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Greens say Melbourne Airport Rail pledge is welcome, call for route and ownership to put public needs first

Greens transport spokesperson, Victorian Senator Janet Rice, says that Malcolm Turnbull’s pledge for Melbourne Airport Rail is a welcome turnaround by the federal government after years of inaction on public transport.

“Melbourne has been crying out for a rail link to the airport for decades, so it’s a welcome step for the federal government to finally commit real funding to this vital public transport service.”

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WA election another nail in coffin for toll road agenda

The WA election result represents an overwhelming victory for communities standing up against toll road agendas, say the Greens.

"Toll roads are now the grim reaper for governments around the country," said the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

"We can now add Roe 8 to the growing list of absurd private toll road plans that have undone governments, including the failed East West Link in Victoria.

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Victorians crying out for PT funding

With reports the federal and Victorian governments are close to an agreement on infrastructure spending, the Greens say public transport projects must be the priority.

“Victorians have had to put up with packed trains, slow trams and infrequent buses for far too long,” said Senator Janet Rice.

“With Melbourne Metro so high on the IA priority list, the Prime Minister would be wise to fund this essential project.

“Come on, Malcolm Turnbull – Victorians want the choice of public transport that works.”

 

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Turnbull the great leech of our trains, trams and buses

In parliament yesterday we heard the Prime Minister accuse the Leader of the Opposition of being a parasite. But, when it comes to public transport policy in Australia, Prime Minister Turnbull is the great leech of our trains, trams and buses. He is more than happy to try and boost his popularity by taking selfies of himself on the train or—his second favourite—bus, but when it comes to investing in public transport he is just absent. He sucking the life out of public transport across our cities and propping up the big road lobby instead.

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Greens to Turnbull: we’ll believe infrastructure talk when we see action

The Turnbull government’s response to Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Plan is shaping up to be just another example of the PM talking big but delivering the same-old small-thinking Abbott policies, say the Greens.

“I’ll believe the government’s talk on infrastructure when I see the action,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for Transport & Infrastructure.

“Like so many issues since Mr Turnbull took the top job, the PM brought promise of a new world of transport policy but has been held back by his own party.

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Young unemployed need better transport options

A new report highlighting the transport challenges faced by young unemployed Australians is a wakeup call for the Turnbull government to urgently address the shortage of public transport in regional and outer suburban areas, say the Greens.

“Australia is meant to be the land of the ‘fair go’, but many young Australians are being left behind because of where they live and whether they can afford to run a car,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens: stop playing games with Victoria's transport woes

Australia's supposed public transport loving PM has let Victorian commuters down by redirecting East West Link funding to other roads, say the Greens. 

“The state and federal governments need to stop playing games with infrastructure and start acting in the best interests of Victorian commuters,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for transport and infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

"Victorians voted to dump the East West Link in favour of world class public transport, but all this announcement provides is more and more roads.

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