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Third runway must go ahead - Jull

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Issued 1-10-91


The Federal Government should demonstrate that it is capable of making decisions by approving the immediate commencement of the third runway at Kingsford Smith Airport,

David Jull, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Aviation, called for an end to the Government's dithering on the project.

"Thirty months have passed since the Government announced it favoured a start to the third runway," David Jull said.

"Today we have still not seen one handful of soil dug to bring the project any closer to commencement. ยป

"The release of the final EIS on the runway means the Government has run out of excuses, It must demonstrate some political courage and back up its hollow rhetoric about jobs with some action.

"This Government has turned procrastination into an art form. Reluctant to go against the wishes of the New South Wales right wing, it has hidden behind technicalities for far too long.

"The EIS has now cleared the last obstacle from the Government's path. It should face up to its

responsibilities and give the go-ahead to the project.

"Further delays will cause immeasurable damage to the Australian economy and to our international reputation."

David Jull said the runway will lift aircraft capacity by at least 30 percent.

"This will allow Sydney to cope with a forecasted

passenger capacity of nearly 30 million by 2010. Failure to proceed will increase congestion and force planes to be diverted from Sydney.

"Almost 40,000 new jobs will be created in New South Wales while the tourist industry will reap major benefits.

"Time has run out for the Government. It must join with the Opposition and give its total support to the third runway."

For further information contact David Jull MHR on 07-343 8666

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