Hon Judi Moylan

Senate Report highlights failures of ASA: Moylan

The Hon Judi Moylan MP has welcomed the release of the Senate Report into the effectiveness of Airservices Australia’s management of aircraft noise and calls on the Federal Government to implement the 10 recommendations made by the Committee. Mrs Moylan commended Committee Chair Senator Fiona Nash and WA Senators Chris Back and Judith Adams for their efforts in drawing information from the 181 submissions and four public hearings in drafting the report. It is now the responsibility of the Minister for Infrastructure to ensure this report is acted on and was not put on the shelf. “The report clearly shows that the sheer scope of changes proposed under WARRP should have triggered a public consultation strategy,” Mrs Moylan said. “Such a strategy was never implemented and the Committee is right to recommend the Environmental Principles and Procedures be independently reviewed in accordance with recommendations 9 and 10.” Mrs Moylan said the report was damning of Airservices in their failure to consult all stakeholders directly and it was clear that the public, both in Pearce and across Australia, has lost faith in Airservices abilities to manage the issue of aircraft noise. “Consistently, evidence collected by the report demonstrates a lack of organisational openness and transparency,” Mrs Moylan said. “While a vast majority of the material dealing with flight paths is of a highly technical nature the complexity of this information, as the Senate Committee rightly points out, should not form the basis for non-disclosure.” Recommendations for the introduction of a Community Aviation Advocate and an Aviation Ombudsman completely independent of ASA are a step in the right direction. The Member for Pearce warned that much work was still needed to determine how these entities would interact with each other, ASA and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. She also expressed concerns about the Airservices complaint procedures, echoing the Committee’s conclusions that no recourse existed for stakeholders to seek proper resolution of complaints. “Complete cooperation with an independent review of the complaints procedures, in line with recommendation 4, is the very least ASA could do if they are serious about righting past wrongs.”

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