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Budget reveals coalition deceit on Sydney's second airport



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SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT LINDSAY TANNER MP

BUDGET REVEALS COALITION DECEIT ON SYDNEY’S SECOND AIRPORT

The Budget adds further weight to the view that the Government is deliberately delaying building a second airport for Sydney, the Federal Shadow Minister for Transport, Mr Lindsay Tanner said today.

"Portfolio Budget Statements indicate that expenditure on building Sydney W est Airport has been reduced by $74 million for 1996-97.”

"Every since the Minister, Mr Sharp, announced that Holsworthy was to be included as a potential site for Sydney West airport, Labor has argued that the Government's approach to this issue has been driven by its search for spending outs rather than achieving a decent solution to Sydney's airport needs,” Mr Tanner said.

“When the Holsworthy option was announced Labor said that this meant further delays in building a second airport for Sydney. The Government denied this. The proof that Labor was right is in the Government’s own Budget Papers.”

“The Government’s recent decision to allow northerly take-offs from the third runway at Kingsford Smith airport is further evidence of the Government pushing to increase utilisation of that airport in order to delay or even avoid having to build a second one,” Mr Tanner said.

“When I met with representatives from councils throughout Sydney's west and south-west last night, they told me that the Department had yet to provide them with proposed runway configurations for the two proposed sites, making any response to the EIS proposals impossible."

"The Government’s deceit on this issue is not only delaying the construction of the airport. It is also preventing the development of vital social and economic infrastructure such as the Western orbital road project and extension of Sydney’s passenger rail network. Until the Government comes clean on its plan for Sydney W est airport, urban planning for western Sydney is on hold,” Mr Tanner said.

“The people of western Sydney deserve better than this. Not only did the Government deceive the voters of Blaxland, Werriwa, Hughes and Banks about Holsworthy, their constant delaying on the issue of Sydney W est Airport is causing anxiety throughout Sydney's west."

30 August 1996 For further information contact Lindsay Tanner or Warren Mundy on (03) 9347 5000

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