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Coalition's public transport hole in SEQ road funding.

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Senator Andrew Bartlett Deputy Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Environment & Animal Welfare

Dated: 05 November 2007 Portfolio: Environment & Animal Welfare

Coalition's public transport hole in SEQ road funding

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett has slammed Coalition plans to fund more roads in south-east Queensland while ignoring the pressing need to urgently fund public transport initiatives.

"The Coalition's plan to fund the Northern Link tunnel is a particularly short-sighted option that will just put more cars on the road through the inner-city," Senator Bartlett said.

"There is no doubt that there are federally funded roads in Queensland that urgently need attention and funding, but pouring huge amounts of money into new projects that are just going to funnel more cars into inner-city Brisbane is ludicrous.

“If we are to have any hope of meeting greenhouse reduction targets, we have to start making a major shift away from our current patterns of car usage.”

"Money on new infrastructure will be locking in outmoded, failed methods of infrastructure for decades to come, making necessary change that much harder.

"I agree with the RACQ's assessment that while the earmarked $5.2 billion is welcome money, there should be a proper plan in place, and I strongly suggest that this include an urgent expansion of our stretched public transport network.

"Since Queensland is meant to be the Smart State, it's about time our Federal Government started earmarking federal funds to be used on smart, sustainable and appropriate transport initiatives," Senator Bartlett said.