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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6982

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

(1) In relation to the Western Australian Police Air Support Unit, was the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) advised of the appointment of a new Officer in Charge in January 1999; if so, how did CASA satisfy itself that the officer appointed to the position had the appropriate qualifications and experience to ensure he could meet his responsibilities under the terms of the unit's Air Operators Certificate; if not, why not.

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) 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.