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National freight strategy vital but climate and peak oil absent

The Australian Greens today welcomed Infrastructure Australia's first steps towards a coordinated national approach to freight planning, but called for a major shift in focus to take account of climate change and peak oil.

"Now that we are finally starting a process of coordinated national freight planning, surely that work has to focus on climate change and peak oil, with proper planning for a more efficient, low emissions future," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Medium Term Oil Prices

Question No.: P&R 01
Division/Agency: Policy and Research
Hansard Page/s: 109 (26/05/10)

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-From the thinking that you do or the modelling that you import from BITRE-we can talk to them as well-what is your understanding of the medium-term, 10-year horizon oil prices in Australia? Can you show us whether or not that is influencing your thinking?

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Infrastructure Australia’s Benefit Cost Ratio Calculations

Rural Affairs and Transport Committee
Infrastructure Australia
21 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-Let us pick these up maybe outside the committee process at some stage. Do you have a view on whether the BCRs can be published prior to a funding decision being made rather than post decision?

Mr Deegan-They are now published, Senator. We propose to put a report to government each June. The June 2010 report has those projects we consider ready to proceed, with the benefit-cost ratio published as part of that. Those projects would be considered in future funding rounds.

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Christine Milne wins Honourable Mention in Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards in the Award for Contribution towards Cycling by a Politician.

The award recognises Senator Milne and the Greens' success in negotiating the $40 million National Bike Paths Fund during negotiations for the federal stimulus package - the largest ever direct federal investment in cycling.

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Greens welcome City of Perth vision

The Greens have congratulated the City of Perth for its far-sighted vision for the city, with its emphasis on light rail, pedestrians and public open space – but they warn that the State Government has so far failed to match actions with rhetoric on light rail.

“I was pleased to hear the WA Planning Minister today say he supported light rail in principle – but I was also extremely puzzled, given so far this Government has been siphoning money away from the expansion of public transport and into roads,” WA Greens Transport Spokesperson, Alison Xamon MLC, said.

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