The new Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport has hit another major milestone with construction now underway on the world-class passenger terminal
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today’s announcement marked a significant step in this once-in-a-generation, city-shaping infrastructure project for Western Sydney, and Australia.
“The delivery of the Western Sydney International Airport proves once again our Government’s ability to get things done,” the Prime Minister said.
“We have made this happen. It is already delivering major benefits for Western Sydney, as we knew it would, and it only gets better from here.
The Prime Minister stated that the Coalition will continue to invest in job-creating infrastructure that drives investment and secures Australia’s economic recovery.
“Our total $14 billion investment in the airport and transport links is transforming this powerhouse region, attracting investment and supporting jobs for generations to come.”
Morrison stated that around 11,000 jobs will be supported during construction of the airport alone, and currently around one in two workers are from Western Sydney, “driving income and opportunity for families across the region.”
“Tens of thousands more jobs will be created when the airport is up and running in 2026, and millions of travellers are arriving into Sydney’s newest airport every year.
“The airport will also play a crucial role in the nation’s aviation future, delivering dynamic global connections for the region and opening up even further possibilities for new routes and services.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher says construction on one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Australia was now around one quarter complete.
“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, work has continued to progress with nearly 22 million cubic metres of earth now moved to date across the site – which is about three times bigger than the Sydney CBD – and the airport on track to open in late 2026,” Minister Fletcher said.
The terminal will have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers each year.
“With this unique opportunity to build an airport from the ground up, we are able to roll out cutting-edge technology to make the passenger experience smoother and easier than at existing airports, and the security systems more effective but less intrusive.
“The new airport will not only be a state-of-the art piece of infrastructure but is an integral element of the surrounding aerotropolis and the broader Western Parkland city.
“In its own right, Western Sydney would be Australia’s fourth largest city and third largest economy, which is why the Morrison Government has committed $14 billion to the airport and vital metro rail and road links that will transform the region.”
Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham said construction of Western Sydney International’s world-leading innovative domestic and international airport had fastened its seatbelt and was ready for take-off.
“One of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects is now visibly taking shape and is delivering long-term jobs and economic benefits to Western Sydney,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Economic stimulus and job creation in Western Sydney is critical right now. Start of construction on the world-class terminal will see more jobs begin to flow in the coming months.
“Acting to build a second Sydney airport has been in the too hard basket for many years but our government is delivering this critical piece of infrastructure that will lift productivity and growth for decades to come.”
Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh welcomed the airport exceeding its local employment targets, saying the project would continue to create local jobs, for local people.
“Over $100 million has already been injected into businesses in Western Sydney, supercharging our local economy,” Ms McIntosh said.
“The airport will continue to provide more opportunities for local small businesses, opening up new markets and opportunities across Australia and beyond.
“This will drive more job creation for generations, particularly in the emerging industries recognising Western Sydney is at the forefront of fields including advanced manufacturing, research, and space, as a result of the Morrison Government’s investment.”
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said the airport would boost economic activity and provide employment opportunities for the Western Sydney region.
“This new airport integrates with our vision for Western Sydney and the future of how people will live, work and travel,” Mr Perrottet said.
“It means jobs for Western Sydney and will create new, convenient travel options for those who live in our west.”
The contract for the airside pavements package, which will include the 3.7-kilometre runway and rapid-exit taxiways, was awarded in September, with construction due to begin next year.
Bulk earthworks are around 75 per cent complete
In addition to the $5.3 billion investment in Western Sydney International, the Morrison Government has committed another $9 billion for the vital rail and road links that will transform the Western Sydney region.
This includes the $3.5 billion investment to deliver new major road infrastructure and upgrades under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan and $5.25 billion towards the first stage of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail link.
Why the U.S. is back to panicking about the debt ceiling
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has issued a stark warning, stating that a potential government shutdown in the United States could seriously jeopardize the nation’s economic advancement.
With Congress yet to pass a budget resolution, the looming threat of a shutdown has cast a shadow over the country’s fiscal stability.
Yellen emphasized that a government shutdown would disrupt critical federal functions, impacting not only government employees but also various sectors of the economy. The potential consequences include delayed payments to federal workers, disrupted public services, and a significant hindrance to economic growth.
In her statement, Yellen pointed out that the ongoing economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is already fragile, and a shutdown would add unnecessary uncertainty and risk to an already challenging situation. Financial markets are likely to react negatively to such an event, potentially leading to increased volatility and decreased investor confidence.
Furthermore, Yellen stressed the importance of Congress taking immediate action to raise the debt ceiling. Failure to do so, she warned, could result in a catastrophic default on U.S. government debt, with severe repercussions for the global economy.
China’s economic headwinds will impact the world
In recent times, China’s economic health has become a topic of international concern. Often regarded as the world’s second-largest economy and home to over 1.4 billion people,
China is grappling with a slew of issues: sluggish growth, soaring youth unemployment, and a turbulent property market. The situation escalated further when the chairman of Evergrande, a heavily-indebted real estate giant, came under police scrutiny, leading to a suspension of the company’s shares on the stock market.
The question on many minds is how much these troubles in China matter to the rest of the world. While some argue that fears of a global catastrophe are exaggerated, there will undoubtedly be repercussions felt by multinational corporations, their employees, and even individuals with no direct ties to China.
China plays a pivotal role in the global economy, responsible for more than a third of worldwide economic growth. Hence, any slowdown in China’s economic engine will reverberate beyond its borders. Multinational giants like Apple, Volkswagen, and Burberry rely heavily on China’s vast consumer market, and reduced domestic consumption in China will affect these companies and, subsequently, their global suppliers and workers.
However, the idea that China is the sole driver of global prosperity has its skeptics. While China’s economic growth contributes significantly to global figures, it primarily benefits China itself due to its trade surplus. This surplus means that China exports far more than it imports, making its growth more self-contained.
Nonetheless, a China that spends less on goods and services, or on housing construction, translates to reduced demand for raw materials and commodities. This hits countries like Australia, Brazil, and African nations, which heavily depend on exporting such resources. Moreover, weak demand in China results in stable prices, which can be welcomed by Western consumers grappling with inflation.
Over the past decade, China has poured over a trillion dollars into expansive infrastructure initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative, benefiting more than 150 countries. However, if China’s economic problems persist, its capacity to finance such projects abroad may diminish. This could have lasting consequences, especially for developing nations reliant on Chinese investments and technology for their infrastructure development.
Lawsuit – Black Tesla workers endure harassment
A recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has shed light on a disturbing workplace environment at Tesla’s Fremont factory.
Black Tesla workers have allegedly faced relentless harassment, including the display of swastikas and nooses, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of several affected employees, details a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment that has persisted for an extended period. Incidents reported in the lawsuit include the drawing of swastikas on workstations and restroom walls, as well as nooses left hanging in areas where black employees would see them.
The complaint further alleges that management at the Tesla factory failed to take appropriate action to address the issues, even after multiple complaints were made.
This lack of response has only exacerbated the hostile work environment, leaving the affected workers feeling vulnerable and unsupported.
Tesla, a company known for its innovative approach to electric vehicles and renewable energy, now faces a serious legal battle that threatens to tarnish its reputation.
The EEOC lawsuit seeks compensation for the victims and aims to bring about significant changes in Tesla’s workplace culture to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
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