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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 2011

CHAIR-Senator Ludlam does have some questions. We are trying to deal with local government at this time. Then we are going to go back to general questions and program 1.1. I gave Senator Joyce a bit of leeway. Senator Ludlam, you have the call-on local government.

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WA Travelsmart program

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
MONDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2011

Senator LUDLAM-Am I correct in believing that there was, at one stage, one Commonwealth FTE position that was coordinating the various state based TravelSmart projects, and I think I should correct you and say that the WA TravelSmart program was a lot more than a pilot project; it was quite extensive, and it has been adopted elsewhere. Is it the case that you did have someone in your employ who was coordinating that work and they have since been shuffled off and they are not doing that anymore?

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No to ‘strip search’ scanners – Greens

The Australian Greens have expressed strong concerns about Government plans to introduce virtual strip-search scanners at airports despite unresolved privacy and health issues.

Australian Greens legal affairs and public transport spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the backscatter x-ray machines had generated an international backlash after passengers realised staff were examining the revealing images produced.

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National freight strategy vital but climate and peak oil absent

The Australian Greens today welcomed Infrastructure Australia's first steps towards a coordinated national approach to freight planning, but called for a major shift in focus to take account of climate change and peak oil.

"Now that we are finally starting a process of coordinated national freight planning, surely that work has to focus on climate change and peak oil, with proper planning for a more efficient, low emissions future," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Urban planning, not urban sprawl

The Australian Greens have called for better planning and transport infrastructure to help avoid urban sprawl as the nation's population grows.

Greens public transport, housing and sustainable cities spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said authorities need to work together to plan sustainable cities.

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Keep tier 3 rail lines open

The Greens have warned that the proposed closure of 700km of grain rail lines in Western Australia will greatly increase traffic and make country roads less safe.

The Greens federal and state spokespeople for transport, Senator Scott Ludlam and MLC Alison Xamon, said the State Government's decision to close the tier 3 branch lines in the central Wheatbelt this year would place a huge strain on the roads.

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Taxi rank renovations just part of the solution - Greens

The Australian Greens have called for a comprehensive reform of Perth's transport infrastructure to help solve security and congestion problems.

WA Senator Scott Ludlam and member for WA's East Metropolitan region Alison Xamon said the State Government's planned $2million taxi rank renovation would not solve the city's late-night transport problems on its own, and backed the recent call from WA Nightclubs' Association president Simon Barwood for more frequent night trains.

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Australians want better public transport

The majority of Australians want to see public transport improved and it is time for governments to listen, say the Australian Greens.

Greens public transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said an extensive study by the Sydney University's Institute of Transport and Logistics found that 54 per cent of people around the nation believe investment in public transport is the highest priority for transport authorities, with only 22 per cent ranking roads as the top issue.

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