Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Now with the passing of that colossus , Sir Charlies Court , who bestrode the political stage we can review some of his smoting of enemies and in particular Nookenbah which has very few references on teh intertubes. LA over at PerthWorst covers Section 54b.
Here's Don Randall's ( Federal member for Canning) take on it. From the House of Representatives Official Hansard
No. 13, 2004 Tuesday, 10 August 2004.
"I lived in Fitzroy Crossing in mid-1979, while Nookenbah was in full swing. Bob Hawke had his stooge, son Steven, ensconced in the Aboriginal community. Steve was very active in signing up locals to vote Labor. It was well known by the locals that Labor went all around the north-west, smooth-talking the Aboriginals into voting Labor. Steve was also the main figure in the Nookenbah disputes, stirring up most of the protests et cetera. He used to come to town most days to phone home to dad, and no doubt to report and to get fresh instructions. " This is , of course , a steaming pile of self serving excrement that any village idiot would be proud of.
There is a rather soporific contribution from PALS.
"In 1980 the community at Nookenbah, in WA’s Kimberley, formed a blockade to stop Amax Mining drilling on a sacred site. They were unsuccessful but the conflict had national and international media coverage and helped put the spotlight on Indigenous land rights as an important issue."
For the only reference I can find on the putative current state of Nookenbah see SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
Reference: Administration of Indigenous Affairs
MONDAY, 31 JANUARY 2005 Senator HEFFERNAN ( As if he is anything approaching a reliable or objective observer on anything).
Update :

Outback Upfront
Work Enterprise

Channel 2 10:00am Sunday, 4 January

Films to take us beyond the romantic myths of The Outback. This week: Steve Hawke, famous 20 years ago in the Nookenbah Community's fight against mining; an outback psychologist and the Aboriginal undertakers of the Kimberley.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who Owns Perth Airport

Ownership of Perth Airport
Perth Airport is operated by Westralia Airports Corporation Pty
Ltd (WAC). WAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airstralia
Development Group Pty Ltd (ADG).
The shareholders of ADG are:
  • Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA) - 32.01%
  • Australian Infrastructure Fund (AIF) - 24.88%
  • Perth Airport Property Fund (PAPF) - 14.50%
  • British Airports Association (BAA) – 15.00%
  • Westscheme Pty Ltd (WS) – 5.00%
  • Officers Superannuation Fund (OSF) - 3.17%
  • Colonial First State Private Capital Limited (CFS) - 1.87%
  • Queensland Infrastructure Trust (QIF) - 3.57%
Hastings Fund Management administers UTA, PAPF, AIF and
QIF, which when combined have a total equity interest of 75 per
cent. Hastings Funds Management Limited is a specialist Australian
infrastructure and investment company.
In addition to providing airport management expertise at Board
level, BAA has a technical services agreement with WAC.
BAA provides international airport business expertise to WAC in a
range of areas to assist in the operation and development of the
For more information about the airport and it shareholders
www.perthairport.net.au (Perth Airport)
www.hfm.com.au (Hastings Fund Management)
www.baa.co.uk (BAA Plc)

