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Badgerys Creek airport talk nothing but a political fix

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Lee Rhiannon 16 Feb 2013

Commenting on the latest round of wrangling over a second airport site Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said Minister Anthony Albanese has dragged his feet on Sydney Airport for years issuing reports and setting up processes that only deliver non-solutions.

"The Federal Labor and Coalition governments have ruled out Badgerys Creek as an airport site in the past and the speculation this suburb in Sydney’s west  is back  under consideration is simply game playing coming into the next election,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Badgerys Creek is being revived for political purposes as we will soon hear officially that Wilton is no longer an option.

“It is being widely reported that the government’s soon to be released report on the Wilton option will effectively rule out this site as a location for a second airport. 

“When the Wilton option falls over Minister Albanese will need another ‘proposed airport site’ to take to the election and it looks like it he could go back to Badgerys.

“The floundering around by politicians about an airport site is no way to identify a suitable location. The chopping and changing is becoming farcical.

 “Coming into every election Minister Albanese talks up his airport solutions but for the people of the inner west there has been no relief from years of excessive aircraft noise.

“The federal government should put in place a process to identify a site to relocate Sydney Airport outside of the Sydney Airshed Basin and ensure the new airport is linked to Sydney and other centres by High Speed Rail.

"Oslo, Athens, Bangkok and Hong Kong have successfully relocated urban airports to outside their busy cities. With political will, Sydney can do it too," says Senator Rhiannon.

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