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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Page: 1484

Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (15:55): I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 13 June 2014:

(a) the decision of the Australian Government to fund the East West Link in Melbourne in the absence of:

(i) any full business case, and

(ii) any recommendation to that effect from Infrastructure Australia;

(b) the economic, social and environmental justifications for the proposed East West Link;

(c) whether alternative projects, including public transport projects, would be more appropriate;

(d) the impacts of the proposed East West Link on:

(i) residents of Melbourne,

(ii) traffic congestion, including in areas adjacent to the link,

(iii) public transport,

(iv) open spaces and parkland,

(v) the environment,

(vi) climate change and Australia's greenhouse gas pollution, and

(vii) any social and cultural features of Melbourne; and

(e) any other related matter.