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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6981

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

(1) Prior to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspending the medical certificate of Mr John Brown of Bibra Lake, Western Australia, what action did CASA take to establish Mr Brown's medical condition and its impact on his ability to meet the conditions of his licence.

(2) (a) How many medical practitioners were consulted by CASA in relation to Mr Brown's condition; (b) what were the names of those medical practitioners; (c) what were their qualifications; and (d) in each case, where were they practising medicine.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, 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 provided the following advice.

(1) and (2) The matters referred to in the question are currently the subject of a Coronial Inquiry. It would be inappropriate and prejudicial to the conduct of the inquiry to respond to questions which are central to its proceedings.