Rod Barton is an Australian politician and co-founder of the Transport Matters Party know all about him as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Grandchildren and Career in this article.
|Age (as of 2021)||63 years|
|Place of Birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Spouse/Partner||Name not Known|
|Parents||Name not Known|
|Profession||Member of the Victorian Legislative Council|
|Net Worth||$2 Million – $5 Million|
Rod Barton is an Australian politician. He is the co-founder of the Transport Matters Party and has a seat in the Victorian Legislative Council, representing the Eastern Metropolitan Region.He was elected in November 2018 and is a current sitting member in the Victorian Parliament.Barton established the Transport Matters Party in response to the deregulation of the taxi and hire car industry in 2017. The Transport Matters Party strives for equality and fairness with a focus on repairing the past to lay the foundation for the future.
Early Life and Family
Barton was born in 1958 in Footscray, Victoria. His parents arrived in Australia in 1951 via ship. At age 15, he left school and commenced working.Barton began driving professionally approximately 30 years ago. Following in his family’s footsteps, he started his working career by driving cabs, quickly moving into driving limousines as well.In 1999, he started his own small business in the hire car industry in Victoria, Australia, which grew to have a solid client base across Melbourne over the next 20 years.In 2017, the Victorian Government deregulated the taxi and hire car industry and revoked taxi and hire car licences.
Together with like-minded colleagues, Barton reformed the Victorian Hire Car Association (VHCA) to become the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Association of Australia (CPVAA) now known as Transport Australia Alliance (TAA) in response to Professor Fels Industry Inquiry. In 2018, with the loss of his business’s viability and his family’s property, Barton and his colleague, Andre Baruch, began the steps to form a political party to address the issues caused by the deregulation of the industry.
Rod Barton Wife and Children
Rod Barton is a Married man. He lives in Melbourne with his wife. He has two daughters and 5 grandchildren. During the last 25 years, Rod owned and operated his own successful chauffeur hire car business which his family still operates to this day.
Rod Barton Net Worth
Rod Barton is an Australian politician and co-founder of the Transport Matters Party has an estimated Net Worth around $2 Million – $5 Million.
In 2018, Barton was elected to the Legislative Council as the leading candidate for Transport Matters Party for the Eastern Metropolitan Region. Barton gave his maiden speech on 5 February 2019.In September 2020 and in March 2021 Barton voted against The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment Bill 2020, rejecting “the time frame for the extensions to the state of emergency” and “the way the bill was drafted to deliver unfettered powers to the government without adequate checks and balances.”
In 2019, he proposed The Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Amendment Bill 2019 which sought to make touting illegal in Victoria.At this time, touters were becoming ‘aggressive, predatory, and intimidating’ according to an ABC report.Barton’s amendments passed and touting is now illegal in Victoria with offenders able to receive a fine up to $10,000.Barton is currently a member of the advisory panel to the Transport Minister regarding the commercial passenger vehicle industry.
Barton secured an Inquiry into Expanding Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone, including the potential for dynamic pricing, free fares for seniors and students. In November 2020, he submitted a minority report to the Inquiry into Expanding Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone.On the 2nd September 2020, Barton secured an Inquiry Into The Use of School Buses in Regional and Rural Victoria in order to address transport disadvantage and examine how regional mobility opportunities can be improved.
On the 18th February 2021, Barton secured an Inquiry Into The Multi-Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) after its extension to Uber. The inquiry will examine safety standards of the MPTP.Transport Matters Party was formed to represent the interests for taxi and hire car owners, drivers and partners in light of the industry’s deregulation in 2017. The party quickly expanded to become a movement for ‘fairness, community and nation’s transport issues’.