The Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the scrapping of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal in Federal Parliament yesterday, calling it a major win for small business and owner-drivers.
“The Coalition Government took action to scrap the Tribunal in support of truck owner-drivers across Australia who were unfairly disadvantaged by the destructive Road Safety Remuneration System Payment Order, which came into effect on 7 April 2016” Mrs Marino said.
“The previous Gillard Labor Government set up the Road Safety Remuneration System (RSRS) solely to advantage the Transport Workers Union, however it put tens of thousands of owner-drivers across Australia at risk of being driven out of business, which would have had a devastating effect on thousands of families who rely on them.“
Truck owner-drivers from the South West joined with others from around Western Australia last week to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Employment Minister Michaela Cash, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Transport Minister Darren Chester and the Member for Forrest Nola Marino to express their concerns about the impact of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) on their businesses and families.
Local truck owners including Mark Talbot and Kieran Power were in Perth last Wednesday.
“The Government has acted on the evidence found in two reviews of the RSR System, which found that the rationale for the system is flawed” Mrs Marino said. “We have taken action to fix the mess that Labor created , and will implement additional measures to improve safety outcomes for all road users.
“Labor’s previous system jeopardised the livelihoods of mum and dad truck drivers who simply want to get on with running their businesses” Mrs Marino said.