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ACTU sees the light on Mascot third runway

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Tim Fischer mp 73

Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia ,

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources



Federal Leader of the National Party Tim Fischer has welcomed the support of ACTU President Martin Ferguson ('Sunday' 16 Sept 1991) for no further delay with the building of the third runway at

Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport.

Mr Fischer was speaking today at Deniliquin at the commencement of a six day tour of country NSW focussing on the need for a

third runway at Mascot.

"Martin Ferguson quite rightly says one of the reasons the third runway has not gone ahead is because it is a political football. He blames the Greiner Government. On this he is wrong.

"The political football match has involved less than a handful of Labour Members of Parliament with electorates surrounding Mascot and the Hawke Government which has bent over backwards to supply the confusion and stonewalling necessary to retain electoral popularity for these members.

"I am undertaking this six day tour around country NSW in part to highlight what is at stake if the third runway is not built.

"The National Debt Summit found that Australia stands to lose $40 billion in potential national earnings over ten years if the third runway is not proceeded with.

"The third runway would provide 30% greater efficiency in aircraft movement. (1990 EIS finding).

"On 22 March 1989 Prime Minister Bob Hawke and the then Minister for Transport and Communications, Ralph Willis in a joint statement said 'These decisions (to develop a third runway at Mascot subject to an EIS)...,reveals that the economically

rational option is to build the third runway subject to an EIS..'

"The EIS has already found (that) Ά third runway would mean an overall reduction of more than 50% in total number of residents affected by aircraft noise,...'

Country New South Wales residents are already experiencing the effects of the delay with one major operator, Hazeltons laying off staff, selling aircraft and stopping services to quite a number of areas.

Mr Fischer concluded by calling on all to apply common sense, face the facts like Martin Ferguson and get on with building the third runway.

Mr Fischer will be visiting: Deniliquin, Henty, Young, Orange, Bathurst, Cobar, Parkes, Tottenham and Quandialla. ENDS 16 Sept 1991

For further information phone 06 277 4058.