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Auditor-General's report on East West Link

I move:

That the Senate take note of the document.

I want to respond to the tabling of the Auditor-General's report Audit Report No. 14 of 2015-16, Approval and Administration of Commonwealth Funding for the East West Link Projectfollowing the investigation into the Commonwealth funding approval decisions related to the East West Link project.

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Government hasn't made the case to ditch interstate shipping regulations

I rise today to speak to the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment (Inter-State Voyages) Bill 2015. The Australian Greens are opposed to this bill, because we believe the government is yet to make the case for loosening the regulations on registered Australian vessels engaged in interstate trade. It is significant that there is still confusion and a lack of clarity as to why this measure is required in the context that has just been outlined by Senator Collins.

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Greens back Fund Our Future campaign for outer suburbs

The Australian Greens have thrown support behind a plan that ensures people living in the expanding outer suburbs of Australia’s capital cities have access to the same services of inner-city residents.

“Populations have exploded in the outer suburbs over the last decade, but there has been nowhere near the same growth in essential services for the residents of these suburbs,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities Senator Scott Ludlam. 

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Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

The Greens have condemned the actions of Alcoa in removing the crew off the MV Portland in the middle of the night.

“This is a callous and cold-hearted response from Alcoa, aided and abetted by the Coalition government,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Turnbull faces public transport test in Victoria

Turnbull faces public transport test in Victoria

The Greens are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to put his money where his selfies are and fund public transport as the priority infrastructure task in Victoria.

“With Victorian Labor pushing ahead with the unsolicited Transurban proposal to build the Western Distributor toll road, here is the prime minister’s true test,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure.

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