Greens, Libs snub transport requests


Only the Labor Party replied to a NatRoad letter seeking responses from the three key parties fighting the Victorian election

By Rob McKay | November 26, 2010

Only the Victorian Labor Party had found itself able to reply to a NatRoad letter seeking responses from the three key parties fighting the Victorian election, which will be decided tomorrow.

NatRoad CEO Bernie Belacic had written on November 2 to the Labor Party, Coalition and the Greens covering salient issues for the industry.

These had included fair enforcement, an effective chain of responsibility, the national heavy vehicle regulator, counting of hours, and heavy vehicle access issues.

Labor’s State Secretary and Campaign Director Nicholas Reece had replied saying the party "strongly" supported "the key points raised".

"I acknowledge your comments about improving last mile access," Reece says in a reply dated November 16.

"Victoria is the only government in Australia that has an integrated statewide plan to upgrade the first and last mile of the supply chain" and would "continue the effort" if re-elected.

A spokesman for opposition spokesman on roads Terry Mulder says the letter had been sent to Liberal Party headquarters, which had occasioned a delay.

He says Mulder will be happy to consider the issues after the election but will not reply to the letter now.

The Greens did not respond to ATN’s query by deadline today.

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