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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15579

Mr CREAN (Leader of the Opposition) (2:01 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services. I preface my remarks by referring to the brave actions of the flight attendants on flight 1737. Before question time the member for Bass was referring to Greg Kahn and Denise Hickson, who sustained the terrible facial injuries that we all saw. Flight attendants Fiona Arnold and Catherine Coventry serve as a reminder of the courage that they showed and the risks and selfless actions that they took. In light of last week's events, can the minister confirm that CASA is considering changing its regulations to permit fewer flight attendants after being lobbied by airlines to do it as a cost-saving measure? Will the minister today acknowledge the critical safety and security role of flight attendants and rule out any reduction in the Australian minimum crew to passenger ratio?

Mr ANDERSON (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —Yes.