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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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Adjournment speech: WestConnex

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:44):

On another point, I take up the issue of WestConnex, a proposed motorway development for Sydney. In one of the Prime Minister's books, Battlelines, he states that even the 'humblest person is king in his own car'. We might well ask: what about the Queen's? Managing to be both subtly discriminatory and antiquated at the same time is an interesting attribute of Mr Abbott's. Here he has provided an insight into his vision for transport infrastructure.

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Greens respond to Qantas job cuts

MEDIA COMMENT
21 February 2014

Responding to reports that Qantas is preparing to announce major route cuts and up to 3,000 job losses Greens spokesperson for transport Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“This latest salvo shows how low Alan Joyce is prepared to go in strong arming the government into amending the Qantas Sale Act and allowing Qantas to be sold off to foreign governments.

“Alan Joyce has form in using the threat of job and service cuts to pressure the government to get his way.

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Proposed Badgerys Creek airport plan opens door to more developer deals

MEDIA RELEASE
5 February 2014

Proposed Badgerys Creek airport plan opens door to more developer deals

The Greens say the expected Federal cabinet announcement on a second airport at Badgerys Creek is a con job on the people of Western Sydney designed to boost developer profits using misleading claims about jobs growth and noise pollution http://bit.ly/1evX5a5.

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Speech: Regional Aviation Summit 2013

Lee was a guest speaker at the 2013 Regional Aviation Summit. She spoke about the Greens transport policies, the party's commitment to regional air travel and how major infrastructure projects can be paid for.

 

Over the past 30 years this generation of Australians have dramatically increased their air travel habits. It's much harder hard to find someone nowadays who has never travelled on a plane.

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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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