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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: I want to return to the Australian National Audit Office's report on WestConnex. Where are you at with it? Is it something there have been discussions on, some lessons learnt and reflections on, or is it that it is gathering dust on the bookshelf and you are thinking, 'Well, we escaped that bullet'? Where does it sit for you?

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FOWSA Farce: Greens challenge Liberal/Labor backers of WSA to public debate

A new, cherry-picked ‘Forum On Western Sydney Airport’ has been announced by Federal Minister Paul Fletcher to ram through unpopular flight paths and side-step open public criticism of the flawed project.
The Greens are calling on Liberal and Labor MPs who back the construction of Western Sydney Airport to face the public at a town hall style meeting and be willing to debate why they continue to support this increasingly controversial project. 
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No curfew plan for Western Sydney Airport – adds insult to injury

The Greens say the Turnbull government’s refusal to consider a night-time curfew for the proposed Western Sydney Airport adds insult to injury for Western Sydney residents. 
“This airport is a dud deal for Western Sydney residents. The fact that the Turnbull government is refusing to consider a night-time curfew adds insult to injury,” Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“Sydney Airport has a curfew between 11pm and 6am, why don’t Western Sydney residents deserve at least the same consideration?
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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Infrastructure Australia

Monday, 27 February 2017

CHAIR: Thank you. For the information of senators Ludlum and Rhiannon, what we do is give the call to your Greens and to our voting member. In this case, Senator Rice will yield the floor to you both for whatever time you need.

Senator STERLE: As long as there is no factional blue going on.

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Greens NSW backs “No WSA, Yes to HSR” campaign for Western Sydney

The Greens NSW have stepped up their opposition to Western Sydney Airport with its State Council passing a unanimous motion on the issue and pledging support for No WSA events in Western Sydney.
Greens NSW Transport and Western Sydney Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, said: “The Greens’ united stance against Western Sydney Airport and consistent support for High Speed Rail and public transport projects is the way to drive long term sustainable jobs growth in Western Sydney.
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Senate supports motion condemning governance of federal funds for WestConnex

The Greens welcome federal Labor’s support of their motion condemning the way billions of dollars of federal funds have been put into WestConnex without following proper processes or safeguards, but say Labor at NSW and federal levels now need to come out against the project. 

Yesterday the Australian National Audit Office released a highly critical report into the Commonwealth funding of the WestConnex project. 

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