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Federal Member for Batman Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Martin Ferguson MP

MEDIA STATEMENT

29 May 2003

QANTAS INCIDENT

The injury to two flight attendants and two passengers in a security incident on a Qantas flight to Tasmania is cause for grave concern.

My thoughts are with the injured, their families and colleagues. This is a shocking incident. I am assured that they are being cared for in the best of hands and I wish them a speedy recovery.

It seems a major security breach has occurred and this is cause for alarm.

I again call on the Minister for Transport to take responsibility for investigating aviation security breaches.

This is an extremely serious breach of his security system and he must investigate it and not leave it to the companies involved.

We made this call last week when a major breach occurred at Sydney Airport.

Senate Estimates confirmed this week that aviation security regulations are the responsibility of the Federal Department of Transport.

That Department must play a role in investigating breaches to regulations it oversees.

The Minister cannot continue to ignore the need for rigorous and independent security incident and accident investigations - in the same way we investigate aviation safety.

The travelling public deserve both safety and security and they need to know that security at our airports does not have loopholes that allow this sort of incident to occur.

For further information: Blythe Hamilton 02 6277 4753 or 0407 099 104