Member for Page Janelle Saffin says there is no basis to the current scare campaign that regional air services will be shifted away from Sydney airport.

“Well, here we go again, with the Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, dragging out the old scare campaign, singing from that same old songbook from years ago,” she said.

“There is no basis at all to his claims that the Federal Government is considering moving regional flights to Bankstown. I repeat, no basis at all.

“The Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, has ruled it out, putting it beyond doubt, that Bankstown would ever become Sydney’s second airport.

“I agree with the Daily Examiner’s David Bancroft in his editorial, that this issue should have died years ago, but the Sydney Airport Corporation has again tried to raise the spectre of regional air services being relocated to Bankstown.

“And now the remnants of the dying National Party, who have not protected regional and country interests, can do nothing but try to scare people now, as they have done for years.

“The people of regional Australia are fortunate to have Anthony Albanese as Transport Minister protecting their interests, because he has strongly rejected proposals to move regional planes to Bankstown airport.

“In 2000 the National Party leader and then Transport minister, John Anderson, told Tamworth’s Northern Daily Leader he was not in a position to promise that regional airlines would continue to have guaranteed access to Sydney Airport.

“I know who I’d rather have in my corner protecting the interests of regional Australia.

“I have assured Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, that the regional air services are not in danger of being shifted to Bankstown airport.

“I suggest Mr Hartsuyker and other remnants of his party find something more constructive to do than scaremongering.”