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Thursday, 15 October 2015
Page: 7770


Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:05): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Federal Government is contributing substantial funding to the WestConnex Motorway despite no business case being released,

(ii) the Environmental Impact Statement for the M4 East Tunnel shows it will be at capacity by 2031,

(iii) irreparable damage would be done to the Haberfield conservation area with hundreds of people forced from their homes and many heritage houses slated for demolition,

(iv) asbestos waste is being removed from the M5 interchange site in St Peters,

(v) removal of that asbestos waste is continuing without any environmental impact statement having been released, and

(vi) local residents have collected evidence that safety regulations are being breached in relation to the removal of the asbestos waste; and

(b) calls on the Government to hold current and future scheduled federal payments to the WestConnex project until the full business case is made public and proper community consultation and planning approvals are complete.