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Last call for submissions on Australia's Public Transport

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The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee is holding Australia's first ever Senate Inquiry into Public Transport and is submissions are now closed.

Any individual or organisation can make a submission to the inquiry. We want to hear from public transport operators and campaigners alike; anyone with expertise or an opinion on public transport is welcome to make a submission - the more diverse the submissions, the more useful comprehensive the inquiry will be.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry and details on how to make a submission can be found at http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/rrat_ctte/public_transport/tor.htm

Senator Scott Ludlam initiated the inquiry so that an audit and assessment of all public passenger transport in Australia could be conducted to clearly understand what public transport exists, what condition it is in, where the gaps are, and what can be done to increase its usage in the community.

The aim is to create a comprehensive snapshot of public transport in Australia and a blueprint for action.

The Committee prefers to receive submissions electronically as an attached document - email: [email protected] 

Inquiry into the investment of Commonwealth and State funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services - Terms of reference:

On 4 December 2008 the Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 18 June 2009:

The investment of Commonwealth and State funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services, with reference to the August 2005 report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage, Sustainable Cities, and the February 2007 report of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, Australia's future oil supply and alternative transport fuels, including:

  1. an audit of the state of public passenger transport in Australia;
  2. current and historical levels of public investment in private vehicle and public passenger transport services and infrastructure;
  3. an assessment of the benefits of public passenger transport, including integration with bicycle and pedestrian initiatives;
  4. measures by which the Commonwealth Government could facilitate improvement in public passenger transport services and infrastructure;
  5. the role of Commonwealth Government legislation, taxation, subsidies, policies and other mechanisms that either discourage or encourage public passenger transport; and
  6. best practice international examples of public passenger transport services and infrastructure.

Submissions are due by Friday 27 February 2009.

The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee's Public Transport Inquiry hearings will be held:

Tuesday 3 March in Brisbane / Gold Coast

Friday 6 March in Sydney / Western Sydney

Thursday 19 March in Canberra

Friday 20 March in Canberra

Monday 23 March in Perth

Monday 30 March in Melbourne

Tuesday 31 March in Hobart

The Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

The Committee prefers to receive submissions electronically as an attached document - email: [email protected]

 

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