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Latest incident shows third runway vital - Jull



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Media Release David dull, Shadow Minister for Tourism & Aviation

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LATEST INCIDENT SHOWS THIRD RUNWAY VITAL - JULL

Today's incident at Sydney airport is further evidence of the desperate need to commence construction of Kingsford Smith's third runway according to the Federal Opposition.

David Jull, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Aviation, renewed his call for the project to commence following an aborted Qantas Boeing 747 landing.

"While not wishing to overdramatise the incident, it follows hard on the heels of the potential disaster involving a Thai jet last month," David Jull said.

In today's incident the Qantas jet had performed a "go around" when the pilot saw an Ansett Boeing 737 stationary at the end of the runway.

"In the light of this it is impossible to understand why the Government is dragging the chain over the third runway.

"A decision was taken in March 1989 to commence the project yet we seem as far away as ever to achieving anything. Little has been done.

"Aviation Support Minister Bob Collins should heed the latest ANOP poll which shows two-to-one support for the third runway. It's time the Government accepted responsibilities and stood by its promises.

"57 percent of Sydney residents support the runway going ahead. Unfortunately the Government seems incapable of responding.

"Increasing concerns over air safety and continuing delays at the airport make the immediate commencement of the project even more urgent.

"Travellers, the business community and local residents are sick and tired of the uncertainty surrounding the project.

"The third runway is more than a bargaining chip in the Hawke Keating leadership feud. It is a vital project for the

economic wellbeing of Sydney and Australia as well as being essential for the safety of air travellers."

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