JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie after meeting with Tony Sheldon of the Transport Workers Union and with Warren Clark the CEO of National Road Transport Association - has called on the Liberal Government to empower the National Heavy Vehicle Register (NHVR) so that it can enforce and mandate the payment of 30 day accounts by big business to small trucking operators.
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“ I support Senator Lazarus’s plan to immediately abolish the Federal Tribunal (RSRT) whose pay decision would have killed off 35,000 Australian small and family trucking businesses, while giving an unfair advantage to big fleet operators.
However, after speaking with Warren Clark - the CEO of National Road Transport Association, it’s become obvious that the greatest threat to Australian trucking road safety - is the failure by our big business to pay their transport bills on time.
No rates of pay have a big effect on road safety – that’s why I support legislation and the empowerment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) so that it can enforce and mandate the payment of 30 day accounts by big business – to all trucking operators, especially those small family businesses,” said Senator Lambie.
“ I congratulate Senator Lazarus for his leadership on this matter. I also call on the Liberal party to stop playing political games with the lives of 35,000 hard working Australian Trucking families. The Prime Minister’s decision to delay (until after the election) - the abolishment of the RSRT only creates more uncertainty for Australian trucking families.
The Liberal’s have had 2 years to fix this problem. In saying they’ll abolish the RSRT after the election, the Liberal’s are simply manipulating this terrible trucking crisis for political gain. The only jobs the Liberal’s are trying to save are their own.
Stop the political games. Abolish the RSRT and their silly low pay orders now – and pass legislation which guarantees that small trucking businesses are paid on time i.e. within 30 days not 120. That’s the simplest and easiest action the parliament can take to increase Australian road safety,” said Senator Lambie.