BUDGET MUST DELIVER FOR ROAD SAFETY

Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Tony Pasin MP says figures released today from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics paint a concerning picture about Australia’s rising road toll.

114 people lost their lives on Australian road in April 2024. This is 24.7 per cent higher than the average for April over the previous five years.

“With each passing month the road toll continues to rise and while the Albanese Labor Government continues to kick the can down the road on improving road safety outcomes, Australia will remain well off track to meeting its National Road Safety Strategy targets,” Mr Pasin said.

“For the road toll to be 25 per cent higher than usual in April is simply devastating. Labor must take urgent action on road safety in this country including delivering on their promise to collect and publish consistent data from States and Territories,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said the road safety task is being made more difficult by the Albanese Government’s decision to cancel, cut, and delay more than $25 billion in infrastructure funding over its first two years in government.

“Tonight’s budget must include increased investment in Australia’s road infrastructure together with targeted, evidence-based road safety initiatives. Labor has let the road safety task languish for too long,” Mr Pasin said.

“Labor is failing Australians on road safety and infrastructure investment,” Mr Pasin said.

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