The Federal Budget is a mixed bag for Western Australia, Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said tonight.
Senator Ludlam, who has championed light rail for Perth since 2007, welcomed tonight's announcement that the Federal Government would provide $500 million in funding for public transport in Western Australia over the next decade.
"Many people have campaigned for years for a serious funding commitment to light rail in Perth. Half a billion dollars from the Commonwealth for light rail or the airport link is a big win for Western Australia."
"There is nonetheless massive road spending announced for WA, in the order of over a billion dollars, most of which would have been better spent on rail - a cleaner, safer way to move people or freight.
"It is appalling to see nothing in the Budget to address the housing affordability crisis in WA. With the median house price in Perth $510,000 and the median weekly rent $520 and rising fast - it's clear that successive governments have failed to keep housing affordable. Only the Greens are putting forward new solutions to the housing crisis - for a start we need to see a boost in the supply of public housing and a Convert To Rent programme to turn empty properties into affordable rentals."
Senator Ludlam welcomed the news the National Broadband Network would be connected to 610,000 Western Australian premises by 30 June 2016, and that local councils, small businesses and community organisations in WA would benefit from the additional funding in the budget for training and rollout.
"The NBN will deliver much needed fast and reliable internet across the State, and will be particularly helpful for education, health services and business in regional Western Australia."
Convert To Rent program: http://greens.org.au/files/Convert_to_rent.pdf
Light rail campaign: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/perthlightrail