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Greens for light rail

johnboy 26 July 2010 95

The Greens have lately been showing a well refined ear for what Canberrans want to hear.

Today they’ve announced that a vote for them federally is a vote for light rail in Canberra:

ACT Greens Senate Candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds has joined Senators Bob Brown and Scott Ludlam in calling for light rail for Canberra.

“Light rail is perfect for Canberra” said Lin Hatfield Dodds. “It would boost the ACT economy give us infrastructure for the 21st century.”

Ms Hatfield Dodds says residents in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong would have the most to gain from a light rail network.

C’mon Gaz, gizza light rail?


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colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 3:55 pm 09 Aug 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Sadly, I think you are as racist as the rest of the majority in this country

If only.

🙂

calligraphy calligraphy 3:09 pm 09 Aug 10

Bring it on. Makes much more sense than the crazy bus network currently in operation.

aussieboy aussieboy 3:52 pm 07 Aug 10

sepi said :

Trains are more convenient for loads of reasons

– you can wheel a bike or pram on
– you can walk around
– you can change seats
– they won’t have changed the route since last time you caught one
– less cramped and crowded

I.e. No effective difference from the intertown bus service

sepi sepi 6:42 pm 06 Aug 10

Trains are more convenient for loads of reasons

– you can wheel a bike or pram on
– you can walk around
– you can change seats
– they won’t have changed the route since last time you caught one
– less cramped and crowded

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:21 pm 06 Aug 10

Light rail means a limo will wait to collect me from my house, then take me where I want to go, then wait while I’m there, then bring me home, right? And I hear it costs $2.35 per round trip.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 3:59 pm 06 Aug 10

Sadly, I think you are as racist as the rest of the majority in this country

If only.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 3:09 pm 06 Aug 10

The Axe Man said :

I never catch a bus and never willingly will.

I would be very happy to jump on light rail though

Why?

The Axe Man The Axe Man 2:47 pm 06 Aug 10

I never catch a bus and never willingly will.

I would be very happy to jump on light rail though

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 2:05 pm 06 Aug 10

zephyr9673 said :

Colourful sydney racing identity, when I ran for the greens I was running the get the CLP out of power like the Allies should of done by the end of world war 2, I don’t know why we let the Nazis breath, let alone abuse us from the seat of power. Sadly, I think you are as racist as the rest of the majority in this country, which is why I respect the Greens, not only are they not Facist, Nazis, Racists or Bulls**t artists, I think they would do a great job, I am bias though, I don’t like scum abuseing my country, because they were born with or sucked enough to make it to the top of the corporate muppet garden that is the coalition.

Yes, on the off chance I want a lier, there pleanty in the coalition, I would rather a descent honest party, that will protect the few rainforests we have left, and, when I walk into the office they actually take my message and treat me decently, Unlike the scum in the labor and liberal offices who take the front counter as their right to devine rule.

Lets stop treat each other like idiots, the coalition Are 4 contradiction, The Are not Liberal, they are Conservative, they are not conservative, they are monarchist, they are not monachist, they are republicans, they are liers, and labour are there slaves. When labour started taxing the banks in england the mining companies here, I was like wow, that why I like labor, then they wet their pants cause the bosses got angry.

Solidarity? Say FAMILY COURT Of Australia, putrid child thieves, when labour makes a mess the libs claim to clean it up, Thats how johnny got in remember, and what did he do? He added a level of Burocracy Family Assitence Centers, when a parent is stealling a child with the legal fraternity, they stand to loose a lot of money settling out of court.

I hope both parties go down, big time, wise up Australia, don’t vote these scum back in, break the Diarchy, GO GREENS YAAAAy
🙂

oh seriously – I’m racist? I think you have spent too much time listening to Wickerman and need to go back on your meds.

zephyr9673 zephyr9673 1:33 pm 06 Aug 10

Colourful sydney racing identity, when I ran for the greens I was running the get the CLP out of power like the Allies should of done by the end of world war 2, I don’t know why we let the Nazis breath, let alone abuse us from the seat of power. Sadly, I think you are as racist as the rest of the majority in this country, which is why I respect the Greens, not only are they not Facist, Nazis, Racists or Bulls**t artists, I think they would do a great job, I am bias though, I don’t like scum abuseing my country, because they were born with or sucked enough to make it to the top of the corporate muppet garden that is the coalition.

Yes, on the off chance I want a lier, there pleanty in the coalition, I would rather a descent honest party, that will protect the few rainforests we have left, and, when I walk into the office they actually take my message and treat me decently, Unlike the scum in the labor and liberal offices who take the front counter as their right to devine rule.

Lets stop treat each other like idiots, the coalition Are 4 contradiction, The Are not Liberal, they are Conservative, they are not conservative, they are monarchist, they are not monachist, they are republicans, they are liers, and labour are there slaves. When labour started taxing the banks in england the mining companies here, I was like wow, that why I like labor, then they wet their pants cause the bosses got angry.

Solidarity? Say FAMILY COURT Of Australia, putrid child thieves, when labour makes a mess the libs claim to clean it up, Thats how johnny got in remember, and what did he do? He added a level of Burocracy Family Assitence Centers, when a parent is stealling a child with the legal fraternity, they stand to loose a lot of money settling out of court.

