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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6984

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

(1) Did the Western Australian Police Air Support Unit lodge an amended Air Support Unit operations manual and a request for a re-issue of the Police Support Wing Air Operators Certificate with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for approval in early 1998; if so: (a) what was the exact date of the lodgement of the amended manual; and (b) which CASA office received the application.

(2) Were the proposed amendments approved; if so: (a) who approved the amendments; and (b) on what date were the amendments approved.

(3) If the amendments were not immediately approved: (a) what were the concerns with the proposed amendments; (b) who raised those concerns; (c) when were those concerns raised with the unit; and (d) how were the concerns raised.

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 (3) 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.