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Senator the Hon Jan McLucas
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing
Labor Senator for Queensland

080604 MR LR CASA Inq

Media Release

Wednesday 4 June 2008

Queensland Labor Senator Jan McLucas has welcomed a decision to hold a Senate inquiry into the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The inquiry is aimed at assessing the effectiveness of administrative reforms undertaken by CASA since 2003, examining the effectiveness of CASA’s governance structure and considering ways to strengthen CASA’s relations with industry and ensuring CASA meets community expectations of a firm safety regulator.

“The safety of the travelling public is the Government’s highest priority, and the Senate Inquiry is an opportunity to have a good look at CASA's governance structures and CASA's relationship with industry and the community,” Senator McLucas said.

“In particular, the inquiry will provide an opportunity for the families of the victims of the Lockhart River crash in 2005 to put their views about ways of improving CASA directly to the Federal Government.

“On behalf of the Lockhart River families, I have consistently called for such an inquiry into CASA while Labor was in Opposition, and I am pleased to say that we have kept faith with those families in Government.

“The experience of the Lockhart River families will provide valuable information for the Senate Committee and the Government as we look to improve air safety and CASA.”

Submissions should be lodged by June 30, and the reporting date is July 9. Inquiry details are available on the Senate web site at: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committ...casa/index.htm

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