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CASA chief reveals truth about ELT decision



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MEDIA RELEASE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

LINDSAY TANNER MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MELBOURNE

CASA Chief Reveals Truth About ELT Decision

The Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has confirmed that CASA compromised its safety standards to accommodate the Government's policy on the use of hand-held rather than fixed emergency locater transmitters, the Federal Shadow Minister for Transport, Mr Lindsay Tanner, said today.

"Under questioning in the Senate's Regional and Rural Affairs Estimates Committee, Mr Keith acknowledged that the CASA's normal safety standards had been passed over to facilitate the Government's policy of allowing portable ELTs in place of fixed ones.

"At last it has been acknowledged that this policy of the Government has no positive benefit for aviation safety. It is now clear that the policy of the Minister, Mr Sharp, is not directed at improving aviation safety in Australia but delivering on the political agenda of his mates. -

"What is of equal concern is that it was left up to Mr Keith, someone who is held in high regard throughout the industry, rather than the Minister, to tell the Australian public the truth. The Minister should at least have the decency to front up to the

consequences of his decisions rather than leave it to the Director of Aviation Safety.

"The Minister claims the problems of aviation safety in Australia rest at the door of the CASA Board. Mr Keith's statements today makes it clear that the biggest problem in aviation safety in Australia is the Minister himself," Mr Tanner said.

22 October 1996

For further information contact Lindsay Tanner on (03) 9347 5000

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