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Notice given 6 June 2001

3598  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee’s hearing of 31 May 2001, during which the First Assistant Secretary, Mr Bill Ellis, advised the committee that the involvement of the department in the Murrumbateman bypass assessment process was documented on departmental files:

(1) How many files held by the department since 1996 contain the above material.

(2) In each case: (a) when was the file opened; (b) when was the file closed; and (c) what is the title of the file.

3599  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee’s hearing of 31 May 2001, during which the Director of the Roads Program in the department, Mr Ed Cory, advised that total Commonwealth expenditure of the Murrumbateman bypass from March 1996 is $643 000:

(1) In addition to the answers, to be provided, to questions taken on notice during the estimates hearing, can the Minister confirm that the actual appropriation for this project in 1996-97 was $300 000, in 1997-98 was $500 000 and in 1998-99 was $300 000.

(2) What was the actual level of expenditure on each of the above financial years.

(3) (a) What was the appropriation for the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 financial years; and (b) what was the actual expenditure in those years.

(4) Can the Minister provide an explanation for the difference between the appropriations provided for in the above financial years and the actual level of expenditure provided to the committee by Mr Cory.

(5) If the difference between the appropriated funds and actual expenditure in the above financial years was an underspend, in each year, what was the cause of the underspend.

3601  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Does Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.11 require that an operator’s chief pilot is subjected to a check of his or her proficiency in relation to an emergency; if so, who is authorised to undertake such a check.

(2) Since January 1999 on how many occasions have audits undertaken by the Darwin office checked compliance with CAO 20.11 in relation to emergency procedures checks of chief pilots.

(3) (a) On how many occasions have audits identified breaches of the provisions of CAO 20.11; and (b) on each occasion, what action was taken as a result of the breach.

3602  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Did the Darwin office of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issue an instrument to an operator to allow that operator to comply with the requirements of Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.1 paragraph 2.5 by having a single operations manual available in the company’s reference library; if so, what was the legal basis for the issuing of the instrument.

(2) Does CAO 82.1 require that copies of the manual must be provided to all operating crew members.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that the only way to override the requirements of CAO 82.1 paragraph 2.5 would be by way of a disallowable instrument.

(4) Since January 1999 on how many occasions have audits undertaken by the Darwin office checked for compliance with CAO 82.1 paragraph 2.5.

(5) (a) On how many occasions have audits identified breaches of CAO 82.1 paragraph 2.5; and (b) on each occasion, what action was taken as a result of the breach.