The government has been flat-footed in responding to a surge in truck-related deaths. Both unions and companies are being more proactive than Canberra.
The campaign against the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is based on an attempt to discredit any link between how truckies are paid and safety.
A union heavy who helped install Julia Gillard as prime minister now threatens to turn against her not because of her backflip on a carbon tax, but a backdown on supporting mandated rates of pay for truck drivers. It's an age-old argument.
Woolworths says it would happily transfer more of its freight from road to rail if there was an inland Melbourne-Brisbane line, writes Angus Kidman, a freelance writer.
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