Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 it a util ity or whatever. That group forms a very sma.ll minority.. With 78% of road fatalities resulting from single vehicle roll-overs, twice the national average, it has to be recognised that we have a specific problem. We have different problems. It was said that, because the Territory has a great deal of heavy traffic, the percentage of fatalities involving trucks must be high. Truck-related fatalities in the Northern Territory are second only to those in the ACT, despite the fact that we include people who are run over whilst asleep on the road. When we analysed our truck-related fatalities, we found that only 21% of our truck-related fatalities - and that is the second-lowest figure in Australia - were caused by trucks. That is an indication that the self-regulatory, commonsense provisions that we have in the Territory and the dialogue we have with the trucking industry and the road transport associations are the healthiest in the country. Members will note that the recent di spute interstate di d not extend to the Territory despite some ridiculous attempts to bring it here. I was inundated with calls from trucking organisations around Australia asking for help to secure some common sense from the federal government. Of the package that the trucking industry proposed - and thi s was not the same 10-point package as that proposed by the Prime Minister - there was only one marginal area on which we disagreed: the open level on speed limits. If speed limiters are fitted to the transmission of the trucks, so long as that speed 1 i mit is at a rea sonab le 1 eve 1 - whether it be 110 km/h or 115 km/h - that would allow the truck or bus to safely pass a road train trave 11 i ng at 85 km/h, we bel i eve that that is the course to take. The fitting of speed limiters to heavier transport vehicles will maintain an even balance in relation to safety. The major need in terms of the trucki ng industry is for the federal government to address the very rea.l commercial problems which it suffers, in particular the exorbitant interest rates. Helen Galton has latched on to that. I note that the member for Nhul unbuy made some di spa rag i ng remarks about Helen Galton, the CLP candidate for the Territory. I did not mention her name once in my statement. I probably should have done so because, after 24 March, her role in the Territory in regard to road funding will be extremely important. However, I am well aware, from di scussions that she had with the federal shadow minister, John Sharp, in Alice Springs the other week, that her role will be constructive. I believe I heard in a news bulletin that the shadow minister will be announcing his road funding policy tomorrow. I invite honourable members to listen to that announcement. Perhaps we should talk about road funding again tomorrow because they will see a heck of difference between the $100m '" Mr Hatton: Over 3 years. Mr FINCH: No, the $100m was per annum . ... for increased highway funding announced today by Minister Brown. That highway funding will go only a very small way towards addressing the problem that Bruce Baird has with the Pacific Highway in New South Wales. We will see a bi g difference, and I i nvi te honourable members to 1 i sten closely to that announcement. With regard to the fourth point raised by the member for Nhulunbuy in respect of policing, I have been saying that there is no point in having any legislation or regulation unless, it can be and is policed. One point that we did agree with in the 10-point package was a requirement to subject 1 in 8808
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