Election: Greens push Regional Rail Agenda

 
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
On Aunty ABC Just In



The Greens have unveiled plans to boost regional rail infrastructure by moving freight off roads and onto trains.

The party wants to end the subsidisation of B-double truck registrations and invest the money in the Australian Rail Track Corporation to help create more jobs.

The federal election policy has been unveiled in Dubbo by the Greens' candidates for Calare and Parkes, Jeremy Buckingham and Matt Parmeter.

The party's New South Wales Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon says redirecting the money into rail freight would provide a huge boost to regional economies.

"We would be seeing rail hubs, where you have the maintenance of the rail, hopefully in time we can also have the rail manufacturing in more regional centres," she said.

"We need to make the 21st century the century of rail transport. That holds great future for NSW in terms of economic benefits as well as environmental benefits."

She says taking money away from the trucking industry won't lead to job losses.

"The Greens are very committed that there are no job losses in the programs that we advance," she said.

"The Greens' policy of shifting subsidies for freight movement from road to rail would certainly help to return to a situation where more of our regional centres are based around rail developments. The jobs growth there would be huge."
"Aunty ABC News"

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  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
Do the Greens know that there's life past Northcote and Balmain?
  Speed Minister for Railways

Even if there is a federal election coming, this seems to be a New South Wales issue.

A member of the New South Wales Legislative Council (save the recent expenses transgression) is calling for a couple of new rail-hubs in rural New South Wales.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Do the Greens know that there's life past Northcote and Balmain?
"Sir Thomas Bent"

Probably about as much as the Nationals realise there's a real world beyond the next paddock.
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Ah the Greens.  Every election they have so much potential but then give their preferences to Labor and lose 50% of the votes they might have got from the "doctors' wives" and Liberal leaning demographics that want to be 'green' but would never vote Labor.  It's a funny old world.

Why give anyone preferences anyway?  (a whole 'nother issue)
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
Do the Greens know that there's life past Northcote and Balmain?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


It do look a bit insular and inward looking.
  LamontCranston Chief Commissioner

Why the snideness Thomas? This is a policy for regional NSW & Australia.

Ah the Greens.  Every election they have so much potential but then give their preferences to Labor and lose 50% of the votes they might have got from the "doctors' wives" and Liberal leaning demographics that want to be 'green' but would never vote Labor.  It's a funny old world.

Why give anyone preferences anyway?  (a whole 'nother issue)
"Warks"

Meanwhile Labor does everything it can to prevent them winning and so we end up with a Family First senator...

The Victorian Greens public transport policy:
http://www.thepeopleplan.org.au/
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059

Ah the Greens.  Every election they have so much potential but then give their preferences to Labor and lose 50% of the votes they might have got from the "doctors' wives" and Liberal leaning demographics that want to be 'green' but would never vote Labor.  It's a funny old world.

Why give anyone preferences anyway?  (a whole 'nother issue)
"Warks"


Meanwhile Labor does everything it can to prevent them winning and so we end up with a Family First senator...

/
"LamontCranston"


Yes it's a strange, sad relationship.
  doridori Chief Commissioner

The Greens are that progressive, that today, they are further right and less liberal than the Labour Party was in the 80's.
A period of the rise of one prominent and generally popular Prime Minister and the birth of another !

If they didn't automatically throw their preferences to the lesser right and curtailed their environmental policies a bit, they would be a serious force to reckon with.
Perhaps a Green-Democrat coalition would breathe much needed fresh air into the Democrats and bring the Greens just that much more right and progressive to be taken seriously as an option ?
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
They are still the Greens and they are still intending to ban too many things. The idea is good but don't ever vote for them. Instead use it as a lever to convince your favourite major party.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
They are still the Greens and they are still intending to ban too many things.
"GrahamH"

I heard they plan to take and devour your first born as part of their campaign for a more sustainable population Razz
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
Do the Greens know that there's life past Northcote and Balmain?
"Sir Thomas Bent"

Probably about as much as the Nationals realise there's a real world beyond the next paddock.
"bingley hall"
They sort of balance each other out; the Nationals are as scared of them city folks as the Greens are of anywhere that they can't cycle to from Fitzroy or Newtown.
  LamontCranston Chief Commissioner

Have the Nationals responded to this?
They're supposed to be the Party of Rural Australia, and they seem to go in for particularly ridiculous smears against the Greens.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Do the Greens know that there's life past Northcote and Balmain?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


At least the Green's have a competing policy to Labour which is more than we have received from the Liberals.

Regards
Brian
  Brian 2009 Chief Commissioner

Location: N.S.W.
Gidday,

Just build more Hub's like the one just out of parkes and that will keep the Greens happy.
A new one will be built at Charlton in Qld soon.

Regards,
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I heard that the Green's leader Bob Brown was advocating for High Speed Rail.
  Johnny_Walton Railcorp Crash Test Dummy No.1

Location: Flemington Maintenance Centre
Myself,

I reckon the first train to but back would be any or all of the fuel trains?
Since they stopped all of the surplus fuel wagons have been squeezed into any sidings with space.
Sandown is looking very crowded.
If these wagons are allowed to stagnate too long they would probobly loose whatever safety certifications they need to have.

Jono.
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
I heard that the Green's leader Bob Brown was advocating for High Speed Rail.
"GeoffreyHansen"


Hi Geoffrey,

That was several months ago, I think.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
They are still the Greens and they are still intending to ban too many things.
"GrahamH"

I heard they plan to take and devour your first born as part of their campaign for a more sustainable population Razz
"bingley hall"

So did my other 13 kids. I'm sure any Greens will be assisted in their dream of helping to enrich the trees in the forest.   Laughing
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Sydney-Melb fast rail priority: Greens

The Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne corridor should be the priority of a study on a high-speed rail line, the Australian Greens say.

The Sydney to Newcastle focus of the study should be switched to the feasibility of a very fast train link between the NSW capital and Melbourne via Canberra, Greens leader Bob Brown says.


This sounds like a really sensible approach.  High Speed rail between the two largest cities must be the starting point for Australia.

"That's a very good measure of how high-speed rail is going to work best," he told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

"It's between the two biggest cities in this nation."

Arguably it would be cheaper per kilometre than Sydney-Newcastle, Senator Brown said.

That's because of the likely cost of cutting through the Hawkesbury sandstone canyons.

The Sydney-Melbourne corridor was a more logical choice for a very fast train.

"High speed rail - and China's now got trains moving at over 500 km/h - requires straight lines and that's something that the Melbourne-Sydney link is wide open to providing," Senator Brown said.

On Tuesday, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said AECOM Australia would finish a $20 million study by July into possible routes for a fast train between southeast Queensland to Sydney and on to Melbourne.

Potential locations for stations, transport times and costs of journey would be assessed by the study.

© 2011 AAP


--Bill

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