Thursday, 1 August 2019
National Road Safety Strategy
At the request of Senator Sterle, I move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(ii) on 12 September 2018, just over a year later, the NRSS inquiry panel, headed by Professor Jeremy Woolley and Dr John Crozier, presented its report to the Australian Government at Parliament House,
(iii) it has been almost 11 months since the Government received this report, and not enough has been done to address the 12 important recommendations within the report, and
(iv) a failure by the Government to act on these important recommendations will result in continued loss of life and injury through road trauma incidents; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to:
(i) acknowledge that almost 90 per cent of the NRSS targets will not be met by 2020,
(ii) provide an update to the Senate on its plan to address the 12 recommendations from the inquiry into the NRSS, and
(iii) provide a guarantee that the NRSS is being monitored and that changes will be made to reach the agreed targets if they are not on track to be met.
This government is serious about road safety. In response to the recommendations of the inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 the government has established the Office of Road Safety to provide the leadership, coordination and advocacy needed to improve road safety at a national level to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. It has also, amongst other actions, announced a $2.2 billion road safety and upgrade package, provided $18.6 million for key road safety enablers and innovations, and undertaken the review of national road safety governance arrangements.