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2007 PARTY POLICY STATEMENTS - includes media releases from 2006

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Hint: The Democrats Greenhouse and Energy document had no reference to < bicycle > or < bike >. In fact, the only "cycle" mentioned is the election cycle...


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Vote4Cycling CONTACT THE CANDIDATE

Contact the candidate in your electorate and voice your support for cycling.

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SMH ELECTION DAY ARTICLES - 24 MARCH 2007

CHRIS VIRTUE: LETTER TO THE CANDIDATES IN THE BALMAIN ELECTORATE (VIA EMAIL)

FIONA CAMPBELL: LETTER TO INNER CITY ELECTORATE CANDIDATES (VIA VOTE4CYCLING WEBSITE)

MASSBUG AND DULWICH HILL BICYCLE CLUB MEDIA RELEASES

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LOCAL ISSUES


CANDIDATE FORUM TUESDAY 06 MARCH MARRICKVILLE TOWN HALL

05 MARCH 2007

Highly recommended that we have a good bike presence at this candidate forum on climate change on Tuesday. Might be a good chance to ask the ALP why they haven't got a cycling policy when the Liberal/Nationals and The Greens have such good cycling policies.

Fiona

Subject: Forum on Climate Change - Marrickville...

Hosted by Marrickville Climate Action Now http://www.climatemovement.org.au/component/option,com_comprofiler/task,userProfile/user,79/

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AUSTRALIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION

How to enrol, how to check your enrolment details, where to vote, who is my member, past election statistics, campaign donations declarations, etc.

NSW CANDIDATES - FULL LISTS

More ... http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/state_election_2007/candidates.html

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CLIMATE CHANGE COALITION

GET ON YOUR BIKE!

16 March 2007

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More... http://www.climatechangecoalition.com.au search for < Get On Your Bike! >


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DEMOCRATS

10 February 2007

"The Australian Democrats are far more than a single-issue party.

Our policies have been developed by our members as a result of over 27 years of work towards our goal of achieving a just and sustainable society.

The Issue Sheets are a record of what we have achieved, where we stand and the aspirations that our Parliamentary team work toward beyond the election cycle..."

More ... http://www.democrats.org.au/policies/

EDWARD OKULICZ RESPONSE TO CHRIS VIRTUE dated 14 March 2007

Response from Edward Okulicz, Democrat, here.

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GREENS

10 February 2007

"Policies

All policies of the Australian Greens have been reviewed, and the revised documents are nearing finalisation. As a result, our previous policy documents are no longer operative and have been withdrawn. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The revised documents will be uploaded in February.

In the meantime, we will be maintaining a register of people seeking further information about our policies. If you would like to be advised when our revised policies are available, please send an e-mail to officemanager@greens.org.au ..."

More ... http://greens.org.au/policies/

THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORT PLAN POLICY DOCUMENT

05 March 2007

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ROCHELLE PORTEOUS' RESPONSE TO CHRIS VIRTUE dated 20 March 2007

Response of Rochelle Porteous, Greens to Chris Virtue here.

FIONA BYRNE'S RESPONSE TO GEOFF MARTIN (DULWICH HILL BIKE CLUB)

From: Fiona Byrne <fifilamour@yahoo.com>

I think the Greens policy speaks for itself, but from a local perspective:

The Greens can see we have a bicycle renaissance happening in the Inner West and as Marrickville local government area has the largest bicycle commuter population, we are working to increase cycle infrastructure in our area to ensure this continues. Improving and expanding our local bike path network is a priority for us. It's great to see how well frequented the Wilson St "bicycle highway" is and we would aim to provide more of these kinds of bike friendly routes.

We also want to see the Greenway project move forward as quickly as possible to give us that important link cross-country between the Cooks River and Iron Cove. By improving and expanding our local network we can get more people out of their cars for those shorter trips and really start to tackle climate change but also build our sense of community as more and more people use alternative transport.

BEN SPIES-BUTCHER RESPONSE TO MARRICKVILLE TRANSPORT ACTION GROUP (MTAG)

Read the full text of Ben Spies-Butcher's response to MTAG including bicycle policy. Covers not very well kept secrets such as new tunnels and other massive roadworks here.

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INDEPENDENT

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LABOR

10 February 2007

"ALP Policy

Following the election of new Labor Leader Kevin Rudd, the ALP Policy page is being updated.

In the meantime, below are some recent key speeches and articles by Kevin Rudd.

To receive news via email of policy announcements, speeches and media releases from Kevin Rudd and the Federal Labor team, you can subscribe to the ALP eNews by clicking here, and to the Labor eHerald Bulletin by clicking here..."

More ... http://www.alp.org.au/policy/index.php

CARMELL TEBBUTT'S RESPONSE TO FIONA CAMPBELL dated 08 March 2007

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Full text of Carmel's response.

VERITY FIRTHS' RESPONSE TO CHRIS VIRTUE dated 19 March 2007

"Dear Chris

Thanks for contacting me about cycling in the inner west.

