May 25, 2005

Roof breaks off, as Government breaks promise

Roof breaks off, as Government breaks promise

MEDIA RELEASE: Anthony Albanese – 25 May 2005

Severe damage to a house caused by a low flying plane shows why Sydney airport is such a strong issue in my electorate and highlights the very real impact the airport has on inner west residents.

The air trailing behind a plane created a vortex and ripped about 100 tiles off the roof of Max and Cassandra Baron’s home in Sydenham at about 2pm last Saturday.

Despite incidents such as the one in Unwins Bridge Rd, the Howard Government has made an outrageous decision to breach its commitment to review Sydney’s airport needs in 2005.

This broken promise was only discovered in response to Question 421 from the member for Batman. The fact is that we do need to examine the issues of Sydney’s future airport needs.

The breach of this commitment which was made in December 2000 is extraordinary, particularly in light of community concern over the massive expansion of Sydney Airport.

The Government’s justification for its broken promise is that:

Fundamental changes have taken place in the aviation industry since [December 2000], which have led the Government to form the view that a second Sydney airport will not be needed in the foreseeable future. The Sydney Airport Master Plan, which was approved last year, indicated that the airport would be able to cope with Sydney’s air traffic needs for at least twenty years. Consequently, the Government has not yet decided on the extent and nature of any new review of Sydney’s airport needs.

I challenge the Minister for Transport John Anderson to visit my electorate and see for himself the impact Sydney Airport has on residents.

Attached: Hansard – speech by Anthony Albanese 24 May & Question No 421.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Sydney Airport

24 May 2005

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (9.29 p.m.)—I rise to draw members’ attention to the personification of why I continue to raise the issue of the impact of Sydney airport on the lives of Grayndler residents.

Max and Cassandra Baron of Sydenham last Saturday lost 100 tiles from their house when a vortex was formed by a low-flying jet.

Despite such impacts, the government has made an outrageous decision to breach its commitment to review Sydney’s airport needs in 2005.

This was only discovered in response to question 421 from the member for Batman. The fact is that we do need to examine these issues.

QUESTIONS IN WRITING: Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (Question No. 421)

25 May 2005

Mr Martin Ferguson (Batman) asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in writing, on 8 February 2005:

(1) When will the Government commence its review of Sydney’s airport needs.

(2) Have draft terms of reference been prepared.

(3) Who will conduct the review.

(4) Will the review include consideration of (a) the Badgery’s Creek site, and (b) Bankstown, Camden, Richmond, Newcastle and Canberra airports.

Mr Anderson (Gwydir—Minister for Transport and Regional Services)—10 May 2005 – The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1) to (4) The Government’s intention, originally stated in December 2000, that it would review Sydney’s airport needs in 2005, was announced in the context of its lengthy and careful consideration of Sydney’s future airport needs. At that time, the Government concluded that Sydney Airport would be able to cope with increasing air traffic to the end of the decade and that it would be premature to build a second major airport.

Fundamental changes have taken place in the aviation industry since that time, which have led the Government to form the view that a second Sydney airport will not be needed in the foreseeable future. The Sydney Airport Master Plan, which was approved last year, indicated that the airport would be able to cope with Sydney’s air traffic needs for at least twenty years. Consequently, the Government has not yet decided on the extent and nature of any new review of Sydney’s airport needs.