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Time to catch up on public transport

The report on the Senate Inquiry into Public Transport tabled today recognised a multitude of reasons why public transport is a vital part of our nations' infrastructure and that its significance will grow in the years ahead.

"The risk is that this report will join the many others in the recent past to have made similar recommendations, while governments' State and Federal carry on building obsolete infrastructure for an age that has passed," said Australian Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam.

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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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Melbourne Rail Link

Senator Ludlam asked:
I refer to the Melbourne rail link, the largest single rail funding commitment announced in the 2009/10 Budget, and ask:
1. Can the Minister outline his understanding of the origins of this proposal?
2. Is the Minister aware that the original proposal was peer reviewed by Mr Ed Dotson, and is the Minister familiar with this review?
3. Is the Minister aware that Mr Dotson outlined serious concerns in relation to this proposal, and if so, can the Minister describe the nature of these concerns?

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Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (6.03 pm)-Climate change is one of the main issues that brought me into this place. It was one of the reasons that I got involved in politics. It was one of the reasons I chose to run for the Senate. So it is with a great deal of sadness that I am rising to deliver this speech. This must be a bad piece of legislation indeed for the parliament's strongest advocates of a response to climate change to be voting it down. The package of Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme bills that is before us fails the test of consistency with climate science.

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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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Roads - Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2009

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (1.03 pm)-I will speak fairly briefly on the Nation Building
Program (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2009. The bill before us today is one that the Australian Greens will be supporting for many of the reasons that Senator Macdonald has outlined. The amendments, by and large, are sensible. They are tying up a number of administrative loose ends and rolling the funding, formerly known as AusLink funding, into the government's Nation Building Program. The Australian Greens will be supporting these amendments. The Minister

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Infrastructure Australia

Senator LUDLAM-I am going to ask a couple of general questions. I might throw to Senator Milne some of the climate related stuff, if that is all right. The last couple of times we have had you here at estimates hearings I have asked about your future oil price assumptions and the cost-benefit analysis modelling that you have done. You said on both occasions-in October and February-that you were not able to disclose that because it was still under development. Presumably, that is well in the bag by now.

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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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