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Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Page: 183

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 10 November 2006:

With reference to the evidence by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Acting General Manager, Legal Services Group, Dr Jonathan Aleck, to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 30 October 2006 about section 30DK(4) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 relating to the publication of details of enforceable voluntary undertakings (EVUs):

(1)   Is the Minister aware that Dr Aleck claimed that ‘if the public sees that an EVU has been entered into with a particular organisation then they can go to that organisation and say…’ before I fly with you, I would like some more information about this’ and then make their own judgement about what they are going to do’.

(2)   Can the Minister confirm that the Government imposes no obligations on operators to publish details of EVUs.

(3)   Can the Minister confirm that operators are under no obligation to provide members of the public with information about EVUs even when requested to do so.

(4)   Can the Minister confirm that the only party subject to disclosure obligations under section 30DK(4) is CASA.

Senator Johnston (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Testimony by CASA officials is publicly available in Hansard.

(2)   and (3) There is no regulatory requirement for operators to publish EVUs or provide copies of EVUs to members of the public.

(4)   Yes.