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CASA changes a good start, but have they gone far enough?

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18 November 2002


The need to reform the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has been obvious to all except the Minister for Transport, until today.

Labor welcomes the Minister’s decision to adopt Labor’s election policy to abolish the CASA Board to ensure more accountability.

Labor has always held the view that while CASA must consult with the industry it should not be run by the industry.

Labor will fully scrutinise the new enforcement powers to ensure they will improve the rigor and effectiveness of aviation safety regulation, while being fair to the industry.

There has been significant concern from Labor and the industry that CASA has been acting as judge, jury and executioner on aviation regulation.

When Labor looks at the detail, we will argue that the power to write regulations should be separate from those enforcing them.

The industry has also been crumbling under the burden of paper during the regulatory reform process - inhibiting effective industry involvement.

Labor will scrutinise the proposed change to see that this is improved.

The reforms appear to be a good start to improve accountability, but Labor will monitor the detail to ensure they have gone far enough.

For Media: Denise Spinks 0407435624

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

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