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Government and Labor vote down Greens push to reduce truck pollution, greenhouse gases and fuel consumption

The Coalition and Labor have voted against a Greens amendment to a heavy vehicle regulation bill in the senate today that would have lead to reduced pollution, greenhouse gases and fuel consumption of  trucks.

“Australia is trailing the world when comes to reducing vehicle pollution. Almost 20% of Australia’s carbon pollution comes from transport and that percentage is rising rapidly,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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Turnbull infrastructure Budget fails on public transport and leaves next generation with private toll road mess, say Greens

The Budget that was trumpeted as a big infrastructure investment is nothing more than a cash splash for private toll road operators and has nowhere near enough investment in the public transport that will unclog our cities and bring down pollution, say the Greens.

“Less than $1 in every $5 is going to public transport from the Government’s infrastructure grants,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport & infrastructure spokesperson.

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Greens say Melbourne Airport Rail pledge is welcome, call for route and ownership to put public needs first

Greens transport spokesperson, Victorian Senator Janet Rice, says that Malcolm Turnbull’s pledge for Melbourne Airport Rail is a welcome turnaround by the federal government after years of inaction on public transport.

“Melbourne has been crying out for a rail link to the airport for decades, so it’s a welcome step for the federal government to finally commit real funding to this vital public transport service.”

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Greens respond to Infrastructure Australia list, say infrastructure planning and funding must prioritise public transport to reduce pollution and congestion

Responding to Infrastructure Australia’s latest priority list release, the Greens say that transport infrastructure decisions and funding must prioritise public transport if we are to unclog our cities and reduce pollution in the long term.

“Infrastructure Australia has included a number of public transport priorities on their priority list, and governments must get those congestion-busting projects moving before turning our cities into a tangled mess of freeways,” said Senator Janet Rice, federal Greens transport spokesperson.

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Greens call on Turnbull for national leadership after report shows cyclist deaths haven’t decreased in 20 years

The Greens have repeated their calls on the federal government to show leadership in ensuring all Australians have the freedom to ride safely, following the release of a Bicycle Network report that shows virtually no improvement in cyclist fatality rates over 20 years.

“Every bike rider death is one too many, and an annual average of 37 people killed while out riding is a sobering figure,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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