Moylan calls for action on flight paths
Posted on Thursday, 10 September 2009
In a speech in Parliament on Airport security, The Hon Judi Moylan MP has called on the Minister for Transport the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, who refuses to answer the public on questions of Air Services Australia’s recent changes to flight paths without prior warning to local residents, to now act as Minister in Government.
If we can demonstrate a bi-partisan approach to a consistent approach to airport security we can devise a similar approach for other airport operations including noise.
Speaking on the Aviation Transport Security Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009, Mrs Moylan highlighted the Minister’s commitment to public consultation when in Opposition, but said now it is his responsibility for the operations in Government he has gone quiet on the issue of aircraft noise.
“The Minister actively represented his constituents affected by aircraft noise at Sydney Airport when in 1999 he presented a bill to establish an aviation noise watchdog or an ombudsman for aviation,” Mrs Moylan said.
When he spoke to the Aircraft Noise Levy Collection Amendment Bill 2001 he said:
“The practical impact of aircraft noise on the people in the communities that I represent is much greater than suggested by the theoreticians, the forecasters who sit comfortably in offices in Canberra.”
“I wholeheartedly agree with this observation and it is for that reason that I support the extension of a uniform but flexible national framework not only for security issues but also for all aspects of airport operation.”
In contributing to the debate on the Airports Amendment Bill 2006 the Minister also said:
“We will revisit key issues in government in a broader review of the legislation to make sure that airports act in conjunction with local communities rather than disregarding them.”
Mrs Moylan called on the Government to act in a bi-partisan way to develop a consistent approach to airport operations across the country in the interest of fairness to the public.
“This is exactly what the people of Pearce and others in the Perth metropolitan area are going through now, and they feel very aggrieved because they are disregarded in changes made to flight paths,” Mrs Moylan said.
“I call on the Minister to implement policy objectives to address this issue, not just for the people of Pearce but for the many thousands of Australians who have no opportunity to engage in any meaningful consultation on the aircraft noise that so affects their quality of life.”