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Monday, 23 September 2002
Page: 4617


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) (3:01 PM) —On 17 September, Senator O'Brien asked me a question in relation to criticism of the ATSB by the WA coroner in its investigation into the ghost flight that tragically crashed at Burketown. I have an answer for Senator O'Brien and I seek leave for it to be incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows

On 17 September, Senator O'Brien asked a question in relation to criticism of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau by the WA Coroner in its investigation into the VH-SKC (Burketown) accident. In Senator O'Brien's supplementary question, he asked for additional information on the review that the Minister for Transport and Regional Services has initiated of the Coroner's report.

Senator O'Brien asked when the review was initiated by the Minister, who is conducting the review and will the findings be made public.

The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following advice:

· The review was initiated shortly after the WA Coroner's report was made public.

· The Minister has asked the ATSB to carefully examine the Coroner's report. The ATSB has provided a copy of its detailed responses to the Minister's office and the Minister will be considering them shortly.

· A senior lawyer from the Australian Government Solicitor is also reviewing the Coroner's report.

· The Minister will consider the possible release of this material after the reviews are concluded and the Minister has had a chance to examine their findings.