Apr 10, 2012

Sydney’s second airport has all sides of politics in trouble

If you were a stranger in Sydney this morning in a taxi that had just endured the congestion at its small, dysfunctional airport, you'd be blasted by talkback radio in full frenzy over its second Sydney airport saga.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

If you were a stranger in Sydney this morning in a taxi that had just endured the congestion at its small, dysfunctional airport, you’d be blasted by talkback radio in full frenzy over its second Sydney airport saga.

You’d also be getting an earful of the need for a great big Australian airport at Uluru from which high-speed rail spokes distributed everyone to everywhere all over the country.

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9 thoughts on “Sydney’s second airport has all sides of politics in trouble

  1. The Pav


    Do you think that the privatisation of the airport has added to the difficultis?

  2. Peter Bayley

    It would probably be cheaper and better to drag the Harbour, the Opera house and the Bridge to Canberra and just leave Sydney to the obscenely propertied – more honest all ’round I would think

  3. Gavin Moodie

    I thought that the NSW Government had allowed developments around Badgerys Creek so that it could no longer operate without a curfew.

  4. tim

    I seem to remember that the 3rd runway at Sydney Airport was pushed through on the lie that it was only a stopgap til Badgerys Creek was built – I guess that promise was ‘non- core’.

  5. Russell

    Be great if you could post some links, Ben… I missed Bob (“Sydney is full, everyone please go away”) Carr’s witty and hypocritical insight. And Albo getting stuck into the Greens is always good sport.

  6. Suzanne Blake

    So many Governments for 40 years have handballed this. They had land, sold it and looked at so many options. Its a political football.

    Any option is useless, unless there is an 8 lane freeway and good feeders, fast rail and other infrastruction.

    For get the 2 / 3 lane M5, F3, M7, M2 jokes.

  7. eric

    Just love seeing OFarrell making the same mistakes about a second Sydney airport that all previous govts have done for 40 years.

    Sydney is starting to become the biggest joke of all the capital cities and thats saying something!I now avoid going there at all costs.

    At least Melbourne does have a sort of plan the improve Avalon Airport and bring it up to international standard even if it is a sop to owner Lin Fox a well known Liberal supporter

  8. AR

    Can anyone think of a major capital city, on this planet at least, which has its airport, its only international airport, so roof skimmingly close to its CBD?

  9. Dogs breakfast

    The first question, “Do we really need another airport?” needs to be answered unequivocally. I’m not as sanguine as most about the future of air transport across the globe. Continued growth in air travel is not the ‘given’ that is always implied in these debates.

    Carbon taxes, global warming, higher fuel prices as fossil fuels are depleted (notwithstanding the Qantas vege oil stunt).

    It may well become one of those activities of the privileged rather than an every day occurrence.

    Further, doesn’t the internet and advancements in these technologies make the business class travel inevitably redundant. There must come the day where businesses demand that a $10 video conference is just too cheap compared with a day’s travel, time off work, air fares, wasting time at conferences and then returning home.

    And further, surely huge investments in infrastructure need to be assessed on a needs basis as much as other expenditure. Improvements in rail to the south west and north west must have a much higher priority and value than another airport, and in any case are necessary for an airport if it were to be built.

    Apart from that, it would appear that Badgery’s Creek is the only option. Why only Labor governments ever have to answer the airport question when Howard and Costello had 11 good years to work on it remains a mystery to me, but partisan journalism isn’t a new phenomenon.

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