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Janine Shepherd to join CASA [Civil Aviation Safety Authority] Board.

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News Release


Minister for Transport and Regional Development

Hon Mark Vaile MP




The Minister for Transport and Regional Development, Mark Vaile today announced that Ms Janine Shepherd had been appointed to the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.


Ms Shepherd is a self-employed writer and speaker, who holds a Commercial Pilot Licence and is a fully qualified aerobatics instructor. She also held the rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserves. Ms Shepherd has also recently been selected as one of the Junior Chamber International’s Outstanding Young Persons of the World, in the category of Personal Improvement and/or Achievement. This is an international program, with only 10 people being selected from a world-wide selection process.


“I am confident that Ms Shepherd will make a major contribution to the Board, and will assist in providing the necessary leadership as the ongoing reforms of CASA continue,” Mr Vaile said.


The appointment of Ms Shepherd is consistent with the Howard Government’s commitment to ensure Board members are appropriately qualified.


“The Coalition went to the last election with a commitment to put people with relevant aviation experience on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Board. This policy reflects the Coalition’s strong commitment to aviation safety, and the belief that the best people are required to deliver the safest system,” the Minister said.


“We have delivered on this commitment, and Ms Shepherd will join a Board whose members have the required experience and who are capable of questioning, challenging and monitoring the activities of the CASA Bureaucracy.


“Our appointments have resulted in a Board with a broad range of skills which will bring the stability and balance that was required. This Board is in a position to set the direction for CASA and to bring an end to the internecine industry politics that have dogged the aviation safety regulator for more than a decade.


“All of the evidence indicates that we now have a regulator who is working with the Government - not against. This is obviously in the best interest of the fare paying passenger,” Mr Vaile said.


Ms Shepherd has been appointed for a three year term from 1 September 1998. Her appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Laurie Foley from the Board on 22 June 1998.


Media Inquiries: Peter Cassuben - (02) 6277 7680   28/8/98