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Westconnex - another toll road to destruction

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Victorian Senator Janet Rice have commented on the approval of stage 2 of the Westconnex motorway, announced yesterday by Minister Hunt.  

Senator Rhiannon said, “By every single metric – financial, social, environmental and health-wise – Westconnex is a destructive project and the public are being forced to foot a scandalously high bill to pay for it.

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Greens stand with activists against dud WestConnex project

This morning four women opposed to the WestConnex project occupied a house in Ashfield, one of four in that block slated for demolition to make way for the $16.8 million motorway. All four were arrested.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey and Greens candidate for Chifley Eliza James say the project is a scandalous waste of public money that should be used to expand public transport in Western Sydney. 

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Turnbull is all barrel and not much pork when it comes to his ‘Cities deal’ snub to Western Sydney

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Macquarie Terry Morgan have commented on Turnbull’s proposed ‘cities deal’ with NSW Premier Mike Baird, involving Badgerys Creek Airport.

Senator Rhiannon said, “The Prime Minister’s ‘cities deal’ is a snub to Western Sydney and is nothing more than an attempt to hold on to marginal seats.

“The ‘cities deal’ aims to link new development to the proposed Badgerys Creek airport, but there is no dollar figure attached to it. It appears to be just a re-commitment of the funds already allocated to the airport.

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Greens in Illawarra to discuss public transport plan

Today Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon will join Greens candidate for Whitlam Tom Hunt to discuss the Greens’ pollution-busting transport plan.

The Australian Greens transport plan would inject $10 billion over four years into public transport. This includes $500 million nationwide for greener buses – $125 million in NSW – in subsidies for bus fleets to upgrade to hybrid or electric buses.

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Greens formally request suspension of WestConnex funding

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey have criticised Labor’s two-faced attitude towards the WestConnex project. 

Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey said, "WestConnex is a major problem for the communities of Haberfield, Birchgrove, Balmain, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Annandale, Glebe and Petersham to name just a few. 

"It is completely unacceptable for Labor to leave these communities guessing as to whether their homes will be destroyed, play fields lost and air fouled by this private tollway."

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Adjournment speech: New South Wales Government: Environment

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:10): There is a great tragedy occurring in Sydney-in the centre of Sydney and in many of our suburbs. There is a slaughter of trees-a real carnage-going on under the Baird government. It is causing great distress to people, and I very much congratulate those people who are taking a stand. But at the moment the trees are not winning. The people are not winning. It is much harder because of the savage and very unfair laws that have been passed.

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Scrap Western Sydney Airport plan, fast track High Speed Rail

The Greens have called on the Turnbull government and Labor opposition to scrap plans for Western Sydney Airport and put all allocated resources into fast tracking High Speed Rail along the nation’s east coast. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “High Speed Rail is the project Australia needs to address travel demands for rapid interstate travel while providing jobs growth and benefits to regional NSW. 

“Plans for Western Sydney Airport must be scrapped. It is robbing funding and taking away government focus from HSR.  

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Scrap Western Sydney Airport plan, fast track High Speed Rail

The Greens have called on the Turnbull government and Labor opposition to scrap plans for Western Sydney Airport and put all allocated resources into fast tracking High Speed Rail along the nation’s east coast. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “High Speed Rail is the project Australia needs to address travel demands for rapid interstate travel while providing jobs growth and benefits to regional NSW. 

“Plans for Western Sydney Airport must be scrapped. It is robbing funding and taking away government focus from HSR.  

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Badgerys Creek Airport emissions)

Lee questions the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Executive Director of the Western Sydney Unit on the environmental impact of the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Lee probes whether the department undertook to model the relative benefits of other modes of transport like high-speed rail compared to a second airport in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

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