Prioritise the most ecologically sustainable and congestion-free public and private transport systems.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Sustainable Australia Party will:
- Expand state-based rail and/or bus networks, in preference to building more roads.(1)
"According to the Royal College of Physicians the early deaths of around 29,000 people in the UK each year are linked to particle pollution, which is more than the 23,500 premature deaths attributed to nitrogen dioxide." BBC News
- Build better and safer bicycle networks.
- Build better and safer pedestrian infrastructure.
- Encourage transport-sharing schemes, including cars.
- Upgrade its freight rail infrastructure in order to boost national productivity and help remove truck journeys from our roads.
- Fully assess interstate high speed train opportunities. Importantly, this should be based on a relatively stable national population scenario.
- Not build further major capital city airports (including Western Sydney Airport at Badgery's Creek).
- Lower population growth / demand (mainly) (also see Sustainable Population & Immigration (Australia) policy).(2)
- Conduct an enquiry into the feasibility of a majority Australian-owned energy efficient car company. An initial objective would include the potential mass production, for Australia and potential export, of a small-to-medium utilitarian electric commuter car for urban use. This would be supported by an appropriate charging network. Tenders could be sought for use of the Ford, Holden or Toyota plant(s), with public-private partnership funding.
"If Australia has any hope of achieving net zero emissions by 2050...a transition to electric would be required in a space of about 10 years – a feat that requires a plan." The Guardian
- Transport projects including light rail should not use urban property development infill and related population growth modelling to underpin business cases, as the new residents undermine gains in per capita service delivery.
- Reducing population growth pressures combined with providing better public transport will relieve road congestion.
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