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Feb 19, 2013

Stench of scandal from Badgerys Creek dogs Labor

The political risk in the association of the interests of alleged murderer Ron Medich and his brother Ray with the persistent refusal of Labor to build the second airport it insists Sydney needs on site which a former Labor government selected, purchased and protected in 1986 ought to be blindingly obvious to the party.

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The Telegraph report on a proposed rezoning of land adjacent to the protected site of the long proposed second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek is an invitation for federal labor to clarify what private interests if any it is protecting by refusing to countenance its urgently needed construction.

The political risk in the association of the interests of alleged murderer Ron Medich and his brother Ray with the persistent refusal of Labor to build the second airport it insists Sydney needs on site which a former Labor government selected, purchased and protected in 1986 ought to be blindingly obvious to the party.

It ought to be equally obvious that if there is a link it will be found and exposed.

However in fairness, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, should be heard as to why what looks very bad in The Telegraph story is not the case, and why it is not the case, and while he is at it, perhaps share the detailed reasoning that had led Labor to say ‘No, no, no’ to Badgerys Creek, since on paper, this looks absurd.

Badgerys Creek was reaffirmed by an independent state/federal study of potential second airport sites last year, but its independence was overriden by the Minister within an hour of it being released, and a new inquiry set up to independently validate a runway at Wilton, which is where the original 1986 report designated a second preference site which is now covered in new housing estates and undermined in areas by coal mines.

That independent expert quest for a second airport at Wilton has yet to independently report.  If there is a second airport site to be defined at Wilton it will involve extensive destruction of new investment in housing estates, very high engineering costs, and face inferior access from greater Sydney compared to Badgerys Creek which is by complete coincidence, near the end of the soon to be completed SW Rail line.

Sounds like the Labor way in full pursuit of failure to its critics, but the question lingers:

Why exactly is Labor so reluctant to build an airport where there is now growing support for the jobs and economic activity that it will bring to western Sydney?

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