The Road Ahead : June July 2010
GHOST TOWNS Win one of five book packs on our state's ghost towns, each valued at $229.95. WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JLY 2010 6 LIFESTYLE WELCOME For these great member prize offers GO TO PAGE 60 RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ (Club, travel, insurance) racq.com free2go free2go.com.au Road Ahead lifestyle roadahead.com.au Email firstname.lastname@example.org ROADSIDE HELP (24 HRS) 13 1111 TTY (impaired hearing) 3248 2074 Y HELP LINE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Medical, home, accident emergency advice. Motoring legal advice. MEMBERSHIP (24 HRS) 13 1905 Join, pay by phone, enquiries. Alterations by fax 3361 2140 INSURANCE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Enquiries, sales, alterations & payments RACQ Insurance claims 13 7202 OTHER RACQ SERVICES Child safety restraints Advice/sales 3872 8926 Mail order 1800 816 523 Driver education 3361 2382 (Rec. driving schools) 1800 680 039 RACQ Finance RACQ car & personal loans 1300 361 316 Technical advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Traffic & Safety 3872 8925 Advice and investigations Travel services Accommodation bookings in Australia (24 hrs) 1800 629 501 Road conditions (recorded) 1300 130 595 Road travel information 3361 2406 (24 hrs, or see website) Travel agency bookings (airline, cruises, car hire, tours) 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 13 1905 P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127 Branch/retail offices See 'RACQ' in the phone directory or visit racq.com. RACQ BOARD Club Patron Penelope Wensley, AO, Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Richard Pietsch Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Geoff Leddy Directors Nigel Alexander, Fay Barker, Tony Gambling, Dennis Howe, Elizabeth Jameson, Peter Long, Stephen Maitland, Bronwyn Morris Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie A WORLD PASS TO FAMILY FUN Win family breaks valued at almost $4000, thanks to Dreamworld's and Paradise Resort. BYO BARISTA Win one of three MerloCoffee Appreciation Packs -- each valued at $400. TAX REFORMS NEEDED IAN GILLESPIE, RACQ CEO THE RACQ HAS been eagerly awaiting the Federal Government's response to the Henry Taxation Review, in particular because the Henry Review included key recommendations on motoring taxes. The Henry Review was especially critical of the way that road transport taxes are currently charged, citing that they have been designed primarily to raise revenue, rather than to ensure that transport users make decisions based on the true cost impacts of their activities on the community. This view has long been supported by the RACQ, which has been lobbying governments to introduce a more equitable system of road user charging, rather than the current system which unfairly hits the hip pockets of motorists with an array of fixed charges, regardless of how much or when they use the road. Your Club was disappointed to hear that the Federal Government will act on just two measures, rather than all the key, motoring-related recommendations of the Henry Taxation Review, despite that review containing a number of positive proposals for reform. The government has said that it won't re-introduce fuel indexation (price rises linked to the Consumer Price Index) and that it won't abolish the luxury car tax, but it has made no further commitments. It's unfortunate that the Federal Government seems to have decided not to address a range of issues of potential benefit to motorists until after the next election, if at all. Not only would some of these key reforms have made taxation fairer, they have the potential to significantly reduce road congestion. For example, revenue-raising state government registration charges and stamp duties could be reduced or abolished in favour of a user-pays system or road user charge, which was recommended by the Henry Review. The RACQ will continue to do all it can, through the the motoring clubs' national body, the Australian Automobile Association, to urge the Federal Government to give appropriate, serious consideration to all road transport tax reforms detailed in the Henry Review.