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Notice given 7 August 2006

2308  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can details be provided of the number of aircraft movements at Bankstown Airport for each calendar year since 2000.

(2) How does Airservices Australia define ‘aircraft movements’.

(3) Has Airservices Australia amended the definition of ‘aircraft movement’ since 2000; if so, how has this amendment impacted on analysis of trend data for Bankstown Airport.

(4) Has Airservices Australia altered or adjusted the methodology of analysing aircraft movements since 2000; if so, how has this change of methodology impacted on analysis of trend data for Bankstown Airport.

2310  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997, can the following details be provided:

(1) By financial year from 2003-04 how many persons have been appointed as authorised persons under Regulation 114 and 121.

(2) How many of these persons are: (a) employees of the Department; or (b)  P rotective Service officers or Special Protective Service officers of the Australian Federal Police; or (c) employees of an airport-operator company, or of a contractor to an airport-operator company.

(3) Has the responsibility of the departmental secretary, provided under Regulation 114 and/or 121 to appoint an authorised person, been delegated in accordance with Regulation 156 to any other person or position; if so, to whom.

(4) What is the extent of powers exercised by authorised persons in relation to Part 4 of the regulations.

(5) Do authorised persons have the power to demand production of a state government issued driver’s licence.

(6) Are authorised persons, categorised under Regulation 114(c) or 121(c), in the course of their duties required to carry or produce identification to establish bona fides; if so, is there a required form of statement that advises the extent of the powers exercised by the holder and what is that wording; if not, why not.

(7) Do authorised persons, categorised under Regulation 114(c) or 121(c), have the power to arrest or detain vehicle drivers.

(8) Do formal processes exist to resolve allegations of misuse of powers or complaints concerning conduct of authorised persons: (a) if so, since the 2003-04 financial year to date: (i) how many complaints have been received, (ii) what was the nature of the complaints, (iii) how are complaints investigated, and (iv) which complaints were upheld; and (b) if a formal process does not exist, why not.