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Notice given 5 September 2005

1133  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) How many and which Australian airports are served by control towers where at any time under standard operating procedures only one full performance controller may be rostered.

(2) For each such airport can the Minister advise: (a) the location of the control tower and the airports it controls; (b) the hours of each day that only one full performance controller is rostered at each control tower; and (c) the procedures in place in the event that the full performance controller becomes incapacitated due to, for example, illness or is otherwise unable to attend work as rostered.

1134  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article in The Canberra Times of 1 September 2005 entitled, ‘Plane left in air as traffic controller sleeps in’:

(1) For each of the past 5 financial years, on how many occasions have domestic regular passenger transport flight landings been delayed at Australian airports due to the inability of Airservices Australia to adequately staff control towers.

(2) For each instance can the following details be provided: (a) the control tower affected; (b) the circumstance in which Airservices Australia was unable to adequately staff the affected control tower; (c) the flight number of the affected flight; (d) its departure point; (e) the number of passengers and crew on board; (f) the scheduled landing time; (g) the actual landing time; (h) the scheduled airport of arrival; (i) the actual airport of arrival; (j) whether the affected airline claimed some form of compensation from Airservices Australia; (k) the value of compensation sought; (l) the value of compensation made; and (m) the date on which compensation was made.

1135  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article in The Canberra Times of 1 September 2005 entitled, ‘Plane left in air as traffic controller sleeps in’: (a) when did the Minister became aware of this issue; (b) who advised the Minister; and (c) in what manner was the Minister advised.

1136  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article in The Canberra Times of 1 September 2005 entitled, ‘Plane left in air as traffic controller sleeps in’:

(1) What financial or other compensatory recourse exists for Qantas against Airservices Australia in this matter.

(2) What is the maximum value of potential compensation Airservices Australia may have to pay Qantas in this matter.