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

I refer to the “Draft Public
Transport Plan for Perth 2031” released in July 2011.

(1) Does the minister still
expect to receive a final plan from the Department of Transport for
consideration by government in mid-2014?

(2) If yes, when does the
minister expect the final plan will be made public?

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

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Oil Industry Risks $1.1 Trillion of Investor Cash: Study

Bloomberg, 8 May 2014

Oil explorers like Exxon Mobil Corp. and OAO Rosneft risk wasting $1.1 trillion of investors’ cash through 2025 on expensive, uneconomic projects from the Arctic and deep seas to tar sands, according to a study.

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Russia and the Ukraine ֠The Worrisome Connection to World Oil and Gas Problems

Our Finite World, 7 May 2014

What is behind the Russia/Ukraine problem? It seems to me that what we are seeing is Russia’s attempt to fix a two-part problem:

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Why oil-by-rail is an explosive disaster waiting to happen

Salon, 8 May 2014

In case the near continuous reports of fiery, deadly oil train accidents hasn’t been enough to convince you, Earth Island Journal is out with a startling investigative piece on North Dakota’s oil boom and the dire need for regulations governing that oil’s transport by rail. The article is pegged to the train that derailed and exploded last summer in Quebec, killing 47 people, although it just as well could have been the story of the train that derailed and exploded in Alabama last November, the train that derailed and exploded in North Dakota last December, the train that derailed and exploded in Virginia last week or — let’s face it — any future accidents that many see as an inevitability.

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Rail, at last, to be built to Melbourne Airport

T&L News, 15 April 2014

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the announcement of a Melbourne Airport Rail Link by the Victorian Government, believing the new line would ease the city’s rising congestion issues and drastically improve the traffic flow to and from the CBD. Chief executive of the ARA Bryan Nye OAM said he was encouraged to see the Victorian government commit to the important infrastructure investment that is set to benefit all Melburnians and visitors to the city.

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Defuse ҭobile bombsҠ(dangerous tanker trucks): TWU

T&L News, 29 April 2014

A national tribunal is to consider minimum safety standards for Australian petrol tankers, after nationwide research revealed 1 in 4 tanker drivers were pressured to speed and 1 in 2 drivers reported inadequate brake inspections. Transport Workers Union assistant national secretary Michael Kaine said many petrol tankers were literally ‘mobile bombs’.

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Should cyclists need a license to ride on public roads?

Crikey, 4 May 2014

The NSW Roads Minister says he’s “increasingly persuaded” of the need to look at licenses for cyclists to reduce serious casualties. But it’s unlikely it would do anything to make cycling safer.

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Sorry, Joe Hockey ֠Canberra is Australiaӳ home of wind farms

The Conversation, 5 May 2014

We now know that Treasurer Joe Hockey is not a fan of wind farms, on aesthetic grounds at least. On Friday he told Macquarie Radio’s Alan Jones he finds the view “utterly offensive” and “a blight on the landscape”. The vista that has so irked Mr Hockey can be seen while driving along the Federal Highway on the western side of Lake George. Across the water, dotted along the lake’s eastern shore, are turbines belonging to the Capital Wind Farm, the largest of six wind farms now operating to the north and northeast of Canberra.

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