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Jul 31, 2018

Media Release – Labor will Deliver Frankston to Baxter Rail Upgrade – Tuesday, 31 July 2018

A Shorten Labor Government will move quickly to deliver the much-needed Frankston to Baxter Rail Upgrade, building on the significant investment the Andrews Labor Government has made in Frankston infrastructure.

Federal Labor is an advocate of the electrification and duplication of the Stony Point Line to Baxter to improve train services for commuters across Dunkley and on the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2016, Federal Labor committed funding for a business case to ensure the project could proceed as soon as possible upon the election of a Federal Labor Government.

Currently thousands of Dunkley and Peninsula residents drive and park at Frankston, Kananook or Seaford stations because the Metro line service ends at Frankston.

A Federal Labor Government will electrify and duplicate the track to Baxter, giving commuters better access to high quality public transport and park-and-ride options

The project will reduce travelling times, increase capacity and above all, get commuters home earlier so they can spend more time with their families.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the project was part of Labor’s commitment to increase public transport services around the nation, including between capital cities and regional centres.

“In 2013 the incoming Coalition Government cancelled all Federal investment in public transport projects that were not already under construction because it does not understand the daily needs of Australians,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“Playing catch up, the Liberals have now put $225 million on the table for the Baxter project, but none of that money is available in 2018-2019.  In fact, over 70 per cent of the Liberal’s promised funding won’t flow for at least another four years.

“Delivery of this project is off on the Never Never.

“Labor will do better.”

Federal Labor will work with and build on the current State Labor Government investments in level crossing removals, Frankston Station Precinct redevelopment and Chisholm TAFE redevelopment.  In the past five years the Federal Liberals’ haven’t contribute to one single major project in Frankston.

Labor understands that governments must invest in both roads and urban passenger rail if we are to meet the needs of our growing population and make up for the Coalition’s inaction.

The Labor candidate for Dunkley, Peta Murphy, said Labor does not just talk about infrastructure projects, we deliver them.

“Only a Federal Labor Government will make sure that the extension of the line to Baxter, benefiting residents in Frankston and the Peninsula, becomes a reality”, said Ms Murphy.

Jul 27, 2018

Media Release – Return of Local Planning Controls in Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Welcomed

I welcome today’s announcement by the NSW Government that the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy will not be gazetted and that the Government will work with Councils to plan the growth of the corridor instead.
 
I have engaged with the Inner West Council and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts to help secure this result and congratulate them both for coming to an agreement. 
 
Genuine collaboration between levels of Government and community engagement is at the centre of Federal Labor’s City Partnerships Policy I announced earlier this month at the Sydney Institute as the Shadow Minister for Cities. 
 
Today’s announcement enables the engagement in planning of the Inner West and Canterbury Bankstown Councils which these communities have campaigned strongly for.
 
City Partnerships would enable us to unlock the potential of our cities by bringing together all levels of government, the private sector and community in a way that is meaningful so that we achieve genuine structural change.
 
Today’s decision will help restore the trust we need to ensure this sort of bottom up collaboration between local and state government in the inner west and Canterbury-Bankstown.
 
The simple fact is the Sydenham to Bankstown strategy as it previously stood has been a catalyst for the worst kind of developer imposed rezoning proposals. 
 
Mirvac’s proposal for a 35 storey development, on a flood plain, in the Carrington Road Precinct in Marrickville, showed the harm of a top down approach and galvanised the community to forcefully oppose it.
 
Getting processes right provides us with the best opportunity to deal with this head on and ensure our cities are productive, sustainable and liveable, which is why today’s outcome is so important.

I congratulate all of the community activists who have fought to achieve this win.

Jul 27, 2018

Federal and State Labor Join Forces to Deliver Riverwood Commuter Car Parking

A Shorten Federal Labor Government will partner with a Foley State Labor Government to build a $17 million multi-story commuter carpark at Riverwood Train Station.

The Federal funding is part of Labor’s $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs.

Riverwood Train Station services commuters from Riverwood, Lugarno, Peakhurst and Peakhurst Heights and is located on the busy Airport Line.

Its existing open-air carpark is too small to meet growing demand, forcing commuters to park on surrounding roads as far as 1km away.

Federal and State Labor will each contribute $8.5 million to this important project.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said Labor understood the way in which population growth was placing increased pressure on the public transport system.

