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Govt must act on south-east growth crisis: Bandt

Adam Bandt 8 Mar 2012

Greens MP Adam Bandt has called on the government to quarantine Australia's south-east states from Budget cuts and says the government needs to increase the revenue taken from the mining states.

Mr Bandt says he is very concerned by reports that Australia's south-east may tip into recession as the mining bubble continues to grow and says that the government should consider funding a 'south-east stimulus package' by an increase in tax revenues.

"We have a growing north-south divide that needs to be addressed in the upcoming Budget", Mr Bandt said.

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Cramming Melbourne with high-rises is bad planning: Bandt

Greens MP and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt has said that he is greatly concerned about the suggestion from the Victorian Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, that Melbourne CBD can expend relentlessly in height and density. "

Focussing on height instead of community needs will make Melbourne a worse place to live", Mr Bandt said.

"We're already cramming people into the inner-city without providing enough community facilities, affordable housing, public transport or open space."

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Car industry assistance needs to drive change: Bandt

Greens MP and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, says future assistance to the car industry needs to drive innovation and a shift to electric vehicles if an Australian car industry is to survive.

Minister Carr and car companies can't just blame the high dollar for job cuts. They must take responsibility for their failure to adapt to the new market.

"The car industry needs to go green if it is to survive," Mr Bandt said.

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Feds should not fund Baillieu tunnel

Greens MP Adam Bandt has warned the Gillard government against funding a tollway tunnel through his electorate of Melbourne.

He has also described the Premier as an "environmental vandal" in wanting to push ahead with the tunnel.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu is set to announce a new infrastructure strategy today and has flagged that the controversial East-West tunnel, first mooted under the former Labor government, will be on the list.

"I will not let them dig up my electorate", Mr Bandt said.

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Federal city funding should have conditions: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has released a submission on Melbourne's infrastructure which outlines his vision for Melbourne's future, including refusing Federal funding for road projects until public transport is improved.

The submission to Infrastructure Australia's Our Cities review calls for more Federal direct engagement in planning and infrastructure delivery in Australia's cities.

He has called for Federal funding to be dependent on a broad range of sustainability and liveability benchmarks being met.

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Government sells out Traditional Owners and the Northern Territory while Coalition splits on nuclear waste dump vote

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government for passing a bill to force a radioactive waste dump onto the Northern Territory, despite the Opposition refusing to vote and Coalition MP Natasha Griggs crossing the floor to oppose the bill.

Greens MP Adam Bandt and Greens nuclear affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam congratulated Ms Griggs for her courage in voting against the radioactive waste dump bill while the Coalition took the extremely unusual step of removing all but one member from the Chamber during the vote.

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