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Notice given 24 November 2006

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.