Chifley MP Ed Husic makes no apologies after being expelled from Federal Parliament’s Federation Chamber today (February 13).
He was rejected after he had criticised Prime Minister Tony Abbott over an airport for Badgerys Creek.
Moments earlier Mr Husic had delivered a five-minute address on Badgerys Creek Airport.
“We learn today that the Prime Minister has created a hand-picked committee of Sydney MPs to thrash out the issue of the airport site,” Mr Husic said.
“But is there a Western Sydney Labor MP to be found on that committee? No.
‘‘This is despite the fact that when in government, Labor did have a cross-party approach to involving MPs on this issue.
‘‘Western Sydney continues to be insulted by the Prime Minister and his government when it comes to this vexed issue of Badgerys Creek.
‘‘The latest slap in the face is a committee of Liberal MPs, some of whose electorates are vast distances from Badgerys Creek.’’
‘‘The Member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke’s electorate, is based at Castle Hill. He is on the committee.
‘‘The Member for Reid, Craig Laundy, has also been invited to the table, yet his office is at Burwood.
‘‘Just last year the then Opposition Leader, now Prime Minister Tony Abbott, said there were no plans for an airport at Badgerys Creek.
‘‘Obviously there are plans for an airport at Badgerys Creek and Tony Abbott has lied to the people of western Sydney.
‘‘I said so today in Parliament and was thrown out.
‘‘But I make no apologies, because I will continue to stand up for my constituents in Chifley, good people who continue to be kept in the dark and insulted.’’
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