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Monday, 4 June 2001
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Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 February 2001:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to statements made in the Australian newspaper that Federal Cabinet has ruled out building a second airport in Western Sydney.

(2) Does section 11 of the Airports Act state that the airport-lessee companies of Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport (KSA) and Sydney West Airport must be wholly-owned subsidiaries of the same holding company; if so, (a) what is the rationale behind this provision and (b) will the provision be repealed.

(3) Does paragraph 14(5)(f) of the Airports Act state that an airport lease complies with the subsection if, in the case of Sydney West Airport, the lease provides for the development of the site as an airport or the use of the site as an airport, or both whether or not the lease also provides for other developments or other uses; if so, (a) what is the rationale behind this provision and (b) will the provision be repealed.

(4) Will he make provisions in granting a lease for Sydney Airport that the lease provides for the development of the site for Sydney West Airport.

(5) Will he recommend a site other than Badgerys Creek as the site for Sydney West Airport; if so, when; if not, why not.

(6) Can an operator-lease for Sydney Airport be drafted without reference to provisions in that lease for the development of the site for Sydney West Airport.

(7) For the purposes of section 16 of the Airports Act, who are (a) the airport-lessee companies and (b) the airport management-companies for (i) those airports listed in subsection 7(1) of the Act and (ii) any other airport in Australia.

(8) Will he repeal or amend section 16 of the Act.

(9) Does section 18 of the Act state that the Commonwealth must not grant an airport lease under section 13 of the Act, or section 22 of the Airports (Transitional) Act, for KSA or Sydney West Airport unless each of the airport-lessee companies is a subsidiary of the same company; if so, (a), when will tenders be advertised for the airport-lessee company for KSA and Sydney West Airport and (b) will the Commonwealth ultimately dispose of its shares in the airport-lessee companies and airport-management companies for the airports; if so, when; if not, why not.

(10) Will he repeal or amend section 18 of the Act.

(11) What would the financial impact be on the purchase price of KSA if there were no requirement for the operator of Sydney airport to build a second airport in Western Sydney.

(12) In light of the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, why were alternative sites such as Darkes Forest and Wilton not included in the Environmental Impact Statement on Bankstown Airport.


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

(1) I am fully aware of the Government's decision in December 2000 on Sydney's future airport needs including the conclusion reached that it would be premature to build a second major airport for the city.

(2) Yes. (a) This provision reflects the envisaged complementary roles of the two airports. (b) There is no intention to repeal this provision at this time.

(3) Yes. (a) This provision reflects the intention that the lessee of Sydney West Airport be responsible for developing and/or operating the airport. (b) There is no intention to repeal this provision at this time.

(4) The lease for Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport has been granted under section 21 of the Airports (Transitional) Act 1996. It does not contain provisions relating to the development of the site for Sydney West Airport.

It is proposed that a sale agreement for Sydney Airport will provide for the new owner to be given a first right of refusal by the Commonwealth to build and operate any second major airport within 100 kilometres of the Sydney Central Business District.

(5) The Government has decided to retain ownership of the Badgerys Creek site and to legislate to protect the site from incompatible development in surrounding areas which may prejudice its future use as an airport. The Government will further review Sydney's airport needs in 2005. No site other than Badgerys Creek is currently being considered for a second major airport.

(6) Yes.

(7) The airport-lessee companies and the airport management companies for all the airports leased under the provisions of the Airports Act 1996 are listed at Attachment A.

(8) There is no intention to repeal Section 16 of the Act at this time.

(9) Yes. (a) Section 18 of the Airports Act does not require tenders to be advertised or called for the airport lessee company for KSA or Sydney West Airport. (b) The Government announced its intention, on 29 March 2001, to sell its shares in the airport lessee company for KSA by way of a 100% trade sale in the second half of 2001. There is no airport lessee or airport management company for Sydney West Airport.

(10) There is no intention to repeal or amend Section 18 of the Act at this time.

(11) There is no requirement for the operator of Sydney Airport to build a second airport in western Sydney; rather it is proposed that the operator of Sydney Airport will be given a first right of refusal to build and operate any such airport.

(12) There has been no Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) undertaken on Bankstown Airport. The EIS for the second Sydney airport proposal, which was completed in 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).

ATTACHMENT A

AIRPORT-LESSEE AND AIRPORT-MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

Airport

Airport-Lessee Company

Airport-Management Company

Sydney (Kingsford Smith)

Sydney Airports Corporation Ltd

N/a

Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd

N/a

Brisbane

Brisbane Airport Corporation Ltd

N/a

Perth

Westralia Airports Corporation Pty Ltd

N/a

Adelaide

Adelaide Airport Ltd

Adelaide Airport Management Ltd

Coolangatta

Gold Coast Airport Ltd

Queensland Airports Management Ltd

Hobart

Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd

N/a

Launceston

Australia Pacific Airports (Launceston) Pty Ltd

N/a

Alice Springs

Alice Springs Airport Pty Ltd

N/a

Canberra

Canberra International Airport Pty Ltd

Capital Airport Group Pty Ltd

Darwin

Darwin International Airport Pty Ltd

N/a

Townsville

Australian Airports (Townsville) Pty Ltd

N/a

Archerfield

Archerfield Airport Corporation Pty Ltd

N/a

Bankstown

Bankstown Airport Ltd

N/a

Camden

Camden Airport Ltd

N/a

Hoxton Park

Hoxton Park Airport Ltd

N/a

Essendon

Essendon Airport Ltd

N/a

Jandakot

Jandakot Airport Holdings Pty Ltd

N/a

Moorabbin

Moorabbin Airport Corporation Pty Ltd

N/a

Parafield

Parafield Airport Ltd

Adelaide Airport Management Ltd

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek Airport Pty Ltd

N/a

Mt Isa

Australian Airports (Mount Isa) Pty Ltd

N/a