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Media Release

SENATOR KERRY O’BRIEN SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

24 January 2006

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE FALLS IN AVIATION SAFETY

A survey commissioned by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to measure views on aviation safety in Australia shows a disturbing fall in public confidence.

The 2005 CASA survey released today shows public confidence has fallen since last measured in 2002.

The survey shows:

• ‘complete confidence’ in arriving safely when flying between capital cities has fallen to 36 per cent from 41 per cent in 2002

• ‘complete confidence’ in arriving safely when flying between regional towns has fallen to 24 per cent from 27 per cent in 2002

Australians ought to have complete confidence that they will arrive safely when travelling on any commercial flight within Australia.

It is disturbing that complete confidence has declined over the past three years.

The survey also reveals that the percentage of Australians who say flying in Australia is safer than flying in countries like the United States has fallen to 53 per cent from 60 per cent in 2002.

That’s a worrying fall in confidence given the 2002 survey followed the 11 September 2001 air-related terrorist attack in the United States.

CASA reported the latest survey results with a big dose of self-congratulation.

According to CASA, public confidence is ‘sky high’ and the survey results are ‘good news for the aviation industry.’

Labor urges CASA to reverse the decline in public confidence in flying by concentrating on its core activity - improving safety in Australian skies.

A little more action, and a little less public relations, please.

The full survey results are available at: http://www.casa.gov.au/media/researchstats.htm

Contact: Kerry O’Brien 03 6334 9366 / 0419 007 780 Mathew Jose 02 6277 3842 / 0407 435 624