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TRANSPORT—VICTORIA—EAST WEST LINK

Senator Kroger, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1263—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Melbourne is suffering from a traffic congestion problem across the city and particularly on the Eastern Freeway and the Monash-CityLink-West Gate corridor,


  (ii) without better infrastructure, this problem will worsen as Melbourne is experiencing the largest growth of all capital cities,

  (iii) by 2020 it is estimated by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics that the cost of traffic congestion in Melbourne will be $6.1 billion, double what it is today, and

  (iv) as well as being an economic cost, congestion impacts on quality of life, including time spent with family;

 (b) recognises that:

  (i) the Victorian Government has proposed the development of an East West Link which would provide an alternate route across the city by connecting the Eastern Freeway with the Western Ring Road,

  (ii) this East West Link would have significant benefits for Melbourne and Australia, as it would:

   (A) relieve bottle necks on the Eastern, Monash and West Gate Freeways and provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge,

   (B) improve freight efficiency by catering for growth at the ports of Melbourne and Hastings and increase productivity by improving travel time reliability for freight,

   (C) enhance Victoria's competitive advantage globally, improve the key industry centres and support the knowledge precinct in Carlton and Parkville,

   (D) complete missing links between freeways to alleviate congestion and ensure travel time reliability for families and freight, and

   (E) reduce travel times, particularly for residents in Melbourne's east and west who travel to Melbourne to work, and

  (iii) the Federal Coalition has committed $1.5 billion towards the construction of the East West Link; and

 (c) calls on the Australian Government to match the commitment of the Federal Coalition towards the construction of the East West link as a vital piece of economic infrastructure for Melbourne.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ruston

Ryan

Scullion

Sinodinos

Smith

Williams


NOES, 37

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Carr, Kim

Collins

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Lines

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Question negatived.

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