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Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee
31/03/2011
Pilot training, airline safety and the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incident Reports) Bill 2010
Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee
Senate committee
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Pilot training, airline safety and the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incident Reports) Bill 2010
Final

CHAIR (Senator Heffernan) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee. The committee is hearing evidence on the inquiry into pilot training, airline safety and the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment (Incident Reports) Bill 2010. I welcome everyone to the hearing.

This is a public hearing and a Hansard is being made. 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 to 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 witnesses 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 it will 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 the answer be given in camera. Such requests may be made at any other time. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all those who have made submissions and sent representatives here today for their cooperation. I wish to thank Qantas for sending a full team here today in view of all the things they have on their plate. It shows their keen and continuing interest in airline safety.

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