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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 (WestConnex)

The Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mr Mrdak, and the Acting Executive Director of the Infrastructure Investment Division, Mr Foulds, respond to queries regarding the WestConnex strategic business case and the extent of the federal government's oversight of the project. 

CHAIR: Senator Conroy, you have had 17½ minutes. We will come back to you. Senator Rhiannon. 

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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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Speech: War on Trees

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:43): The New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, is waging a war on trees-quite literally, a war on trees. It is extremely destructive, occasioning great hurt, and right now he is not stopping. In one suburb, Randwick, along Anzac Parade, 400 trees are being turned into woodchips. These are beautiful trees-trees that are habitat to an amazing array of birds, possums and an incredible number of insects. The biodiversity is considerable. Many of these trees are now being destroyed by 'Mike Baird's chainsaw massacre'.

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