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Motion: Barton Highway

Lee calls on the Federal Government to work with NSW to increase safety on the Barton Highway by extending the dual carriageway to reduce car and truck crashes.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:12): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) That the Barton Highway, connecting Canberra to Yass, is a single carriageway throughout New South Wales except for a 6 km section near the Yass Bypass, and up to 10 000 motorists and truck drivers travel the Barton Highway each day,

(ii) in 2007 the Barton Highway was noted as the worst highway on the AusLink network in New South Wales, and in 2011 a New South Wales Government report found that the highway had a high accident rate, and

(iii) in the lead-up to the 2007 election the Howard Government pledged $264 million for the duplication of the Barton Highway and the incoming Rudd Government agreed to also allocate this level of funding; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) work with the New South Wales Government to reduce fatalities and casualties on the Barton Highway by extending the dual carriageway and by undertaking other required improvements to reduce car and truck crashes, and

(ii) fund the upgrade of the Barton Highway under the National Projects Program in the coming May 2014 budget.

Question agreed to.

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