Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam today described Tony Abbott's vow to axe Federal funding for rail projects, including $500 million for WA, as "deliberate public transport vandalism".
"After five years, Premier Colin Barnett finally got on board with the Greens Light Rail proposal. Then the Federal Government committed half a billion dollars. Now Tony Abbott is threatening the lot.
"Perth commuters are desperate for alternatives to traffic jams and rising petrol costs. We have solutions in sight, but not if Tony Abbott is Prime Minister.
"Mr Abbott has made it clear - he can't be trusted with transport policy, he can't be trusted with urban planning, and he can't be trusted with the environment. A strong Greens presence in the Senate is needed to guard against this wrecking ball.
"In the meantime I wonder whether Premier Barnett might ask his Federal colleague to back off and let Western Australians get on with the task of reducing car dependence."