I am absolutely committed to promoting cycling and other sustainable transport options.

I believe that it should be safe and unproblematic for residents of the Balmain electorate to ride to and from work and also recreationally. In particular, residents of Balmain should be able to safely and comfortably cycle to the city centre. We live so close to the CBD that this should be encouraged and enjoyed.

I think it's important that more effort is made to promote the benefits of cycling. As well as being a sustainable form of transport cycling has obvious health benefits. I know that when I was at school most students rode or walked to school but that seems to be increasingly uncommon today. I think that's a shame, cycling is a healthy and fun way to get to school. I am committed to working with local schools to improve bike storage facilities and bike education so as to encourage more of our children to take up cycling..."

Full text of Verity's response.

SPINOPSYS: THE LABOR PARTY BICYCLE POLICY 2007 posted 21 March 2007

"Just in time for polling day on Saturday, the NSW Labor Party has finally wriggled themselves free from the tender embrace of the developer and roads lobby for a few moments to produce a cycling policy paper. Better late than never..."

More... http://www.spinopsys.com/archives/916

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LIBERAL

Peter Shmigel, Liberal for Balmain

17 July 2006

Greetings to all BUGs!

I email to introduce myself and to start a conversation with you about how cycling can be improved in NSW through better State Government policy.

Specifically, as a Liberal candidate at the upcoming March 2007 election and regular cyclist, I have been tasked with developing the NSW Liberal/Nationals’ cycling policy for all of NSW. Attached is the recent announcement in this regard from Andrew Stoner, the Shadow Minister for Roads, and Michael Richardson, the Shadow Minister for Environment, who both want more done to promote cycling as a viable means of transport.

During the policy development process, I am keen to look at aspects such as: infrastructure issues, including safety “black spots”; bicycle network connectivity; integration with public transport; traffic management practices; Government agency arrangements, and safety education. For me, it’s all about how we can better deliver cycling’s holistic benefits.

Also attached is a document describing the process for developing the Coalition’s cycling policy. You will note that the involvement and comments of cyclists and BUGs will be keenly sought. To that end, I will soon email a survey to all BUGs to get their input and feedback. By advertising in Cyclist (where I have taken your emails from), I will also ask individual cyclists to also undertake the survey.

In the meantime, I’d ask you to do this if possible. 1. Feel free to pass this email on as you wish. 2. Pre-empt my survey (!) and please tell me what’s important to your BUG and its members – what are the three most significant actions that NSW Government should take to improve cycling in NSW?

Thanks in advance and I look forward to speaking with you and your members – either personally, by email, or out on the road at some stage.

Peter Shmigel, Liberal for Balmain

(The Balmain electorate includes the suburbs of Annandale, Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Dobroyd Point, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, and Rozelle.)

mob: 0419 163 668

email: pshmigel@ozemail.com.au

postal address: PO Box 212, Haberfield NSW 2045

PS: I note the views many people are expressing about the closure of the William Street bike lanes, including today's protest. It's vital to make your views known if you want improvements.

SUPPORTING CYCLING - MAKING CYCLING A VIABLE TRANSPORT OPTION

05 March 2007

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More ... SUPPORTING CYCLING - Making Cycling a Viable Transport Option.pdf

More ... http://www.petershmigel.com.au/home/ search for < cycling policy > corrected for cost of transporting in off-peak.

More ... http://www.nsw.liberal.org.au/general/general/policies.html

* Note: In the Policy release circulated to Massbug the promise is made to remove charges to transporting bicycles on public transport outside of peak hours, this might be a typo as there are no charges on transporting bikes on rail outside of peak hours, or on light-rail or ferry at any time. A telephone enquiry to the Transport Infoline number 131500 (12 March 2007) met with the response that there is no cost for transporting a bicycle on a bus, but they are carried at the Operators' (drivers') discretion on wheelchair accessible buses only. See the Transport Infoline FAQs for more information. Link is also on the Massbug homepage under Ride Links...

PETER SHMIGEL'S RESPONSE TO CHRIS VIRTUE dated 15 March 2007

The full text of Peter Shmigel's response here.

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NATIONAL (see LIBERAL)

More ... http://www.nationals.org.au/About/Policies/default.asp

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SOCIALIST ALLIANCE

"...We argue that public transport should be free – and it should be massively expanded across Sydney, but also through rural and regional NSW. Imagine the health, societal, environmental – and economic benefits from such a measure! While we only got a glimpse of the impact of such a reform, the free and frequent public transport during the Olympic Games in Sydney definitely brought a smile to people’s faces.

Bicycle paths should also be expanded, as should be pedestrian only areas.

We should renationalize rail freight, and remove subsidies for road freight, with the workers being retrained for more environmentally sustainable jobs..."

- Pip Hinman, speach on Climate Change delivered at the Marrickville Transport Action Now Meet-The-Candidates Rally, Tuesday 06 March 2007.

More ... http://www.socialist-alliance.org/page.php?page=633

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-- GilbertGrace - 16 Jul 2006



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