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Meet Rod

Rod has been involved in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry for over 30 years. Beginning as a Taxi driver in the bustling streets of Victoria to becoming the president of the Commercial Passenger Vehicles Association. It was then Rod found his passion in fighting for the rights of the Taxi industry, fighting for their safety and fair treatment.

In 2018, after the illegal entry of Uber, Rod and his friend and business partner, Andre, decided to take their fight to Parliament. In November 2018, Rod was successfully elected into the legislative Council of Victoria representing the Transport Matters party. He fought for 4 hard years for the rights of the transport sector as well as many other issues close to his heart. Although not successful in 2022, Rod still fights for the rights of vulnerable workers.

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Uber Class Action Settlement

Uber Class Action Settlement

Uber has been held to account by taxi and hire car drivers when governments failed to do so. Uber has blinked and has settled on the steps of the Supreme Court the night before a trial was due to start today over their alleged illegal behavior! This class action was...

Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

No one knows what the outcome will be; this case has the potential to be one of the largest claims in Australia if successful.

Tax Cuts

Tax Cuts

The true crime in regard to tax reform is the multinationals who operate and make billions in sales in Australia and then move the profits offshore, they pay minimal tax in this country, if you make it here you should be taxed here!

Children the invisible victims of crime

Children the invisible victims of crime

In my time in Parliament, I don’t believe I wasted a moment highlighting those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. As a crossbench member we have limited opportunities to bring forward a parliamentary inquiry. I never wasted an opportunity to initiate...

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22 hours ago
Rod Barton

Melbourne has been ranked the seventh least affordable city in the world.

Four other Aussie cities also ranked in the top 20, according to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Report. #9News

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No one but the useless government to blame for all the inflation and BS taxes..👎

Melbourne is the best city in the world to live in… Dan for PM!

Rad Barton , lol you voted with labour's policies during the scamdemic don't post like you didn't have a hand in it 😉

Who would wanna live there anyway it’s just YUCK

1 day ago
Rod Barton

This article from today’s *Age* by Cameron Houston and David Estcourt is a very sad reflection of the state of the rideshare industry. How long will the government pretend that there is nothing wrong? All of these ever-expanding issues reflect badly on the entire rideshare industry because of a few bad individuals. The taxi industry isn’t exempt either; they also have there challenges. Safe Transport Victoria has the ultimate responsibility to keep Victorians safe and has obviously failed. They need to accept responsibility for failing to address these serious crimes against women. It is never the fault of the women who find themselves in vulnerable positions. It is the predatory behavior of men who prey on these women. This cannot be allowed to continue. There have been too many assaults and lives damaged. This is the price of deregulating the taxi industry. It is clear that there is an immediate need to introduce change and conduct an inquiry into the industry. Uber should be recognized that it is only a taxi company from San Francisco and should be treated as such. Safety should never be negotiable. When is it enough?

Jacinta Allan Gabrielle Williams MP Safe Transport Vic - CPV & Bus Transport Workers Union, Victorian/Tasmanian Branch - TWUVicTas

#RideShareSafety #taxisafety #publicsafety
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This article from today’s *Age* by Cameron Houston and David Estcourt is a very sad reflection of the state of the rideshare industry. How long will the government pretend that there is nothing wrong? All of these ever-expanding issues reflect badly on the entire rideshare industry because of a few bad individuals. The taxi industry isn’t exempt either; they also have there challenges. Safe Transport Victoria has the ultimate responsibility to keep Victorians safe and has obviously failed. They need to accept responsibility for failing to address these serious crimes against women. It is never the fault of the women who find themselves in vulnerable positions. It is the predatory behavior of men who prey on these women. This cannot be allowed to continue. There have been too many assaults and lives damaged. This is the price of deregulating the taxi industry. It is clear that there is an immediate need to introduce change and conduct an inquiry into the industry. Uber should be recognized that it is only a taxi company from San Francisco and should be treated as such. Safety should never be negotiable. When is it enough?

Jacinta Allan Gabrielle Williams MP Safe Transport Vic - CPV & Bus Transport Workers Union, Victorian/Tasmanian Branch - TWUVicTas 

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We warned them way back remember

Rod Barton as I’m sure you’re aware, the risk was multiplied by the rush to deregulate without proper governance or controls. Also the failure to implement active legislation and subsequent regulatory regimes. Implementing the necessary‘fixes’ to taxis and rideshare vehicles will come at a huge cost to the taxpayer

It’s hard to believe that this happening in this country in day light and the ones responsible of all these , aren’t paying for what they did to public and public service. 😡 It’s going get worse but not any better unless they take action now . It’s a Lie Share not a Ride Share! They are doing taxi business, full stop.🛑

Melbourne Airport is 100% failed in safety purposes. Safe transport in not taking any actions. Some Drivers even they have no license doing cash jobs from airport.

MR BARTON , YOU ARE THE SAME FOOL THAT RECEIVED EMAILS FROM ME OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME AND IGNORED ... NOW YOU SHARE STORIES THAT SPECIFIC PERSONS CANNOT BE TRUSTED ...HAVE A GOOD THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN BEHAVIOUR .... THIS RESPONSE HAS ALRADY BEEN SHARED WITH AUTHORITIES !

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