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park, the logistics businesses, and the advanced manufacturing
plants, everything along that corridor.
That’s the key to getting more and more support for Western
Sydney Airport, and I think that the key element will be bulldozers
on the ground. I’ve been advocating to Paul privately, but he
wouldn’t mind me saying it here: for goodness’ sake, get the
earthmoving stuff happening now. Then people will realise it’s
You know, you had Bob Collins out there with the spade in
the ‘90s, and you’ve had lots of people out there, a long, long
time ago. People even ask Paul, ‘Well, will it really happen?’
As people realise that yes, it will really happen, the support is
growing. Although, there was a bit of a hiccup (not Paul’s fault).
BL: You don’t have to say anything about that.
AA: I’m about to sledge someone else, so it’s bipartisan on
When I saw the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS),
the maps had every single plane going over my friend Senator
Doug Cameron’s house – literally. There was a line on the map
as if every plane at an airport goes in a straight line. That was
the draft EIS that was circulated, and I said to Warren Truss,
after I woke him up, ‘For goodness’ sake’. That was a product of
a lack of political oversight.
PF: Can I just explain what happened there, as well?
AA: I was being nice to you.
PF: We consulted with the right wing of the New South
Wales Labor party.
AA: It’s not a joke, by the way. It is actually unbelievable that
on the website you could type in your address. Literally every
plane was going over his house. Why they did this is beyond
me, because you can’t tell now where a plane will be in 2026 –
that’s not the way it works.
PF: Just to be clear, we have made the commitment that
there will be no single merge point over that location, or others.
BL: Doug has moved house.
PF: It is obviously an important point about taking the
community with you, and understanding where the hotspots
L–R: Paul Fletcher, Brendan Lyon and Anthony Albanese
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