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Old 08-31-2004, 07:27   #1 (permalink)
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How many FF members are members of the group or have just been to their website? I was having a look at it and it seems like a worthwhile organisation to be a part of. Here's a direct copy of their "About us" page:

Who we are
In July 1998 in response to the kicking around of motorists in Australia by anyone who wants to kick us around we formed an organisation to create some unity and strength for motorists. We currently have membership in 5 states We advocate Australian motorists' rights and interests. We promote these directly through lobbying and other actions and also indirectly by providing a voice for motorists thus giving the media the opportunity to fulfil their duty to provide balanced reporting. By depriving other groups of the opportunity to hide behind one sided media coverage it protects motorists interests. Further, we provide a wealth of motoring information on the website to assist motorists.

Our mission statement

In accordance with the oft quoted advices of Theodore Roosevelt our mission is:

1. We will do what we can for motorists with what we have where we are.

Our current focus
We are working toward eliminating revenue raising so that the government can't use their ubiquitous action in relation to 'cracking down on speeding' as an excuse for inaction on road safety issues such as driver education, safe roads, drunk drivers , and reckless speeders. The only way to deal with this obstacle to road safety is to ensure that speed limits are set at the 85th percentile. With expensive machinery to detect driving speeds and over 30 years of harassment of safe drivers state governments will never have speed cameras set up exclusively at 'black spots' nor will they 'turn a blind eye' to drivers exceeding the speed limit safely and will continue to pretend that such drivers are driving dangerously. Until speed limits are set correctly governments will continue to pretend that they are already doing what is necessary to improve road safety. This allows them to go slow on spending money on effective road safety interventions.

Balanced reporting at last!
Our organisation now provides a voice for Australian motorists so that media outlets can fulfil their duty to provide balanced reporting. Without motorists having a voice the media are forced to act as a mouthpiece for the authorities who are therefore free to mislead and exploit the motoring public. The history of this area probably provides the best example of what happens when media are unable to fulfil their duty of balanced reporting because one side lacks a voice. In this situation there has been much human suffering because the unbalanced reporting has given governments a licence to kill.

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Old 08-31-2004, 11:38   #2 (permalink)
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G'Day Steve,

Thanks for the link mate, some very interesting reading
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Just switched over our Road Service to the MTA, droppoing the NRMA after nearly 20 years. This looks like a good option, perhaps we may want to look at 'Club affiliation'?
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Just switched over our Road Service to the MTA, dropping the NRMA after nearly 20 years. This looks like a good option, perhaps we may want to look at 'Club affiliation'?
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I was going to join but was(and am) a bit strapped for cash. Definitely an organisation that looks past the bullshit, they just dont seem to get enough publicity though.


How is it that The Pedestrian Club or whatever gets more press coverage than the NMAA when there is clearly an issue with teh revenue cameras?
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I would caution that you need to objectively weigh up the pros and cons of all such organisations. The NMAA is probably the best we can get right now but I have my doubts about their leaders' abilities to objectively and astutely conduct road safety debate.

You will find the NMAA appears quite often in the press, albeit in the form of quotations within other stories.
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