When it comes to public transport the major parties have different policies but have failed to make any concrete commitments so far according to the Eastern Transport Coalition.

Cr Mick Van De Vreede said that over the past few months the ETC had been speaking to the major parties, advocating for federal funding of major public transport infrastructure.

“We have found that the ALP has a supportive platform, candidates will actually attend meetings and make supportive comments in the local press. Liberal Party candidates refuse to attend meetings and neither party has made any real commitments.

“We don’t need platitudes; we need action on public transport.

“Both parties need to listen to the needs of voters, in a recent survey of 1000 voters conducted by the Australian Research Group the key finding was that a majority of people believe that the Federal Government should consider funding major additions to urban public transport in the same manner it funds roads.

“In Sunday’s debate both Mr Howard and Mr Rudd raised issues about rising petrol prices, tightening family budgets and the environment. They need to now take action on these concerns by agreeing to fund public transport in urban areas.

“It is very frustrating that both Labor and Liberal have voted to support federal funding for public transport in parliamentary committees and they have actually funded it in the 1990’s.

“The ETC will continue its campaign in the hope that one of the major parties decides to make a real commitment to helping the 1,000,000 residents in the east cut the cost of transport and help the environment by once again federally funding public transport,” Cr Mick Van De Vreede concluded.

LOG OF COMMITMENTS

Platform Parliament Committee on Environment and Heritage’s report into Sustainable Cities Actual commitments so far
ALP “…ensure that Australians have access to adequate transport services by providing appropriate financial assistance to State governments to improve and extend public transport systems in urban areas.” ALP and Liberal unanimously agree that the provision of Australian Government transport infrastructure funds should ‘include provision of funding specifically for sustainable public transport infrastructure for suburbs and developments on the outer fringes of our cities.’ nothing
Liberal nothing nothing

For more information please contact;

ETC Chairperson Cr Mick Van De Vreede 0438 029 932
CPR Communications, Robert Larocca    0409 198 350