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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Moore amended business of the Senate notice of motion no. 9 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2014:

The role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes, with particular reference to:

 (a) the need for an integrated approach across road and rail in addressing congestion in cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth;

 (b) the social and environmental benefits of public transport projects compared to road infrastructure projects such as WestConnex and the East West Link;

 (c) the national significance of public transport;


 (d) the relationship between public transport and building well-functioning cities;

 (e) the decision of the Federal Government to refuse to fund public transport projects;

 (f) the impact on user charges arising from requiring states to fund public transport projects; and

 (g) any related matter.

Senator Rhiannon, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 After paragraph (f), insert:

 (fa) why motorway development in the last decade has received higher levels of federal and state government funding compared with public transport; and

Statement by leave: Senator Rhiannon, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Main question put and passed.