“We’ll invest in better public transport across the country, but also in expanding parking facilities so commuters can catch their trains and get to work with a minimum of fuss.

“The parking mayhem on Riverwood streets not only means commuters miss their trains, but locals living near the station have cars parked across their driveway or on their footpath.

“Labor has listened and we are committed to fixing this mess.”

Deputy State Labor Leader and Shadow Planning and Infrastructure Minister Michael Daley said the Riverwood Station had been grossly neglected in the 8 years of the Baird-Berejiklian Government.

“While the Libs love posturing about the need for upgraded parking at Riverwood Train Station on Facebook, they simply aren’t delivering,’’ Mr Daley said.

“Only Labor will make sure locals get the parking they urgently need.”

Federal Labor candidate for Banks Chris Gambian said people in Peakhurst, Lugarno and Riverwood needed governments that would build the local infrastructure people needed to live better lives.

“Our community has been taken for granted by the Turnbull-Abbott Government,’’ Mr Gambian said.

“As a Labor Member for our area I will be part of a Government that listens, plans and delivers for our community.”

Labor candidate for the state seat of Oatley, Lucy Mannering, said that the carpark was desperately needed.

“Every day when I’m doorknocking in Peakhurst or talking to commuters in Riverwood, I hear about the traffic chaos in our community,’’ Ms Mannering said.

“The Liberal party has had eight long years to act and they’ve done nothing. Only Labor will fix this problem.”

Jul 26, 2018

Media Release – Labor will back Expansion of Car Parking Facilities at Narangba Train Station – Thursday, 26 July 2018

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $5 million towards the expansion of Narangba Train Station’s parking facility to help overcome the growing shortage of car spots.

This critical local project is part of Federal Labor’s $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs, such as train stations.

Each weekday an average of 559 vehicles park at Narangba Station.

But the existing car park has capacity for only 387 vehicles, meaning commuters rushing to catch their train to work are forced to park further away from the station in surrounding streets.

Expanded parking facilities will relieve pressure at the station, which serves the communities of Narangba, Deception Bay, Burpengary and North Lakes.

Federal Labor’s Park and Ride Fund will provide real, practical support for communities struggling with the effects of traffic congestion, which is eroding our quality of life and acting as a hand brake on productivity and economic growth.

By contrast, the Turnbull Government has no traffic congestion strategy.

Indeed, it is making the problem worse by cutting public transport investment and refusing to back Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project, which will expand the capacity of the rail network right across South East Queensland.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Anthony Albanese, said Federal Labor would invest in public transport, including Cross River Rail.

“We’ll also work with other levels of government to deliver practical measures to help commuters get to work with a minimum of fuss, including through our new Park and Ride Fund,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“Public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself. It’s also about the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work for local residents.’’

Labor’s candidate for Saturday’s Longman by-election, Susan Lamb, said Narangba residents had made it clear to her that action was needed to improve parking facilities at the train station.

“Labor is listening and acting,’’ Ms Lamb said.

“It’s hard enough commuting to the city each day for work without having to drive around in circles trying to find a parking spot.’’

The Narangba investment follows news last week that Federal Labor will provide $4 million to improve parking facilities around the Mango Hill train station, also on Brisbane’s northside.

Jul 23, 2018

Media Release – By-elections Offer Chance to Send Turnbull Government a Message on Infrastructure – Monday, 23 July, 2018

By supporting Labor’s Patrick Gorman and Josh Wilson at this Saturday’s by-elections in the electorates of Perth and Fremantle voters can send Malcolm Turnbull a message that he must immediately reverse his cuts to Federal investment in Western Australia’s infrastructure.

This year’s Budget Papers revealed that over the next four years, the Turnbull Government plans to cut the amount of Federal infrastructure grants going to WA by two thirds, from $1.2 billion to $411 million.

And while the Government did commit to a number of new projects in the 2018 Budget, more than half of the funding for those projects won’t flow until 2022-23 at the earliest.

In other words, West Australians would have to re-elect Malcolm Turnbull not once, but twice more before he will deliver the investment needed to tackle Perth’s worsening traffic congestion.

Investment on the Never-Never is not good enough.

In the absence of a sustained investment in Perth’s road and public transport infrastructure, the annual cost of traffic congestion will increase substantially over the coming decades.

That’s why Federal Labor has already committed to delivering a range of transformative projects.

