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Federal Greens put Labor in spotlight on call to stop WestConnex

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 24 Apr 2017
Acting Federal Greens leader Scott Ludlam, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW transport spokesperson, Mehreen Faruqi MP, joined campaigners and community members at the SaveSydneyPark anti-WestConnex protest camp in Alexandria today. 
 
Senator Scott Ludlam - Acting Leader, Australian Greens
 
“We can still stop WestConnex and people’s actions will be critical to achieving that win. In Perth we stopped Roe8 by mass action as they did in Melbourne with the East West Link which was scrapped. I warmly congratulate all participants in the SaveSydneyPark NoWestconnex protest camp. 
 
“NSW Labor needs to get off the fence and stand with the community in opposing this destructive motorway. It is time Labor committed to stopping the project if they form government in NSW at the next state election.
 
“The federal government’s involvement is significant. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development provided a $2 billion concessional loan to the NSW Government. Evidence from the Australian National Audit Office shows that Labor and Coalition ministers allocated these funds without receiving adequate advice or following proper protocols.
 
Senator Lee Rhiannon – Federal NSW Greens Senator
 
“Corporations are the big winners out of this project. As well as the construction companies building the project, there is an army of legal and PR companies doing very well along with international toll road operators like Transurban, all lining up to profit from the public purse.”
 
Mehreen Faruqi MLC – NSW Greens spokesperson on Transport
 
“Sydney’s traffic congestion will not be solved by building more roads – we all know this and so the question is why are the state and federal Liberal-National governments spending billions on new toll roads rather than investing in public transport solutions which we know work.”  
 
 
Summary - The Australian Greens - 
 
• reaffirm the call for an immediate halt to all WestConnex works and for the project to be redesigned to carry public transport. 
• encourage Greens members to support civil disobedience to stop the project.
• call on Labor to commit to stopping the project if they get elected to government in NSW.
• support a Senate Inquiry into WestConnex.
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