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Notice given 13 November 2006

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2724-2750)—

(1) For each of the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06, based on actual program expenditure compared with the program budget estimate, what were: (a) the 10 largest underspending programs; and (b) the 10 largest overspending programs, in the Minister’s portfolio.

(2) For each identified program in paragraph (1): (i) what was the budget estimate, (ii) what was the actual expenditure, (iii) what was the variance, and (iv) can an explanation for the variance be provided.

2724 Minister for Finance and Administration

2725 Minister for Finance and Administration

2726 Minister for Finance and Administration

2727 Minister for Finance and Administration

2728 Minister for Finance and Administration

2729 Minister for Finance and Administration

2730 Minister for Finance and Administration

2731 Minister for Finance and Administration

2732 Minister for Finance and Administration

2733 Minister for Finance and Administration

2734 Minister for Finance and Administration

2735 Minister for Finance and Administration

2736 Minister for Finance and Administration

2737 Minister for Finance and Administration

2738 Minister for Finance and Administration

2739 Minister for Finance and Administration

2740 Minister for Finance and Administration

2741 Minister for Finance and Administration

 

 2742 Minister for Finance and Administration

2743 Minister for Finance and Administration

2744 Minister for Finance and Administration

2745 Minister for Finance and Administration

2746 Minister for Finance and Administration

2747 Minister for Finance and Administration

2748 Minister for Finance and Administration

2749 Minister for Finance and Administration

2750 Minister for Finance and Administration

2758  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) issued air operator’s certificate (AOC) number BN426646-30 to Transair on 30 September 2005 authorising Transair to conduct regular public transport operations in aircraft including a Fairchild SA227-DC with the serial number DC-818B and registration mark VH-TFU.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that a Fairchild SA 227-DC with the serial number DC-818B and registration mark VH-TFU operated by Transair was destroyed at Lockhart River on 7 May 2005 in a tragedy that cost 15 lives.

(3) Why did CASA issue an AOC to Transair in September 2005 authorising the operator to carry passengers on an aircraft that had been destroyed in one of Australia’s worst aviation disasters 4 months earlier.

2760  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) How many ex-military aircraft are registered in Australia, by aircraft-type, by state/territory; and (b) how many of these aircraft are engaged in commercial operations, by aircraft-type, by state/territory.

(2) Can an outline be provided of the regulatory regime that governs the operation of ex-military aircraft registered in Australia engaged in: (a) non-commercial; and (b) commercial operations.

2762  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Airworthiness Bulletin 02-018 issued on 20 October 2006 applicable to all BAC 167 Strikemaster and Jet Provost aircraft and relating to airworthiness information arising from a fatal crash of a Strikemaster aircraft near Bathurst on 5 October 2006:

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the possible structural failure of other Strikemaster aircraft and Jet Provost aircraft registered in Australia prompted the bulletin.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the bulletin draws attention to United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) Mandatory Permit Directives (MPDs) relating to Strikemaster aircraft.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that some of these UKCAA MPDs concern cracking in wing structures on Strikemaster aircraft.

 

 (4) On what date(s) did CASA issue Airworthiness Directives (AD) AD/Strikemaster/3 and AD/Strikemaster/4 under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) 39.001 as contained in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1988 mandating compliance with UKCAA MPDs 1995-101 and 1995-109 respectively.

(5) Is it the case that CASR 39.003 prohibits the operation of an Australian aircraft that is covered by an AD in breach of any requirement of the AD.

(6) Has any Strikemaster aircraft registered in Australia operated in breach of AD/Strikemaster/3 and/or AD/Strikemaster/4.

(7) Have any requirements been mandated, in the form of an AD or otherwise, in relation to the operation of Jet Provost aircraft in Australia; if so, what are the requirements; if not, why not.