Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:51): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 712 standing in my name for today, relating to the WestConnex motorway project.
Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate-
(i) an independent report commissioned by the City of Sydney analysing the traffic impact of the WestConnex project found that congestion on Parramatta Road would increase following the motorway's construction, and
(ii) the report provides further evidence that investment in public transport is the best way to solve Sydney's traffic and congestion bottlenecks, and
(iii) that the full business case for the WestConnex project has not been released and that it is environmentally and fiscally irresponsible to engage in contracts without adequate mechanisms for transparency and accountability; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to withdraw its financial support for the WestConnex project.