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25    Transport—Victoria—East West Link

Senator Rice, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 893—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   Australia suffered a severe underfunding of public transport under the Abbott Government,

                 (ii)   the former Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, labelled the 2014 Victorian election as a ‘referendum on the East West Link’, and that there was a change of government in Victoria because of that election, and

                (iii)   the Turnbull Government has this week [11 to 17 October 2015] labelled the East West Link toll road as ‘indispensable and inevitable’, and included it in a publicly-released list of their priority infrastructure projects for Victoria; 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 the Melbourne Metro Rail project.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Brown

Lambie

McKim

Rice

Bullock

Lines

McLucas

Siewert

Cameron

Ludlam

Moore

Simms

Collins

Ludwig

O’Neill

Singh

Dastyari

Madigan

Peris

Urquhart

Di Natale

Marshall

Polley

Waters

Gallacher

McAllister

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

McEwen (Teller)

 

 

 

NOES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Day

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Back

Edwards

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Bernardi

Fawcett

Macdonald

Ryan

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKenzie

Seselja

Canavan

Heffernan

Muir

Sinodinos

Cash

Johnston

Nash

Smith

Colbeck

Lazarus

Parry

Wang

 

 

Question negatived.