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18    Transport—Victoria—Port Rail Shuttle Project

Senator Rice, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 939—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Federal Government committed $38 million of Commonwealth funds to the Port Rail Shuttle project in Victoria,

                 (ii)   the Port Rail Shuttle project would create a rail connection between the Port of Melbourne and three inland ports, reducing diesel use and pollution from Victorian containerised freight movements and removing up to 3 500 trucks from residential streets in Melbourne’s west every day,

                (iii)   the Victorian Government has put this project on indefinite hold citing delays due to potential privatisation of the port, and

                (iv)   the Port of Melbourne Authority, together with the Victorian Government, are well placed, and have the relevant expertise and independent advice, to progress the Port Rail Shuttle project without delay; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to urgently seek action from the Victorian Government to proceed with implementing the Port Rail Shuttle project, regardless of the status of the Port of Melbourne ownership or lease arrangements.

Statements by leave : Senator Moore, the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) and Senator Rice, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.