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Senate calls for federal investment for people who ride bikes

The Senate has supported a Greens motion acknowledging the importance of bike riding for millions of Australians and calling on the federal government to invest in better cycling infrastructure.

“Australians deserve the freedom to ride safely whenever they want,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“We’ve seen too many instances of people hit while riding, most of which could have been prevented with proper cycling infrastructure.”

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WA election another nail in coffin for toll road agenda

The WA election result represents an overwhelming victory for communities standing up against toll road agendas, say the Greens.

"Toll roads are now the grim reaper for governments around the country," said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

"We can now add Roe 8 to the growing list of absurd private toll road plans that have undone governments, including the failed East West Link in Victoria.

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Western Distributor independent assessments

Senator RICE: I will continue my questions about the Western Distributor. Trying to get information about the Western Distributor is like playing a game of correspondence chess. You make one move and three months later you get a bit more information. That is how I feel about the information that we have been able to glean about it. It sounds like Infrastructure Australia is much the same. Are you still actively working on a business case for the Western Distributor, or your assessment of it?

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Victorians crying out for PT funding

With reports the federal and Victorian governments are close to an agreement on infrastructure spending, the Greens say public transport projects must be the priority.

“Victorians have had to put up with packed trains, slow trams and infrequent buses for far too long,” said Senator Janet Rice.

“With Melbourne Metro so high on the IA priority list, the Prime Minister would be wise to fund this essential project.

“Come on, Malcolm Turnbull – Victorians want the choice of public transport that works.”

 

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End the secrecy on Western Distributor

With the Victorian government refusing to hand over the independent assessments of the Western Distributor toll road proposal to Infrastructure Australia and the federal government, the Greens have called on the Premier Andrews to end the secrecy.

“The Western Distributor is a thought bubble that Transurban sold to Premier Andrews so they could keep profiting no matter what,” said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“There are independent assessments of the toll road’s business case sitting in the government’s bottom drawer.

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