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Senate calls on Liberals to come clean on Freight Link

Scott Ludlam 12 Nov 2015

Today the Australian Senate passed a motion ordering the release of freight movement modelling for the proposed Perth Freight Link, and the impacts carcinogenic air pollution will have on surrounding communities.

"This motion compels the Minister for Infrastructure to release freight traffic estimates that supposedly justifies the whole Freight Link project. We understand that such modelling may have never even been conducted: it is up to the Government to make the facts known," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam.

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#estimates - Housing Policy

Scott Ludlam 23 Oct 2015


Senator LUDLAM: Senator McLucas may have already handled these questions in some detail. I am seeking some guidance from you as to whether under the shiny new Turnbull government we could expect any change in housing policy or implementation or resourcing or funding or anything at all.

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Colin Barnett should show up or give up: Greens

Scott Ludlam 6 Oct 2015

Despite seeking almost $1 billion dollars in federal funding for the Perth Freight Link, WA Premier Colin Barnett is refusing to appear at the Senate Inquiry hearing into the project on Wednesday.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder is refusing to appear.

The WA Department of Planning is refusing to appear.

Main Roads WA, the proponent of the project, are also refusing to appear before the Inquiry.

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Hunt Must Suspend Freight Link Assessment

Scott Ludlam 14 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens today have written to Environment Minister Greg Hunt urging him to suspend his assessment of the Roe Highway Extension Project until the WA Supreme Court action against the approval of the project is resolved.

An application for judicial review of the WA Environment Minister's decision to approve the project was lodged with the WA supreme court last Thursday, September 10.

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Greens release costings for capital gains tax reform

The Australian Greens have today released Parliamentary Budget Office costings that show removing structural unfairness in the tax system through the discount on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) could generate as much as $74 billion over the next ten years, rising to $127 billion when negative gearing reforms that have warped the housing market are taken into account.

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Greens call on government to end political cowardice over negative gearing

Scott Ludlam 15 Jul 2015

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Reserve Bank of Australia's call for a review of negative gearing and capital gains tax, with Senator Scott Ludlam today saying Joe Hockey should have a serious conversation about ending unnecessary and unfair tax breaks.

"The RBA's announcement sends a clear signal to Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott to get out of the way of a real discussion about structural unfairness in the tax system," Senator Ludlam, Australian Greens acting leader said.

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