World-class public transport must become a key component of nation building in the age of climate change and peak oil, and today the Australian Greens have launched a Senate Inquiry to begin the process.
Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam gave advance notice of the Inquiry today in the Senate and will formally move it tomorrow. "This is the first time this has ever been done," said Greens public transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.
"Building a Green Australia, responding to climate change, and shock-proofing our community against the impacts of peak oil all rely on properly investing in the nation's public transport."
"The Greens are initiating an audit of all public transport in Australia and an assessment of its' many benefits. Australia needs to clearly understand what public transport exists, what condition it is in, where the gaps are, and what can be done to increase its usage in the community."
The result will be a comprehensive snapshot of public transport in Australia, and a blueprint for action for the Government to begin making a major investment in public transport.