I hope both parties go down, big time, wise up Australia, don’t vote these scum back in, break the Diarchy, GO GREENS YAAAAy
🙂

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 12:05 pm 06 Aug 10

zephyr9673 said :

I hope they get in, the frustration of a party that aims for balance of power is pathetic.
Greens you are are in politics to rule, be prepared to take government or be prepared to be thrown out.

I am reminded of Labor in the Norther Territory, very comfortable in oppostion, that is annoying, to an electorate, The CLP got so bad laber fell into power, this is the situation for the greens, aiming for enough power to stifle, that is very annoying.

They should keep thier focus on Refugees, Labour and the coalition are as pathetically racist as each other, the greens have the only humane position, but are happy to aim for the balance of power. Let me say it another way, we have 2 Racist positions and a dynamic responsive young political party, that hasn’t realised it needs to win this election.

I hope they storm home, and the country wakes up watching, you entered politics, you should have stayed on the doll if you didn’t want a job.

Now, sit down while I explain something to you. The Greens are aiming to hold the balance of power as it is the best they can possibly achieve. To form Government in their own right they would need to secure the majority of votes (after preferences) in the majority of seats in the country. This will not happen.

zephyr9673 zephyr9673 11:56 am 06 Aug 10

I hope they get in, the frustration of a party that aims for balance of power is pathetic.
Greens you are are in politics to rule, be prepared to take government or be prepared to be thrown out.

I am reminded of Labor in the Norther Territory, very comfortable in oppostion, that is annoying, to an electorate, The CLP got so bad laber fell into power, this is the situation for the greens, aiming for enough power to stifle, that is very annoying.

They should keep thier focus on Refugees, Labour and the coalition are as pathetically racist as each other, the greens have the only humane position, but are happy to aim for the balance of power. Let me say it another way, we have 2 Racist positions and a dynamic responsive young political party, that hasn’t realised it needs to win this election.

I hope they storm home, and the country wakes up watching, you entered politics, you should have stayed on the doll if you didn’t want a job.

farnarkler farnarkler 11:39 am 05 Aug 10

Has anyone had a look at the Gold Coast light rail website lately? Their initial 13km railway is costing $949 million, only $365 million of which is coming from the Federal Government.

A light rail in Canberra would need to be in the region of 40km (Y plan; Originating in Belco and Gungahlin, meeting in Civic and carrying on to Woden and Tuggeranong with a spur going from Civic to the airport. Doing the rough maths, ie $73 million per km including stops, A Canberra light rail, at today’s costs, would be up around the $3 billion mark.

What percentage of that could the ACT government afford? And, would the Federal Government be prepared to fund the balance?

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:53 am 04 Aug 10

Here’s a public transport solution for ya:
http://dvice.com/archives/2010/08/crazy-huge-chin.php

Proudof Canberra Proudof Canberra 10:17 pm 01 Aug 10

I don’t think a light rail will be of any real use. They can’t even sort out the Bus timetables properly.So how are they going to get that going?
Will Homer Simpson be driving?

What is all this change for the sake of change?

The “Canberra isn’t exciting” is a load of clap trap perptuated by people who no nothing about Canberra

A light rail isn’t going to change the misconceptions of the Canberra Bashers

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 12:50 pm 01 Aug 10

Oh, I think I was on page one when I made that comment. It’s gonna look a little wrong dozens of replies later. My apologies..

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 12:46 pm 01 Aug 10

Wish you were up for election in the next local showdown Braddon Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone there who didn’t just visualise metal scraps and dicky signs as high class art and pretty painted roads and a tree place that trees just walk out the door on.

I am so ‘out to lunch’ on this debate though.. Love the thought of it and always have but it doesn’t make me want the greens in for it. I love the thought of the greens too, but I don’t think that worked!

Mathman Mathman 10:01 am 01 Aug 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

This is the first year of my voting life I’ve looked around and decided that all of the parties are f*cking no-hopers. There’s not even a ‘lesser of two evils’, or a ‘you’re dumb but they’re dumber’. The race to the bottom must be nearing its end.

Vote Cthulhu: Don’t settle for the lesser evil!

geetee geetee 9:28 am 01 Aug 10

With the Greens proving themselves to be fairly useless when supposedly able to influence government (eg in the ACT currently), I don’t think I have much faith in them doing anything significantly green OR useful in the Federal scene.

I thought at least we in Canberra might get a green-waste service or an annual kerb-side pickup of non-standard rubbish (eg computers, TVs, whitegoods, other waste) but something so practical and enviro-friendly doesn’t seem to be that important to our green Green local politicians.

Pandy Pandy 12:55 am 01 Aug 10

Urban, you been sucking in spores while exploring them sewers?

The Age and podcasts from the ABC radio in Melbourne, will tell you how bad the trains are in that city and how the trams are ancient and wheelchair unfriendly and do not service the great metro area. Last Tuesday in fact the whole train system came to a halt forcing Govco to gives free public tranport this Friday past to all.

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