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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21754


Mr PRICE (3:49 PM) —I move:

That this House:

(1) understands that Australians want decisions made on the basis of good policy and what is best for communities, not what suits the electoral pendulum;

(2) affirms the need for an integrated approach to transport and urban development policy to tackle issues assoc-iated with the growth of our major cities;

(3) recognises that cities need integrated transport and urban development policies involving all tiers of government and the community in the decision making process;

(4) accepts that Labor has led the way on these important issues with the announcement of an integrated transport plan for Sydney; and

(5) recognises that:

(a) Labor will not build an airport at Badgery's Creek, nor will Labor sell the Sydney Basin airports in a cash grab that ignores community and aviation in-dust-ry views;

(b) Labor understands that the growth ambitions of Sydney Airport are not acceptable and that a second Sydney airport is required; and

(c) Badgery's Creek remains the Coalition's preferred site choice for a second Sydney airport.

This is a very important motion because it goes to honesty and integrity in decision making and the development of good public policy. It calls for an integrated approach to urban transport and urban development issues. It recognises that one cannot look at just one particular mode of transport; one needs to think holistically in terms of rail, road and air transport in the development of transport. I particularly want to read point (5) of the motion, which asks that the House recognise:

(a) Labor will not build an airport at Badgery's Creek, nor will Labor sell the Sydney Basin airports in a cash grab that ignores community and aviation industry views;

(b) Labor understands that the growth ambitions of Sydney Airport are not acceptable and that a second Sydney airport is required; and

(c) Badgery's Creek remains the Coalition's preferred site choice for a second Sydney airport.

Accompanied, I might say, by the honourable member for Greenway and the honourable member for Fowler and others, in July Simon Crean at the Mount Druitt workers club—and I know that might be offensive to some coalition members but it is a great club with good membership—on that Sunday announced that Badgerys Creek was dead as far as Labor were concerned. We will not build Badgerys Creek, and that is a clear difference between the coalition and Labor. It is true to say that in the Mount Druitt St Mary's Star, the member for Lindsay, Jackie Kelly, said:

I think people have total confidence in me. Over the last eight years I have never changed my mind on Badgerys Creek. My record is solid.

Well, that is a fair statement, I guess. But the problem is that Jackie has not changed the mind of anyone else in the coalition. Be under no illusion. Joe Hockey, the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, in a very courageous speech to the House on 20 August said:

The second point in relation to Sydney airport is that this government is committed to a second airport in Sydney.

This is the coalition! He went on:

Existing government policy is to commit to a second airport ... at Badgerys Creek—

the coalition are committed to Badgerys Creek—

with a review in 2005. That is the policy that we have had for the last two elections. That is the commitment that we have made, and that is our existing policy. It is a commitment to a second airport in the Sydney basin at Badgerys Creek, with a review of the need ... in 2005. That is the policy that we have had since the 1996 election, and it is entirely consistent with the fact that we legislated the cap of 80 movements per hour at Sydney airport, that we legislated the curfew at Sydney airport and that, through legislation, we ensured that regional aircraft will be able to access Sydney airport.

That is a clear, unambiguous statement by, I might say, an acting cabinet minister at the time. And all I say is this: Labor in Western Sydney have made our position utterly clear on Badgerys Creek—we will not build it! And the member for Macquarie, the member for Macarthur, the member for Mitchell, the member for Lindsay and the member for Parramatta—these are the Western Sydney Liberal members—ought to be honest with the people of Western Sydney, just as Mr Hockey, the minister, has been honest with the people in this parliament, and say that the coalition is committed to building the airport. None of those members nor Jackie Kelly can change the coalition's mind. Their policy, by hook or by crook, is to build Badgerys Creek. If you want an airport in Western Sydney then you vote for one of the Liberal federal members in Western Sydney, but if you do not want an airport in Western Sydney—if you think Western Sydney should not have an airport—you have one clear choice come the next election: vote for a Labor person, because we will kill it stone dead.


The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Jenkins)—Is the motion seconded?


Mrs Irwin —I second the motion and reserve my right to speak.