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Motions: WestConnex

 

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.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate-

(a) notes:

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Labor and Coalition motorway focus fails public transport solutions to Sydney gridlock

Greens federal transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said the failure of both Labor and the Coalition to back extensive public transport solutions for Sydney's daily road gridlock, focusing on motorways instead, highlights how out of touch both party leaders are with the needs of the travelling public.

"Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott are losers on transport planning," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Gillard irresponsible to speculate on Westconnex toll road

 

Commenting on the Prime Minister's Westconnex announcement, Greens federal transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said it is irresponsible for state and federal governments to be backing this speculative $13 billion motorway project in inner western Sydney, which if built would slug Western Sydney residents and businesses with a $10 billion toll burden.

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Minister Albanese should reject Sydney's WestConnex motorway

In an Matter of Public Importance speech to the Senate today, Australian Greens Transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon urged the Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese to withdraw federal support for Sydney's WestConnex motorway, and instead develop a targeted funding strategy to boost Sydney's ailing public transport infrastructure. Ms Rhiannon's MPI speech is available on request.

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Greens call on Albanese: no federal funding to remove Newcastle rail

In the lead up to a ‘Save Our Rail' community meeting tonight, Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese to publicly back the retention of Newcastle rail and to only allocate federal funding for initiatives that will deliver improved public transport and revitalise Newcastle CBD.

Save Our Rail is holding a meeting at 5pm tonight at Hamilton Station Hotel and politicians are invited to "stand with SOR to oppose decision to cut rail line".

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Greens call for covered coal train wagons in Illawarra, enhanced air quality standards

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Wollongong Councillor Jill Merrin met today with locals and the Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining group at Bellambi station to call for national air quality standards that properly incorporate fine particles to better monitor air quality and its impacts on the health of local residents impacted by coal dust from uncovered coal train wagons.

"There is too little protection for communities up and down coal train line from the health hazards of PM2.5 and even finer coal dust pollution," Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

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NRMA survey scam promotes more city motorways

Commenting on the NRMA's ‘more motorways for Sydney' campaign, Greens Senator for NSW and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said the NRMA had manipulated its member survey data to back its position.

"The NRMA is doing a disservice to its members by linking the solution for Sydney's congestion to more motorways," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Sydney would be a more liveable city if the money put into motorways had been used for new and expanded public transport services.

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