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Greens move to end Buswell’s charade on light rail

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Scott Ludlam 6 Feb 2013

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has moved to have the Federal Government disclose Troy Buswell's attempts to secure federal funding for light rail in Perth, after the State Transport Minister refused commit to building the system.

Greens (WA) transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC will move a similar motion in State Parliament when it resumes after the March election.

"Tomorrow I will move that the Senate orders the production of the West Australian government's submissions to Infrastructure Australia for the Perth Light Rail project," said Senator Ludlam.

"I want to know whether Mr Buswell is serious about delivering this project or whether it's all been for show. We know there is a team of planners and engineers doing design work, but with an election looming Mr Buswell seems to be backing away from his government's commitment to light rail.

"The WA Government's Infrastructure Australia submission should be made public, so we can get a clear idea of whether Mr Buswell really intends to build the project, and what the estimated costs will be."

Greens state transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said "Several times now we've put a collaborative and consultative solution to congestion on the table. WA needs a comprehensive light rail system, which means it needs competent people in charge".

"The streets and freeways are jammed with traffic, the train carriages are crammed full of people. If the Liberals aren't serious about public transport they should drop the charade and get out of the way of those who are."


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