Senate debates

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee; Reference

11:55 am

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2012:

(a) the findings of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into the ditching of VH-NGA Westwind II, operated by Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd, in the ocean near Norfolk Island airport on 18 November 2009;

(b) the nature of, and protocols involved in, communications between agencies and directly interested parties in an aviation accident investigation and the reporting process;

(c) the mechanisms in place to ensure recommendations from aviation accident investigations are implemented in a timely manner; and

(d) any related matters.

Question agreed to.


Posted on 15 Sep 2012 8:49 am

This is great to see Senator Xenophon get to the heart of some of the really serious issues that plague aviation and the compromise that occurs as a result of the failure of CASA to properly regulate and thus "covers-up" some of the most blatant failures to surveil the aviation industry. unfortunately, PelAir is only one of a sequence of similar failures that start with SeaView.