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Turnbull the great leech of our trains, trams and buses

In parliament yesterday we heard the Prime Minister accuse the Leader of the Opposition of being a parasite. But, when it comes to public transport policy in Australia, Prime Minister Turnbull is the great leech of our trains, trams and buses. He is more than happy to try and boost his popularity by taking selfies of himself on the train or—his second favourite—bus, but when it comes to investing in public transport he is just absent. He sucking the life out of public transport across our cities and propping up the big road lobby instead.

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Value capture proposal not the silver bullet for high speed rail

The Greens have warned that a Parliamentary Committee’s support for value capture for high speed rail along Australia’s east coast is fraught with danger.

“High speed rail is going to be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in our history. We have to get it right, and not have the project twisted just because it suits the interests of a select few money-hungry developers,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens to Turnbull: we’ll believe infrastructure talk when we see action

The Turnbull government’s response to Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Plan is shaping up to be just another example of the PM talking big but delivering the same-old small-thinking Abbott policies, say the Greens.

“I’ll believe the government’s talk on infrastructure when I see the action,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for Transport & Infrastructure.

“Like so many issues since Mr Turnbull took the top job, the PM brought promise of a new world of transport policy but has been held back by his own party.

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Young unemployed need better transport options

A new report highlighting the transport challenges faced by young unemployed Australians is a wakeup call for the Turnbull government to urgently address the shortage of public transport in regional and outer suburban areas, say the Greens.

“Australia is meant to be the land of the ‘fair go’, but many young Australians are being left behind because of where they live and whether they can afford to run a car,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens: stop playing games with Victoria's transport woes

Australia's supposed public transport loving PM has let Victorian commuters down by redirecting East West Link funding to other roads, say the Greens. 

“The state and federal governments need to stop playing games with infrastructure and start acting in the best interests of Victorian commuters,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

"Victorians voted to dump the East West Link in favour of world class public transport, but all this announcement provides is more and more roads.

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