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John Anderson jumps on the Democrats' train.

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Senator Brian Greig Australian Democrats Spokesperson for Transport

22 May 2002 MEDIA RELEASE 02/258

John Anderson jumps on the Democrats’ Train The Australian Democrats congratulate the Government on its decision to adopt the Democrats’ Transport policy in devising the AusLink plan.

Democrats Transport spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, says it is ironic that the Government has taken on board the Transport initiatives the Democrats took to the last election.*

“The Democrats Ten Point Plan to bringing transport up to speed includes requiring road construction to compete for funding with other transport methods including rail,” Senator Greig said.

“At last the Government has recognised the futility of allowing road transport to dominate Australia’s travel and freight options.”

Democrats’ Land Transport Plan 2001 includes recommendations for an integrated national transport plan, and an additional $500 million investment in Australia’s rail network including track upgrading and straightening of the Sydney-Melbourne route.

“This one initiative would result in two million tonnes of freight being shifted from road transport to rail, the implementation of high speed tilt trains to run between Sydney and Melbourne and a cut of three hours in transit times for rail freight between the two cities,” Senator Greig said.

“This would also mean $1.5 billion saved in road repairs, air pollution, greenhouse gases and freight costs.

“The Democrats’ transport policy also includes reforms of road and rail access charges to better reflect the seven-fold greater social, economic and environmental cost of road freight transport over rail freight transport,” Senator Greig said.

*Democrats’ Land Transport Plan is located at :

Contacts: Senator Brian Greig, 08) 9228 3133 or Di Graham on 0417 177 523