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Greens: PM should boost public transport spending

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to increase its investment in public transport, with the Prime Minister due to announce more infrastructure spending later today.

"The Prime Minister has said this morning that the government may be pumping more money into public infrastructure to try and give the economy a boost. Kevin Rudd should seize the opportunity to recognise that by investing in environmental outcomes like public transport and energy efficiency, the government can achieve an economic benefit," said Australian Greens Transport spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

"The lack of adequate public transport infrastructure forces many Australians to drive. This is costly from an individual perspective and costly for the environment as well. The community is calling out for greener, affordable transport options. By investing in public transport Mr Rudd can provide those options."

"Around the world, from US President-elect Obama to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, people are recognising that with a 'Green New Deal,' we can build our way out of the financial meltdown, while preventing the climate meltdown," concluded Senator Ludlam.

Last week Senator Ludlam initiated the first ever Senate Inquiry into public transport in Australia and has been a long time campaigner for public transport.

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