Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Western Sydney Airport

2:59 pm

Photo of Nigel ScullionNigel Scullion (NT, Country Liberal Party, Minister for Indigenous Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Again, I thank Senator Molan for that question. An investment of $5.3 billion will not only improve transport connectivity but create jobs and business opportunities. Local businesses will be front and centre in this project, involved as contractors or subcontractors throughout the life of the project. Industry information sessions have been held about future tendering opportunities. This will result in many new opportunities as well as new major infrastructure that will connect to the airport, such as roads and rail. The Western Sydney airport investment will make Western Sydney a hotspot for employment and small business.

From logistics to advanced manufacturing to education to agribusiness, the coalition government is working closely with the New South Wales government to maximise opportunities for the private sector and for jobs. These efforts are underpinned by the Western Sydney Deal, an unprecedented agreement between all levels of government for the growth of Western Sydney. That's what we're about: one million jobs created and new business opportunities unlocked with our free trade agreements.

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