A Simple Noise Abatement Strategy

The operation of the new Brisbane airport runway has sparked public outcry, anger and furious debate. While that debate rages, however, a simple truth is being ignored; it’s a truth that no doubt the Brisbane Airport Corporation and the airlines are hoping that nobody notices, while instead they talk endlessly about Air Traffic Control rules […]

Michael McCormack’s (Un)Fairness Principle

Current airport operations in Australia are built on a breathtakingly simple—and ridiculous—proposition: that it’s “fair” that we should suffer aircraft noise “equally”. It’s a wonderful piece of logical sleight-of-hand to suggest that it’s somehow fair and egalitarian for a particular heavy industry to be allowed to spread noise pollution over all Brisbane suburbs “equally”. That’s not the only illusion we’re being asked to believe, however. […]