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Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Page: 23593


Mrs DE-ANNE KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade) (12:44 PM) —As members would be aware, the events of 11 September 2001 changed the way the world viewed aviation security. Following these events the Australian government undertook a review of aviation security policy and regulatory settings, focussing in particular on access control, aviation security identification cards and passenger and checked bag screening.

By developing a new aviation security regulatory framework, we were able to streamline the existing aviation security provisions of the Air Navigation Act 1920 into a cohesive package, incorporate the outcomes of the government's policy reviews and provide flexibility to adapt to a changeable threat environment.

Development of the Aviation Transport Security Bill 2003 and the Aviation Transport Security (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2003 has also allowed the government to address the Auditor-General's recommendations arising from his recent report, Aviation security in Australia, such as the need for more focussed auditing, an increase in compliance and the introduction of graduated penalties and enforcement measures. At the same time, the International Civil Aviation Organisation has been reviewing its aviation security standards. These bills will align Australia's aviation security framework with these revived ICAO standards.

The bills are structured to provide an appropriate degree of flexibility and responsiveness in the regulatory regime. The bills provide a broad and robust framework, with extensive regulation making powers providing detailed and specific measures for industry. In summing up, I am very pleased to highlight these very important measures as a conclusion to the debate on the sound bills that the minister has brought to the House.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Martin Ferguson's amendment) stand part of the question.