Perth Airport

This is a short history of Perth Airport obtained from a Factiva search on the West Australian newspaper. The Westralia Airports Corporation Pty Ltd leased Perth Airport from 1997 , and they have brought much drama ,turmoil and hilarity at their hypocrisy. The constants over the years since 1997 is WACky's environmental vandalism and its desire to screw whatever government out of any taxation.It's a story of greed, greed and if that isn't enough I'll have a truckload of cash into my bank account thank you. I also wonder where Alannah McTiernan's underground railway has gone.
So here is the summary :
1. Airport carpark so remote you have to catch a bus
The West Australian, 26 October 2007, 378 words, BEATRICE THOMAS,
New car parking bays to be built at Perth domestic airport next year will be so far from the terminal that a bus service will be needed to transport passengers.
2. Anger boils over at congested airport
The West Australian, 25 October 2007, 272 words, BEATRICE THOMAS,
Passenger numbers jump 13 per cent at Australias worst airport terminal and the strain is starting to show Anger over traffic congestion at Perth Airport domestic terminal apparently boiled over yesterday when a taxi driver and a security ...
4. Airport offices tap into mining boom
The West Australian, 3 October 2007, 406 words, CATHY SAUNDERS,
The first stage of the H-Kew Alpha project at the Perth Airport Office Park has taken off, with all the offices snapped up for an average rental of $300/sqm two months before its completion.
6. Offices to form part of airport precinct
The West Australian, 19 September 2007, 287 words, REBECCA KEENAN,
A new office development within the Perth Airport could become part of the biggest office precinct outside West Perth and has now been put on the market.
7. Passenger boom could speed up airport merger
The West Australian, 29 August 2007, 544 words, SAM RILEY,
The redevelopment of Perth Airport, including an amalgamation of the domestic and international terminals, could be fast-tracked by at least five years to meet the explosion in passenger numbers as a result of the WA boom.
8. Bigger jets to trigger major airport delays
The West Australian, 28 August 2007, 601 words, NICK BUTTERLY,
CANBERRA An internal Federal Government report has warned that the arrival of giant new Airbus A380 jets to Australia is likely to create long delays for passengers and take the countrys ageing airport infrastructure to breaking point.
9. Perth is hit hard by airline delays
The West Australian, 24 August 2007, 687 words, SAM RILEY,
Passengers catching domestic flights from Perth Airport had more delays in the first six months of this year than in any other capital city airport other than Darwin.
10. $70m airport upgrade is ?just a stopgap?
The West Australian, 22 August 2007, 348 words, KATIE HAMPSON,
Perth Airport chief Brad Geatches yesterday defended a decision to plough $70 million into upgrading the domestic terminal while its future is in doubt and support grows for it to be combined with the international terminal.
11. Airport to get a $50m upgrade
The West Australian, 21 August 2007, 495 words, KATIE HAMPSON,
Qantas will fund a major redevelopment to Perths domestic airport, which Federal politicians labelled the worst in Australia Qantas will today unveil a $50 million upgrade to its domestic terminal in Perth, as outrage over dilapidated ...
13. Rail link to tunnel under runway
The West Australian, 27 July 2007, 516 words, SAM RILEY,
The State Government is investigating the option of tunnelling under the runway at Perth Airport as part of an ambitious plan to link the city by rail or tram to a combined international and domestic terminal in the next decade.
14. Plan to sink link under runway
The West Australian, 27 July 2007, 523 words, SAM RILEY,
The State Government is investigating the option of tunnelling under the air strip at Perth Airport as part of an ambitious plan to link the city by rail or tram to a combined international and domestic terminal in the next decade.
15. Minister backs rail line to one big airport
The West Australian, 26 July 2007, 366 words, SAM RILEY,
Perths international and domestic airports would be amalgamated and linked to the city by rail under an ambitious proposal by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan to improve access to the airport and cater for the growing ...
16. Boom puts crunch on airport
The West Australian, 5 May 2007, 688 words, CATIE LOW,
New boss faces big calls on Perth's crowded gateway For frequent flyers or anyone who has recently tried to find a parking spot at Perth Airport, new chief executive Brad Geatches looks to have inherited an ageing relic and a major ...
17. Industrial estate for airport land
The West Australian, 18 April 2007, 310 words, REBECCA KEENAN,
Property developer Lester Group has released the first stage of the Exchange Park Industrial Estate into a tightly held industrial market.
18. WAC starts work on $8m airport upgrade
The West Australian, 7 February 2007, 312 words, REBECCA KEENAN,
The $275 million upgrade of Perth Airport is continuing with operator Westralia Airports Corporation starting work on an $8 million expansion of the regional aviation facilities.
19. More pass through airport
The West Australian, 20 January 2007, 160 words,
Domestic passenger numbers at Perth Airport jumped 15 per cent in the first half of this financial year, boosted by a bumper Christmas season and Perth's packed calendar of special events, according to the airport's operator.
20. Perth Airport set for $275m facelift
The West Australian, 25 November 2006, 369 words, GARETH PARKER,
Ageing Perth Airport is set for an overdue upgrade, with operator Westralia Airports Corporation revealing plans yesterday for $275 million of improvements over the next four years.
21. State in test case over airport land
The West Australian, 14 October 2006, 286 words, ELOISE DORTCH,
The State Government has launched legal action against Westralia Airports Corporation for allegedly damaging a registered Aboriginal site.
22. BGC clearing given nod
The West Australian, 3 October 2006, 196 words, DANIEL EMERSON,
Questions over the legality of Perth building company BGC's clearing of land at the site of its proposed brickworks were answered yesterday when Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell confirmed that all approval requirements had been ...
23. Probe into BGC's clearing of land
The West Australian, 2 October 2006, 381 words, GRAHAM MASON,
The Federal Government is investigating the actions of Perth building company BGC for clearing land on AFL grand final day at the site of a proposed controversial brickworks.
24. SGS heads to the airport
The West Australian, 27 September 2006, 179 words, CATIE LOW,
Certification, testing and inspection group SGS Australia has signed a 10-year lease contract with the operators of the Perth Airport, Westralia Airports Corporation, to develop a purpose-build facility on airport land.
25. Record passengers, property lift airport earnings
The West Australian, 7 September 2006, 147 words, MICHAEL WEIR,
Record passenger numbers and a booming property portfolio have seen earnings take off for Westralia Airports Corporation, the operator of Perth Airport.
26. Welcome to the ugly face of Perth
The West Australian, 28 August 2006, 531 words, GARETH PARKER <> CY CLAYTON,
Boarded-up shops, building sites and traffic chaos greet visitors as they head from the airport to the city Great Eastern Highway, the gateway to Perth for interstate and overseas visitors to WA, is a disgrace in need of an urgent ...
28. Airport pays rates, but row continues
The West Australian, 26 July 2006, 402 words, GARETH PARKER,
The operator of Perth Airport, Westralia Airports Corporation, has paid $409,000 in outstanding rates to the City of Belmont but the issue of how much it should pay looks set to drag on, with both sides refusing to give ground yesterday.
29. Nod for Coles Myer airport centre
The West Australian, 25 July 2006, 305 words, AINSLIE CHANDLER,
Coles Myer's plans for a major distribution centre at Perth Airport have been given the green light by the Federal Government. Transport and Regional Services Minister Warren Truss said approval for the $100 million regional distribution ...
30. Airport rates hope grounded
The West Australian, 11 July 2006, 414 words, GARETH PARKER,
Westralia Airports Corporation defies Government directive to pay $400,000 owing to Belmont council Belmont City Council is seething that the private operator of Perth Airport continues to refuse to pay money the council says it is owed in ...
31. Airport rates fight not solved by ruling
The West Australian, 11 July 2006, 394 words, GARETH PARKER,
Belmont City Council is seething that the private operator of Perth Airport continues to refuse to pay money the council says it is owed in rates.
32. Brickworks blunder has the whiff of hypocrisy
The West Australian, 6 July 2006, 969 words, MARK DRUMMOND,
Len Buckeridge has a message for the WA Labor Government: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Of course, the cantankerous BGC chief makes his point with more abrasive language, most of which is not fit for quotation in ...
33. Airport terminals may merge
The West Australian, 16 June 2006, 448 words, MARK DRUMMOND,
The domestic and international terminals at Perth Airport could be merged under a review which could also result in a new airport hotel and multi-level carpark.
34. Fund eyes UK stake in Perth airport
The West Australian, 8 June 2006, 291 words, AINSLIE CHANDLER,
Listed group Australian Infrastructure Fund has confirmed it will seriously consider buying British airport giant BAA's 15 per cent stake in Perth Airport if given the chance.
35. Office building for airport site
The West Australian, 7 June 2006, 254 words, AINSLIE CHANDLER,
Construction of a $9.8 million A-grade office building at Perth Airport will start next month, after the board of Westralia Airports Corporation (WAC) gave the project the go-ahead.
36. Rabbit fence saves plants
The West Australian, 8 May 2006, 232 words, TORRANCE MENDEZ,
A rabbit-proof fence, having failed spectacularly to deter the migration of the feral animals to WA 100 years ago, may prove to be the saviour of a rare variety of flora.
37. Perth Airport chief quits suddenly on board talks
The West Australian, 2 May 2006, 437 words, CATHY BOLT,
Perth Airport will be without a chief executive for months after the surprise announcement yesterday that Graham Muir will quit the post this week after nine years.
38. Wrangle over airport rates continues
The West Australian, 15 April 2006, 390 words, GARETH PARKER,
The stand-off between Westralia Airports Corporation and Belmont City Council over $409,000 in rates looks set to continue, with negotiations stalled.
39. Perth Airport to see $26m new developments
The West Australian, 12 April 2006, 157 words, AINSLIE CHANDLER,
Perth airport manager Westralia Airports Corporation has approved $26 million worth of new developments on its land. DHL Exel is expanding its facilities, adding a 4500sqm warehouse in the international terminal zone in a project worth $4 ...
40. Artworks plan to brighten airport estate
The West Australian, 29 March 2006, 309 words, AINSLIE CHANDLER,
Perth Airport has enlisted the help of WA artist Jon Tarry in its push to transform some of its excess land into a prime industrial and commercial park.
41. Plea for extra flights to meet tourism demand
The West Australian, 18 March 2006, 212 words, ANNE CALVERLEY,
Flights to Perth are failing to keep pace with the State's booming tourism market, meaning millions of lost tourist dollars, industry bodies have warned.
42. Airport to grow into city's next office hub
The West Australian, 15 March 2006, 463 words, AINSLIE CHANDLER,
$2.5 billion plan aims to capitalise on location and space shortage Perth Airport could be transformed into the city's next office hub, with ambitious plans to turn a 100ha parcel of land into a Subi Centro-style development worth an ...
44. Perron Group backs council over airport's unpaid rates
The West Australian, 1 March 2006, 206 words,
Property company the Perron Group, owner of Belmont Forum shopping centre, has backed the City of Belmont in its battle with Westralia Airports Corporation over unpaid rates.
45. Perth Airport a tax haven, says Senator
The West Australian, 22 February 2006, 396 words, GARETH PARKER,
WA Senator David Johnston has described Perth Airport as a "tax haven" amid debate over whether the airport's lessee, Westralia Airports Corporation, should have to pay full rates to the City of Belmont.
46. Airport premises leased
The West Australian, 22 February 2006, 93 words,
