This paper presents a timeline of all key policy positions of Federal and State Governments and Oppositions with respect to a second Sydney airport since the end of 2007, and includes brief summaries and links to all of the key reports.
Since the 1940s, Federal and State governments have been grappling with the need to build a second Sydney airport. In every post–war decade, governments have studied the airport needs of Sydney and possible locations for the second airport. These plans however, have been often been discarded or delayed for a variety of reasons, including changes of government and funding shortfalls.
Aviation capacity in Sydney, and specifically the issue of a second airport at Badgerys Creek, remains at the forefront of the policy agenda for both Federal and NSW Governments. In the last two years alone, two comprehensive government studies have been published which assessed in some detail the necessity of having a second major airport in Sydney and also the suitability of various airport sites. The evidence and findings from both these studies agree on two core issues: that Sydney needs to expand its aviation capacity in the form of a new second airport; and that the most suitable site for this airport is Badgerys Creek.
Despite the findings of these studies (and those of other subsequent reports) in advocating for a second Sydney airport, the policy positions of governments and opposition at the Federal and State level have varied significantly. This paper aims to present a timeline of all the key policy positions of Federal and State Governments and Oppositions with respect to a second Sydney airport since the end of 2007. This timeline will also include brief summaries and links to all of the key reports related to this issue in that period. The key findings from the most recent reports are presented, with a brief summary of these findings set out in the last section of the paper.