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Greens push for Federal role in transport planning plus Richmond candidate media launch

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 8 Nov 2010

Federal Greens MPs have joined with their Victorian counterparts to announce new transport polices that would bring sustainability, coherence and long-term planning to state government's transport priorities.

Greens Senators Christine Milne and Scott Ludlam, Federal MP Adam Bandt and Victorian MLC Greg Barber joined with Greens Richmond candidate Kathleen Maltzahn at the intersection of Hoddle st and the Eastern Freeway today.

The Greens' Federated Transport Plan uses the power of Federal Government funding to enforce better transport planning and implementation at a state level and includes:
• Making long-range city and state-wide strategic transport sustainability plans a condition of transport funding and requiring Infrastructure Australia to set benchmarks and audit the plans;
• In conjunction with the states and territories, the establishment of a national transport research centre.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said "Getting people moving around cities like Melbourne faster, more conveniently, more sustainably and more cheaply is a challenge which needs to see the Federal and State governments working together.

"Only with proper coordinated planning can we get a truly sustainable solution that will work for people and the planet."

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said "These are important policy changes that have been backed by a Senate inquiry.

"The states and territories have given political support to long term planning as part of a COAG process but we want to see the Federal government get the ball rolling."

Greens Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, said "With more Greens elected in Victoria we will be able to do more to get good cooperative policies like these operating across the State and Federal levels of government."

Greens Richmond candidate Kathleen Maltzahn said "Infrastructure Australia is already signalling that its strong preference is to fund public transport. With these measures, the signals will only get stronger. Despite this, the Labor state government continues to submit bids for massive road tunnels."

"With the Greens' Public Transport Authority, Victoria will have a strong advocate to seek federal funding for Victoria's long-term public transport needs."

Senator Milne will also do a media launch of Kathleen Maltzahn, Greens Candidate for Richmond.

Kathleen Maltzahn has worked in the community sector since leaving school, including five years in the Philippines, and has a strong focus on social justice and the rights of the most vulnerable members of the community. Her leadership roles have included as Director of the East Timor Human Rights Centre, and as founding Director of Project Respect, an organisation that successfully campaigned against sexual slavery.

At Project Respect, she spearheaded the successful national campaign on trafficking, winning state and national legislative change, prosecutions of slave traders, and support for trafficking victims. She is the author of Trafficked, the first book-length account of trafficking in Australia (published in 2008).

She was a Greens councillor on Yarra council from 2004 to 2004, where she chaired the Disability Advisory Committee and Bike Advisory Committee. In 2007-2008, she chaired council's Finance and Human Services Committee.

Most recently, she was Executive Director of Women's Health In the North.

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