Officeworks Business Direct has secured a lease over Australia Post's former premises at Perth Airport. At the corner of Affleck and Grogan roads, the property includes a 5218sqm warehouse, 657sqm office and 987sqm of canopy.
47. Cheque from airport fails to cool row
The West Australian, 17 February 2006, 344 words, GARETH PARKER,
Westralia Airports Corporation has sent a cheque for $531,000 to Belmont City Council in an attempt to cool a row over ex-gratia rates payments.
48. Ultimatum over airport rates row
The West Australian, 9 February 2006, 385 words, GARETH PARKER,
The Federal Government has weighed into the rates dispute between the Belmont City Council and Westralia Airports Corporation, saying the council should reduce the airport's rates bill or increase the level of services it provides.
49. Airport chief lends his skills as Perth Convention Bureau chair
The West Australian, 3 December 2005, 221 words,
Westralia Airports Corporation chief executive Graham Muir is lending his experience in the tourism industry to the Perth Convention Bureau after being elected chairman.
51. Protest at brickworks plan over fear of acid rain and poisoning
The West Australian, 31 October 2005, 329 words, JENNIFER ELIOT,
Fears of acid rain falling on schools and homes prompted more than 300 people to rally yesterday against a proposal to build a fifth brickworks in Hazelmere.
52. Hundreds voice health concerns over plan for new brickworks
The West Australian, 31 October 2005, 326 words, JENNIFER ELIOT,
Fears of acid rain falling on schools and homes prompted more than 300 people to rally yesterday against a proposal to build a fifth brickworks in Hazelmere.
53. Industrial rents up on growth in demand
The West Australian, 28 September 2005, 587 words, LEE-ANNE PETCHELL,
After a decade of stagnant rent growth, industrial landowners are seeing rents rise as solid demand continues, land supplies dwindle and construction costs hits new building activity.
55. Coles Myer distribution to take off at Perth airport estate
The West Australian, 22 September 2005, 349 words, LEE-ANNE PETCHELL,
Westralia Airports Corporation has confirmed it has secured a lucrative Coles Myer lease to house a $120 million major distribution centre within the Perth Airport estate.
56. WAC unveils $120m distribution hub
The West Australian, 21 September 2005, 137 words, LEE-ANNE PETCHELL,
Westralia Airports Corporation appears to be a step closer to securing Coles Myer as a major tenant after revealing plans which would allow a $120 million distribution facility to be built on land near Perth airport.
57. Still doubt on brickworks at airport: locals
The West Australian, 1 September 2005, 399 words, ELOISE DORTCH,
Residents and environmental groups have attacked a draft development plan for a brickworks at Perth Airport released this week by Westralia Airports Corporation.
60. Buckeridge seals brick plant deal
The West Australian, 10 May 2005, 397 words, MARK DRUMMOND,
Building magnate Len Buckeridge could be headed for a fresh confrontation with the Gallop Government after signing a deal to build a brick factory on Commonwealth-owned airport land in Hazelmere.
61. BGC brick factory set for airport land
The West Australian, 10 May 2005, 419 words, MARK DRUMMOND,
Building magnate Len Buckeridge could be headed for a fresh confrontation with the Gallop Government after signing a deal to build his $75 million brick factory on Commonwealth-owned airport land at Hazelmere.
62. Buckeridge gives up his battle with bureaucracy THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BUCKERIDGE
The West Australian, 23 April 2005, 995 words, MARK DRUMMOND,
As Len Buckeridge sees it, the high-tech East German brick plant collecting dust in a Kewdale warehouse during a major brick shortage in WA typifies his beef with the State Government.
68. Airport golf club given notice in brickworks bid
The West Australian, 5 March 2005, 297 words, JENNY D'ANGER,
Westralia Airports Corporation has confirmed that talks with building magnate Len Buckeridge for a brickworks at Perth Airport are continuing, though a sub-lease is yet to be signed.
70. Kucera attacked over 'woeful' tourism funding
The West Australian, 2 February 2005, 506 words, ROBERT TAYLOR,
WA's peak tourism organisation has launched a scathing attack on the Gallop Government, claiming Labor has let the State fall behind the rest of the country in the race for lucrative national and international tourist markets.
72. Perth Airport looks forward to arrival of double-decker visitor
The West Australian, 21 January 2005, 196 words, PETA RULE,
The mighty double-decker A380 plane, unveiled this week in Toulouse by Airbus, could land in Perth by 2008 and is likely to frequent the city on regular flights by 2010.
73. City impotent on brickworks
The West Australian, 15 January 2005, 331 words, JENNY D'ANGER,
A controversial $75 million brickworks at Perth airport could go ahead after a meeting of airport operator Westralia Airports Corporation and building magnate Len Buckeridge's company BGC.
74. Perth Airport taxis on to profit runway
The West Australian, 22 November 2004, 592 words, CATHY BOLT,
Westralia Airports Corporation, operator of Perth Airport, has signalled it expects strong profit growth into the future as continued robust growth in aviation activity coincides with further development of its vast land estate around the ...
75. Perth Airport taxis on to profit runway
The West Australian, 22 November 2004, 592 words, CATHY BOLT,
Westralia Airports Corporation, operator of Perth Airport, has signalled it expects strong profit growth into the future as continued robust growth in aviation activity coincides with further development of its vast land estate around the ...
76. Airlines give tourism a lift TAKING OFF
The West Australian, 17 November 2004, 861 words, MINH LAM,
New carriers and routes to benefit WA travellers and travel operators alike, reports Minh Lam West Australians appear to have more choice and flexibility than ever before in travelling to international destinations from Perth due to an ...
77. Airport, jeweller clash
The West Australian, 25 September 2004, 325 words, MARK DRUMMOND,
One of Perth's best-known retail chains, Rosendorff's Diamond Jewellers, faces winding-up proceedings launched by the owner of Perth Airport.
78. Airport flys higher
The West Australian, 27 August 2004, 227 words,
BRIEFING Perth Airport leaseholder and operator Westralia Airports Corporation has achieved its first net profit since the 1997 privatisation, coming in with a bottom line figure of $2.3 million for 2003-04. The profit, compared with a ...
79. Airport flys higher
The West Australian, 27 August 2004, 227 words,
BRIEFING Perth Airport leaseholder and operator Westralia Airports Corporation has achieved its first net profit since the 1997 privatisation, coming in with a bottom line figure of $2.3 million for 2003-04. The profit, compared with a ...
80. Movers & Shakers
The West Australian, 7 August 2004, 348 words, PETA RULE,
David Crawford has been appointed acting president of the National Competition Council from August 26. Mr Crawford steps in for Dr Wendy Craik, who resigned to become chief executive of the Murray Darling Basin Commission. Mr Crawford is ...
82. Travellers take off to record
The West Australian, 28 July 2004, 201 words, MINH LAM,
A record six million passengers passed through Perth's international and domestic airports in the past year. Figures for the 2003-04 financial year reveal an increase of 13 per cent over the previous year. The record 6,038,804 passengers ...
86. Coles Myer in WA warehouse space search
The West Australian, 5 May 2004, 471 words, CATIE LOW,
Retail giant Coles Myer is seeking some additional warehouse space in WA to ease pressure on its distribution operation at Canning Vale. Last September Coles Myer announced it would spend $600 million over five years to overhaul its ...
88. Airport property sells for $8.25m
The West Australian, 28 April 2004, 396 words, CATIE LOW,
London-based investment and development group Peak Property has paid $8.25 million for an office-warehouse at 130 Fauntleroy Avenue in the Perth airport precinct.
90. Bush Forever? Not at Perth Airport site.
The West Australian, 8 April 2004, 396 words, By CARMELO AMALFI.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA COMPANIES LAND CONSERVATION CABINET THE State Government has accused the Federal Government of environmental vandalism after it let Westralia Airports Corporation clear 44ha of heritage-listed bush at Perth ...
91. WE HEAR.
The West Australian, 7 April 2004, 488 words, By GARY ADSHEAD.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA TRAFFIC PARKING FOOTBALL AFL WA SA AGED ... Allan Read of Duncraig is in a spin over the drawn-out carpark upgrade at Perth's domestic airport and the even more drawn-out attempt to get some answers.
102. Air traffic to soar in Perth.
The West Australian, 6 December 2003, 415 words, By GEOFFREY THOMAS.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA HONG KONG CANBERRA QLD CHINA TOURISM AIR traffic through Perth Airport is set to soar next year with a host of new destinations and increasing frequencies on existing flights.
103. WA fund revealed as airport stake buyer.
The West Australian, 14 November 2003, 332 words, By CATIE LOW.,
WESTSCHEME, WA's biggest non-government superannuation fund, was yesterday unmasked as the buyer of a 5 per cent stake in Perth airport. The $27 million purchase, effected through the acquisition of stock in the airport operator, ...
105. 5pc airport stake sold for $27m.
The West Australian, 13 November 2003, 283 words,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA SALES INVESTMENTS COMPANIES A 5 PER CENT stake in the operator of Perth airport, Westralia Airports Corporation, has changed hands for $27 million.
107. Airlines put on flights as traffic grows.
The West Australian, 5 November 2003, 462 words, By GEOFFREY THOMAS.,
109. Few MPs will bite poll feeding hand - IN THE MONEY.
The West Australian, 30 October 2003, 721 words, By STEVE PENNELLS.,
POLITICAL ELECTORAL MATTERS WA CABINET More than one certainty in new election legislation COMMENT THE next State election will be held on February 19 in 2005.
111. The unknown faces behind the NCC push.
The West Australian, 16 October 2003, 312 words,
NATIONAL COMPETITIONS COUNCIL AUSTRALIA WA GRANTS A SCIENTIST, a WA company director, a social welfare advocate and lawyer, and a former State under-treasurer are the faces behind the National Competition Council.
112. Investors chase industrial cash.
The West Australian, 24 September 2003, 648 words, By CATIE LOW.,
MALAYSIAN-BACKED group Hawaiian Management has added a $14.5 million industrial property to its portfolio as investors diversify into the industrial sector in pursuit of stronger returns.
115. Woolies lands at airport.
The West Australian, 4 September 2003, 312 words, By KATHERINE FLEMING.,
SHOPS COMPANIES AUSTRALIA WA TOWN PLANNING AVIATION MUNICIPAL COUNCIL Store giant plans day and night distribution centre A $100-MILLION development, including a Woolworths distribution centre that will operate 24 hours a day and supply ...
116. Westralia profits take off with rise in domestic trips.
The West Australian, 28 August 2003, 396 words, By JOHN PHACEAS.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA COMPANIES AUSTRALIA TOURISM PERTH Airport owner Westralia Airports Corporation has cashed in on the resurgence of the great Aussie holiday caused by international uncertainty to book a 26.8 per cent increase in ...
117. Fund to sell stake in Perth Airport.
The West Australian, 1 August 2003, 216 words, By JOHN PHACEAS.,
WESTRALIA Airports Corporation, owner of Perth Airport, yesterday confirmed that a quarter stake in the State's most important tourist hub worth $130 million was up for sale.
120. Airport taxi levy to double.
The West Australian, 3 June 2003, 463 words, By BEN HARVEY.,
TAXIS WA AVIATION FARES COMPANIES PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT MP says owner company should pay for needed terminal improvements TAXI fares from Perth's domestic airport will rise to pay for a $2.2 million upgrade to the front of the terminal. ...
121. WAC eyes corporate estate at airport.
The West Australian, 21 May 2003, 546 words, By CATIE LOW.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA SHOPS GROCERS COMPANIES LAND TRANSPORT INDUSTRIES PROPERTY WESTRALIA Airports Corporation is working to develop a corporate estate at the airport with a number of sector-specific areas designed to meet the needs of ...
130. Sotico HQ to go in assets sell-off.
The West Australian, 12 February 2003, 465 words, By CATIE LOW.,
