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MacGibbon hopes previous actions of fed govt won't deter companies in Aust'n aviation tendering for the new coastwatch contract



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · THE SENATE

SENATOR DAVID MacGIBBON LIBERAL SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

S H A D O W M I N I S T E R F O R C U S T O M S

MEDIA RELEASE

The Shadow Minister for Customs, Senator David MacGibbon, said that he hoped previous actions by the Federal Government would not deter companies in Australian Aviation tendering for the

new Coastwatch Contract.

"Closing date for tenders is 10 August and the contract, which

will run for five years, is the largest single contract in

Australian Aviation."

Senator MacGibbon said, intense public controversy surrounded the Government's inept handling of the last contract in 1987 (? ) when the contract was awarded to Amann only to be awarded later

to Skywe s t .

"in a subsequent legal action, the court found in favour of

Amann and awarded damages to them from the Federal Government."

Senator MacGibbon said, that despite the essential security

nature of the Coastwatch service, the only prohibition placed on tenderers related to those companies from Namibia or South

Africa or having links with those countries.

"Presumably the Soviets, the Libyans or the IRA could tender if they met the technical requirements and their price was the

lowest it would be hard to deny them the contract.

"Obviously the security credentials of the tenderers were

important but in taking ideology or demonology to absurd

lengths when the Labor Government singles out these two

countries in a formal request for Tender d o c u m e n t .

"One of the advantages of the new and expanded contract for a

major airline was the training facility if provided for

pilots," said Senator MacGibbon.

"Australia was experiencing a major shortage of pilots and all three airlines were engaged in large scale recruiting. Ansett, which owned Skywest, were not unaware of the benefits of having a training facility for young pilots in the Coastwatch

op e r a t i o n .

" Perhaps this might interest a l s o . "

31 July 1989

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