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Speech: WestConnex

Speeches in Parliament
Lee Rhiannon 24 Nov 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:57): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RHIANNON: WestConnex, if it did proceed, would add to congestion in Sydney. It was very disappointing that, when Labor was in government, under the previous minister, Mr Albanese, funding for public transport in New South Wales-in his own state-was deeply limited. The WestConnex project has had many experts give advice that this is not the solution to Sydney's transport problems. Motions are very useful for the Senate to be able to express their point of view. It was an opportunity for Labor to put on record sometimes their stated concerns about WestConnex. They cannot walk on both sides of the road on this issue. Labor, in the constituencies that would be impacted if this road went ahead, with the pollution coming from the stacks, with the congestion coming onto local streets, go into the communities and speak about their concerns. But they continue to put money- (Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 509 standing in the name of Senator Rhiannon be agreed to.Lee condemns the WestConnex motorway project for the pollution and congestion it will bring to the communities it passes through and points to New South Wales Labor’s failure to fund public transport options when they were in office.

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