PROPERTY SALES WA COMPANIES WESFARMERS forests products subsidiary Sotico is selling its 16.6 hectare headquarters in Welshpool in one of the biggest industrial land sales in recent history. ...
132. Airport parking plea.
The West Australian, 5 February 2003, 123 words, By MINH LAM.,
PARKING PRICES AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA WA FEDERAL Labor MP Kim Wilkie has called for more parking machines at Perth International Airport to prevent delays. ...
134. Creditors fall short on failed WA liquor play.
The West Australian, 4 November 2002, 572 words, By NEALE PRIOR.,
ALCOHOL COMPANIES BANKRUPTCY WA INVESTMENTS THE tax man and the Westralia Airports Corporation are hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket from the failure last year of an ambitious venture to crack the WA wholesale liquor market. ...
135. Air travel expert to boost WA.
The West Australian, 26 October 2002, 298 words, By GEOFFREY THOMAS.,
TOURISM WA AVIATION BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS FORMER Qantas Airways and Ansett executive Gavin Richardson has been appointed a senior aviation specialist with the WA Tourism Commission and Westralia Airports Corporation. ...
136. A vision of blue skies.
The West Australian, 27 September 2002, 553 words,
TOWN PLANNING WA REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT An innovative master plan will see a centre for aviation and commerce rise around Perth's airports. ...
137. Bonus $91m lifts Budget surplus.
The West Australian, 26 September 2002, 478 words, By BEN HARVEY.,
WA BUDGET ECONOMY LABOR PARTY CABINET Government expenses fall as stamp duty revenue rises THE State Budget surplus for 2001-02 was $209 million - $91 million more than was predicted in May,. ...
138. Ansett staff told of slim cash hopes.
The West Australian, 26 September 2002, 474 words, By NICK MILLER.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT COMPANIES BANKRUPTCY AUSTRALIA WAGES TRADE UNIONS ACTU EMPLOYMENT MELBOURNE THE multi-million-dollar sale of Ansett's terminal at Perth Airport will be the next step in the long liquidation of the failed airline ...
139. Bonus $91m lifts Budget surplus - BACKGROUND [] Budget boosts.
The West Australian, 26 September 2002, 460 words, By BEN HARVEY.,
WA BUDGET ECONOMY LABOR PARTY CABINET Government expenses fall as stamp duty revenue rises THE State Government's Budget surplus of $209 million will be used to reduce Government borrowings, Treasurer Eric Ripper said yesterday. ...
140. Stamp duty probe draws business fire.
The West Australian, 31 August 2002, 299 words, By LIZ TICKNER.,
TAX STAMP WA BUDGET PROPERTY BUSINESS CABINET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THERE was no justification for the Gallop Government to tighten the stamp duty net, the Property Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Liberal leader Colin Barnett ...
141. Gallop 'scaring away big money'.
The West Australian, 24 August 2002, 418 words, By SUE PEACOCK.,
MINING INDUSTRIES BUSINESS INVESTMENTS WA OIL NORTH WEST SHELF ENERGY GAS LAW CASES TARIFFS ECONOMY CABINET MULTI-MILLIONAIRE investor and former Subiaco and Carlton premiership player Mike Fitzpatrick has launched a scathing attack on ...
143. Car race plan still waiting for take-off.
The West Australian, 11 April 2002, 719 words, By BEVAN EAKINS.,
MOTOR CARS RACING WA TOWN PLANNING PERTH AIRPORT YET another grand plan has been floated for a motor racing track in Perth. The latest idea is to build a formula one-style track on land at Perth Airport. ...
145. Taxes spent on air carrot.
The West Australian, 3 January 2002, 496 words, By ANNE BURNS.,
AVIATION COMPANIES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WA BUDGET CABINET Budget cuts - but Emirates to get $1.35m incentive (FOLLOWING STANDFIRST IN COUNTRY EDITION ONLY) Budget cuts, but Emirates to get $1.35m incentive ...
The West Australian, 17 November 2001, 257 words,
PROPERTY developer Ron Doubikin has joined the Westralia Airports Corporation board as a non-executive director. Mr Doubikin heads up the Doubikin Group of companies and chairs the board for the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority. ...
147. Airport delays likely< - Tortoise win< - A child's place.
The West Australian, 13 October 2001, 228 words,
151. Perth airport trims losses.
The West Australian, 12 September 2001, 349 words, By BRETT LANE.,
AVIATION PERTH AIRPORT WA COMPANIES INCREASED passenger numbers helped Perth airport owner Westralia Airports Corporation Pty Ltd improve profitability on the back of an 11 per cent lift in operating revenue to $76.8 million for the year to ...
152. Airport Signs On $9m Freight Plan
The West Australian, 10 July 2001, 141 words, Dawn Gibson,
AUSTRALIAN company Star Track Express will build a state-of-the-art express freight terminal at Perth International Airport at a cost of about $9 million. ...
153. Airport Has Space For Good Ideas
The West Australian, 1 June 2001, 331 words, Mark Irving,
WANTED: A good idea for 200sq m or so of courtyard at Perth Airport's domestic terminal. Before the new international terminal was built, folk congregated at the spot to wave farewell to their friends and rellies as they departed these ...
154. Airport Pulls In Too Much Taxi Money
The West Australian, 10 May 2001, 433 words, Trevor Robb,
Watchdog calls for Westralia Airports to comply with price cap TAXI levies imposed by the owners of Perth Airport have pushed the facility's earnings well over the amount permitted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. ...
155. Tokenism Rears Its Head At Airport
The West Australian, 4 May 2001, 584 words, Mark Irving,
IT'S been weeks since we've had a Perth Airport parking yarn, so it's a big thank you to Bill of South Perth for breaking the drought. Bill went to the domestic airport to collect his wife. ...
156. Insult Stirred Ledger: Father
The West Australian, 6 April 2001, 166 words, Wendy Caccetta,
ACTOR Heath Ledger's father says a parking officer at the Perth domestic airport provoked his son's angry outburst on Wednesday. Perth businessman Kim Ledger says the officer called his daughter Kate a stupid bitch after she asked ...
157. M-rated Scene As Stars Arrive
The West Australian, 5 April 2001, 324 words, Wendy Caccetta,
ACTOR Heath Ledger and his girlfriend, United States actor Heather Graham, arrived in Perth for a holiday yesterday - but Ledger reserved all his comments for parking staff at the domestic airport. ...
159. Busselton Air Link To End
The West Australian, 3 April 2001, 375 words, Melissa Stevens,
Loss of subsidy will hit region's tourism, says Opposition WA LOOKS set to lose the Perth-Busselton-Margaret River air service when the State Government withdraws its subsidy next month. ...
161. There's Two Sides To Every Parking Story
The West Australian, 5 March 2001, 310 words, Mark Irving,
TED from Mullaloo reckons the class system he left behind in the Old Dart is well and truly alive in Perth. He was at Perth Airport international terminal last Tuesday when he noticed a red Rolls Royce parked at a two-minutes-only drop-off ...
162. Australian Infrastructure Fund
The West Australian, 12 February 2001, 552 words, Brett Lane,
EVER burnt WA mains gas? Driven on a tollway in Sydney's west? Flown from Perth to Melbourne, Launceston or Darwin? Dialled a 0404, 0410, 0414, 0415 or 0416 mobile phone number? ...
163. Federation Fivers Strike Out
The West Australian, 10 January 2001, 576 words, Mark Irving,
WE hadn't received any calls about those famous token machines in Perth Airport carparks for a few months, so when we got the call about a problem they were having we were relieved the drought was over. ...
164. Levy To Fund $80m Airport Expansion
The West Australian, 15 November 2000, 555 words, Geoffrey Thomas,
PERTH International Airport is to get an $80 million facelift to cater for increased passenger traffic and to improve amenities under a plan unveiled to airlines yesterday. ...
165. Airport Investor Eyes Sale
The West Australian, 29 August 2000, 330 words, Brett Lane,
THE new majority stakeholder in Perth International Airport confirmed yesterday it was negotiating to dilute its control. Listed Australian Infrastructure Fund and stablemate Utilities Trust of Australia, which hold a combined 83.9 per cent ...
166. Artwork Banned In Airport Display
The West Australian, 12 July 2000, 469 words, Ruth Callaghan,
PERTH'S International Airport has threatened to take down a display of WA art and culture because of a row over alleged censorship of Aboriginal works. ...
168. Angry Cabbies Turn To Union In Profits Push
The West Australian, 17 May 2000, 461 words, Chris Manly,
THE Transport Workers' Union says it has recruited hundreds of disgruntled Perth taxi drivers and is set to launch a big campaign to improve their working conditions. ...
169. JUDITH MITCHELL has been appointed corporate development manager of ...
The West Australian, 13 May 2000, 177 words, Michael Weir,
JUDITH MITCHELL has been appointed corporate development manager of the West Australian Symphony. PR FIRM Oak Ridge Communication has appointed Joanne Williams as a consultant. ...
170. $17m Deal Puts Industrial Focus On Forrestfield
The West Australian, 19 April 2000, 497 words, Virginia Egerton-Warburton,
LANDCORP has finally sealed a $17.3 million deal for Westrail's former Forrestfield marshalling yards which are earmarked as the metropolitan area's next big industrial site. ...
171. Airport Parking Puts On More Than A Token Effort For The Big Visit
The West Australian, 1 April 2000, 338 words, Mark Irving, Susan Hewitt,
TRAFFIC flowed smoothly, a friendly attendant greeted cars, monarchists were smiling and everyone had enough spare change for a cup of tea. Surely this couldn't be the same Perth airport with those now infamous parking token machines? ...
172. Airport Owner Plays Down Drop In Credit Rating
The West Australian, 22 March 2000, 572 words, Sue Peacock,
WESTRALIA Airports Corporation, which owns Perth International Airport, has shrugged off Standard & Poor's downgrading of its long-term credit rating, calling it "unnecessarily pessimistic". ...
173. Airport Robbers Take Cash And Evidence
The West Australian, 15 February 2000, 276 words, John Flint,
ROBBERS dodged heavy security at Perth International Airport to hold up a carpark attendant and plunder four pay stations early yesterday. The two robbers evaded 24-hour video surveillance of the airport carpark by grabbing the videotape ...
175. GST Hits Airport Car Hire, Say Firms
The West Australian, 10 February 2000, 433 words, Trevor Robb,
CAR rental customers at Perth Airport are being forced to pay an extra 10 per cent on their bills as a costly side-effect of the GST. Car hire companies at the airport said yesterday the GST had devastated the used car market and slashed ...
176. Mother Nature Gives Jet Set Parking Crowd Token Relief
The West Australian, 27 January 2000, 448 words, Mark Irving, Sean Cowan,
WHEN we heard about yet more problems with the new carpark system at Perth Airport, we wearily reached for the bat phone to again contact our good friends at Westralia Airports Corporation. ...
177. A Token Effort Drives Them Mad
The West Australian, 7 January 2000, 408 words, Nick Miller, Sean Cowan,
ONCE again the airport is going parking mad. Ah, here at Inside Cover we remember the golden years of parking. We still have sepia-tone photos of happy family outings, getting a simple paper ticket at the carpark entrance and arriving at ...
178. No-frills Airline Planned
The West Australian, 17 December 1999, 559 words, Gareth Malpeli,
One-way tickets to eastern States would cost $230 MELBOURNE A FORMER police pilot and a mystery investor are behind a no-frills airline that plans to sell cut-price fares from Perth to the eastern States by September. ...
179. Jet Set Hit By Token Confusion
The West Australian, 26 October 1999, 493 words, Pam Casellas, Ben Harvey,
MOST of us feel testy after a plane flight long enough to necessitate being unloaded at Perth's international terminal. Hour after hour of airline food, screaming babies, bad movies and cramped seats. ...
180. Auction Plans Under The Hammer
The West Australian, 1 September 1999, 398 words, Gareth Malpeli,
A QUIET suburban lifestyle is the last thing many would expect with an international airport just over the back fence. But for residents in Coolgardie Avenue, Redcliffe, having jumbo jets for neighbours is the least of their worries. ...
181. Airport Owner Draws Flak For 50-year Plan
The West Australian, 19 May 1999, 249 words, Gareth Malpeli,
FEDERAL Transport Minister John Anderson has attacked the owner of Perth International Airport for not consulting local communities properly on plans which will make areas in Perth's south-east uninhabitable. ...
