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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6013


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

(1) In addition to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) officer who was suspended from duty on 24 October 2001, what other CASA officers, or other persons, were advised that a phone hook-up was to take place on the afternoon of 30 May 2002 to seek to resolve the issue of his alleged inappropriate behaviour.

(2) (a) Who advised these other officers or other persons of the proposed phone hook-up; and (b) in each case: (i) when were they notified, and (ii) how were they notified.

(3) What records of the provision of that advice are held by CASA.

(4) (a) Who holds those records; and (b) in what form are those records held.

(5) If those records are held in hardcopy files, what is the reference number for each relevant file.

(6) If those records are held in electronic form, what is the reference number for each relevant electronic file.


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)-(3) As referenced in CASA's response to questions 518 and 519, 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. The Project Manager, Workplace Relations, Human Resources Management Branch was advised that the meeting had been scheduled. The Project Manager, Workplace Relations, Human Resources Management Branch advised senior staff directly involved in the management of the issue of the advice provided to him by solicitors acting on behalf of the Authority, including the advice that if discussions between the parties did not resolve the matter, there would be a meeting on 30 May 2002

(4)-(6) Not applicable