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Notice given 24 November 2006

2830  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Has the Minister read the report in the July 2006 edition of Australian Aviation which records the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Mr Bruce Byron as saying ‘I am keen to outsource some of CASA’s regulatory service functions’.

(2) Which regulatory functions does Mr Byron want to privatise.

(3) When did Mr Byron consult the Minister on his privatisation plans.

(4) What is the timetable for the implementation of Mr Byron’s privatisation agenda.

2831  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the claim by the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Mr Bruce Byron, at the Corporate Governance in the Public Sector conference on 20 April 2004, that he had the agreement of the then Minister (Mr Anderson) to hold a formal meeting ‘at least every two months’ on the basis that regular structured communication is an essential element in ensuring CASA’s governance arrangements operate successfully:

(1) On what dates have regular formal meetings involving Mr Byron, the Minister and the Secretary of the department been conducted.

(2) If regular formal meetings have been abandoned, can the Minister advise: (a) when; and (b) why these meetings were abandoned.

2832  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Is the Minister aware that the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Mr Bruce Byron, told a safety conference in November 2006 that when he joined CASA in 2004 ‘there were a lot of people, highly competent in their technical fields, who had risen up the hierarchy to management positions, but were simply out of their depth as managers’.

 

 (2) How did Mr Byron measure the performance of CASA management before concluding his managers were ‘out of their depth’.

(3) Is the Minister aware that Mr Byron claims that only one member of CASA’s current management team was at CASA when Mr Byron joined the authority.

(4) For each of the years to date since Mr Byron’s appointment, how many CASA managers have left the authority.

2833  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Can copies be provided of all Civil Aviation Safety Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) directives relating to surveillance of Transair and the Lockhart River tragedy, including CEO directives 001/2006 and 002/2006.