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Perth light rail on the horizon at last

 

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has welcomed Premier Colin Barnett's announcement to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that electrified light rail should be built in Perth within the next decade.

 

Senator Ludlam, who has been campaigning for light rail to enhance and complement Perth's existing public transport system for more than three years, hopes Mr Barnett will now put his Infrastructure Australia submission where his mouth is.

 

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

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.

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Sydney Airport Master Plan Air Pollution

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-You may look at it. The master plan expresses air pollution in a different format to the previous master plan in the third runway EIS. I am not a specialist in this area particularly. Can you talk us through the difference in methodology that has been used to assess urban air pollution in the area? What was the reasoning for the change in methodology between one plan and the next?

Mr Doherty-That is not an issue that anyone at the table could deal with, from memory.

Senator LUDLAM-Is that a fair characterisation of the situation?

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CASA: Flight Deck Duty Times

Question No.: CASA 12
Division/Agency: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Topic: Flight Deck duty times
Hansard Page/s: 93 (27/05/10)

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-I am not sure if what I am talking about is prescriptive, but it seems to be a different reading of the rule book. One says that your clock starts when you arrive and the other says that the clock starts when the plane starts moving. This can lead to discrepancies of some period of hours.

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Green Car Innovation Fund for heavy vehicles

Question No.: ISTP 41
Division/Agency: Infrastructure and Surface Transport Policy
Hansard Page/s: Written Question

Senator Ludlam asked:

What if any similar measures to the Green Car Innovation Fund can be made available for the development of green and innovative vehicle technologies for the heavy vehicle sector, in particular public transport vehicles?

Answer:

There are no expenditure programs in this portfolio for the development of vehicle technologies for light or heavy vehicles, including public transport vehicles.

 

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Australian Transport Council: Visibility of Strategically Important Data

Question No.: ISTP 44
Division/Agency: Infrastructure and Surface Transport Policy

Senator Ludlam asked:

What is the progress on the actions agreed to by the ATC on the "visibility of strategically important data?"

Answer:

The Australian Transport Council (ATC) has given the Network Performance Standing Sub-Committee, a group of senior officials who report directly to the Standing Committee on Transport, overall responsibility for oversight of this project.

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