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Adjournment speech: New South Wales State Election

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:19): The New South Wales Liberal and National parties are hell-bent on selling off our collective wealth. While Premier Michael Baird might put a smiley face on the harsh coalition policies, he is not dissimilar from his friend and neighbour, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Privatisation is a key election platform for the NSW Liberal and National parties. Support for big business, particularly by opening up the sale of public services and assets, is the foundation of the New South Wales coalition government.

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

Senator RHIANNON: Last night in the public forum in Sydney, hosted by the WestConnex Delivery Authority, the head of the authority, Mr Dennis Cliche, stated that the documents, such as the project's business case and traffic modelling, were being reviewed by Infrastructure Australia. I understand from earlier responses to questions that the traffic modelling is being reviewed, and you have acknowledged that. Is it also the case that the project's business case is being reviewed by Infrastructure Australia?

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Senate to NSW Govt: reverse decision to truncate Newcastle rail line

The Australian Senate has passed a Greens' motion calling on the NSW government to reverse its decision to truncate the heavy rail line into Newcastle and the Federal government to commit to investing in public transport infrastructure in regional Australia.

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "The Greens put this motion before the Senate to win federal support for the Newcastle community rallying against the NSW Liberal/National government's decision to truncate the rail line into the heart of Newcastle.

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Labor backs Coalition on $13 billion WestConnex transport disaster

In a vote in the Senate Labor has failed to stand up for community opposition to the Westconnex and effectively backed the $13 billion discredited motorway.

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "It is disappointing that Labor did not support community concerns and more funding for public transport in this Senate vote.

"Labor lined up with the Coalition to vote down a Greens motion calling for the government to abandon the WestConnex motorway and put the money saved into improving Sydney's public transport.

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Motion: West Connex

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:55): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the Federal Government has provided $1.5 billion in funding for the WestConnex motorway, plus an additional $2 billion in the form a concessional loan; and that this funding was awarded despite the lack of a detailed business case, including the assumptions behind the project's cost-benefit analysis, being made available to Infrastructure Australia or the public,

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Greens support manufacturing workers

Greens MPs from across the country, including Senators Scott Ludlam, Lee Rhiannon, Penny Wright, Sarah Hanson-Young, Janet Rice and Adam Bandt MP, today provided their support to manufacturing workers who came to Parliament seeking a strong shipbuilding and manufacturing base in Australia.

"The Greens will keep fighting to keep Australian manufacturing strong, especially in the south-eastern states," said Mr Bandt, the Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson.

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