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Speech: Greens support road transport infrastructure and safety

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:52): I congratulate Senator Janet Rice on taking over the transport portfolio, and I look forward to working with her in this area. She has set out the Greens' very clear case on the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill. I reiterate the Greens' support for Roads to Recovery and black spot funding to improve safety and access on our roads. Some of my work in the portfolio of local government crosses over into this area.

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Committee: QANTAS Sale Act

I have been working with Senator Madigan on this aspect of the committee proceedings. We do have concerns with these schedules. We are endeavouring to keep the current foreign ownership requirements contained in the Qantas Sale Act. We need to strengthen the requirements in the Qantas Sale Act in respect of Qantas facilities being located in Australia. I think that is where we, hopefully, have agreement. We have also specified that it is important that any future subsidiaries of Qantas are covered. That is also a point we have included.

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Speech: QANTAS Sale Act

The Greens are firmly committed to keeping Qantas Australian owned. We argue the case because we need a national carrier. It is vital that so many of these jobs remain in Australia. With that comes a very high skill base that we must not lose. Then there are the economic and security benefits. The bill before us does not achieve that. In fact, the bill would undermine it and Qantas could in no way be called Australian if this bill were allowed to pass in its current form.

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Adjournment speech: WestConnex

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:44):

On another point, I take up the issue of WestConnex, a proposed motorway development for Sydney. In one of the Prime Minister's books, Battlelines, he states that even the 'humblest person is king in his own car'. We might well ask: what about the Queen's? Managing to be both subtly discriminatory and antiquated at the same time is an interesting attribute of Mr Abbott's. Here he has provided an insight into his vision for transport infrastructure.

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Infrastructure Australia fails to back Westconnex - Abbott caught out

Commenting on reports that Infrastructure Australia has not identified any of the major road projects the federal government plans to prioritise with a $50 billion budget allocation (http://bit.ly/1ga1CCD), Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The Abbott government is deceiving the people of western Sydney with its claims WestConnex will ease the transport problems that confront residents every day.

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Infrastructure Australia fails to back Westconnex

The Abbott government is deceiving the people of western Sydney with its claims WestConnex will ease the transport problems that confront residents every day. The people who will benefit from Westconnex are motorway builders and operators. Westconnex will do nothing to fix Sydney's transport crisis caused by chronic underinvestment in public rail and bus services in greater Western Sydney and the failure to grow innovative, light rail and bicycle networks in the inner suburbs. The injection of $2 billion to Westconnex is being linked to the secon

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Proposed Badgerys Creek airport - win for developers not community

A second airport at Badgerys Creek is another win for developers and big businesses and is not in the interests of the community.

Australian Greens transport Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "Misleading claims about jobs growth and noise pollution have been used to con the community into thinking a Badgerys Creek airport will benefit them.

"Imposing a 24/7 airport on Western Sydney is arrogant and will result in massive inconvenience, traffic congestion, noise pollution and a range of health problems.

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Labor caves to Qantas pressure on Sale Act repeal

The Greens have criticised the Labor Party for backing down on its opposition to selling off Qantas to foreign governments.

The Labor dominated Rural and Regional and Transport Affairs References Committee has recommended the Qantas Sale Act be amended to allow up to 49% of Qantas being owned by foreign investors.

Australians Greens spokesperson for transport Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "This inquiry was set up to investigate options available to the Government to financially assist Qantas in the interests of protecting jobs and the national carrier.

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