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Shipping deregulation bill to hit choppy waters in the senate

Shipping deregulation bill to hit choppy waters in the senate

The Greens will oppose the Turnbull government’s attempts to deregulate Australian coastal shipping.

“It is vital that we retain a strong local shipping workforce and industry,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for transport.

“The government’s agenda changes will give an unfair competitive advantage to foreign-flagged vessels employing low-waged crew.

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Motion: get moving on the Port-Rail Shuttle

The Senate –

1. Notes:

a) The federal government committed $38 million of Commonwealth funds to the Port-Rail Shuttle project in Victoria.

b) The Port-Rail Shuttle project would create a rail connection between the Port of Melbourne and three inland ports. This rail connection would reduce diesel use and pollution from Victorian containerised freight movements and would remove up to 3500 trucks from residential streets in Melbourne’s west every day.

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Record congestion costs set to continue without express investment in public transport

Record congestion costs set to continue without express investment in public transport

With the cost of congestion in Australia’s capital cities rising to $16.5 billion a year, the Greens have called for investment in public transport to be prioritised.

“The old way of trying to fix congestion with more and more roads is like loosening your belt to fix obesity,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

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