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Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Second Reading
Thursday 23 August 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (13:51): The Greens support the Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 and the work that the government and many others have put into improving our national oceans law framework. I put on the record my concern about the comments of the previous speaker, Senator Joyce. He has again disgraced himself, his party and his coalition partners with vile language about people who have every right to seek refuge here.

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Albanese again deserts public transport - M4 plan another Labor blunder

Reports that Transport Minister Anthony Albanese will back the construction of Sydney's M4 East, M5 East duplication and the F3 to M2 tunnel link in today's budget threatens to repeat the motorway mistakes of former NSW state Labor governments that proved to be financial disasters and only added to Sydney's road congestion, said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon (

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NSW public transport poor cousin of federal budget

Australian Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has raised concerns that the budget leak revealing a $3.6 billion boost for the Pacific Highway suggests NSW public transport upgrades have again been neglected by the federal Labor government (SMH today).

"The Greens welcome programs that make our roads safer. This can be more effectively achieved by also expanding public rail and bus projects," Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Badgerys Creek no solution to Sydney Airport woes

Badgerys Creek, like Wilton, lies inside the Sydney Basin Airshed and is a non-solution to Sydney's airport dilemmas despite what the head of Qantas Alan Joyce says, said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

"Sydney Airport needs to be relocated to a new airport outside the Sydney Basin Airshed. It's time the government established a genuine process to identify a suitable site," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Federal Labor and Coalition governments have ruled out Badgerys Creek and to name it as an option is simply game playing.

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Airport cap should stay, new airport built and Sydney Airport closed

 The Federal Transport Minister needs to put in place a process to identify a site to relocate Sydney Airport outside of the Sydney Basin linked by High Speed Rail, and in the meantime the cap on aircraft movements at Sydney Airport should stay, with the noise burden on many residents already unacceptable, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said today. ("MPs unite against move to eradicate airport's hourly cap", Sydney Morning Herald page 3 today).

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Radio National Interview - Bob Brown 18-2-2011

Senator Bob Brown outlines the Australian Greens' pursuit of its proposal for a hybrid scheme: a fixed carbon price which increases over time, as a first step, followed by an emissions-trading scheme.

Senator Brown also talks about the good outcomes achieved for solar energy, affordable housing and education after negotiations with the Government on the flood levy that the Greens will support in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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