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High speed rail: too little, too late from Labor

Christine Milne 26 Aug 2013

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne and Deputy Leader Adam Bandt have said Labor is playing catch up and has failed to commit to the investment needed to get high speed rail moving.

In contrast to the $55 million announced by Labor today the Greens have committed $664 million over the forward estimates to fast tracking high speed rail by establishing a High Speed Rail Authority, securing the rail corridor and facilitating regulatory requirements and planning. The Greens have also committed an additional $570 million to an Environmental Impact Study.

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Getting moving with high speed rail

Christine Milne 6 Aug 2013

The Greens have announced a plan to fast track the construction of high speed rail on the Eastern Sea board.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP have announced the plan at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station and Mr Bandt will outline details of the plan to a conference on high speed in Sydney on Wednesday.

As part of the agreement to support the minority Labor government, the Australian Greens secured a $20 million feasibility study into high speed rail.

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Getting moving with high speed rail

Adam Bandt 6 Aug 2013

The Greens have announced a plan to fast track the construction of high speed rail on the Eastern Sea board. Christine Milne and Adam Bandt announced the plan at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station on Tuesday and Greens Adam Bandt will outline details of the plan to a conference on High Speed Rail in Sydney on Wednesday.

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The Greens' Plan to build High Speed Rail

Adam Bandt 6 Aug 2013

High speed rail’s time has come, but Australia needs courage and vision to get it moving. The old parties, stuck in the short-term political cycle, lack the will to really embrace this nation building project. Only the Greens have a vision and a plan to build a clean, efficient, transport future.

We need to improve the affordability and connectedness between our South-Eastern cities, boost the opportunities of our regional centres, support manufacturing jobs and reduce our transport emissions, the promises of High Speed are here. The Greens stand ready to deliver them.

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Labor preparing for high speed rail sell-out: Bandt

Adam Bandt 5 Mar 2013

The Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, is preparing to sell out on high speed rail, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today. Responding to a speech by Mr Albanese to the Sydney Institute last night, Mr Bandt said the Greens were now the only party committed to the nation building infrastructure of high speed rail.
 
"Labor is crab-walking away from high speed rail", Mr Bandt said.
 
"This is another of many good ideas that Labor can't fund because it doesn't have the guts to stand up to the big miners and fix mining tax."
 

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Queensland needs to get on board high speed rail: Greens

Adam Bandt 16 Mar 2012

Greens MP and spokesperson for high speed rail Adam Bandt joined Mt Coot-tha Greens candidate Adam Stone at Roma St Station in Brisbane today to launch the Greens State election policy for high speed rail.

Mr Bandt criticised Premier Bligh and LNP leader Campbell Newman for failing to get on board the shift to high speed rail that has been driven by the Greens agreement to support the minority government in Canberra.

The second stage of the federal High Speed Rail feasibility study is due to be released in July.

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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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