182. High Planes Close Door To Home On The Range
The West Australian, 23 April 1999, 338 words, Gareth Malpeli,
HAPPY trails of one of Perth's biggest riding schools have come to an end. But the owner of the land, Perth airport operator Westralia Airports Corporation, does not know what it is going to replace the school with. ...
183. Money Wasted In Noise Areas: Council
The West Australian, 21 April 1999, 338 words, Gareth Malpeli,
UP TO $9 million could have been wasted by the State Government because of aircraft noise predictions in Perth's south-east, according to the City of Canning. ...
184. Don't Let Noise Delay Airport Plan: Operator
The West Australian, 5 April 1999, 573 words, Gareth Malpeli,
Council, community want a say over revised noise levels Predictions of aircraft noise so great that people could not live under the flight paths should not delay Federal approval for Perth Airport's development, according to the airport's ...
185. Aircraft Noise Peril Flagged
The West Australian, 31 March 1999, 410 words, Gareth Malpeli,
Airport admits 2018 flight-path levels will push residential limit HUNDREDS of Perth homes will be exposed to potentially hazardous aircraft noise levels under a master plan before Federal Transport Minister John Anderson. ...
186. Infratil Profit Slide Belies Group Performance Gains
The West Australian, 18 February 1999, 421 words, Brett Lane,
a -- INFRATIL Australia reported yesterday all its investments, including Perth International Airport, were performing at or above target despite a dip in interim consolidated profit. ...
187. Toll Project Helps AIF Double Net
The West Australian, 3 February 1999, 372 words, Brett Lane,
AUSTRALIAN Infrastructure Fund, a listed entity from Mike Fitzpatrick's management stable, doubled net profit to $22.6 million in the six months to December 31. ...
The West Australian, 30 January 1999, 418 words, Neale Prior,
. -- "It's the usual suspects." - Multiplex Constructions chairman John Roberts about possible financiers for Comet Resources' $672 million Ravensthorpe nickel project. ...
189. Airport Cabs Hit By Levy
The West Australian, 15 January 1999, 415 words, Gareth Malpeli,
Toll 'will cause arguments with passengers' CAB rides from Perth Airport have been hit by a new levy on taxis. Taxi passengers from the domestic and international terminals at the airport now face a $1 charge that drivers have to pay to ...
190. $1 Levy Angers Cabbies
The West Australian, 15 January 1999, 416 words, Gareth Malpeli,
Airport toll will 'cause arguments with passengers' CAB rides from Perth Airport have been hit by a new levy on taxis. Taxi passengers from the domestic and international terminals at the airport now face a $1 charge that drivers have to ...
192. Long-range Power For Airport
The West Australian, 27 November 1998, 103 words, David Reed,
PERTH Airport has signed a two-year contract to buy electricity from a Kalgoorlie power station - a move which is estimated will save $500,000 a year and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tonnes. ...
193. Airport $1 Taxi Levy Scheme Under Fire
The West Australian, 19 October 1998, 227 words, Jennifer Grove,
THE State Opposition has criticised the decision by Perth Airport operator Westralia Airports Corporation to charge taxis a $1 levy for airport pick-ups. ...
194. Airport Plans Rejected
The West Australian, 29 August 1998, 378 words, Torrance Mendez,
PERTH Airport's plans to extend its south-west runway or build a parallel runway have been thrown out by Federal Transport Minister Mark Vaile. ...
195. Honking Protest At Bitumen Plans
The West Australian, 6 July 1998, 157 words, John Flint,
HAZELMERE and High Wycombe residents, angry over the planned construction of a bitumen plant near their homes on Perth Airport land, staged a noisy protest yesterday. ...
196. Protesters Stop Runway Plan
The West Australian, 29 June 1998, 396 words, Torrance Mendez,
PERTH Airport has bowed to pressure from anti-noise activists who fought plans to extend a runway. Airport owner Westralia Airports Corporation said approval for extending runway 06/24 would be sought on condition it would be used only in ...
197. A Hard Road For Bitumen Plant
The West Australian, 29 June 1998, 313 words, Liz Tickner,
RESIDENTS around Hazelmere and High Wycombe will stage a protest rally next Sunday against Perth Airport's plans to allow construction of a bitumen plant without public consultation. ...
198. Airport Takes Active Step On Use Of Land
The West Australian, 24 June 1998, 496 words, Dan Minchin,
WESTRALIA Airports Corporation has appointed a Sydney-based Westfield executive to oversee the Perth Airport master plan. Chief executive Graham Muir said Andrew Whiteside, an executive with the Westfield Development Corporation, will take ...
199. Fee For Airport Taxis
The West Australian, 20 June 1998, 199 words, Ben Ruse,
PERTH Airport will charge taxi drivers $2 a pick-up to help pay for new facilities being built at the airport. Westralia Airports Corporation chief executive Graham Muir said that all businesses that generated an income from the airport ...
200. State Powerless To Stop Bitumen Plant
The West Australian, 18 June 1998, 192 words, Roger Martin,
PLANNING Minister Graham Kierath admitted yesterday the State Government was powerless to stop the construction of a bitumen plant in Hazelmere, because the project would be based on land owned by the Federal Government. ...
202. Tortoise Gets Cold Shoulder At
The West Australian, 1 June 1998, 399 words, Geraldine,
THE new owners of Perth Airport have refused to give a home to the endangered western swamp tortoise. Westralia Airports Corporation will not support a State Government plan to reintroduce the tortoise to wetlands at the north end of Perth ...
203. Thousands Oppose Runway Proposal
The West Australian, 1 June 1998, 230 words, Nick Miller,
MORE than 2300 letters with 2700 signatures opposing a proposal to extend one of Perth Airport's runways have been gathered by Federal MP for Perth Stephen Smith. ...
204. Airport Turns Its Back On Tortoise
The West Australian, 1 June 1998, 345 words, Geraldine Capp,
THE new owner of Perth Airport has refused to give a home to the endangered western swamp tortoise. Westralia Airports Corporation will not support a State Government plan to reintroduce the tortoise to wetlands at the airport's north end. ...
205. MP Criticises Extra Runway Noise Claims
The West Australian, 23 May 1998, 360 words, Torrance Mendez,
FEDERAL Transport Minister Mark Vaile has joined the new owner of Perth Airport to oppose claims about noisy flight paths under the airport's draft masterplan. ...
206. MP Attacks Speedway Plan
The West Australian, 6 May 1998, 489 words, Liz Tickner,
LIBERAL MLC Derrick Tomlinson has accused Premier Richard Court of keeping him in the dark over the possible move of the Claremont Speedway and Ravenswood Raceway to Forrestfield. ...
207. Airport Owner Gains From Debt Refinance
The West Australian, 18 April 1998, 250 words, Brett Lane,
WESTRALIA Airports Corporation has begun to book benefits from a $US150 million ($230 million) refinancing of debt associated with its 1997 purchase of Perth Airport. ...
208. High-flyer Has A Place For Everything
The West Australian, 13 April 1998, 336 words, Mark Drummond,
HE'S got his own television station, newspaper, clothing chain and basketball team. And now Kerry Stokes, one of Perth's richest businessmen, has his very own hangar at Perth's domestic airport terminal to house his corporate jet. ...
209. High-flyer Stokes Gets $1m Hangar
The West Australian, 13 April 1998, 241 words, Mark Drummond,
HE'S got a television station, newspaper, clothing chain and basketball team. And now Kerry Stokes, one of Perth's richest businessmen, has his very own hangar at Perth's domestic airport terminal to house his corporate jet. ...
210. Mayor, MP Favour A New Parallel Runway
The West Australian, 23 March 1998, 251 words, Geraldine Capp,
PERTH Airport's economic potential could be maximised and noise minimised, say two politicians who have prepared a six-point plan for its future. ...
212. Belmont Joins Runway Protest
The West Australian, 14 March 1998, 380 words, Liz Tickner,
THE City of Belmont has added its weight to calls to scrap a plan to extend one of Perth Airport's runways. Opposition to the plan has the support of Bayswater mayor John D'Orazio, the federal member for Perth, Stephen Smith, and a Helena ...
213. Runway 'will Raise Noise'
The West Australian, 3 March 1998, 478 words, Torrance Mendez,
A NEW runway planned for Perth Airport will increase aircraft noise, says Forrestfield resident Frank Hewitt. Mr Hewitt is vice-president of SKRAAT - Shire of Kalamunda Residents Against Aircraft Trial, which has been fighting light ...
214. Extra Runway Draws Fire
The West Australian, 2 March 1998, 467 words, Paul Lampathakis,
RESIDENTS in several eastern suburbs face new aircraft noise problems if plans to develop Perth's privatised airport go ahead. The plans have met a three-pronged attack from politicians, conservationists and Aboriginal groups. ...
215. Bomber Bill On Target For Sydney
The West Australian, 16 January 1998, 316 words, ERNIE MANNING,
UNBEATEN two-year-old Bomber Bill is unlikely to be troubled by 57kg and he could earn a Sydney trip by winning tomorrow's Westralia Airports Corporation Handicap (1200m) at Ascot. ...
216. Airport Lobbies For Fast Plane To China
The West Australian, 29 December 1997, 264 words, MICHAEL ZEKULICH,
PERTH Airport's new owner is trying to get non-stop flights to China. Westralia Airports Corporation is negotiating with China Southern in a move that could dramatically boost WA tourism. ...
219. Traffic Surge Propels Perth Airport Profit
The West Australian, 5 December 1997, 371 words, GEOFFREY THOMAS,
PERTH Airport posted a 12.4 per cent jump in profit to a record $27.10 million on revenue of $52.86 million before interest and tax last financial year, according to the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) annual report. ...
220. MP Proposes Compo For Aircraft Noise
The West Australian, 4 December 1997, 378 words, TORRANCE MENDEZ,
A PLAN to compensate people worst affected by aircraft noise from Perth Airport has been put forward by Federal MP Don Randall. He said the airport's new owner, Westralia Airports Corporation, was conducting noise studies on which a ...
221. Flight Disruption Fears
The West Australian, 8 October 1997, 440 words, TORRANCE MENDEZ,
THE tourism industry predicts widespread disruption to domestic flight schedules in the event of a curfew at Perth Airport. The industry body, Tourism Council Australia, said experiences at Sydney Airport indicated that airlines ...
222. Loophole In Plane Curfew
The West Australian, 7 October 1997, 469 words, TORRANCE MENDEZ,
EMERGENCY landings will be allowed to break any curfew that is imposed at Perth Airport, Australian Democrat Senator Andrew Murray said yesterday. ...
223. Curfew Sought At Airport
The West Australian, 6 October 1997, 431 words, KERYN ASHWORTH,
THE Australian Democrats want a midnight-to-6am curfew imposed on all flights in and out of Perth Airport because they claim noise is disrupting nearby residents' sleep. ...
224. Pledge Sought On Perth Runway
The West Australian, 18 August 1997, 319 words, JOHN DUFFY,
PERTH MHR Stephen Smith and Bayswater mayor John D'Orazio have demanded the Federal Government guarantee Perth Airport runway 0624 will not be extended. ...
225. Airport Looks At New Design
The West Australian, 30 July 1997, 220 words, TORRANCE MENDEZ,
THE "upstairs-downstairs" routine for passengers going overseas from Perth Airport has been targeted by the terminal's new owner, Westralia Airports Corporation. ...
226. Perth Flies High On Airport Efficiency
The West Australian, 29 July 1997, 286 words, TORRANCE MENDEZ,
PERTH Airport is the most efficient in Australia and is beaten only by Hong Kong for the world title, according to a European study. And the new owners of Perth Airport hope to make it the world's most efficient within 12 months. ...
227. Banks Combine To Fund Airport Deal
The West Australian, 3 July 1997, 420 words, NEALE PRIOR,
TWENTY-THREE banks are involved in a $905 million transaction to help finance the Australian Pacific Airports Corporation's (APA) successful bid for Tullamarine airport in Melbourne. ...
228. Growth Key To Airport
The West Australian, 13 June 1997, 398 words, PETER KERMODE,
THE new owner of Perth Airport is banking on about a 10 per cent increase in passenger numbers each year for the next five years to help provide a return on its big investment. ...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


