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Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Page: 26740

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 February 2001:

(1) Did Environment Australia find in its July 1999 Second Sydney Airport Environment Assessment Report (pp.5-4) that the 1985 site selection environmental impact statement ranked Wilton as second overall of the ten sites short listed and the favoured site outside the Sydney basin and that Wilton must rank well as an alternative site to Badgerys Creek; if so, can he provide technical reasons for his exclusion of Wilton and Darkes Forest from consideration as potential new airport sites for Sydney.

(2) Will he recall from schools all copies of the Sydney Airport Corporation Limited's document titled: Sydney Airport Australia's International Gateway teachers and students booklets Human Society and Its Environment Curriculum support materials: Stage 3, on the grounds that it contains biased, misleading and incomplete information.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The July 1999 Environmental Assessment Report by Environment Australia on the Second Sydney Airport proposal did refer to the findings of the 1985 site selection Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which ranked Wilton as the best of the mid-distance sites while Badgerys Creek was considered to be the best of the closer sites.

The EIS on the second Sydney airport proposal, which was completed in June 1999, was specifically for the Badgerys Creek site. Environment Australia's Guidelines for this EIS clearly acknowledged that alternative site locations would not be addressed in detail having been the subject of a separate `site selection' EIS in 1985 and subsequent Government decisions (except for the Holsworthy site which had been the subject of more recent study).

(2) This is a matter for the Minister for Finance and Administration, the Hon John Fahey MP, who is the portfolio Minister responsible for the Sydney Airports Corporation Limited.