Scott Morrison ‘not happy’ with $33 million price tag for airport land


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed his disappointment with a deal that saw taxpayers hand over $33 million for a piece of land near the western Sydney airport later valued at just $3 million.

The Auditor-General last week found Infrastructure Department officers acted unethically in setting up the 2018 deal and concealed information from their superiors and minister, including that the Commonwealth would be paying 22 times more per hectare than the NSW government paid for its portion of the same land.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is not happy with bureaucrats over a $33 million land deal near the Western Sydney airport.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is not happy with bureaucrats over a $33 million land deal near the Western Sydney airport.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

The 12.3 hectares, known as the Leppington Triangle, was owned by the billionaire Perich family’s Leppington Pastoral Company, which is now leasing it back from the government.

Its $30 million – plus $3 million GST – price tag was from a valuation done by a firm chosen by Leppington.

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