As anybody who has suffered through first year philosophy knows Socrates was the inventor of philosophy. This excellent reading by William Zappa enlivens the text. As usual with the ABC it has inadequate supporting material. The two key questions, IMHO , are
What was Socrates role in the development of propositional logic and
did Socrates exist ?
In addition Socrates role as a gadfly ( this seems to be a poor translation from the Greek in this text) to the rich and powerful in society seems to be an essential function in a democracy. For not bad introduction to Plato written in passable English http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Now that it appears that the Liberal party has something approaching sane leadership ( Malcom Turnbull) it is time for the Republican issue to make a return. In this light the program Monarchy on ABC TV is so far an exercise in monarchical propaganda ; the problem is not so much the quality of the program ( it is very high) it's the way the discussion is framed : the focus should be on the development of democracy. Unfortunately there is no Webchat feedback as there is on the Channel 4 website. There is one positive from this framing : as the conclusion of the program is absurd ; the triumph of a ridiculous institution, the causal inevitability of monarchy outlined in the show must be false. By similar argument the arrival of more and more democratic forms of government is accidental.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Couldn't say it better : La rongeur est mort

Richierich on the Phillip Adam's blog ( the numbered points are mine)
"the Liberals must repudiate Howard and his 11 1/2 year debacle as PM of Australia, if they ever want to be taken seriously as a political force ever again. The Australian people have spoken and they have emphatically rejected this despicable political opportunist and his team of hacks. No one should feel sorry for anyone of them in the slightest.
1.They ruthlessly manipulated situations to suit they’re (sic) needs,
2. maligned opposing viewpoints and speakers,
3. stifled debate,
4. lied consistently and without remorse,
5. subverted the political process and
6. knee-capped the public service.
In terms of contribution to this society, the opposing ledger is blank. Confine them to the dustbin of history as they so rightfully deserve. Let us now move forward. Justice does come to those who can wait."
Each of these numbered threads deserves a chapter in Howard's political history not to mention a chapter on his racism and his burning of the Liberal party. The Nicholson cartoon says it all " So long suckers".

