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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 140

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 December 2004:

(1)   Has the Department provided the Minister with advice on options for responding to the Report of the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Transport and Regional Services, Regional Aviation and Island Transport Services: Making Ends Meet, tabled on 1 December 2003.

(2)   Why has the Minister failed to deliver a formal response to this bi-partisan Report despite the passage of more than 12 months.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Circumstances in the aviation industry have changed rapidly over the past year, so the draft response to the Report has had to be reviewed. The Report remains under full and active consideration and my Department is working with relevant Agencies on appropriate recommendations for Government consideration.