This includes $700 million to build the Morley to Ellenbrook rail line, a key component of the METRONET project. That’s $200 million more than what Mr Turnbull is offering.

We are also committed to work with the McGowan Labor Government to deliver, as soon as possible, other METRONET projects, including the Byford Line Extension and the Midland Station and Bellevue Extension.

In addition, we will upgrade the City’s road network with projects such as the Leach Highway-Welshpool Road Intersection Upgrade, Mitchell Freeway Extension, Stephenson Road Extension, and Tonkin Highway Extension.

In this Saturday’s by-elections, the choice is clear.  A vote for Josh Wilson in Fremantle and Patrick Gorman in Perth will make Malcolm Turnbull understand that his cuts are unacceptable and his Government needs to invest in the infrastructure that will make Perth an even more productive, sustainable and liveable city.

The long-term national interest demands nothing less.

 

Jul 17, 2018

Media Release – Labor to Support Commuter Parking for Mango Hill Station – Tuesday, 17 July 2018

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $4 million towards the expansion of the Mango Hill Station parking facility, meaning locals will have access to more parking spaces years sooner than previously expected.

This critical local project is part of Labor’s $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs, such as train stations.

Currently the Mango Hill Station parking facility is at 120% capacity, leaving commuters scouring local streets for a parking spot before they even make it on the train to work.

Labor’s National Park and Ride Fund builds on our support for public transport to deal with urban congestion in our cities.

That’s why we are backing the Cross River Rail project, which will significantly increase capacity on the South-East Queensland rail network.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese said the funding showed Labor’s genuine commitment to public transport that delivers for local communities.

“Labor knows that public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself.  It’s also about the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work for local residents.  That is why we are committed to upgrading parking facilities here at Mango Hill Station and at transport hubs across the country,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“For public transport to really work we need to ensure locals can actually make it to the train. When commuters are consistently missing their train while they try and park, the system isn’t working properly.”

“Locals in Mango Hill, North Lakes and surrounds know that parking at Mango Hill Station is at breaking point.  The community needs more parking infrastructure and they need it now.”

Labor’s Candidate for Petrie Corinne Mulholland  said: “Locals have told me that the parking available at Mango Hill Station simply isn’t enough. Commuters are turning up and driving in circles around the station trying to find a parking spot. Labor is committed to fixing this ridiculous situation.”

“Corinne and dedicated State Member for Murrumba, Steven Miles, have been lobbying hard for this funding. Labor is listening to locals and will deliver the infrastructure commuters need”, said Mr Albanese.

Labor’s Park and Ride Fund delivers grant funding to local communities – via state and local governments – to construct new car parks and expanded existing facilities in high-growth areas with demonstrated commuter need. A Federal Labor Government will partner with local communities to fund the projects on a co-investment basis.

TUESDAY, 17 JULY, 2018

Jul 11, 2018

Media Release – Labor Will Deliver City Partnerships – Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A Federal Labor Government will overhaul and replace the Coalition’s City Deals with a City Partnerships program that will foster more genuine collaboration between the three levels of government.

This will transform the existing top-down system into one in which councils are seen not as casual stakeholders, but genuine partners in urban policy.

Cities around the nation face a number of complex challenges including urban sprawl, traffic congestion and a shift towards greater population density.

To overcome these challenges and ensure quality of life for all people, regardless of whether they live in inner cities, outer suburbs, growth corridors or regional cities, genuine collaboration between the three levels of government is required.

As it stands, the City Deals program does not achieve this.

More than 18 months after the first deal was signed in Townsville, it is clear City Deals have fallen well short of their stated objectives, which are intended to align federal, state and local governments with a shared vision for the future.

A key problem with Mr Turnbull’s City Deals is that there are no clear guidelines about how they work.

City Deals have either been in marginal electorates framed around single election commitments or are simply missing depth and detail.

This is the case for the Western Sydney City Deal, which excluded Blacktown Council for no good reason. And the Deal’s centrepiece – a north-south rail link through Western Sydney – is still unfunded.

The Coalition’s model also limits meaningful engagement with the private sector.

But most worryingly, there is no independent oversight of Mr Turnbull’s City Deals, which are subject entirely to political whim.

Labor will address this deficiency by re-establishing the Major Cities Unit within the independent Infrastructure Australia and requiring it to use transparent measures to both recommend and assess the progress of City Partnerships.

