I personally find it interesting that an aircraft owned by me some time ago had elevator trim cables cut more than half way through when the previous owner "disconnected the rudder/ aleiron system, yet when submitted to CASA for inspection and corrective action, they "LOST" those cables.
I won't go into details, except to say the Director of Aviation Safety had a known association with the engineer who signed the aircraft out as airworthy, cut cables and all. It's also well documentated in various papers that CASA staff were taking bets as to how far I could fly before I killed myself.
I'm also unsure as to why it has taken since 1996, a Commonwealth Ombudsmans investigation and Parliamentary intervention to get someone to acknowledge there are problems with the system, or whether this is a "brainfart" by a Bureaucrat and a means to get rid of snag sheets. (which used sensibly are better than a MR annotation which could ground an aircraft for a suspect CHT gauge in the GAFA by a junior pilot).
If a maintenance schedule allows for identified issues to be addressed, repaired and rectified by a LAME, why the hell does he have to notify CASA if it's signed off on the MR or a real problem has been identified in a snag sheet and rectified?
Someone, (in their opinion), is guilty of an offence, so it saves CASA going on a "fishing trip" I guess.
Abbott's speech today identified bureaucratic red tape and over regulation as an impediment to productivity. This highlights his frustration.
This possibly also impedes free trade between The States as provided for in The Constitution if a QLD aircraft is stuck in WA because of a faulty cigarette lighter.