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No carbon price on fuel, but Productivity Commission Inquiry into fuel excise

The Productivity Commission will examine fuel excise with a view to shifting the tax base onto the carbon and energy content of fuel under an agreement to keep fuel out of the carbon price, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens have always said that this carbon pricing package needs to be a platform for stronger action into the future, and a detailed inquiry into Australia's fuel tax regime is a critical part of that platform," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Fringe Benefits Tax reform would be a $1 billion victory for common sense

Reports in this morning's media suggest that the Greens' long campaign to remove the incentive to drive more in the fringe benefits tax concession will finally be included in next week's federal budget.

Treasury costings, undertaken at the request of the Greens, show almost $1 billion in revenue would be restored over the forward estimates if the Australian Greens' proposal to introduce a flat rate fringe benefits tax concession for company cars, regardless of kilometres travelled, is adopted.

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IEA's peak oil warning a message to Wayne Swan: scrap oil subsidies in May Budget

The International Energy Agency's latest warning that the age of cheap, easily accessible oil is over is yet another reason for Wayne Swan to remove the fringe benefits tax concession that encourages people to drive more in the upcoming Budget, the Australian Greens said today.

"In a tight budget where the government is looking to make big cuts, the expensive and perverse subsidies that encourage the use of oil should be top of the list to be scrapped," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Christine's comments on transport in carbon pricing

Senator Milne's press conference on Friday lasted a 30 mins, covered a great deal of detail on the carbon price statement, how the process works, the level of a carbon price, the level and design of compensation, offsets, green carbon, nuclear power, how agriculture will be counted, what Christine might personally do to change her behaviour after a carbon price is introduced and more.

21 minutes and 14 seconds into the press conference, transport is first mentioned in response to a direct question from a journalist.

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National freight strategy vital but climate and peak oil absent

The Australian Greens today welcomed Infrastructure Australia's first steps towards a coordinated national approach to freight planning, but called for a major shift in focus to take account of climate change and peak oil.

"Now that we are finally starting a process of coordinated national freight planning, surely that work has to focus on climate change and peak oil, with proper planning for a more efficient, low emissions future," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Tasmanian road victims not forgotten on World Day of Remembrance

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne will join hundreds of Tasmanians this weekend in remembering road victims on an international day of remembrance.

"The World day of Remembrance for road traffic victims on Sunday is a day that will no doubt affect many families in Tasmania.

"It is a day for remembrance, but also a day for considering how we can end needless deaths and injury on our roads.

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Greens push for Federal role in transport planning plus Richmond candidate media launch

Federal Greens MPs have joined with their Victorian counterparts to announce new transport polices that would bring sustainability, coherence and long-term planning to state government's transport priorities.

Greens Senators Christine Milne and Scott Ludlam, Federal MP Adam Bandt and Victorian MLC Greg Barber joined with Greens Richmond candidate Kathleen Maltzahn at the intersection of Hoddle st and the Eastern Freeway today.

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Greens strongly back transport industry call

The Australian Greens strongly back calls from four transport groups today for a comprehensive inquiry into Australia's transport system focussing on congestion, safety, environmental degradation, climate change and energy security.

The Australasian Railways Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund and International Association of Public Transport call for a Productivity Commission report is in line with Greens policy to establish an advisory committee reporting to Infrastructure Australia to examine exactly these issues.

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