East West Link benefits who?


Mr TEE (Eastern Metropolitan)—I welcome the opportunity to move:
   That this house—
     (1) notes that the business case for the proposed east–west link, ordered by the resolution of the Council on 11 December 2013 to be tabled in the Council by 19 February 2014, has not been received by the Council;
     (2) notes the letter of 19 February 2014 from the Minister for Roads in response to the Council’s resolution did not include the business case or any commitment to release the business case;
     (3) affirms the privileges, immunities and powers conferred on the Council pursuant to section 19 of the Constitution Act 1975;
     (4) affirms the need to protect the high standing of Parliament and to ensure that the Council may properly discharge its duties and responsibilities; and
     (5) requires the Leader of the Government to table by 6May 2014 a copy of the business case for the proposed east–west link.


Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- When Mr Tee finished talking about how bad the proposed east-west toll road will be I was even more convinced than I was before hearing him that this is a bad project for Victoria. What I am not sure about is why, if he can articulate so clearly how this project will not stack up environmentally, socially or economically, he would want to build it.

Greens call for Altona Loop feasibility study funds ahead of community forum

"Last week Premier Napthine announced $2-2.5 billion for public transport in the eastern suburbs. This is on back of the $8 billion earmarked for the 6km East-West link tollway,"  said Greens MP For the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.

"The Western Suburbs community has not forgotten the Liberal's 2 key election commitments to "Not neglect the West" and to "Fix Public Transport"."

"Distracted by their marginal seats and friends in the East, these commitments seem to have been erased from their memory. But not from ours." 

Labor's transport plan puts roads ahead of public transport on every page

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."

Get your dirty deluded toll-road out of our neighbourhoods

Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has vowed to fight to keep the Napthine government's dirty deluded toll-road our of the quiet neighbourhoods of Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds.

Ms Hartland says that todays East-West link announcement means the quiet suburbs of Ascot Vale and Moonee ponds will be inundated with traffic from the proposed East-West toll-road with wide-ranging negative consequences. 

"This proposed East-West toll road is a disaster at every corner and it just turned the corner into Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds today," said Ms Hartland.

Public the loser with broken transport promises


Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am going to sit down and make a list of all the public transport promises that have ever been made in all of the various transport and land use plans of the last 20 years, because I think there have probably been more broken promises on public transport than those that have actually been delivered. Famous examples include of course Doncaster rail -- promised by a whole succession of governments and now, according to this one, some time away, decades from now -- and my favourite, the Labor promise for an inner city SmartBus on Hoddle Street and along Brunswick Road, which it un-promised in the following version of the plan.

Yes, no, maybe: LibLabs all over the place on Doncaster Rail

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

Greens motion to fund Doncaster Rail



Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I move:

That this house calls on the Napthine government to immediately allocate funding for development of the Doncaster rail line.

Napthine's overcrowded trains figures fudged

Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber has accused the Victorian government of fudging the numbers to hide Melbourne's growing train overcrowding problem.

"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."

Greens stand with Moonee Valley residents against East-West tollway


Speech by Colleen Hartland in Parliament

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. Last weekend I attended a community information session on the impacts of the proposed east–west link tollway, hosted by Moonee Valley City Council. I thank the council for doing this and bringing together a great deal of very informative information.

The attendees talked about the potential impacts on Moonee Valley, including:

Growth areas need public transport, not just plans


Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I seek to speak on a very interesting and important report that has been tabled by the Auditor-General today called Developing Transport Infrastructure and Services for Population Growth Areas. It is an absolutely damning indictment of a succession of governments, both Labor and Liberal, and how they have neglected the outer suburbs while quite willingly pocketing all the stamp duty from the house sales. It is clear that bodies such as Public Transport Victoria and recently the Growth Areas Authority not only do not take their obligations to provide public transport in these new suburbs seriously but are not even monitoring the extent to which they are failing, and it has taken the Auditor-General to tell us this.