What do you think about safe rates?
What do you think about safe rates?

Emotions spill over in safe rates debate

SAFE rates: If there are two more inflammatory words in the trucking industry right now, I've yet to hear them.

After seemingly months of denial that this explosive issue could re-emerge, it's all come rushing to a head with the Federal election just around the corner.

The added petrol on the fire, of course, is the woeful poll predictions for the Coalition, and as we saw in Canberra this month at the Safe Rates Summit, the ALP is amplifying talk of reintroducing safe rates and the RSRT by the hour.

Maybe it's time for the industry to take a collective breath and stop throwing barbs at each other.

If Labor gets in, some form of safety tribunal and minimum pay rate is going to happen.

Would that really be the worst thing in the world?

Already we see hundreds of transport business going under each year, and as we all agree, one death on the road is one too many.

There at least seems to be a bipartisan acceptance of the emergence of a safety tribunal post election, although just what form that takes will no doubt be up for lengthy debate.

Let's hope a happy compromise can be reached on both fronts. Labor already indicated that their first go at a safe rate order was awry.

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