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

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:

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Minister Albanese "I've got a plan for you" approach to Sydney Airport exposed

Commenting on today's release of the Federal government's report into Wilton as a second airport site, Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said this is another embarrassment for Labor as after six years they have no solution to many problems associated with Sydney Airport.

"Minister Anthony Albanese has been in the job for six years and he has failed to deal with aircraft noise impacts on residents or the future location of the airport", Senator Rhiannon said

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Greens' High Speed Rail report undermines case for second Sydney Airport

A new report, commissioned by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, outlines a strong economic case for High Speed Rail removing the need to build a second airport for Sydney and shows $48 billion in benefits from a HSR network along the East Coast.

High Speed Rail: Benefits that add up, prepared by a former partner at Deloitte, shows the benefits of HSR in time saved by consumers, congestion savings, accident reduction and pollution reduction.

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Albanese airport plans short on vision, limit economic potential

Commenting on Federal Transport Minister Antony Albanese's latest airport announcement Greens transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said that the Minister's comments sound more like those of an airline CEO than a responsible Labor MP ("Anthony Albanese backs expansion in Asian century", The Australian). 

"As a Labor Minister Mr Albanese should be working to ensure economic growth associated with airport expansion is not at the expense of local residents," Senator Rhiannon said.

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WA Greens push Government on aircraft noise reforms

WA Greens have urged the Federal Government to take more action to address aircraft noise in residential areas after a private members Bill on the issue was defeated in Federal Parliament.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said that most of the recommendations of the 2009 Aviation White Paper and the 2010 Senate Inquiry into Aircraft Noise had been delayed too long.

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