An Australian Greens bill that would end live sheep exports has passed the Australian Senate, immediately banning the live export of sheep from Fremantle Harbour during the Northern Summer and transitioning to a complete ban within five years. The bill was co-sponsored by Independent Senators Derryn Hinch and Tim Storer.
Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today Australia’s inaccessible public transport systems were preventing thousands of disabled Australian’s from accessing work and living independently.
The Greens transport advocacy is centred on providing clean, rapid and reliable transport to eliminate our dependence on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are working to shift the focus from private cars to safe, fast and cost effective mass transit, and on moving long-haul freight from road to rail.
Large sections of Australia’s rail network require substantial upgrades and mass transit services in most urban areas are so poor that driving is the only option for many people. Around the country the Greens work to promote proposals for sustainable transport ranging from bikeways to light rail networks and the east coast high-speed rail line.
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