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Media Release

Martin Ferguson MP

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Services and Population


23 November 1999




A new report on the controversial Class G airs pace trial has reinforced concerns about Transport Minister John Anderson’s ability to handle aviation safety reform, the Shadow Transport Minister, Martin Ferguson, said today.


The report follows yesterday’s damning audit of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) by the Australian National Audit Office.


“This latest report into CASA’s management of Australia’s airspace highlights a number of deficiencies in the organisation which the Minister has repeatedly vowed to rectify,” Mr Ferguson said.


“Twelve months ago, Mr Anderson very confidently tabled a letter from the CASA director which said that criticism of the Class G demonstration was not soundly based on legitimate safety issues.


“He also supported the view that the Class G demonstration was safer than the previous system.


“This report makes it clear that the Minister has got it wrong again, and that he can no longer blame others for the shambles in the regulation of aviation safety.


“The Australian public wants assurances that the Government is doing everything possible to improve safety in our skies. The Minister needs to lift his game.”


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