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Chairman of independent review of TAAATS project

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I am pleased to announce that the Hon Ian Macphee AO, a partner in prominent Australian legal firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, will chair the independent review of The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) project, which I

announced on 5 June.

Mr Macphee, a former Federal Cabinet Minister with a wide experience of industry matters, will bring to the Review the integrity and expertise required to ensure that all the issues are thoroughly addressed in a completely independent way.

I have conferred with the acting Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Mr Henry Bosch, who supports this appointment.

Mr Macphee, as a first step, will satisfy himself that the Terms of Reference are comprehensive enough to enable the Review to address all of the concerns which have been raised about the project.

Mr Macphee will also choose the specialist advisers with the necessary technical and financial skills. He will draw on whatever advice he considers appropriate in their selection.

It is important that the Chairman be satisfied that the Review has been given the necessary time to carry out its duties and finalise its report.

I will be discussing this and other key issues with Mr Macphee and the Acting Chairman of the CAA early next week.

However, it will be a matter for the Review alone to determine the procedures under which it will operate and to ensure that there are arrangements in place which will respect necessary confidentiality of individuals and organisations making

submissions during the Review's proceedings.

The Review will be able to call on advice from the Attorney General's Department and other areas of expertise as its work progresses.

I should reiterate my concern to ensure that fair and proper procedures are followed in the naming of the preferred contractor. I believe that the Review is the right mechanism for achieving this.

Contact Don Mackay: (06) 277 7320 (work) June 21, 1992 (06) 231 4462 (home) 018 620 983

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