Mr McEACHAN (Redlands—LNP) (11.52 am): I too rise to contribute to the discussion of the Auditor-General’s report to parliament No. 2 of 2015-16 titled Road safety—traffic cameras. I will keep my contribution brief. I acknowledge the contributions already made by the members for Murrumba, Southport and Kallangur.
The framing of this report is around the 437 fatalities, or 22 per cent of all road fatalities, from 2008 to 2014 and the 2,172 hospitalisations in the similar period from 2008 to 2013, which underscores the importance of this program. The committee’s first recommendation states—
The Committee recommends that the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply; and the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services provide an update to Parliament about what strategies are being prioritised to address the disparity between the number of offences detected by the Camera Detected Offence Program and the number of offences that can be proceeded with.
We heard from experts in the field, including senior police, in relation to the speed camera operation. There is a real problem with traffic offenders who are, in essence, undetected. Evidence suggests that there is a significant cohort of people who are deliberately going undetected and who are hugely disproportionately recognised in the level of harm on our roads. Also, those drivers are overrepresented in serious crime. That was a revelation to the committee and it is something that we wish to pursue. I urge that there be more covert and overt enforcement to mitigate the risk to the community.