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Congestion tax acceptable only if public transport improved: Greens

The Greens would only agree to a tax being imposed on motorists to reduce congestion in Perth and other Australian cities if public transport, cycling and walking facilities are dramatically improved.

“On present trends, the cost of urban traffic congestion based on extra travel time and resource use is projected to double by 2020,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“As our recent Pubic Transport Senate Inquiry concluded, congestion charging can help reduce these costs by discouraging motorists from travelling at the most congested times and places.

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Greens win sustainable local jobs for ACT

The Australian Greens are pleased that their negotiating skills in the Federal Senate secured funding for eight ACT heritage sites, including three historic huts at Namadgi National Park and the telescope dome on Mt Stromlo.  Both were damaged in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. 

The heritage funding is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund and is set to generate 66 jobs in the ACT.

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Remarks on Public Transport Senate Inquiry

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (3.34pm)-I want to make a couple of brief remarks. I initiated the inquiry of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee into public transport on the last sitting day of last year. I am really quite pleased to see the report come to fruition, after eight or nine months of work. It is a valuable contribution to the debate on public transport and we certainly welcome it. Australian cities, with a few notable examples, are still getting by on the public transport investments that we made several generations ago.

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Report hits home for car-reliant Perth

A report launched today by the Australian Conservation Foundation and an alliance of unions, local government, health and environmental groups calling for greater investment in public transport is especially relevant to Perth, Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam says.
‘Investing in Sustainable Transport: Our Clean Green Transport Future’, by the ACF and the Rapid, Active and Affordable Transport Alliance, calls for two-thirds of Australia’s transport budget to be spent on public transport and one-third on roads.

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CPRS's imminent demise is opportunity for real climate action

The imminent demise of the failed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme provides the perfect opportunity for the Rudd Government to move immediately on strong climate action and jobs creation, the Australian Greens said today.

"With the Continue Polluting Regardless Scheme now set for rejection in the Senate, it is more important than ever that the Government moves rapidly on emissions reducing and jobs creating policies," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Building Resilient Cities

"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet" ~ William Gibson

Take a drive an hour south through the rapidly expanding growth corridor fusing Perth to Mandurah, and you'll fly past a road sign at once hopeful and heartbreaking.

'Sustainable Mandurah Home' it points cheerfully. Somewhere within the featureless expanse of brick and tile sprawl relentlessly consuming the Swan coastal plain, someone has taken the time to build a sustainable home.

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WA local councils, heritage properties and cyclists benefit from Greens’ negotiations

Successful negotiations by the Australian Greens will soon see money flowing to Western Australian local councils, creating new jobs and improvements in local amenity.

Greens Senators Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert played a crucial role in enabling Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s economic stimulus package to pass through the Senate last week.

The Senators, both from WA, worked constructively with the Government to amend the package so that it would deliver a better return for taxpayers.

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