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Rod Barton was elected to the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria to represent the Eastern Metropolitan Region in November 2018.  He has been involved in the taxi, limousine and hire car industry for more than 25 years.

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8 hours ago
Rod Barton MP

In June Rod asked the Government if they would create a COVID recovery plan for the taxi and hire car industry after all that it has suffered through?

We received this response Minister Carroll last week!
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The Government understands the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Victorian economy and in particular the commercial passenger vehicle industry.

In 2020, the Commercial Passenger Vehicle industry (CPV) Advisory Panel helped deliver on a $22 million support package to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. A range of support was provided to the industry including depot fee relief, cleaning grants and increases to the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program subsidy and lifting fees, levy refunds and waivers.

It is important to the Government that the industry continues to be supported to ensure its long-term viability as we recover in a COVID-normal environment. It is also important that we continue to pursue ways to improve how the industry is regulated and improve on the user experience.

For these reasons, I have re-convened the CPV Advisory Panel and I look forward to working with the Panel on supporting the industry moving forward.

Hon. Ben Carroll
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In June Rod asked the Government if they would create a COVID recovery plan for the taxi and hire car industry after all that it has suffered through?

We received this response Minister Carroll last week! 
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The Government understands the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Victorian economy and in particular the commercial passenger vehicle industry.

In 2020, the Commercial Passenger Vehicle industry (CPV) Advisory Panel helped deliver on a $22 million support package to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. A range of support was provided to the industry including depot fee relief, cleaning grants and increases to the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program subsidy and lifting fees, levy refunds and waivers.

It is important to the Government that the industry continues to be supported to ensure its long-term viability as we recover in a COVID-normal environment. It is also important that we continue to pursue ways to improve how the industry is regulated and improve on the user experience.

For these reasons, I have re-convened the CPV Advisory Panel and I look forward to working with the Panel on supporting the industry moving forward.

Hon. Ben Carroll

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THANK YOU ROD BARTON FOR YOUR VERY REAL EFFORTS TO GET SOME GOVT RECOGNITION FOR THE GOVT’S DAMAGE AND NEAR DESTRUCTION OF THE TAXI AND HIRE CAR INDUSTRY

That's pretty bullshit, most taxi drivers walked away whilst a few including myself being a driver remained doing the job, and didn't get NO assistance what so ever - not on the job, not financially - nothing!!! They only help the big end of town as always

THANKS you very much

Thank you Rod for all Your effort’s.

Thanks you rod 🙏

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12 hours ago
Rod Barton MP

I started this inquiry because I believe regional Victoria have been drawing the short end of the stick for too long. Public transport is just not up to scratch.

Because of this, those such as the elderly, youths and low-income earners in regional areas are at a disadvantage.

I believe regional Victoria deserves to be better connected and have more frequent and reliable public transport networks. We must work towards a solution that is cost-effective, flexible and meets the needs of local communities.The school buses inquiry begins public hearings on Tuesday 27 July. The first hearing is being conducted online and will be streamed live at vicparl.news/broadcast from 9:30am-3pm. The schedule is available at vicparl.news/3BxSALk. The Legislative Council Economy and Infrastructure Committee is examining whether school buses could be used to get more rural and regional Victorians connected socially and economically. Among those presenting at the first hearing are representatives from Mallee Family Care, Country Education Partnership and Sandlant Bus.
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I started this inquiry because I believe regional Victoria have been drawing the short end of the stick for too long. Public transport is just not up to scratch. 

Because of this, those such as the elderly, youths and low-income earners in regional areas are at a disadvantage. 

I believe regional Victoria deserves to be better connected and have more frequent and reliable public transport networks. We must work towards a solution that is cost-effective, flexible and meets the needs of local communities.

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Go Rod - love the TMP ideology of fairness, community and transport solutions that encompasses so much of our daily living

14 hours ago
Rod Barton MP

This week is National Pain Week

People living with chronic pain often feel isolated by their pain.

The aim of NPW 2021 is to remind friends, family and professionals that connection is key to addressing the social isolation that pain can create.

#NPW2021 #ChronicPainAustralia #Connection

Chronic Pain Australia
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This week is National Pain Week 

People living with chronic pain often feel isolated by their pain. 

The aim of NPW 2021 is to remind friends, family and professionals that connection is key to addressing the social isolation that pain can create. 

#NPW2021 #ChronicPainAustralia #Connection

Chronic Pain Australia