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12 October, 2012

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: […] Every six months or so, the Minister for Transport is required to sign off, having received advice, on the tariff and related rates that will apply to taxis. With the advice of the department and the Taxi Industry Board, which I revived, a number of sources of information are used to try to strike that right balance between making sure that taxidrivers and operators have a reasonable income to ensure that it is a viable industry and people are participating in it, and the need to make sure that taxi patrons are not priced out of the market.

The PRESIDENT: Minister, I am hoping to hear what relevance this has to the bill on jockeys.

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: You will be delighted to find out in a moment, Mr President, because it was Hon Matt Benson-Lidholm—indeed, your deputy—who raised this question of the cash economy, although not in that capacity.

Hon Matt Benson-Lidholm: Not taxis anyway, minister; you’re drawing a long bow!

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: All right, I will draw my remarks to a conclusion because they are only peripheral!

Hon Matt Benson-Lidholm: I think he agrees with you, Mr President!

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN: Jockeys catch taxis!

Subject: Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment (Jockeys) Bill 2012 [Legislative Council – Second Reading]

Date: 25 September 2012

Hansard reference: p. 6367 [online (pdf)]


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