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New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell has switched his stance on the development of a second Sydney airport, calling on Treasurer Joe Hockey to begin construction immediately.
The announcement comes not long after the Federal Government revealed the nation’s debt ceiling would be increased from AU$300 billion to AU$500 billion, ABC News reported.
“Aviation is a federal responsibility, a second airport for Sydney is a federal responsibility,” Premier O’Farrell said.
“The Federal Government has the land, Mr Hockey has now given himself a AU$500 billion credit card, if he wants to build the second Sydney airport he can… but state funds will continue to go into state infrastructure.”
In order to relieve the pressure at Kingsford Smith Airport, the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has said the only remaining option is for a secondary airport at Badgerys Creek.
The Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) recently welcomed the commitment of the Coalition government to select a site for Sydney’s looming second airport.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said that the final master plan from Sydney Airport Corporation is due in December 2013, providing a guide of the construction timeline for a second major airport.