The Australian Greens believe that:
- Our communities must be designed and built to maximise environmental and social wellbeing over the long term.
- Australians should have the choice to travel by fast, frequent, reliable, affordable, accessible and safe public transport.
- Australia's transport systems must function on the principles of equity of access, ecological sustainability, and public ownership of critical public transport infrastructure.
- Climate change and oil depletion means there is an urgent need to reduce dependence on cars and our reliance on fossil fuels.
- A high quality national freight and passenger rail network is essential to our modern economy and society.
- Walking and cycling must be an integral part of Australia’s transport systems, to reduce pollution and improve public health.
- Our communities and infrastructure must be planned and built in the public interest, with transparent, evidence-based, accountable and participatory planning processes.
Aims — Sustainable Planning
The Australian Greens want:
- Planning that is based on sustainable urban design principles, minimises urban sprawl, and promotes development in mixed-use, compact communities.
- Development that is affordable, ecologically sound, water and energy efficient, integrated with public transport, and fosters community interaction.
- The improved integration of planning and transport.
- Ecological sustainability and contribution to a safe climate as funding criteria for all federal development and infrastructure programs.
- A national report card for progress towards ecological sustainability targets in the built environment.
- Australian building standards to be improved, to address climate change impacts and to improve the sustainability of the built environment.
- National urban planning standards that provide for the location of high density housing and commercial buildings close to high capacity public transport, and the clustering of medium-density housing, community facilities and small-scale businesses around neighbourhood shopping centres.
Aims — Transport
The Australian Greens want:
- Public transport services that are fast, frequent, reliable, affordable, accessible and safe, in order to reduce car dependence and provide equity of access to transport.
- Increased opportunities for the community to participate in and guide transport planning.
- Major airports and airport expansions located to minimise social and environmental impacts, and to be connected by public transport services.
- High quality walking and cycling infrastructure that is integrated with public transport networks.
- Better transport services to, within and between rural and regional areas.
- Transport infrastructure and services that are accessible to people with a disability or impaired mobility.
- A national plan for passenger and freight transport which is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable and outlines a transition to net zero carbon transport.
- To eliminate dangerous level crossings in urban areas, and ensure the presence of signals on all crossings in rural and regional parts of the national rail network.
- Adopted and enforceable world’s best practice fuel efficiency standards and mandatory fuel efficiency labelling of new petrol and diesel vehicles.
- Greater research into, and development in, net zero carbon fuels and transport technologies.
- Development of electric mobility infrastructure and growth in electric vehicle uptake.
- High quality rail corridors between major cities and regional centres, to support fast and efficient freight and passenger services, including east coast high speed rail.
- Australian ports and coastal shipping to operate in the public interest, and to ensure environmental and social sustainability of our coastal regions.
- Partnerships between Federal, State and Local Government to plan and deliver sustainable transport initiatives and infrastructure.