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IA provision was sneakily taken away

It is indeed a pleasure to rise to speak on the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2015) Bill 2015, a week out from Autumn 2016. I certainly concur with Senator Brown that it has been a long time coming. This bill does not seem to have been a priority of the government. I am so glad that we are actually here. This is the third day this week that the bill has been listed on the Notice Paper, so I am very pleased that we have finally got to it.

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Turnbull can fund Melbourne Metro Rail

Turnbull can fund Melbourne Metro Rail

With a positive business case released for Melbourne Metro Rail, the Greens have said there is no excuse for the federal government to deny Victoria funding for the project.

“Metro Rail adds up and the Prime Minister must put his money where his train selfies are,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Estimates: Melbourne airport third runway

Senator RICE: I wanted to ask about the Melbourne Airport third-runway proposal and how that is rolling out. I understand that the airport's 2013 master plan lays out the third-runway proposition, amongst many other plans for the airport. Specifically, is there going to be a new environmental impact statement carried out for that aspect of the airport?

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Estimates: MV Portland and CSL Melbourne

Senator RICE: I want to continue on with the line of questioning from Senator Conroy and Senator Sterle. In the case of the MV Portland and the Federal Court findings, I understand that the Federal Court found that the minister did not follow the requirements of the Coastal Trading Act in that particular instance, despite finding in favour of the minister, so am I correct in characterising the court's findings in that way?

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