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Motion – Repairing the Past

Nov 24, 2020 | Achievements, News, Parliament

Today Rod read in his motion which he will debate in the Upper House tomorrow afternoon.

Notice of Motion 24th November 2020

Repairing the past.

I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —


That this House —

  • acknowledges that —
  • in 1998, the High Court of Australia determined that a taxi licence was a valuable item of property;
  • since the commencement of the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Act 2017, the revocation of perpetual Victorian taxi and hire car licences amounted to a compulsory government asset acquisition;
  • the revocation of perpetual Victorian taxi and hire car licences for a fraction of their worth constitutes as a breach of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006;
  • arbitrary transition assistance payments in lieu of some, but not all, perpetual Victorian taxi and hire car licences was grossly inadequate and unfair;
  • the deregulation of the industry in 2017 has —
  • created a glut of commercial passenger vehicles on our roads;
  • reduced driver income to well below minimum wage;
  • threatened the economic viability of the industry;
  • caused worsening traffic congestion;
  • calls on the Andrews Government to —

(a)   accept a financial proposal to properly compensate the industry for the compulsory asset acquisition of all perpetual Victorian taxi and hire car licences;

(b)   make adjustments to the commercial passenger vehicle industry structure to better balance market components and end driver exploitation; and

(c)   support a recovery plan to build back and move the commercial passenger vehicle industry forward through COVID-19.

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