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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29818

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 26 June 2001:

(1) Further to part (1) of the answer to question No. 2442, (Hansard, 25 June 2001, page 28541) did the former Minister for Transport state during the second reading speech on the Airports Bill (Hansard, 29 May 1996, page 1658) that the Government would not sell the airports until such time as they had been able to satisfactorily resolve Sydneys aircraft noise problems.

(2) Is the sale of Sydney Airport conditional upon satisfactory resolution of Sydney's aircraft noise problems.

(3) Further to part (3) of the answer to question No. 2442, is the Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP) for Sydney Airport a gazetted plan, including the gazetted LTOP target of 17% of all movements to the north of that airport.

(4) Will he furnish reasons why the implementation of the LTOP has proved difficult to achieve; if so, what are those reasons.

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

(1) During the debate on the Airports Bill a former Minister for Transport made a statement consistent with that contained in the question.

(2) I refer the Honourable Member to my answer to part (1) of question No. 2307.

(3) No.

(4) The Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP) has been substantially implemented with the exception of a small number of elements. For example, the restructuring of the arrival airspace has yet to be implemented. This includes implementation of the “trident” and “power-off” approaches. A number of complexities associated with safety and operational constraints have impinged on the implementation of this part of the Plan.