26 November 2019
Ute and truck drivers could face penalties if vehicles display cheeky bumper stickers
Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, says trucks and utes could be deregistered because of politically incorrect bumper stickers if legislation passes the upper house of the Victorian Parliament this week.
Mr Quilty says the new law is completely unjustified.
“We sent a clear message to Premier Daniel Andrews that this decision is the wrong decision – the communities, families and individuals of regional Victoria should be uppermost in his policies.
“I am determined to do everything I can to make sure that this attack on regional Victoria does not work. I was certainly encouraged to see this issue draw together a range of different MPs who are united in their wish to stand up for communities in country Victoria.”
Ross Hampton, chief executive of the Australian Forest Products Association, told the crowd how their production work was part of a greater industry.
“Everything that these people are producing is going somewhere,” Mr Hampton said. “It’s probably going into factories and manufacturing plants in an outer Melbourne suburb, so this is an inter-connected industry.
“Our job here today is to help the public understand they’re being sold a pup.
“There’s still time to turn this ridiculous decision around.”
One of the workers at the rally, Chris McGee, came from Benalla and described how the closure of the industry would affect communities.
“It’s wrong, it’s going to destroy not only the timber industry itself, but towns as well,” Mr McGee said.
“We’ve all got young families.”
Mr McGee was encouraged by the show of support from Parliamentarians.
“It was good to see all the MPs supporting us, but it would’ve been nice to see what Dan Andrews had to say for himself.”
CAPTION: Tim Quilty, Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria, attends a rally to protest the proposed closure of the native timber logging industry, accompanied by (from left) Bart Cann and Chris McGee from Benalla and Tania Maxwell MP.
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