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Senate supports motion condemning governance of federal funds for WestConnex

The Greens welcome federal Labor’s support of their motion condemning the way billions of dollars of federal funds have been put into WestConnex without following proper processes or safeguards, but say Labor at NSW and federal levels now need to come out against the project. 

Yesterday the Australian National Audit Office released a highly critical report into the Commonwealth funding of the WestConnex project. 

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WestConnex Audit slams federal government process

The Australian National Audit Office has released its report into Commonwealth funding of the WestConnex project. The report looks into whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in relation to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to WestConnex.

NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong:

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Greens submission to Westconnex ANAO audit

The Australian Greens and Greens NSW have made a joint submission to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) around the approval and administration of Commonwealth funding for the WestConnex project. 

The ANAO has outlined that the ‘objective of this audit is to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in respect to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to the NSW Government for the WestConnex project.’

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Westconnex - another toll road to destruction

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Victorian Senator Janet Rice have commented on the approval of stage 2 of the Westconnex motorway, announced yesterday by Minister Hunt.  

Senator Rhiannon said, “By every single metric – financial, social, environmental and health-wise – Westconnex is a destructive project and the public are being forced to foot a scandalously high bill to pay for it.

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Greens stand with activists against dud WestConnex project

This morning four women opposed to the WestConnex project occupied a house in Ashfield, one of four in that block slated for demolition to make way for the $16.8 million motorway. All four were arrested.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey and Greens candidate for Chifley Eliza James say the project is a scandalous waste of public money that should be used to expand public transport in Western Sydney. 

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Estimates: WestConnex and Western Distributor

Senator RICE: I have more questions on WestConnex and whether the department has received an updated business case for WestConnex.

Mr Mrdak: Yes, there was an updated strategic business case provided in November last year to the department and to Infrastructure Australia that reflected the expansions of scope of the project that were announced by the New South Wales government late last year.

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