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Senate supports motion condemning governance of federal funds for WestConnex

The Greens welcome federal Labor’s support of their motion condemning the way billions of dollars of federal funds have been put into WestConnex without following proper processes or safeguards, but say Labor at NSW and federal levels now need to come out against the project. 

Yesterday the Australian National Audit Office released a highly critical report into the Commonwealth funding of the WestConnex project. 

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Badgerys Creek airport is dud deal

The Greens say Badgery’s Creek airport is a dud deal for Western Sydney. 
The federal government on Monday signed off on what it says is the final document that clears the way for construction to begin on Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek.
Greens NSW spokesperson for transport Dr Mehreen Faruqi MP said, “Imposing a 24/7 airport on the people of Western Sydney with all the associated air pollution and transport problems is why the Greens say this is a dud deal. 
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Motion: Ellerton Drive Extension, Queanbeyan

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:08): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 119 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Federal Government intends to grant $25 million towards building the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) in Queanbeyan, New South Wales,

   (ii) the EDE would not provide a real solution to the community's transport needs,

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Greens submission to Westconnex ANAO audit

The Australian Greens and Greens NSW have made a joint submission to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) around the approval and administration of Commonwealth funding for the WestConnex project. 

The ANAO has outlined that the ‘objective of this audit is to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in respect to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to the NSW Government for the WestConnex project.’

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WestConnex audit submission

In August 2015, Senator Rhiannon wrote to the Australian National Audit Office seeking an audit of the WestConnex project. In February 2016, Senator Ludlam moved a successful motion in the Senate calling for an audit of WestConnex and the Perth Freight Link. In April 2016, the Audit-General announced an audit of WestConnex, to conclude in early 2017.

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Westconnex - another toll road to destruction

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Victorian Senator Janet Rice have commented on the approval of stage 2 of the Westconnex motorway, announced yesterday by Minister Hunt.  

Senator Rhiannon said, “By every single metric – financial, social, environmental and health-wise – Westconnex is a destructive project and the public are being forced to foot a scandalously high bill to pay for it.

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Greens stand with activists against dud WestConnex project

This morning four women opposed to the WestConnex project occupied a house in Ashfield, one of four in that block slated for demolition to make way for the $16.8 million motorway. All four were arrested.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey and Greens candidate for Chifley Eliza James say the project is a scandalous waste of public money that should be used to expand public transport in Western Sydney. 

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