Aug 02 2012

A Coalition agreement meant to be signed off in June for the Federal seat of HUME is continuing to cause a standoff between the Liberals and Nationals.

Two months ago Opposition leader Tony Abbott sent a blunt message to the Nationals by coming to Goulburn to spruik the credentials of new candidate Angus Taylor.

Under the coalition agreement if a seat is vacated by a sitting member both are entitled to contest.

The Sydney Morning Herald's chief Political Correspondent Phillip Coorey says the Liberals are remaining resilient.

With possibly 12 months to the next election Angus Taylor has a clear head start and the Nationals don't want things dragging on.

They still have three candidates in mind including Katrina Hodgkinson from Burrinjuck, Senator Fiona Nash and Nial Blair from the NSW Upper House.

Mr. Coorey says the National party's branch and support structure is not as strong as they'd like it after many years of hard work from Liberal member Alby Schultz.

Aug 01 2012

The latest blitz on speeding and un-roadworthy trucks  on the Hume Highway and other parts of NSW has seen more than 400 vehicles  stopped, one doctored so it can travel at 140 kilometres an hour.

Police Operation Explorer is the fourth blitz by the Highway Patrol  since a truck crushed a car between Mittagong and Campbelltown, killing three members of the same  family.

Peter Wells from the Roads and Maritime Service says the government  knows its not only truckies to blame.

Mr Wells   says truck drivers are relaying accounts of being pressured by suppliers to  speed, or lose out, and that's becoming a new focus of investigation.

Aug 01 2012

The State Opposition believes the O' Farrell Government's plan remove cap on Port Botany freight will put more trucks on the Hume Highway near Goulburn.

More than 738,000 trucks move per year out of Port Botany – and the number of trucks could skyrocket into the millions without the cap . 

Shadow Minister for Roads and Ports Robert Furulo believes this will clog up our roads.

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