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Reallocate Roe 8 funding to rehabilitation and public transport

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that

The Senate —

[a]    Notes:

(i)      the resounding defeat of the Barnett Government in Western Australia on March 11, 2017

(ii)     the unnecessary, destructive land-clearing undertaken by Main Roads Department contractors at the site of the proposed Roe Highway project in the Beeliar Wetlands in contravention of state and federal approval conditions; 

(iii)   that the incoming McGowan Government has committed to cancel the project;

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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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Damning senate inquiry report buries Perth Freight Link

The snap senate inquiry into environmental breaches of the Perth Freight Link project has handed down a devastating report, unequivocally stating the project is proceeding in breach of state and federal environmental conditions, and works should immediately cease, the Australian Greens said today.

"This report is the most damning I have seen in my time in the senate. It makes clear what a disaster the freight link has been from the outset," Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said today.

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Estimates questioning fails to produce special secret classified cockatoo surveys

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Perth Freight Link environmental breaches snap inquiry

The snap senate inquiry into the continuation of construction of the Perth Freight Link in the face of significant environmental breaches will hold a public hearing tomorrow.

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam will hold a press conference during the lunch break at 12:45pm.

Senator Ludlam will also be available for comment at the conclusion of the hearings.

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Senate orders snap inquiry into Roe 8 breaches

The Senate will conduct a snap inquiry into the repeated, unforgivable breaches of environmental conditions at the Beeliar wetlands, after a Greens motion today was supported by the Senate.

"We've seen evidence of dozens of breaches of environmental conditions for the project, which may mean that the project is proceeding illegally. The destruction at the Beeliar wetlands should cease," Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Ludlam said.

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Letter to Frydenberg - breaches of conditions at Beeliar

Senator Ludlam wrote to Environment Minister Frydenberg to urgently report and seek a meeting regarding compelling evidence of non-
compliance with EPBC approval conditions, specifically with the Fauna Management Plan (FMP) and the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) occurring almost daily since construction commenced.

All breaches outlined in the letter have been reported to the WA Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA), with no written response to date.

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“Ask Someone Else” Minister defies his own Act

Rather than present evidence that crucial surveys of endangered species in the path of the Roe Highway project have been conducted, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has said go ask someone else.

As a result, the Senate unanimously passed Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam’s Order for Production of Documents to compel the Minister to provide evidence of completed environmental surveys by 5pm today.

“We’ve been asking for proof these surveys were even done for more than a month.

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