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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) What medical and other checks are required before the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) can suspend a chief pilot's medical certificate.

(2) Where a decision is made to take the above action and suspend a chief pilot, is that pilot first issued with a notice to show cause why he or she should not have his or her medical certificate suspended.

(3) If the issuing of a notice to show cause is not the only process followed by CASA to suspend a chief pilot's medical certificate, what other courses of action are available.

(4) In relation to actions other than issuing a notice to show cause available to CASA to suspend a chief pilot on the grounds of ill health, in each case: (a) what is the basis for the course of action; and (b) what rights of appeal are available to the chief pilot.

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) to (4) While these questions are general in nature, they arise from the questions tabled by Senator O'Brien relating to CASA's actions with respect to the WA Police Air Wing as referenced in questions 845-856. 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.