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Motion: National Transport Commission

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:52): I move:

That that there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, no later than noon on Thursday, 27 June 2013, the overdue report by the National Transport Commission, 'Review of the Australian Road Rules and Australian Vehicle Standards Rules: Draft Evaluation Report', which was due for release in March 2012.

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Senate votes to keep paper trail on altered coal dust report behind closed doors

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused federal Labor and Liberal MPs of working together to block public access to the documents that could explain why the data and recommendations of a Hunter coal dust report commissioned by the federal government's Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) were substantially changed before final release.

A copy of the draft ARTC report, leaked to the Australian Greens and a Newcastle community group, showed significant changes between the draft and final report that downplayed the extent of particulate dust from coal trains.

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Albanese in hot seat with allegations of doctored coal dust report

Responding to today's news that a federal government report may have been doctored to downplay the air pollution impacts from coal rail transport, Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Transport Minister Anthony Albanese to reveal any involvement by his department and the Australian Rail Track Corporation in altering the findings of this report (Coal train cover-up, Daily Telegraph, http://tinyurl.com/m6d2po4).

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Albanese betrays Western Sydney with shelving of Parramatta to Epping Rail

 

The Australian Greens today condemned Transport Minister Anthony Albanese for shelving federal funding for the much-needed Parramatta to Epping rail line and betraying the people of Western Sydney in favour of motorway funding.

"After seven years as Transport Minister Anthony Albanese is still playing the blame game with the NSW government on urgently needed public rail projects", said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Regional NSW hurt by budget cuts to Infrastructure Fund

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has criticised federal Labor for slashing the Regional Infrastructure Fund by a massive $2 billion over the next seven years, saying it will frustrate much needed public transport and other critical infrastructure projects for NSW.

"Only $2.4 billion over nine years is left for improvements to regional infrastructure because Labor has failed to fix the mining tax. The government has baulked at taking on mining companies and abolishing fossil fuel subsidies, making regional NSW the bunny," Senator Rhiannon said.

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