Transport

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Andrew supports restoring passenger rail across Tasmania. In particular, he is a strong advocate for a Northern Suburbs Light Rail from Hobart to Brighton because it will link communities, reduce road congestion, save money and help clean up the environment. He has raised the issue repeatedly in the media and before the 2014 state election distributed leaflets urging the then Premier and Opposition Leader to commit to light rail if elected. He believes that Labor, the Liberals and the Greens are all failing on light rail and has urged all parties to commit to funding the project.

Media release: LegCo report slams State Gov on light rail, 4 Jul 2013

Media release: “Express” bus? You’ve got to be joking!, 24 Jul 2013

Media release: Yet another light rail business case, 14 Aug 2013

Media release: Light rail hopefully more than another hollow promise, 9 Nov 2013

Media release: Liberals pay lip service to light rail, 18 Dec 2013

Media release: Putting light rail back on the state election map, 21 Feb 2014

Media release: Labor, Liberals and Greens failing on light rail, 13 Mar 2014

Media release: It’s time – beyond time – for light rail in Hobart, 9 Oct 2015

Question and media release: Pressure builds on Tasmanian Government to deliver light rail, 9 Nov 2015

Media release: A statement on my meeting today with the Prime Minister, 29 Feb 2016

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Andrew has welcomed Federal Government investment in Tasmanian roads, including upgrades to the Brooker Highway roundabout and the Midland Highway. He is also active on a number of road safety issues and frequently lobbies the State Government and councils to improve road quality and safety.

ferryBass Strait

One of the major brakes on economic development in Tasmania is the cost of getting people, vehicles and freight across Bass Strait.

In 2015, the Federal Government announced a $203m expansion to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme which was welcome, but a sensible subsidy is still required for all passengers, vehicles and freight to remove Tasmania’s geographic disadvantage. Andrew has lobbied successive federal governments to reduce the crippling cost of Bass Strait and will continue to highlight the need for further investment.

There is also an urgent need for the Tasmanian and Federal governments to do something about the Victorian Government’s $75m Port Licence Fee which is a tax on interstate trade and unconstitutional.

Motion on Bass Strait Freight Equalisation, 12 Feb 2013

Media release: Labor-Liberal hypocrisy over Bass Strait costs, 19 Jun 2013

Question to the Prime Minister, 20 Nov 2013

Media release: A statement on Bass Strait equalisation, 17 Dec 2013

Media release: Bass Strait draft report cause for concern, 24 Jan 2014

Media release: Bass Strait subsidies, 28 May 2014

Media release: A statement regarding the PC report into Tassie shipping, 24 Jun 2014

Question to the Prime Minister, 30 Sep 2014

Media release: A statement on Bass Strait, 1 Dec 2014

Media release: Remove the crippling cost of Bass Strait, 2 Dec 2014

Media release: Government silence deafening on Bass Strait cost equalisation, 4 Mar 2015

Media release: Wilkie meeting PM to push for even more Bass Strait investment, 13 Mar 2015

Question to the Prime Minister, 14 May 2015

Media release: PM must intervene to stop Victoria ripping off Tasmania, 14 May 2015

Media release: A statement on Bass Strait freight costs, 20 May 2015

Media release: Government must do more, much more, about Bass Strait, 16 Sep 2015

Bike riding is environmentally sustainable, inexpensive, healthy and often convenient.

The Denison area is ideally suited for bike lanes due to the close proximity of the Hobart CBD with the outer suburbs. Andrew was pleased that his intervention helped extend the bike lane from Claremont to Austins Ferry.

Improved cycling infrastructure would make commuting by bike both safer and easier, and an increase in secure parking for bicycles in and around the CBD, university and schools would complement such infrastructure. Andrew supports the Bicycle Network’s proposal for a $240m national bike fund to fund bicycle infrastructure, and the Build for Bikes program which would ensure bike infrastructure is included as a part of all federally-funded projects.

Schools, the university and employers should be given government support to encourage people to commute by bike. An example of this may be some form of incentive for employees who use bikes as a primary form of transportation. And schools and parents should be encouraged to work together to provide children with a safe and easy way to cycle to and from school. This would teach children from a young age both the health and environmental benefits of commuting by bike. The Government should also fund a national preventative health campaign that encourages physical activity.

Andrew supports the Greens plan for cycling that would, among other things, establish an Active Transport Fund, ensuring that bicycle infrastructure is considered in federal transport funding, fixing bike blackspots and investing in active transport.

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