Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Under TPP, International corporations will be able to sue your national government if it tries to protect the environment

TPP agreement slammed as 'betrayal' of environment, boon for fossil fuels : Renew Economy: "“The TPP is a ticking time-bomb for climate policy,” said Friends of the Earth International Economic Justice Coordinator, Sam Cossar-Gilbert, “because it further cements the unfair… mechanism that enables foreign corporations to sue governments for protecting the environment.

“Many government policies needed to address global warming will be subject to suits brought before biased, not transparent and undemocratic international investment tribunals.”"

Sydney councils push to retain cheaper public transport

smh : "Councils and community organisations have defended the relatively cheap cost of travelling long distances by public transport in Sydney and surrounding areas, as the state government mulls major fare reform."

Monday, September 28, 2015

Public transport is not about ideology, it is about ending public welfare for #autosprawl

smh : "Infrastructure Australia forecasts in its audit this year that between 2011 and 2031 demand for public transport will rise by 55 per cent in Sydney and an average of 89 per cent across all capital cities.

"In 2011, the cost of delays on roads in the six largest capital cities was $13.7 billion," Infrastructure Australia estimates. "This figure is projected to grow by around 290 per cent to $53.3 billion in 2031, in the absence of appropriate strategies including integrating land use and transport planning, new road construction, additional public transport investment and the introduction of demand management measures"."
Congestion is just one of many costs that are borne by society in general, while auto, sprawl, and oil profits make profit. This called externality. And when society pays the cost, it is called subsidy.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kerbside car parking should be banned in Melbourne CBD

theage : "Rather than banning cyclists, curb-side parked cars should be excluded on most of the city's main roads. These parked cars cost everyone, in time and money, and  in environmental damage."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seniors travel for free this weekend

Ipswich Queensland Times: "IN CELEBRATION of Seniors Week, Ipswich seniors will be able to travel free on public transport this weekend."

Monday, August 3, 2015

People of Melbourne show how much they want #freetransit

Herald Sun: "INTRODUCING free tram services in the CBD has led to a 22 per cent spike in patronage, with the Melbourne City Council concerned about overcrowding on vehicles and at stops."

Monday, May 25, 2015

Same as in US, #publictransit funds in Australia held hostage to billionaire agenda

The Guardian: "Trad warns creeping congestion and over-capacity will cost the Queensland economy about $3bn a year by 2020.

Only a combination of better public transport and better roads will ease the pressure, she says, and the commonwealth should chip in for both without strings attached."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What we have is well and truly broken

Toowoomba Chronicle: "Every time people are consulted about living in Toowoomba the lack of public transport is raised as an issue.

The system we have at the moment is a fig leaf hiding the naked reality that what we have is well and truly broken, if it ever worked at all."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NSW election: western Sydney councils call for public transport boost

smh : "A week out from the election western Sydney councils representing a third of the city's population have hit the state government with a multi-billion-dollar wish list for public transport.

In a "State election issues brief" the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) says its residents are "chained to roads" because the region's rail network has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s."

Friday, February 13, 2015

Enjoying the free tram rides in Melbourne

The Star Online: "THE Australian city of Melbourne is now more accessible and tourist-friendly than ever with the inclusion of free-of-charge trams around the Central Business District (CBD)."