Residents in outer suburbs have been appalling neglected by successive governments failing to properly invest in public transport, say the Greens, following the publication of Infrastructure Australia’s Outer Urban Public Transport report.
The government is deluding itself and all Australians about being on track to meet Paris climate change targets as a report from the Climate Council shows that Australia’s transport emissions have risen almost 63% since 1990, say the Greens.
“Australia’s appalling rise in pollution from transport shows what a trainwreck this government’s inaction on climate really is,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.
Leaked documents showing the Turnbull government hid $7 billion in hidden transport funding in the May budget to allow for election announcements in marginal seats show just how cynical infrastructure planning has become.
“This hidden election war chest is a sneaky trick designed to keep the Coalition in government instead of creating the clean, fast, frequent and safe transport options that our cities and regions need,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.
Australia’s failure to join the electric vehicle revolution has dire implications for the economy, jobs, public health and reducing carbon pollution, a Senate Committee hearing into electric vehicles heard today.
“We know that the electric vehicle revolution is inevitable and is already happening around the world,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson and committee member.
A senate inquiry chaired by Greens Senator Janet Rice has found that infrastructure such as transport, housing, electricity and water at major risk from sea level rise and extreme temperatures.
“Most Australians live along the coast, and we’re staring down the barrel of sea level rise of 1.1 metres by 2100 and some 250,000 existing homes at risk of inundation,” said Senator Rice, Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee.
The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to show some leadership and let Australia join the electric vehicle revolution, with a leaked government report and another expert report out today recommending the way forward on electric vehicle policy.
The Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to legislate stringent vehicle emissions standards before the next election, or see Australia become a global dumping ground for polluting, inefficient cars.
“Reports today indicate that there is pressure ramping up from multinational vehicle manufacturers who don’t want these standards. The Government keeps pushing out the deadline for action on emissions standards, begging the question of who is actually writing their policy,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.
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.
Authorised by D. Lawson, Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra 2600