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Martin Ferguson - More Reasons For Anderson To Show Cause Friday, 27 April 2001

More Reasons For Anderson To Show Cause Martin Ferguson - Shadow Minister for Transport

Media Statement - 25 April 2001

Responding to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Investigation Report into the Qantas accident at Bangkok airport in September 1999, released today in Canberra, Shadow Transport Minister, Martin Ferguson said, "This report is scathing of CASA's regulation of major airlines in the lead up to the Qantas Bangkok accident in 1999 and the recent difficulties with Ansett shows that not a lot has changed since.

"This report again raises serious concerns about CASA's ability to ensure airlines operate in a safe manner. It clearly gives more reasons for the Minister for Transport John Anderson to show cause as to why the Australian public should have faith in our aviation safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Mr Ferguson said today.

"It is a national disgrace that the ineffectiveness of our safety regulator is found to have contributed to a major aviation accident that could have cost 400 lives.

"It is now well past time that the Minister for Transport took some responsibility and acted to improve CASA's processes. He must apply the show cause test to the safety regulator to reassure the Australian public that CASA is up to the job.

"While the Minister and CASA continue to shun responsibility for criticisms of the regulator's operations, Australia's aviation safety regulatory system continues to tumble into disrepute.

"The Australian public deserves a strong, effective and accountable regulator. If Mr Anderson will not ensure that is delivered he should hand the reins to someone who will, Mr Ferguson said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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