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Abbott pledges zero dollars for rail in WA


Tony Abbott’s wild promise of $1.3billion for roads in Western Australia comes side-by-side with his plan to provide zero dollars for urban rail in our state, Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam warned today.

“It’s no wonder Colin Barnett has been dodging questions around how he will fund rail projects in WA, with his Federal Liberal counterpart planning to axe $500million in Federal funds for rail from Western Australia,” said Senator Ludlam.

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We convinced Labor and Mr Barnett on light rail; that leaves Mr Abbott – Greens

Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, says now Colin Barnett has accepted the Greens-led push to build light rail in Perth, the Greens will maintain pressure to ensure Federal funds flow to the project.

"How awkward; Colin Barnett's WA Government Budget today assumes the realisation of May 2013 Federal Labor commitment for $500 million rail in Perth - and yet Mr Abbott has famously ruled out funding any urban rail if he is elected," Senator Ludlam said.

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Action on light rail must start today

Scott Ludlam 14 Jul 2011


The Greens have congratulated the State Government for its light rail announcement, but warned that the project must be brought forward and begun immediately.


"Working with local government, industry, planners and the broader community over the past four years I have seen the enthusiasm for light rail in Perth grow rapidly," said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Scott Ludlam.


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Perth light rail on the horizon at last

Scott Ludlam 1 Dec 2010


The Greens have welcomed Premier Colin Barnett's announcement to the Chamber of Commerce that electrified light rail should be built in Perth within the next decade.

After campaigning for light rail to enhance and compliment Perth's existing public transport system for more than three years, Scott Ludlam hopes that Mr Barnett will now put his Infrastructure Australia submission where his mouth is.

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