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Adelaide Airport curfew powers should sit with Parliament, not the Minister

Penny Wright 6 Mar 2014

I give notice that the Senate:

1.       notes that:

a.       there is community concern about the Transport Minister's decision to allow international passenger flights to land at Adelaide Airport at 5.10am, from April 2014; and

b.      the Adelaide Airport Curfew Act 2000 bans aircraft take-offs and landings between 11pm and 6am, except with the Minister's permission, to protect the lifestyle of residents who live under the flight path; and

2.       affirms that:

a.       this use of executive power, to avoid a clear legislative protection for Adelaide's residents, exposes these residents to aircraft noise and loss of amenity; and

b.      where the Parliament establishes such a protection, the protection should not be removed without Parliament specifically considering the matter, and so the Minister's power to approve flights outside of the Adelaide Airport curfew should be repealed.

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