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Badgerys Creek Airport flight paths threat to Blue Mountains world heritage status

Reports that the World Heritage status of the Blue Mountains National Park could be lost if the current plans for Badgerys Creek Airport flight paths proceed provides further proof that this project should be scrapped, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. (SMH, http://tinyurl.com/pffslr2)

"The World Heritage listing and natural integrity of the Blue Mountains National Park should not be put at risk from noise pollution associated with Badgerys Creek Airport," Senator Rhiannon said.

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WestConnex $6 billion cost blowout - Turnbull govt refuses review

In the wake of the release of the updated WestConnex Business Case and the New M5 EIS the Greens have criticised the federal government for ruling out a review of the project that has been hit with a multi-billion dollar blowout in total costs.

Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong said ‘With the cost of the WestConnex blowing out from the initial $10 billion to $16.8 billion this project should be urgently reviewed.

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Speech: Road Infrastructure

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:00): Urban motorways reveal some of the worst aspects of how major parties do politics and the worst aspects of their own transport policies. In Sydney we have this madness of a WestConnex urban motorway project. A 33-kilometre, dirty tollway that would divide Sydney, bring greater air pollution, increase congestion, divide suburbs and rip up bike lanes.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (WestConnex)

WestConnex: the Federal Government is providing $1.2 billion in funding, and yet there's so much we don't know. Has the business case been reviewed? Given other motorway failures overseen by Infrastructure Australia, has risk been appropriately addressed? Lee questions key departmental and organisational officials to attempt to answer the murky details around the WestConnex Project, including the recent reform of the WestConnex Delivery Authority to a the private Sydney Motorway Company, now out of reach of Freedom of Information requests. 

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Estimates: Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (WestConnex)

Here Lee questions the acting Auditor-General, Ms Mellor, and an officer of the Australian National Audit Office, Mr Boyd, on possible federal oversight and audits of the WestConnex Delivery Authority. While Ms Mellor does not answer definitively whether WestConnex will receive a federal audit, it is affirmed that a potential audit could only occur after the completion of the audit of Melbourne's East-West Link at the end of the financial year. 

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Parramatta Female Factory Precinct)

Lee grills The Australian Heritage Council on proposed developments near the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct that would nullify its heritage status and environmental protections. She queries why the National Heritage List, which the Precinct may or may not be on, will not be released until June 2017. 

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Despite asbestos dangers Labor/Coalition vote down greater transparency on WestConnex

Labor has voted with the Coalition to block a Greens motion calling for greater transparency of the WestConnex tollway project.

"The Greens motion calls for federal Westconnex funding to be withheld until the full business case is made public and proper community consultation and planning approvals are complete," said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

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