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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6983

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

With reference to the Western Australian Police Air Support Unit operations manual and its Air Operators Certificate:

(1) On how many occasions since January 1998 has the unit been the subject of an audit, scheduled or unscheduled, by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

(2) On how many occasions during those audits were the qualifications of officers checked against those required by the Air Support Unit Operations manual to ensure the safe operation of the Air Support Unit.

(3) In each of those audits, on how many occasions were the qualifications of officers not in compliance with the requirements of the operations manual.

(4) In each case: (a) what action did CASA take; (b) when was that action taken; (c) who took that action; and (d) what was the result of that action.

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) 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.