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The Illegal Operation of Uber

Aug 30, 2022 | Advocacy, Motions, News, Parliament

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


That this House —

notes that —

  • a recent media exposé dated 12 July 2022 of leaked confidential documents titled ‘The Uber files’ by The Guardian newspaper confirms that ‘Uber broke laws, duped police and secretly lobbied governments’ during its aggressive global expansion;
  • Uber’s rise in Victoria since April 2014 spanned successive governments of both persuasions;
  • regulators failed the commercial passenger vehicle industry as Uber bulldozed its way into the local market and operated illegally for close to three and a half years while they were asleep at the wheel;
  • the illegal activity led to devastating consequences for the incumbent industry, the legacy of which continues today;
  • people lost their livelihoods, their homes, their superannuation and in some cases their lives;
  • Uber sold people a lie about the economic benefits to drivers of the company’s gig economy model;
  • the industry is in a state of disrepair as services and price certainty are in decline and wheelchair services are diminishing;
  • decision makers were sold a lemon;
  • calls on the Government for a serious and considered evaluation by independent review on the —
    • way the local taxi and hire car industry was allowed to unravel;
    • part Uber played in steering these outcomes for their own benefit; and
    • way this was enabled by regulators.

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Uploaded by Rod Barton MP on 2022-08-30.





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