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Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee
27/05/2011
Pilot training, airline safety and the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incident Reports) Bill 2010

BERRY, Mr Tim, Director of Operations, Tiger Airways Australia

DAVIS, Mr Tony, Chief Executive Officer and President, Tiger Airways Holdings

RIX, Mr Crawford, Managing Director, Tiger Airways Australia

Committee met at 0 9:02

CHAIR ( Senator Heffernan ): I declare open this public hearing of the Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee. The committee is hearing evidence on the committee's inquiry into pilot training, airline safety and the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incidents Reports) Bill 2010. I welcome all here today. This is a public hearing and a Hansard transcript of the proceedings is being made. Before the committee starts taking evidence I remind all witnesses that in giving evidence to the committee they are protected by parliamentary privilege. It is unlawful for anyone to threaten or disadvantage a witness on account of evidence given to a committee and such action may be treated by the Senate as a contempt. It is also a contempt to give false or misleading evidence to a committee. The committee prefers all evidence be given in public, but under the Senate's resolutions witnesses have the right to request to be heard in private session. It is important that the witness give the committee notice if they intend to give evidence in camera. If a witness objects to answering a question, the witness should state the ground upon which the objection is taken and the committee will determine whether or not to insist on an answer having regard to the ground which is claimed. If the committee determines to insist on an answer a witness may request that the answer be given in camera. Such a request may, of course, be made at any other time. I would ask witnesses to remain behind for a few minutes at the conclusion of their evidence in case the Hansard staff need to clarify any terms or references. I remind all people in the room to ensure their mobile phones are either turned off or switched to silent. Finally, on behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all those who have made submissions and sent representatives here today for their cooperation in this inquiry.