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.
I spoke in support of the Justice Legislation Misc Amendment Bill 2019 – a bill that allows legal firms to charge contingency fees and spreads the costs across all participants. “This bill is about people, it is about justice and it is about doing what we can to ensure a level playing field is available through the legal system for everyday Victorians, like those blokes who drive taxi and hire cars, when things go wrong.”