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15    Transport— Aviation security

Senator Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 408—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Australian Government has a fundamental duty to take all reasonable steps to ensure that air travel in Australia is safe from malicious or terrorist activities,

                                    (ii)       Australia’s aviation security obligations under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Convention on International Civil Aviation must be approached with world’s-best practice in mind,

                                  (iii)       as part of the current aviation safety regime, the following categories are examples of people subject to mandatory screening at major airport terminals: passengers, cabin crew and pilots, and

                                  (iv)       with reference to regulation 4.11 of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005, the following categories are examples of Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) holders who are not subject to mandatory screening at major airport terminals: baggage handlers, aircraft catering staff and ground service staff; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to repeal regulation 4.11 of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 to provide consistency by mandating screening at major airport terminals for all persons, other than those set out in:

                                     (i)       regulation 4.09(3) - people disembarking from an aircraft who have already been suitably screened, other than international transit passengers, cabin crew and pilots,

                                    (ii)       regulation 4.10 - law enforcement officers, screening personnel managing a screening point, emergency personnel responding to an emergency and members of the Defence Force responding to an event or threat, and

                                  (iii)       regulation 4.12 - heads of state, heads of government or foreign ministers.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 12

Senators—

Bernardi

Gichuhi

Hinch

Leyonhjelm

Burston

Griff

Kakoschke-Moore*

Roberts

Georgiou

Hanson

Lambie

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 46

Senators—

Bilyk

Fifield

McKim

Ruston

Birmingham

Gallacher

Moore

Scullion

Brown

Gallagher

Nash

Seselja

Bushby

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Siewert

Cash

Hume

O’Sullivan

Sinodinos

Collins

Ketter

Paterson

Smith

Cormann

Kitching

Payne

Sterle

Di Natale

Macdonald

Polley

Urquhart*

Dodson

Marshall

Reynolds

Watt

Duniam

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

McGrath

Rice

Williams

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.