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Thursday, 15 November 2018
Page: 8284

Senator McALLISTER (New South WalesDeputy Opposition Whip in the Senate) (12:45): The Aviation Transport Security Amendment Bill 2018 responds to expert advice that concluded that when it comes to small airports, the level of red tape involved in the transport security process is excessive when weighed against the security threats they face. Accordingly, the legislation proposes the creation of a model TSP for small industry participants. The model TSP would ensure operators were aware of their responsibilities under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004. It would allow operators of airports that are assessed as low risk to focus on implementing and maintaining the robust security measures in their plan rather than focus on red tape and reports for the Commonwealth. This is an approach that reflects informed risk management. It has broad support across the aviation sector and has been positively examined by a Senate committee. The opposition will support this bill.