The report handed down by the federal Auditor-General examining federal funding decisions for East West Link confirms that the Abbott Government’s toll road agenda was purely political, say the Greens.
The Greens have welcomed Treasurer Hockey’s remarks that the federal government is “happy to talk” on investing its $3 billion on infrastructure projects other than East West Link in Victoria.
“Victorians want infrastructure projects that are a sensible investment, and will actually reduce congestion and pollution,” said the Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.
Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Workplace Relations Adam Bandt MP and Greens spokesperson on Infrastructure Senator Janet Rice today declared their support for the Tandara Spirit workers taking industrial action in Port Philip Bay and called on Tony Abbott to protect Australian shipping and jobs.
“By taking this action, the Tandara workers are not only standing up for their jobs – they are bringing important conversations into the public that the government has been ignoring," said Mr Bandt.
As Deadline Looms, Tony Abbott Doesn’t Know His East From West
The Greens have questioned the prime minister’s illogical addiction to roads, as this afternoon’s deadline for Infrastructure Australia to provide a business case for the East West toll road to the Senate draws near.
“Tony Abbott arrived in Melbourne to spruik the East West toll road but showed he had no understanding of Melbourne or the impact of this monstrous project,” said Mr Bandt.
Rushing East West toll road contracts can't mask lack of social licence
Responding to the Napthine Government rushing to sign contracts for the East West toll road, the Australian Greens have issued a warning to potential backers of the project.
"By rushing to sign these contract so close to the State Government going into caretaker mode, the State Government and East West contractors and financiers are exposed to massive risk," said Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt.
East West toll road business case requested by Senate
A Greens motion to force the tabling of documents that Infrastructure Australia has on the East West toll road was passed today by the Senate.
“The public has the right to know the true cost of Tony Abbott and the Victorian government’s addiction to toll roads,” said the Australians Greens spokesperson for Transport and Infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.
Greens Deputy Leader and Melbourne MP Adam Bandt, and Transport spokesperson, Victorian Senator Janet Rice, hailed the success of the campaign against the East-West project in forcing Labor to change its position.
"Labor has finally succumbed to pressure from the Greens and the community by moving to rip-up the East-West tollway contracts, but there are some worrying strings attached to this latest plan," Mr Bandt said.
"Victorian Labor is clearly feeling the heat in inner-Melbourne.
The Greens transport advocacy is centred on providing clean, rapid and reliable transport to eliminate our dependence on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are working to shift the focus from private cars to safe, fast and cost effective mass transit, and on moving long-haul freight from road to rail.
Large sections of Australia’s rail network require substantial upgrades and mass transit services in most urban areas are so poor that driving is the only option for many people. Around the country the Greens work to promote proposals for sustainable transport ranging from bikeways to light rail networks and the east coast high-speed rail line.
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