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Refinery closure fuels concerns

Courier Mail, 5 April 2014

IT is a few years hence. Tensions in the South China Sea have boiled over.  As the international community desperately tries to negotiate an end to hostilities, disaster strikes in nearby Singapore: someone – and no one is claiming responsibility – launches a rocket attack on the country’s Jurong Island oil refining hub. As geysers of fire and oily smoke pour into the sky, Australia watches aghast.

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343. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Transport: 

I refer to the advice on page 141 of the 2013–14 budget paper No 3 that the government has set a target rate of 40 per cent cost recovery for public transport fares by 2016–17.

(1) Has the government done any modelling on how much fares in each zone will need to be increased to reach this target rate in 2016–17?

(2) If yes to (1), will the minister table the estimated cash fare for each zone in 2016–17?

(3) If no to (1) or (2), why not?

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335. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the Minister for Transport’s comments on Channel Nine news that the government is "in the process of working out what is the best possible route" for the airport rail line.

(1) What route was used to establish the estimated cost of $2.015 billion for the proposed airport rail line?

(2) Why is the previously announced route not acceptable?

(3) What changes are being considered to the previously proposed route?

(4) What impact will the delay in finalising the route have on the completion of the project definition plan?

(5) What consultation on the new route will be undertaken?

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329. Hon SAMANTHA ROWE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the closure of Kenwick train station for the period of upgrade works.

(1) What date was the Kenwick train station closed to commuters for the commencement of works?

(2) When were commuters first notified of the closure date by signage at the train station?

(3) Were commuters notified of the closure date by any means other than signage?

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819. Hon Ken Travers to the Attorney General representing the Minister for Police:

(1) In the following financial years, how many vehicles were stopped by Police and identified as unlicensed:

(a) 2011–12; and (b) 2012–13?

(2) In the following financial years, what percentage of vehicles stopped by Police were identified as unlicensed:

(a) 2011–12; and (b) 2012–13?

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Smog over Britain: Air pollution ҷill get worseҠas more drivers choose diesel powered cars

The Independent, 2 April 2014

The smog-like conditions which brought a haze to swathes of Britain will become
even more frequent as diesel car ownership soars, a leading pollution expert has

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Global solar off to a sunny start in 2014

Climate Spectator, 3 April 2014

New global solar photovoltaic demand added during the first quarter of 2014 exceeded 9 GW, which was 35 per cent more than the previous first-quarter record, set last year. In fact, every quarter in 2014 is forecast to reach new highs, with trailing 12-month demand at the end of the first quarter next year forecast to exceed 50 GW for the first time, according to findings in the latest NPD Solarbuzz Quarterly report.

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Itochu Writes Down Samson Investment as U.S. Shale Bet Sours

Bloomberg, 2 April 2014

Itochu Corp. (8001), Japan’s third-largest trading house, said it booked another writedown on its investment in oil and gas producer Samson Investment Co., as its bet on the U.S. shale boom sours.

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Sydney Airport rated Australia’s worst large airport

Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2014

Sydney Airport has again achieved the lowest ranking of the country's four-biggest airports with passengers concerned about kerbside congestion at both its international and domestic terminals. In its annual report on the state of the airports, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned that the country's four largest airports – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth – will have to invest more if they are to resolve congestion, accommodate future passenger growth and improve service levels.

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Climate change requires a sensible risk analysis

Newcastle Herald, 1 April 2014

GOVERNMENTS federal, state and local can make it harder and more costly for Australia to deal with the consequences of global warming. As the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns, Australia – especially our mining, energy, tourism, water supply, and farming sectors – is particularly exposed to more intense and more frequent extreme weather events.

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