Transport Matters Party

Transport Matters is a political party in Victoria, Australia[1] registered by the Victorian Electoral Commission on 30 April 2018, after an application was received by the VEC on 9 January 2018.[2]

Transport Matters Party
FoundersRod Barton
André Baruch
FoundedApril 2018 (2018-04)
IdeologyTaxi industry advocacy
Ban on Uber operations in Victoria
Colours          Blue and red
Victorian Legislative Council
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Policies and philosophy

The party is opposed to the deregulation of the taxi and hire car industry in Victoria, and the operation of ride-sharing services in the state.


The party was co-founded by Rod Barton and André Baruch,[3] both hire car operators.

Most of the party's members are taxi drivers or taxi licence owners 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] Uber was legalised in Victoria in August 2017 following the deregulation of the taxi/ride-share industry in the state.

In May 2019, more than 6,000 taxi and car-hire drivers, operators and licence owners across four states commenced the class action in the Victorian Supreme Court.[6]

Electoral results

At the 2018 Victorian state election, the party was the beneficiary of a highly convoluted series of preference flows in the group voting ticket for the Legislative Council organised by Glenn Druery. With these beneficial preferences it was estimated that the party could get elected on less than 0.3% of the vote in the Eastern Metropolitan Region.[7] Ultimately, the party polled 0.62% of the vote and Barton was elected to the Legislative Council for a four-year term.

Victorian Legislative Council
Election year No of votes % of vote Seats won +/– Notes
2018 22,051 0.62 (#17)
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1 Shared balance of power


  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.
  6. Uber 'came to our shores, illegally, like pirates', class action lead plaintiff says
  7. Analyst, Antony Green-ABC Election (16 November 2018). "How to Vote for the Victorian Legislative Council". ABC News. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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