Senator Janet Rice: let’s get the transport mix right in our cities

Australian Greens: Let’s get the transport mix right in our cities. 25 Sep 2014, Janet Rice. Transport & Infrastructure

I want to talk tonight about what makes a great city. How do we bring people together to work, play, go about their daily lives, have somewhere to call home and be educated efficiently happily and safely? Cities exist because they are efficient, engaging, exciting and enjoyable places to be. But the downside of cities is that people do not have all the space that they have outside of cities. The cost of land is high because there is a lot of demand for that land and the mass of people who make cities exciting and enjoyable places to be can impact on people’s ability to get around. The hustle, bustle and vibrancy can equal noise and congestion. Getting food and goods to people can create further congestion. And dealing with waste from large numbers of people can lead to pollution of our air, water and land.

Australian Greens: Senate requests East West toll road business case. 25 Sep 2014 Janet Rice, Transport & Infrastructure

The Senate has passed a Greens motion to force the tabling of documents that Infrastructure Australia has on the East West toll road. The text of the motion is as follows:

I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, no later than 4 pm on 2 October 2014, the following documents held or prepared by Infrastructure Australia:

(a) any business case presented by the Victorian Government for the East West Link project;

(b) any other documents in relation to the East West Link project provided to Infrastructure Australia by the Victorian Government; and

(c) any assessment of the proposed East West Link undertaken by Infrastructure Australia, including the priority of this project as compared to other projects.