Yesterday Labor voted against holding a parliamentary inquiry into the growing regional road toll crisis, Shadow Minister for Rural Roads Roma Britnell.

So far this year, 87 people have been killed on rural and regional roads, an increase of more than 80 per cent when compared to the same time last year.

We are in a crisis and we need to find out why so many more people are dying on our regional roads. That’s why I attempted to set up a parliamentary inquiry, to try and get to the bottom of why we are seeing such huge increases this year, but Labor refused to support it.

This is above politics. This is about people’s lives and I would have expected bi-partisan support on such a tragic issue.

The multi-million dollar Towards Zero campaign clearly is not cutting through. We need to find out why and whether the program needs to be re-focused.

So far Labor’s only plan to address this growing crisis is to hold an “emergency summit”, which is occurring a month after it was first announced, and will speak with people they should already be talking to regularly about road safety.

This issue needs more than summits and talk fests. It needs real action to prevent people dying on our roads.

 

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