The Major Cities Unit will also refresh the National Urban Policy that Labor released when last in government to ensure City Partnerships align with its objectives, for example, in areas like sustainability and smart technology.

Labor will establish an expert panel to update strategic planning guidelines for cities as well as the development of guidelines for City Partnerships, in consultation with the Minister, which include benefits to the economy.

Labor accepts that City Partnerships must be tailored and flexible.

But we expect them to set out a strategic vision that aligns with the National Urban Policy and delivers on pre-determined performance indicators.

This announcement builds on Labor’s proud legacy of urban policy development.

Federal Labor has been involved in urban policy development since the 1970s. We seek to work with local communities, particularly through their local councils, to develop responses to the challenges of growth.

We understand that to ensure the ongoing productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities, investing in people and their communities is critical.

Jul 6, 2018

Media Release – Jenny Macklin – Friday, 6 July 2018

Australia is a better and fairer nation due to the contribution of my friend Jenny Macklin to public life.

I have had the honour of working with Jenny since the day we were both elected to Parliament in 1996.

There is no doubt that Jenny Macklin has been the stand out contributor to policy development in the Australian Labor Party since that time.

The Apology, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Paid Parental Leave, and the Royal Commission into the Response of Institutions to Childhood Sexual Abuse are just some of Jenny’s legacies.

Jenny ensured the largest ever increase to the Aged Pension and Disability Support Pension, which was driven by her commitment to social justice and overcoming social disadvantage.

Jenny’s service as a Minister, Deputy Leader, Shadow Minister and member of key Committees – including Parliamentary Tactics and the Expenditure Review Committee, have been critical, over more than two decades.

Jenny leaves the Parliament with respect from all sides and is recognised as having more knowledge over income support and the attainment of social justice than anyone across the Parliament.

As someone who has had the pleasure of sitting next to Jenny on the front bench for a long time, I will miss her sense of humour and passionate advocacy.

I wish Jenny, Ross and all her family all the best for the future.

Jul 3, 2018

Media Release – Bruce Higway Extension Will Support Tourism – Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Labor’s $40 million commitment to extend the Bruce Highway from the intersection of Comport Street and Draper Street to Cairns Airport will ensure a better tourist experience for the almost three million people that visit Cairns every year.

The Bruce Highway is Queensland’s most important piece of road infrastructure and is central to the movement of people and freight up and down its coast.

These major upgrades will improve access to the Airport, which is particularly important given the growth in passenger numbers – in May this year Cairns Airport welcomed 390,000 passengers.

Locals will also benefit from the jobs that will be created as a result of this $40 million investment.

This project builds on the $5 million Labor has already announced for the Wangetti Tourist Trail in Cairns and our commitment to establish a $1 billion Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

It comes in addition to the investment Labor made when last in Government.

This included the almost $700 million we allocated to upgrading and widening key sections of the Bruce Highway through Cairns’ southern suburbs, as well as between Cairns and Gordonvale.

The simple fact is that quality infrastructure underpins a successful tourist experience.

Labor understands that many people in Cairns rely on tourism for their income, which is why we are committed to investing in infrastructure that will help support this important sector.

Jul 3, 2018

Media Release – Constance Should Grow Up and Put People First on Metro West Rail – Tuesday, 3 July 2018

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has embarrassed himself by rejecting Federal Labor’s commitment of $3 billion for the proposed Sydney Metro West rail project on partisan political grounds.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that last Thursday, Mr Constance said he needed Federal funding for the project, which will connect Parramatta with the Sydney CBD.

Mr Constance said: “Canberra need (sic) to seriously start to look at this project to make this work”.

But on Monday, after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten committed $3 billion to the project in his speech at the  NSW Labor Party conference, Mr Constance changed his tune. Standing next to Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher, who has not offered a dollar for the project, Mr Constance rejected the need for Federal investment.

Mr Constance is more interested in politics than delivering Metro West.

He should dump the hypocrisy and grow up.

Improving public transport between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD must be a priority for both levels of government.

Australians want political representatives to focus on outcomes, not politics.

Metro West is a good project.

That’s why NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley, who understands the importance of infrastructure investment to tackling traffic congestion and boosting economic productivity, has promised a State Labor Government would fast-track construction.

It is also why Federal Labor has committed funding.

Instead of playing political games, Mr Constance should press the Turnbull Government to get behind this important project.

 

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