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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5782


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (4:07 PM) —by leave—As the Senate will be aware, I have pursued this matter for some time and it was logical to have the motion to follow it up. Senator Humphries did not say how he was going to address what he called ‘the curfew lobby’, who are residents in the ACT who are very concerned about the potential expansion of this airport to become an international hub, to use the developer’s own words, for cargo transport into Australia, certainly south-east Australia. One can understand what a potential nightmare that would be for the people who are living under the flight trajectory or near the airport. It does require, if the curfew is not going to be addressed, that Senator Humphries and the opposition give concrete expression to their concern for the lobby, but there has been none of that here today. There should have been support.


Senator Conroy —He’s the single largest donor to the ACT Liberal Party, the bloke who runs the airport! Give us a break!


Senator Humphries interjecting—


Senator BOB BROWN —I will just finish. For the senator interjecting, the very argument that Senator Humphries used that this is the only airport between Melbourne and Brisbane without a curfew speaks for itself. Canberra residents should get the same protection as the residents of the other cities, which are protected.