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Infrastructure list includes best and worst: Which will the Government pick?

Infrastructure Australia's short-list released today includes proposals which would help build a sustainable Australia and others which would lock the country into a high-polluting path for decades, the Australian Greens said today.

The proposals across transport, ports and energy are on balance positive, with more than half (based on indicative capital cost) likely to have a net positive environmental impact and less than half a questionable or net negative impact.

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Weak targets make no scientific, economic or diplomatic sense; China, business reject Rudd-Garnaut go-slow

The Rudd Government's plans to announce weak climate targets are already undermining global negotiations, with China and South Africa saying the refusal to sign up to the 25-40% negotiating range could scuttle a new global deal, the Australian Greens said today.

A statement from global business leaders today will strengthen the increasingly troubling scientific calls for Australia to act responsibly, arguing, as the Greens have done, that investing now in reducing emissions will help drive the economic recovery.

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Public transport key to averting rising mortgage defaults in outer metro area

The Australian Greens have successfully moved a motion for a Senate Inquiry into Public Transport today, and are proposing substantial Commonwealth funding for public transport including allocations under the Building Australia Fund, which is being debated in Parliament today.

Senator Scott Ludlam said creating a fast, efficient light rail network in Perth’s areas of high mortgage default will help rescue land values and improve services.

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Greens Launch Public Transport Senate Inquiry

World-class public transport must become a key component of nation building in the age of climate change and peak oil, and today the Australian Greens successfully initiated a Senate Inquiry to begin the process.

"This is has never been undertaken in Australia before," said Greens public transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Building a Green Australia, responding to climate change, and shock-proofing our community against the impacts of peak oil all rely on properly investing in the nation's public transport infrastructure.

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Speech on Nation Building Funds Bill

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (12.26 pm)-

I would like to follow on with some comments, in the same vein as those of Senator Milne, about the importance of seeing these funds as essentially a once in- a-generation opportunity to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy that Australia so desperately needs. I would like to preface my remarks by saying that there was an unreasonably short time frame given for the Nation-building Funds Bill 2008, the nation- building Funds (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008 and the COAG Reform Fund Bill 2008 to be reviewed.

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