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Feb 20, 2013

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Brisbane Airport's major 2nd runway would be in the dark green belt

After being one of many critics of the pathetic lack of judgement at the Courier-Mail  over its lazy reprinting of a ridiculous UK Daily Mail beat-up about an Emirates A380 door explosion that occurred apparently in the mind of a hysterical passenger it is time to acknowledge an important editorial it has published about Brisbane Airport.

The opinion piece is about Brisbane airport’s owners trying to get the airlines, and that in turn means their passengers, to pre-pay part of the construction costs of a much needed parallel major runway to the north of the existing major runway.

The suggestion has proved as popular as leprosy in a kindergarten. The issue is one that affects the wider economy of Brisbane, and as it grows, has implications for the inevitable discussion of a 2nd major airport for Brisbane too, which just goes to show that if Sydney can have such a controversy, why not Brisbane, in the coming decades?

In fact there are so many critical issues that can be attached to Brisbane Airport, including the vexed question of monopoly pricing, that clever PR strategists could go to the Newman government and sell it a plan to cunningly raise the profile of SE Queensland even higher in the national news agenda by encouraging a blazing row about all things airport, thus ensuring recognition of the status of Brisbane as a real, fully grown up challenger to Sydney. OK, maybe not.

Needless to say, for non-Queenslanders there has to be another side to the story which Brisbane Airport either hasn’t explained, or hasn’t managed to have heard in the outer darkness which begins at the southern border.

Stay tuned. Whatever Brisbane Airport does, it won’t be good news for Sydney!

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