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South Australians need better public transport to survive sky-high petrol prices

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for greater federal funding to fix South Australia’s public transport woes.

“Public transport in this state must be improved urgently, so we can get around efficiently in the years to come,” she said.

“The rising cost of petrol means many households are being tempted
to leave their cars in their driveways - if they can afford to run a
car at all. But the fact is that public transport in many areas is
woefully inadequate, which means those cars are being forced back on
the roads.

“Petrol prices aside, we should be cutting our carbon emissions to
combat dangerous climate change, by driving less. But once again,
people are being denied accessible, convenient public transport on a
daily basis.

“The stories we are hearing are appalling. Four hours from Aldinga
to Morphett Vale if you don’t drive a car is simply not good enough.

“We must be thinking ahead. The CSIRO says we’re looking at petrol
costing $8 a litre in a decade’s time. We need to be setting up
infrastructure for better mass transit options now, not investing in
more huge road projects.

“Once again, the Greens are leading the way with a long-term vision
for sustainable communities,” Senator Hanson-Young concluded.

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