agree to a nat i ona 1 uniform speed limit. I would not have thought that that would be such a terribly difficult thing to do. The question of speed 1 imiters for heavy vehicles is a 1 ittle ripper. Whilst I accept that there would be a significant cost to transport companies in fitting them to existing vehicles, the minister should not allow himself be deluded that, because the Northern Territory requires road trains to have 85 km/h speed limiters on road trains, that is the fastest speed at which they travel in the Northern Territory. As I have stated previously in this House, I have been chased by the monsters at 140 km/h. Thi s occurs simply because the vehicles come from interstate. They are not all registered in the Northern Territory. That is the simple reality and even the minister should be smart enough to understand that. What is wrong with requi ri ng heavy vehi cl es throughout Austral i a to have speed 1 imiters? Nothing. That seems to me like a fairly simple and logical step. As I have al ready said, the important thing is to pol ice these matters. You can make as many laws as you like but none of them will be worth a pinch unless they are policed. Another point was the implementation of a graduated licensing system for young drivers. Mr Finch: Tell us about that one. Mr LEO: We do it for motorcycles. There are licences for 50 cc motorcycles and the licences are graduated for larger capacity machines. We already have a graduated licensing system. What is wrong with that being introduced as part of a uniform national scheme? Nothing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I turn to the issue of the compul sory weari ng of helmets by chi 1 dren riding bicycles. The minister made an infantile comment about pinching kids' lunches if they are not wearing bicycle helmets. Mr Finch: What else are you going to do to them? Mr LEO: I cannot imagine a more puerile or stupid statement ever having been made by a minister in this House. At present, we insist that all bicycle riders have a light on the front and the back of their bicycle if they ride after dark. We do not pinch their lunches if they do not. It is against the law to ride a bike without a light after dark. What is the difference between putting a light on the front of a bike and something on a kid's bonce, for God's sake? Of course, there is no difference. Once again, the minister has demonstrated his complete ineptitude and his blatant use of this House to prop up a political hack. The next point in the plan concerned the introduction of daylight running lights for motorcyclists. Whilst that might cost individuals some dollars, I doubt that the cost would be very high. Whil st I am prepared to accept that there may be some costs involved for motorcycle owners, the fact is that, ever since governments began to ex i st in thi s country, 1 aws have been introduced which cost individuals money. That is nothing new. There is nothing really profound about it. Of course it will involve costs for individuals. In pursuing the goal of a safer community, we regularly impose such costs. There is nothi ng pecul i ar or sin i ster about that, as the minister would have this House believe. 8795

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