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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21611

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) Further to the answer to question No. 1414 (Hansard, 13 May 2003, page 14132), what is the relevance of his Joint Media Release with the Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator the Hon Nick Minchin, which stated that the “sale of (Sydney) airport would not change the Government's noise management policies in any way...” to the Coalition aviation policy titled Soaring Into Tomorrow that states the “Coalition will not lease Sydney Airport and Sydney West Airport until there is a satisfactory solution to the current aircraft noise problem in Sydney”.

(2) Can he explain whether Sydney Airport's noise management policies satisfy the condition precedent in the Coalition's Aviation Policy titled Soaring Into Tomorrow that Sydney Airport will not be leased until there is a satisfactory solution to the current aircraft noise problem; if it does not, then what is the Government's position with respect to Sydney Airport's aircraft noise problem following the lease in light of the fact that Sydney Airport's aircraft noise problems have not been solved.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) I have dealt with these matters exhaustively in response to questions previously asked by the Honourable member.