Saturday, 3 November 2012

Heffron MP Ron Hoenig to fight against the planned lease of Port Botany

Laura Suckling - Southern Courier - 30 October 2012

Heffron MP Ron Hoenig.
Heffron MP Ron Hoenig.
"The leading Labor powerbroker who took his own government to court over planned expansions of Port Botany and Sydney airport is sparring for a new fight, this time with the Liberal state government.
As Botany Bay mayor, Ron Hoenig threatened to head back to court if there was an attempt to remove the cap on containers.
Now, as Heffron MP, he is battling the planned lease of the ports that would lead to the cap being scrapped.
Speaking at the Botany Bay BEC breakfast at Mascot on Wednesday, Mr Hoenig said using the funds from the 99-year lease of Port Botany to build a hospital or road was not an asset but a liability.
He predicted NSW could lose about $180 million a year.
"When you flog off the silverware and the silverware happens to be a revenue-generating asset, what do you do to replace the money?" he said.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird described the long-term ports lease as a "once-in-a-generation investment opportunity".
Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith said the most sustainable way that government can generate revenue is by investing in infrastructure that will grow the economy of the state and ensure that ongoing revenues flow into government coffers.
The $4 billion ports bill, expected to pass through the upper house , was taken off the agenda on Friday after a breakdown in talks over plans to issue game-killing licences."

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