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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29810

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 7 June 2001:

(1) Does Airservices Australia Officer Mr Lee Kenna sit as chair of the Australian Standards Committee EV11.

(2) Did Mr Mike Mrdak of his Department write, as Airport Operations and more recently as Assistant Secretary, to the EV11 Committee stating objection to the word unacceptable in the standard AS2021, indicating a preference for the replacement terminology developments not permitted; if so, (a) why and (b) did he instruct Mr Mrdak to take that action; if so, why.

(3) Has Mr Kenna written and stated in the EV11 Committee of August 2000 that the word unacceptable as is used in the present Standard is emotional and should be changed; if so, (a) why was action taken to change the word, (b) did he instruct Mr Kenna to take that action; if so, why and (c) will such a change adversely affect the interest of public health and safety.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) to (3) In March 2000 my Department released a discussion paper entitled `Expanding Ways to Describe and Assess Aircraft Noise'. On page 55 of the paper, under Section 7.3 `Review and revision of Australian Standard AS2021', it is stated, amongst other things, that `In the first instance it is considered important that the wording `acceptable' and `unacceptable' in the Standard be replaced by more objective terms such as `no building restrictions' or `building not permitted/recommended'. As discussed at a number of points in this paper, what is considered `acceptable' by the Standard is not necessarily `acceptable' to the individual.' My Department has drawn this proposal to the attention of Standards Australia.