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Australian now censoring its blog

To compound the Australian's woefully biased election coverage it is now excluding certain posters.
Two posts of mine failed to get into its blogs yesterday : one to Phillip Adams and one to Caroline Overington. The one on Overington's referred to her attempt to influence the result in Wentworth ( the baton has now been handed over to Salusinzsky ) . Overington's understanding of polls is extremely weak and the line that the election is close is nonsense, though this line is parrotted by more than one journalist. Why the Adams post was not included is behind me ; basically I agreed with Adams with two additions : Howard's use of lies as a modus operandi and the exclusive role of self interest in Howard's politics.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

4 Corners on Australia’s air force procurement

This post seems to have been eaten by the Spaminator at Lavvie Prodders
( Wordpress's text box also does funny things to html).
The problem of Russian weapons systems of being incompatible is being solved. The Sukhoi Su-30
"Su-30MKA Highly specialised version for Algeria is similar to the MKI, but will principally be equipped with French and Russian avionics. It will feature head-up and multifunction displays from the Thales Group and Sagem of France." Other defence forces are also changing the Su-30's avionics.
The Russians also wouldn't be the only possible source of spare parts for the Su-30.
There are a number of issues that the excellent Four Corners brought up and for some of the terms in that program see Fighter Aircraft
1. These fighters have to be considered as an overall part of our defence forces and not just as toys for the boys.( The JSF F-35 Lightning II is likely to be the last " meat in the seat" as far as the U.S. is concerned).
The key example : if in the scenario of the attack on the military communications headquarters on the outskirts of Jakarta we had used the Super Hornets against the Indonesians Su-30s then all of the Super Hornets would have been destroyed. This may be an acceptable cost for the goal achieved if we have sufficient other defence assets. However we have to go through most probable scenario analyses and I find a direct attack on the Indonesians improbable. We might plan however for an outlying territorial dispute with the Indonesians.
2. The decision to buy the JSF appears to have been made very carelessly.
3. The JSF is also a comparatively slow aircraft against the Su-30. The scenario of an interaction between the JSF and Su-30s wasn't explored on the Four Corners program.
4, The decision to buy the interim Super Hornet was hopelessly flawed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Puck you Mr Howard

It has now become the "fashion" for some passer by to utter some profanity in Mr Howard's direction. This tendency should be discouraged as it does not reflect well upon the office of Prime Minister. If some yoof should utter some rude word directed at the P.M. and post his/her feeble attempt at protest on yoof toobs , then this should not be rewarded by payment of monies into his/ her account. This would be wrong.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Kevin Andrews Racist ?

