Earlier this month, I took part in the Legislative Council Economy and Infrastructure Standing Committee’s public hearing on the Inquiry into the Increase in Victoria’s Road Toll. Among the many valuable presenters invited to this hearing, the Committee was joined by Australia’s leading cycling safety charity, the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF), who presented on their priorities to keep road users safe in Victoria.
School buses have spare capacity and have been under-utilised for too long. Rod Barton believes it is about time we address transport disadvantage faced by regional Victorians. Using existing state-funded assets to improve the frequency and reliability of public transport, will create better educational and employment outcomes for youth and address the lack of mobility opportunities for senior citizens and low-income earners.
I come to this place from the taxi and hire car industry, which was thrown to the wolves not so long ago without any regard to the catastrophic financial and emotional consequences for the many individuals involved. I have not forgotten what it feels like to have your concerns ignored and have all your principles and values shattered which you were raised to believe in.