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The Auditor General should investigate the Commonwealth funding approvals for the Perth Freight Link

Scott Ludlam 3 Feb 2016


NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                          2 February 2016                                                                                            

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

The Senate -

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Greens seek senate support for Auditor-General investigation into WestConnex and Perth Freight Link

Scott Ludlam 2 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens will move for the Senate to formally request an Auditor-General's investigation of proposed federal funding for the Perth Freight Link and WestConnex project in Sydney.

"The Auditor-General was scathing in his critique of the East-West Link Project in Melbourne, but there is unfinished business here," Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens back Fund Our Future campaign for outer suburbs

The Australian Greens have thrown support behind a plan that ensures people living in the expanding outer suburbs of Australia’s capital cities have access to the same services of inner-city residents.

“Populations have exploded in the outer suburbs over the last decade, but there has been nowhere near the same growth in essential services for the residents of these suburbs,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities Senator Scott Ludlam. 

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Izzy really serious?

Scott Ludlam 29 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's interest in addressing the homelessness crisis, after he launched a new website to help homeless people locate and access services that have been cut by the Liberal government.

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Turnbull talk still cheap, housing still too expensive

Scott Ludlam 27 Jan 2016

Housing in Australia's cities is some of the most unaffordable in the world, and it's well past time for the federal government to step in, the Australian Greens said today.

The latest Demographia international housing affordability study released this week shows our five largest cities are ranked severely unaffordable. Sydney is ranked 2nd worst in the world, and Melbourne 4th. 

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Stubborn WA Premier just can’t take a hint

Scott Ludlam 22 Jan 2016

It's long past the moment he could do so graciously, but the WA Premier needs to give up his monomaniacal Roe 8 push instead of wasting more WA taxpayer funds complaining about the umpire's call, the Australian Greens said today.

"The public say no to Roe 8. The local councils say no. The Supreme Court said no. How many times does Mr Barnett need to be told?" Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said today.

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Urban canopies plan is yet another Turnbull band-aid on an Abbott severed limb

Scott Ludlam 19 Jan 2016

The urban canopies proposal is yet another token Turnbull gesture attempting to disguise the massive damage done in recent Liberal budgets, the Australian Greens said today.

"This is a government that wants to fund roads that cut through huge stretches of existing urban greenways, and offset it with some token tree-plantings," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Sustainable Cities Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Beeliar offsets

Scott Ludlam 19 Dec 2015

Senator LUDLAM: Do your approval conditions allow for land clearing to commence before you have identified and secured your offsets?

Mr Knudson: We do have that situation occur on occasion.

Senator LUDLAM: On this occasion?

Mr Knudson: On this occasion I am not sure that we have the information at hand and so we would have to come back on notice on that as to what the specific requirement and the condition set were.

Answer: No.

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Big Win for Community, Big Problems at EPA

Scott Ludlam 16 Dec 2015

The huge win for the community campaign to stop the Roe 8 destruction of the Beeliar wetlands has highlighted dangerous inadequacies with the State Environmental Protection authority, the Australian Greens said today.

"Justice Martin's finding that the EPA approval of the Roe 8 project is invalid is a great win for the community campaign that funded the legal challenge, and a great win for the environment the project was set to destroy," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

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