Kevin Andrews is at the heart of the government's woes. He was responsible for WorkChoices and now problems with the Immigration department. His handling of the supposed Sudanese problem ( see ABC's Media Watch 8/10/07) has been incompetent at best. It is also clear that his brand of Christianity is a peculiar one.
In this interview Andrews says"Rudd has tried to superficially bridge this class cap by wearing his Christian soul on his sleeve. Rudd's repudiation of economic fundamentalism and heightened sense of compassion in public affairs is therefore phoney and misleading". Attempted translation of this gobbledegook :
If you don't believe in economic fundamentalism ( whatever that is) your Christianity is false.
Another logic field day. Anyway Pauline Hanson is behind the good minister and that's all that counts.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Beazer's Defence Farces

Lavvie Prodders has this reference to the rambling last spray to parliament by the Beazer. The Beazer had this intriguing offering "The radar of our Hornet could not identify most of the aircraft in this region as hostile—in other words, our front-line fighter could not shoot down people who would be the enemies in this region." By radar I think Beazer means the IFF ( the identify friend or foe system) which is not part of the radar system but a separate transponder. This system which is still far from perfect is probably only of use ( and then limited) in war conditions when the air space isn't as crowded. Its liberal use in peacetime is likely to get civilian aircraft shot down. ( see the Iran Air Flight 655 shoot down tho its abilities will have improved significantly since) This opens up a number of questions about this and other defence purchases ( which Wikipedia can't answer of course)
1. Was U.S. military IFF in development during the time of purchase of the Hornet?
2. What exactly was the reason for the U.S.'s failure to update the Hornet's IFF ?
The U.S. military if it is thinking clearly( contradiction?) would see that allies have compatible if detuned IFFs and perhaps that was what the delay was about : a standards committee setting that detuning.

Friday, September 28, 2007

League of Gentlemen

Seems I am no longer allowed to post on John Quiggin's blog. This is a pity since this is the best blog site in Australia. What started it all was this egregious post from one Mugwump ( and a previous post of mine refers to a the same thread , different poster Bingo Bango Boingo or Mug Jnr)
Here it is the offending paragraph in all it's gory glory.
"Government responsibility for provision of services is more devolved here, so while you do typically have 3 levels of tax-raising governments (just like Australia by the way - you seem to have forgotten about local councils), the lowest level (usually the county) provides far more of the services at the local level, such as schooling, water. For example, my county takes in $1 billion in annual revenues and spend $500 million of it on the local schools. That makes the schools and other local services more responsive to local interest and less prone to capture by special interests (such as teacher unions pushing boneheaded lefty curricula).
Most counties in the US are very pro-development. They understand where the money comes from - the wealth creators - so there is a lot of effort put into attracting wealth creators."
If you are going to be tendentious at least post references to the level of Wikipedia. However I think the intention of this missive is propagandist.
Mug then goes on to say how good the American health system is . Pity he couldn't just refer to Wikipedia or even just see "Sicko" both of which aren't so sanguine about it. Personal anecdote doesn't cut it on teh Intertoobs.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Childrens do Learn

Take note Blair Prez Bush thinks there's hope for you yet.

Clichepedia or is that Clichetedia

"Looking forward into the future" and this marvellous effort at JohnQuiggin.com which perhaps be referred to as gobledegookomania
Bingo Bango Boingo Says:

It’s one thing to detract from liberty by appropriating funds from the citizenry and spending it on ‘free’ (!) government-chosen goods and services (and he cases where this is justified are few and far between, and certainly do not extend to things easily provided by the citizenry themselves (eg. health and education)). It is quite another to engage in broad-based wealth redistribution. That is much easier to justify, since it is a slighter impingment on freedom and retains the benefits of free(r) markets (innovation, responsiveness, etc. as mugwump has aluded to). In reality, the ones who do best from the freeing up of relevant product and service markets are the previously marginalised whose opportunities are held by back by inefficient and/or low-quality government services (this is particularly the case with education).

This is a field day for lovers of fine illogic.

Is Mandela the New Plastic Turkey

Will Blair will now spend his time trailing through the entrails of the Internet looking for plastic Mandela's.
As if Blair doesn't believe that if you think it feels good then it is true.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Grace Pettigrew gets Plastic Turkeyed

Over at the right royal dumbness an inadvertent bystander cops the full blast of dumbness.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

More Blair propaganda about Don Bradman

The editor of Moron News has the attention span of a gnat and doesn't tolerate opposing positions. From Wikipedia "In the final Test at The Oval, Bradman walked out to bat in Australia’s first innings, and received a standing ovation from the crowd and three cheers from the opposition. His Test batting average stood at 101.39. Facing the wrist-spin of Eric Hollies, Bradman pushed forward to the second ball that he faced, was deceived by a wrong 'un, and bowled between bat and pad for no score."
All this would be of little significance except for Joe Hockey's unfortunate metaphor.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Atheist Manifesto

Two cheers for Richard Dawkins. His polemic is an important next step in the political movements started in the 60's and what were termed the politics of liberation. The politics of weaning humankind from ancient texts claiming to explain the Universe is the most important fight of all. Dawkins does however over simplify somewhat. The centrality of argument and reason in that fight can't be disputed. For further criticism of Dawkins see http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/07-07-04.html#feature


There are not many simple graphics demonstrating how the InterToobs actually work but here's one from Andrea GiaCobbe.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Oxymoron of Secret Intelligence

The failure of intelligence agencies has been a failure of their ability to objectively test information they have gained. This is one of the central problems of a democracy : to what extent do we rely on these secret agencies for our security. This problem has many aspects : some are statistical ( whether evidence is validated and whether models you are using are logical and statistically optimal) and logistical ( the release of surveillance methods and knowledge to your enemy) and democratic. ( You are infringing the rights of citizens and their right to a fair trial).

Monkeys taken to Iraq for Training

In remarkable news on Media Watch those ever reliable sources of information Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine and Dennis Shanahan were taken to Iraq for meetings with General Petraeus. Do these sleazy media whores know no boundary? Apparently the devine Ms Devine is now a fully credentialled war reporter and knows all about Iraq after her meeting with the good general.

Friday, September 07, 2007


What is Blair's obsession with plastic turkeys ? The bloke is beyond parody ; his level of stupidity requires constant practice obviously.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Wikipedia is no longer any use for anything political. Discuss. For example, see the Australian Wheat Board scandal : it has been hacked into meaninglessness. However the entry on logical fallacies is priceless ; an example of the net at its best. When I have sufficient time I'll work through anything that J.F.Beck, Tim Blair or Jack Strocchi posts as examples. These logical tools are very useful to explore and explode arguments.

Why is Perth Airport the worst in Australia

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Why is the West Australian Airports Corporation ( a bunch of greedy thieving bastards) responsible for the most hopeless airport in Australia. What process of political corruption lead to these thieving bastards being in charge of a major piece of infrastructure? ( To put it in lying rodent terms).
Major achievements of WAC(ky)
1. The destruction of a nice piece of bushland.
2. Allowing a brickworks without environmental checks . ( Don't bullshit about it).
3. An airport that is in chaos with traffic jams. Don't forget to get to the airport early.
These shits are laughing all the way to the bank. I need assistance to get the history of how this happened.