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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1197


Senator WATSON (3.32 p.m.) —I support the comments of my colleague Senator MacGibbon. Most of us in this place are involved in extensive flying. I was a passenger in an aircraft which attempted on four occasions to land at Launceston airport but, because of fog, the first three attempts were unsuccessful. Obviously, the sort of information that ought be available to the pilot as to the height of the fog ceiling and its density, et cetera, is not available any longer.

  I think that all of us have had these sorts of personal experiences and that adds to the concerns about the standard of safety and the lack of personnel available to give information about such things as height of fog ceiling, its density and so on. I can tell honourable senators that it is not very comforting to be a passenger in such a situation; one has a feeling of concern when it takes four attempts to land an aircraft.