Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the State of the Environment Report is a poor report card on a government that has no plan to reverse the trends.
"Nearly every measure in this environment report card is down, except for greenhouse gases which are up," said Greg Barber MLC
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has released partially blanked-out government East West Toll Road documents showing the project is a dud, as he continued his VCAT battle today for transparency about the project.
"The documents show there is no tolling option that will pay for the road, so we will end up subsidising people to drive," said Greg Barber
"The traffic speed data in the package shows there won't be a demand for the toll road except for a small part of morning peak hour, so the government is considering induced demand and tolling roads that are currently free. The traffic volume data seems to contradict the government's statements about how many people will use the road.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says Labor's transport plan puts roads ahead of public transport on every page.
"Labor has confirmed they'll build the East West Toll Road and they won't build the superior alternative, which is Doncaster rail," said Greg Barber
"It seems only the Greens want a future for Melbourne based on investing in public transport."
"We fully support the Melbourne Metro rail project but there are other investments that will let us add more trains in the short term - like high capacity signalling. The Melbourne Metro train project is on the never never, because it depends on Tony Abbott having a change of heart."
"What's left is a roads plan. Roads, roads and more roads. Billions and billions on widening arterials, to push the traffic jam a bit further along the way. The best they are offering on rail is a review of the Liberal government's plan, after they're elected."
The Greens have released Lakes Oil operations plans for unconventional gas fracking on farms in the Bellarine and Otways regions, on the same day Parliament will debate a Greens motion to ban fracking. The plans were obtained by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber by freedom of information.
The Victorian Auditor-General has criticised the government's inability to plan for the impact of climate change and other critical statewide threats, in a report tabled in Victorian Parliament today.
"The government has no plan to shield Victoria from the economic risk of extreme weather events caused by climate change, let alone the risks to agriculture, health and the environment," said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber
"The Auditor-General reminds us there are assets worth more than $7 billion at risk of inundation from a one-in-100-year flood, with the CSIRO warning of climate disruption, but the government doesn't have a climate change plan.
On Christmas Eve 2012 a young man was approached by Protective Services Officers (PSOs) and asked for his ticket as he left the train at Broadmeadows Station. What happened next is captured in CCTV footage and a number of Victoria Police documents obtained over a period of months under Freedom of Information by Greg Barber MLC.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says that Labor and the Liberals have no commitment to building Doncaster Rail, after a vote in Victorian state parliament yesterday.
"I moved a motion that funds for development of Doncaster Rail be immediately allocated. In the debate. Labor said they were in 'two minds' about the project, but voted for my motion anyway. The Libs now say the project, which they promised to build at the 2010 election, is now decades away," said Greg Barber
"I thought we were making progress on Doncaster Rail, when the Liberals backed our policy at the last state election. Now I can see we are going to have to fight it all over again at next years election," said Mr Barber
"They used averages of all the trains across the sample studied. Individual trains could have over 1100 passengers, well in excess of the 798 benchmark, but the average train is found not to be overcrowded."
"They only looked at overcrowding at city-edge stations, ignoring how far out the overcrowding extends, which leads to some people standing up as long as half an hour before they get a seat."
"They also excluded any train that was overcrowded because of a train being late or an earlier train being cancelled."
Parks Victoria's latest Annual Report tabled in Parliament today shows that the equivalent of 70 full time staff lost their jobs in 2012-13 (966 in June 2013, down from 1036 in June 2012).*
"Staff numbers will continue to drop with the next round of redundancies that started this financial year," Mr Barber said. "This includes park rangers who care for our most precious ecological assets."