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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1305


Mr HODGMAN(6.12) —The Opposition supports the motion. As the Minister for Housing and Construction (Mr West) has said, this matter was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Works last year and with the general election the reference lapsed. It is appropriate that the matter be referred back to it and hopefully it will bring down a report as speedily as possible. I simply say in supporting the motion that the Opposition joins with those who have complained about the continuing problems of taxi-ing delays at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport. Many of us have been directly involved. It is a problem which has gone on for some time and it should be rectified.

I say that with no recrimination against this Minister because it is not his fault but it will be understood by the House that there is some feeling from other parts of Australia in relation to expenditure of $16m on this airport when tragically the Hawke socialist Government refused to give one cent to the upgrading of Hobart International Airport, from which airport, as honourable members know, a regular international twice-weekly service operates between Hobart and Christchurch. We would like the Minister, if he is going to talk with his colleagues, particularly the Ministers directly responsible, to see if it is not too late for the Hawke socialist Government to find its conscience and start putting a bit of money into Hobart International Airport. I am certain that if the Minister is prepared to refer this issue to the Public Works Committee he would have my wholehearted support and would be most welcome to attend the hearings of the Committee in Hobart. But until we get the money there will not be any such inquiry or hearing. We do support the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.