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Road funding in Federal budget

Senator Ludlam asked:
Is the Minister aware that the planning documents submitted for the proposed F3 Freeway extension assume +22% to +59% traffic growths in 10 years?

See response to BITRE 03 (4) attached.
[NBII 77 - Attachment]

Senator Ludlam asked:
Does the Minister consider these projections plausible in the light of the WEO document and related sources?

See response to BITRE 03 (5) attached.
[NBII 78 - Attachment]

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Time to catch up on public transport

The report on the Senate Inquiry into Public Transport tabled today recognised a multitude of reasons why public transport is a vital part of our nations' infrastructure and that its significance will grow in the years ahead.

"The risk is that this report will join the many others in the recent past to have made similar recommendations, while governments' State and Federal carry on building obsolete infrastructure for an age that has passed," said Australian Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam.

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Remarks on Public Transport Senate Inquiry

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (3.34pm)-I want to make a couple of brief remarks. I initiated the inquiry of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee into public transport on the last sitting day of last year. I am really quite pleased to see the report come to fruition, after eight or nine months of work. It is a valuable contribution to the debate on public transport and we certainly welcome it. Australian cities, with a few notable examples, are still getting by on the public transport investments that we made several generations ago.

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Melbourne Rail Link

Senator Ludlam asked:
I refer to the Melbourne rail link, the largest single rail funding commitment announced in the 2009/10 Budget, and ask:
1. Can the Minister outline his understanding of the origins of this proposal?
2. Is the Minister aware that the original proposal was peer reviewed by Mr Ed Dotson, and is the Minister familiar with this review?
3. Is the Minister aware that Mr Dotson outlined serious concerns in relation to this proposal, and if so, can the Minister describe the nature of these concerns?

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Car Fringe Benefits Tax

Concerning tax expenditure D24 relating to the concessionary taxation of car fringe benefits by the statutory formula method (2008 Tax Expenditures Statement, p163):

1. How are the tax expenditure amounts estimated and what are the input data used? Please give details of the data used relating to the years shown in the 2008 Tax Expenditures Statement.

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Directions 2031 shows promise: Greens

Australian Greens Sustainable Cities’ Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam has offered cautious support to the WA Government’s 'Directions 2031' draft plan for Perth.

“It’s wonderful breath of fresh air to hear a Minister from the current State Government use the words ‘public transport’ as something he thinks we should have more of,” Senator Ludlam said.

“Recently, we hadn’t seen much evidence of that.

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Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (6.03 pm)-Climate change is one of the main issues that brought me into this place. It was one of the reasons that I got involved in politics. It was one of the reasons I chose to run for the Senate. So it is with a great deal of sadness that I am rising to deliver this speech. This must be a bad piece of legislation indeed for the parliament's strongest advocates of a response to climate change to be voting it down. The package of Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme bills that is before us fails the test of consistency with climate science.

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