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Record congestion costs set to continue without express investment in public transport

Record congestion costs set to continue without express investment in public transport

With the cost of congestion in Australia’s capital cities rising to $16.5 billion a year, the Greens have called for investment in public transport to be prioritised.

“The old way of trying to fix congestion with more and more roads is like loosening your belt to fix obesity,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

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Turnbull government derails call to reallocate East West Link money to public transport

Turnbull government derails call to reallocate East West Link money to public transport

The Turnbull government has voted down a motion in the Senate calling on the government to withdraw the allocation of federal funding set aside for the East West toll road and to reallocate this funding to public transport, including the Melbourne Metro Rail project.

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Estimates: any consideration for PT in the budget?

Senator RICE: Thank you, Chair. I will have to think of some silly name for you.

CHAIR: I have plenty of silly names—like 'Senator Boofhead'.

Senator RICE: I have a few questions in general about the overall budget. I apologise if I am covering ground that you have already covered. In the glossy budget overview brochure, on page 22, we have the statement: … work start on 19 new major projects in 2014. Another 55 will start construction in 2015. Just to clarify what those are, can we get a list of those major projects?

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Victorians still suffering under Abbott’s toll road addiction

Victorians still suffering under Abbott’s toll road addiction

Tony Abbott's back and forth with Premier Daniel Andrews on the proposed Western Distributor road completely misses the point, say the Greens.

"These two blokes are arguing about a toll road with no available detailed plans and no available business case," said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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