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#airservices face new inquiry – #casa next??

The last two senates estimates hearings have put serious pressure on #casa, #airservices and #atsb.

There appears to be some sort of death wish of the leader via departmental head Mrdak and the individual semi autonomous government organisations.

The recent ANAO inquiry into #airservices certainly canned their method of “doing business”.

Yet Harefield in the questioning last Monday (14th October 2016) was evasive of Senators Xenophon, O’Sullivan and Sterle.

This is not a good look and maybe it is time to stop the obvious lies being told to our elected representatives as there has been too much recently (Trigg, McCormick, Aleck)


Audit Office report into ASA #Airservices proves misfeasance in #onesky

Is #asa corrupt and conflicted by Angus Houston??

Has #casa met the terms of the Audit Office review??


Airservices’ OneSky deal faces new Senate inquiry

Airservices Australia chief executive Jason Harfield.

A Senate committee is considering launching a new inquiry to get to the bottom of suspect financial dealings surrounding Airservices Australia’s $1.5 billion OneSky air traffic control program.

The move follows dissatisfaction among senators across the political spectrum over Airservices’ handling of contracts for OneSky and the performance of the government-owned organisation’s chief executive Jason Harfield at a Senate hearing this week.

Mr Harfield came in for a grilling in the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on Monday, with senators accusing him of trying to talk over his interrogators.

The committee’s chairman, National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan, deputy chairman, Labor senator Glenn Sterle, and independent senator Nick Xenophon took turns demanding answers following a damning report by the Australian National Audit Office into one aspect of Airservices’ contracting for OneSky.

Senator O’Sullivan revealed the committee was considering launching an inquiry into the broader issues of Airservices’ handling of OneSky.

“This committee is very concerned about the operations of your body,” Senator O’Sullivan told Mr Harfield and Airservices chief financial officer Paul Logan.

“So I too would urge you to get to the point — hair on it and all — because this is an ongoing matter. The committee sits on a deliberation as to whether it will have an inquiry into these matters, and it would certainly assist us if you were able to get to the heart of the question without too much window-dressing.”

In August the Audit Office tabled its much anticipated report on contract arrangements between Airservices and an obscure Canberra-based group with military links known as the International Centre for Complex Project Management.

Among the findings, Airservices paid ICCPM consultants up to $5000 a day over 18 months to advise on the OneSky project, which is designed to integrate the military and civilian air traffic control systems into a single state-of-the-art network by 2021.

“Overall, Airservices’ approach to contracting ICCPM was ineffective in providing value-for-money outcomes,” the Audit Office said in its report.

The report was particularly critical of the appointment of one ICCPM consultant, Harry Bradford, dubbed “the Million Dollar Man”. Airservices had engaged him (and paid more than $ 1 million) to negotiate on its behalf with the lead contractor for the OneSky project, European aerospace group Thales.

“Airservices did not apply any consideration to potential, actual, or perceived conflict of interest,” the report said.

At Monday’s hearing, Senator Xenophon asked Mr Harfield if any individual had “got their backside kicked”. Mr Harfield responded that there had been “counselling taken on how practices were not adhered to”, but, said “no one has done anything untoward”.

Senator Xenophon: “A noncompliance on probity issues is not untoward?”

Mr Harfield: “They were what we would call authorised exemptions to the probity practices.”

Senator O’Sullivan yesterday told The Australian any decision on whether to launch a new inquiry would be guided by all members of the committee, and most likely after the Audit Office tabled a further report in May after investigating Airservices’ appointment of Thales.

But he said his impression was that senators across the committee were “dissatisfied with what they have before them” and that they would not rest until convinced its administration was “100 per cent right”.

Senator Sterle said he would “support any motion from the committee to have a further inquiry into Airservices”.

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