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NOISE APOLOGY SOUGHT

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM, AVIATION & CUSTOMS

SENATOR WARWICK PARER LIBERAL SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

Sydney noise victims deserved an official apology following Laurie Brereton’s belated admission that the Labor Government had made “plenty” of mistakes in the development of Kingsford Smith Airport, Senator Parer said today. “His hand wringing in Adelaide and to a selected audience in Western Sydney is of little comfort to families living under the Brereton aviation noise corridor.” he said.

Senator Parer, Shadow Minister for Aviation, was speaking after moving an amendment to the Government’s Aircraft Noise Levy B ill. Mr. Brereton" s told Adelaide media he liked to learn by mistakes that have been made “and there were plenty made in Sydney.” Later, speaking to the Greater Western Sydney Regional Chamber of Commerce & Parramatta City Chamber of Commerce about the development of Sydney West Airport he said: “We have the everyday example of Sydney’s existing airport to show us how not to do things.. If we avoid the ‘short termism’ and planning weaknesses associated with kingsford Smith, we will be half way there.”

Senator Parer's amendment called on the Senate to condemn the Government for its callous and incompetent policy on Sydney Airport particularly for misleading the people of Sydney about the noise level following the opening of the parallel runway and the closure of the east-west runway and the Government’s failure to develop adequate noise management measures before this happened.

The Coalition also supported a Democrat amendment noting the failure of the Government’s Environment Impact Statement (EIS) to adequately predict the aircraft noise impact on Sydney residents and called for the EIS to be revamped to ensure the same errors were not repeated in relation to Sydney West Airport.

Senator Parer said he welcomed the decision by the Senate to urge the Government to delay the introduction of all legislation dealing with the privatisation of Sydney’s airports until the Senate Committee tabled its report. “This is only commonsense and a move that would be readily agreeable to a responsible government. If the Minister for Transport, Laurie Brereton, uses the numbers in the House of Representatives to reject these amendments then the Coalition, on behalf of all Sydney noise victims, will be seeking an explanation.

“We will be probing whether such action confirms the view that Laurie Brereton is protecting the two Labor seats, his own and that of Mr. Punch, at both ends of the east-west runway which he has effectively closed.” Senator Parer said the Government’s decision to officially oppose the amendments showed their callous approach to the nightmare they had created for thousands of Sydneyt residents,

of faith in their decisions. “They have confirmed that their mishandling of the development of Kingsford Smith Airport is probably one of the biggest bungles in history inflicted on the people of Sydney by any Government.”

(29 August, 1995)

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