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27    Transport—Victoria—Rail and Road Infrastructure

Senator Muir, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 914—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   there is a political stalemate between the Federal Government and the Victorian State Government in relation to the East West Link,

                 (ii)   there is approximately $1.5 billion in unspent allocations to the East West Link,

                (iii)   evidence presented to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry into aspects of road safety in Australia by the National Rural Health Alliance demonstrated that those who live outside the major cities make up 30 per cent of the population and 52 per cent of deaths due to land transport accidents,

                (iv)   rural roads play a vital role in putting food on city tables and bringing resources to urban areas,

                 (v)   the annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia is enormous - estimated at $27 billion per annum - and the social impacts are devastating,

                (vi)   many rural roads are in dangerously poor condition and in desperate need of repair,

               (vii)   some local councils in Victoria do not have the necessary funding to fully maintain the extensive road networks in their electorate due to proposed rate caps and the federal freeze in financial assistance grants,

              (viii)   a life in rural and regional Australia is just as important as a life in urban Australia,

                (ix)   until there is a change of Victorian State Government or a change in Federal Government, a resolution to the East West Link is unlikely, and

                 (x)   there is a strong need in Victoria to invest in rail and road infrastructure in order to ease congestion and improve productivity into the future; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to withdraw the allocation of federal funding set aside for the East West Link and to reallocate this funding to projects to improve rural road infrastructure.

Statements by leave : Senator Muir, the Assistant Cabinet Secretary (Senator Ryan) and Senators Rice and Moore, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ruston

Back

Fifield

McKenzie

Ryan

Bernardi

Heffernan

Muir

Scullion

Birmingham

Johnston

Nash

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Lazarus

Parry

Smith

Canavan

Lindgren

Payne

Wang

Colbeck

Macdonald

Reynolds

Williams

Day

Madigan

Ronaldson

Xenophon

Edwards

 

 

 

NOES, 29

Senators—

Bilyk

Gallagher

McKim

Siewert

Brown

Hanson-Young

McLucas

Simms

Bullock

Ketter

Moore

Singh

Cameron

Ludlam

O’Neill

Sterle

Collins

Ludwig

Polley

Urquhart

Dastyari

McAllister

Rhiannon

Waters

Di Natale

McEwen (Teller)

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

 

 

 

Question agreed to.