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Is CASA ready to act?? – AWU asks the question of Minister Truss and the regulator

Is CASA ready to act??

The latest call for the Government [and it’s ‘watchdog” – CASA] to get it’s act in order comes from the AWU.

Secretary Tony Sheldon says that:

“Since MH17, we’ve seen government inaction, airline inaction and watchdog inaction.”



Govt failing to act on safer skies: union

TRANSPORT Workers Union (TWU) secretary Tony Sheldon also lashed out at the International Civil Aviation Organisation after their global conference last week in Montreal failed to deliver measures like enabling flight crews to stand down from work if they are set to fly over a conflict zone.

The union said that Australian government representatives were at the meeting which resolved to let airlines continue to assess safety risks. “They’ve just re-stated the same failed policy that saw so many people lose their lives in Ukraine (on MH17),” Mr Sheldon said.

He accused the watchdog and government of allowing airlines to prioritise profit over the safety of passengers and aircrews.

Mr Sheldon said it would have cost Malaysia Airlines an additional $28,000 to take a different route to the fatal path taken by MH17.”They chose profit before safety and now we are mourning dead ones today,” Mr Sheldon said.

Aviation security expert Ron Bartsch said that while airlines are best positioned to assess the risks of flight paths, it is critical for governments to proactively share information if they want to prevent another tragedy like MH17.”The Australian government is not alone in being behind the eight-ball here,” said the former head of safety at Qantas.

“Governments need to be more active in communicating information about hazards and danger areas to the international body who can then disseminate those crucial details to the carriers.”

The TWU indicated that they would take the issue to the International Transport Federation to force authorities to act.

“Since MH17, we’ve seen government inaction, airline inaction and watchdog inaction,” Mr Sheldon said.

Qantas recently buckled to public pressure following the US regulator’s warnings about flying over Iraq.

They joined Emirates and Virgin Atlantic airlines in diverting their Dubai to London route away from the conflict zone in the Middle East.

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