Standing Committee on the Economy and Infrastructure- Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017

08 June 2017- Mr O'Sullivan- I rise to speak to the inquiry into the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017. First of all I would like to thank Ms Topic and Mr Newington for their work on the committee. They do an amazing job of turning around what we say in the committee into this report that we have in front of us today. I think that despite the poor position we started from in relation to this legislation we have come up with some recommendations that might make the legislation a little bit better. We heard from a whole range of people in terms of the impacts that this piece of legislation would have on them, and it is fair to say that some of the impacts would be very cruel on those people, so hopefully some of these recommendations can make that better.

In particular the recommendation that would provide for a reduced rate of levy in rural and regional areas would be very important, because we know that the new $2 tax that is proposed to pay for the compensation would be more than enough to pay out the compensation rates within less than a year in some areas, yet the tax would be ongoing on every trip that they make. Also the recommendation to specify the sunset clause in relation to the levy is very important; otherwise this is just another ongoing, endless tax that would be applied by this government to all people who take taxi rides.

Recommendation 7 is in relation to the government considering a reduction in the $2 levy to something less, and I hope that the government take that up seriously because the $2 levy is higher than that of any other state. It will create a lot of revenue for the government, and without the sunset clause for the $2 levy there is no doubt this is just an extra tax and an impost on people. However, that money is desperately required to help those taxi companies and families who will be struggling as a result of this legislation.

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