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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6011

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2002:

(1) (a) At what time did a phone hook-up take place on the afternoon on 30 May 2002 to seek to resolve the issue of his alleged inappropriate behaviour; and (b) when did the phone hook-up end.

(2) (a) Who were the other CASA officers who participated directly in that phone hook-up; and (b) were there any other persons not directly employed by CASA involved in that phone hook-up.

(3) If there were persons other than CASA officers involved in the phone hook-up: (a) who were those persons; and (b) what was the basis of their involvement.

(4) Were there any CASA officers or other persons who were present during the phone hook-up but did not participate in the proceedings; if so: (a) who were these other officers or persons; and (b) why were they present during the phone hook-up.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has advised the following:

(1) A number of telephone conversations took place between the CASA officer's solicitor and the solicitors acting on behalf of CASA during late May and early June, including on 29 and 30 May 2002. Up until the morning of 30 May 2002, the solicitors had agreed that if these discussions did not resolve the matter, there would be a meeting on 30 May 2002. On the morning of 30 May 2002, the meeting was postponed.

(2) (4) The telephone discussions referenced above were conducted by each party's respective legal representatives. There were no CASA representatives present during these discussions.