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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6015


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

(1) On how many occasions has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) officer who was suspended from CASA on 24 October 2001 been provided with legal advice or contacted on matters relating to his suspension, since the afternoon of 30 May 2002.

(2) On each occasion: (a) who contacted the officer; (b) in what manner was the contact made; and (c) when was the contact made with the suspended officer.

(3) What records of that advice, or contact 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) CASA is not aware of how many times the CASA officer who was suspended from CASA on 24 October 2001 has been provided with legal advice. All communications with the suspended officer have occurred between the parties' legal representatives.

(2) All communications with the suspended officer have occurred between the parties' legal representatives.

(3) All emails and written correspondence between each parties' legal representatives has been placed on file.

(4) The Project Manager, Workplace Relations, Human Resource Management Branch holds records of emails and correspondence between the parties

(5) Records of emails and other correspondence is retained on CASA file number 01/11825-03.

(6) Records held in electronic form are not assigned a reference number. The Project Manager, Workplace Relations, Human Resource Management Branch hold records relating to this matter on his “H” Drive. However, all documents of relevance relating to this matter are also held in paper form (see 5. above).