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u c r iM i v n ν ν Α η ν ν ιυ κ r a r e r LIBERAL SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM, AVIATION & CUSTOMS

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SOARING INTO TOMORROW

The Coalition's aviation policy will advantage all Australians who travel by air, the Shadow Minister for Aviation, Senator Parer, said today.

The Opposition Leader, Mr Howard, launched the policy, Soaring into Tomorrow, in Calms today.

Senator Parer said: "Soaring into Tomorrow will reduce airfares, and make our safe skies even safer,

"It reaffirms our commitment to increasing the level of competition in the domestic air transport market. In time, the result will be reduced air fares and better service.

"In 1994, the Labor Party abandoned Australia's understanding with New Zealand to establish a single aviation market, which would have allowed Air New Zealand to fly domestically in Australia. Air New Zealand is the only credible competitor to our two major domestic airlines.

"We will recommence negotiations with the New Zealand Government on the single aviation market.

"One barrier that prevents new entrants from entering the airline industry is their inability to use the terminal facilities at our major airports. The lack of terminal facilities has been identified as one of the reasons that Compass collapsed in 1991.

'W e will require airport lessees to provide adequate facilities to new carriers that wish to enter the industry.

"Soanng Into Tomorrow includes a number of Important measures to improve air safety.- * -

'W e believe that the best way to improve safety is to make sure that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) develops into a cohesive and disciplined organisation, with a strong relationship with the industry.

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W e will appoint members to the Boards of CASA and Airservices Australia who are competent, and have practical aviation industry experience. In addition, we will amend the Civil Aviation Act and the Air Services Act to require CASA and Airservices Australia to promote and foster aviation.

"One important reason for the lack of cooperation between CASA's predecessor, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the industry was the perception that CAA officers sometimes used their enormous powers vindictively, inconsistently, or without due process.

'The next Coalition Government will investigate the establishment of a Board Appeals Committee, which will act as a readily accessible appeals tribunal for cases concerning the suspension, variation, or cancellation of licences and certificates."

Senator Parer said: "Pilots and operators cannot be expected to comply with the air safety laws if they are unintelligble.

"Our safety laws are more complex than they need to be, despite several attempts to rewrite them. In Government, we will launch a concerted assault on our tangled regulatory system so that all of the participants in the industry can easily find out what they are required to do to comply with the law.

"Labor does not care about aviation. The Minister for Transport, Laurie Brereton, regards the aviation industry as a nuisance - a distraction from his preoccupation with industrial relations.

"Soaring into Tomorrow is a decisive break with Labor's thirteen years of neglect of the industry. It marks the start of a brighter future for Australian aviation," Senator Parer said.

13 February 1996

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Senator Parer (0419) 704 766 Bill McKinley (07) 3864 8413

SOARING INTO TOMORROW KEY POINTS

In Government, the Coalition will:

4- amend the Civil Aviation Act and the Air Services Act to require the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Airservices Australia to promote and foster aviation.

4- appoint members to the Boards of CASA and Airservices Australia who are competent, and who have practical aviation industry experience.

4- ensure that the aviation regulations are simple, straightfoward, and internationally harmonised.

4- investigate the establishment of a CASA Board Appeals Committee, which will hear appeals concerning the suspension, variation or cancellation of licences, certificates and AOCs.

4- implement as a matter of urgency a fairer system for recovering CASA's costs.

4- implement, after consultation with the industry, a fairer system for funding general aviation's contribution to Airservices Australia. In the meantime, we will freeze the airways services component of the duty, and only increase it in line with the CPI.

4· adopt a liberal and flexible attitude toward the negotiation of Australia's air services agreements.

4- adopt a more open charter policy to encourage the growth of tourist charters to Australia.

4- nurture competition in the domestic airline industry, to encourage carriers to hold down their costs, to improve their facilities, and to introduce new services.

4- introduce a regulatory framework to prevent airport lessees from misusing their market power. In particular, airport lessees will be required to provide adequate facilities to new carriers that wish to enter the industry.

4- require the major'airlines to tell their passengers if they are going to be flying with a code shared regional airline.

4- ensure that regional airlines continue to have access to Sydney Airport.

4- retain the mandatory emergency locater transmitter (ELT) requirement in CAR252A, but allow pilots to carry approved portable ELTs Instead of fixed ELTs.

Ψ carefully consider the recommendations put forward by the Review of the Australian Flying Training Industry.

* introduce an experimental aircraft category similar to the ones enacted in the United States and New Zealand.

* · review the certification process for Australian built aircraft, to ensure that the regulations are as simple and straightforward as possible.

* lease the 22 Federal Airports Corporation airports, but, at the same time, Introduce a regulatory framework to protect the interests of current and future airport users and local communities.

e- extend the main runway at Adelaide Airport to 3,100 metres.

ensure that local authorities in regional and remote areas can afford to maintain their aerodromes.