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Senate Committee forces Anderson to front up to regional aviation problems.



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Martin Ferguson - Senate Committee Forces Anderson To Front Up To Regional Aviation Problems http://www.alp.org.au/media/0401/mfmsari050401.html Friday, 06 April 2001

Senate Committee Forces Anderson To Front Up To Regional Aviation Problems Martin Ferguson - Shadow Minister for Transport

Media Statement - 5 April 2001

Transport Minister John Anderson has been forced to front up to industry concerns about the impact of competition policy on regional aviation services, Shadow Transport Minister, Martin Ferguson, said today.

"Labor has been warning the Government that its policy of location specific pricing has been reducing aviation services and safety in regional areas. It has taken a joint party Senate inquiry to get him to listen," Mr Ferguson said.

"The Airspace 2000 and Related Issues report tabled today by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee looks at the application of competition policy to firefighting and navigation services at regional airports.

"While I am concerned at the Government's rejection of the other six recommendations in the report, I am pleased they have agreed to a review of the impact of competition policy on the delivery of aviation services to rural and regional communities.

"In Parliament last month, Labor exposed the Government's rip off on aviation levies to subsidise these services.

"Last week in Parliament, Labor exposed just how concerned the aviation industry is with the Minister's aviation policy in regional Australia. The office of Mr Anderson's junior Minister was being used to develop a strategy to repair the damage done by the Transport Minister on the aviation front.

"The report's bi-partisan recommendation to conduct an independent review of the impact of the Minister's competition policies on regional aviation services is further acknowledgement that aviation policy is crook under the Howard Government.

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"The Government is being asked to look at the impact of competition policy on services provided at regional airports, weigh that against the community interest and get the balance right between the two competing pressures.

"That is long overdue and I urge the Minister to get on with it."

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