Playing Politics with Safety

Are we playing politics with safety and really taking the whole issue of safety in the trucking industry seriously enough? This is an important question for everyone involved in road transport, not just for those out there spruiking their own agendas.   This week has seen the inelegant game of blame being handed around between the stakeholders involved, but the argument has advanced the safety of those involved in the industry...

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Truckies as Baddies

This election ad doesn’t help anyone. All we are doing here is reinforcing the impression the trucking industry is highly dangerous and truckies are going around killing children. Yes, make an ad to tell people not to vote Liberal, that’s fair enough, but don’t do it at the expense of denigrating your own industry. An industry which already suffers from a very negative public perception. At a time when the image of...

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RSRT on Tour

There is currently a tour of Australia taking place, organised by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) to look into the effects of the recent introduction and then repealing of the the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The events of early April, when the trucking industry’s issues were actually discussed on prime time television, have now passed and the clean up continues.   Have we learned...

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RSRT Impact Enquiry

This week owner-truck drivers together with representatives from associated industry groups met in Canberra at a roundtable convened by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). The meeting was part of the initial scoping work as the ASBFEO begin the formal inquiry process exploring the impact the RSRT’s Payments Order has had on small business owner-drivers around the country.     In the room...

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Election Fever?

Looking down the barrel of a long election campaign for the next seven weeks is not going to excite the trucking industry. We have had our moment in the sun, over the RSRT in April, and trucking industry issues are unlikely to be raised very much across the country.   However, this is not to say there are not important issues facing our industry, which we should be raising with our local member or for wider debate. Chain of...

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What Have We Learned from the RSRT?

There was a great deal of relief late on Monday, when the formal abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was confirmed. A lot of hard work and insistent lobbying got rid of the RSRT and its Orders, aided by a Coalition Government looking for a stick to beat Labor with.   Okay, you can take a few days off to recover, but the job is not done. We need to get back out there and continue to campaign, to get some genuine...

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