Transport Matters Party

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Transport Matters Party
FoundersRod Barton
André Baruch
FoundedApril 2018
IdeologyTaxi industry advocacy
Colours          Blue and red
Victorian Legislative Council
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Transport Matters is a political party registered in Victoria[1] on 30 April 2018 after an application was received by the Victorian Electoral Commission on 9 January 2018.[2]

The party was co-founded by Rod Barton and André Baruch,[3] both hire car operators, and is opposed to the deregulation of the taxi and hire car industry in Victoria, and the operation of ride-sharing services in the state. Most of the party's membership are taxi drivers or taxi licence owners who are involved in a class action lawsuit against Uber for loss of income between 2014 and 2017 when the company operated in Victoria as an illegal taxicab operation.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Currently registered parties". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  2. ^ Baruch, Andre (2 August 2017). "Transport Matters Party - new entrant into the political landscape in Victoria". Australia Wide Chauffeur Cars. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Transport Matters Party to contest state poll". Surf Coast Times. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ Jacks, Timna (12 May 2018). "'Melbourne grinding to a halt': New political party for transport". The Age. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Victorian taxi, hire drivers to sue Uber for 'hundreds of millions' in lost earnings". The New Daily. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.

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