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.
Turnbull’s test: Greens call for action not talk on clean transport and sustainable cities
Infrastructure Australia has released a menu of recommendations and priority projects, but it’s up to state and federal governments to make the clean transport choices rather than polluting, clogged mega-roads.
The Greens have reiterated the wishes of Victorians to see improved public transport and no East West toll road, following reports on the release of an Infrastructure Australia report listing “high priority” infrastructure projects.
Senator RICE: I will continue on the line of questioning by Senator Conroy. With the Indian seafarers and their ratings, how do the training requirements for those Indian ratings compare with Australian training for Australian seafarers?
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?
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?
The Greens transport advocacy is centred on providing clean, rapid and reliable transport to eliminate our dependence on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are working to shift the focus from private cars to safe, fast and cost effective mass transit, and on moving long-haul freight from road to rail.
Large sections of Australia’s rail network require substantial upgrades and mass transit services in most urban areas are so poor that driving is the only option for many people. Around the country the Greens work to promote proposals for sustainable transport ranging from bikeways to light rail networks and the east coast high-speed rail line.
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