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Legal links in #CASA

Legal links in #CASA

There are numerous links between people in CASA and those who take a pivotal role in protecting the internal happenings. This is to be expected in a far-reaching organisation that is tasked as CASA.

The problem is when the aviation community become concerned that information is being improperly used and they are being wrongly targeted. The recent ASRR [David Forsyth] findings are a case in point, when over 250 submissions are made and the common theme is a regulator [CASA] that is not working for the best interests of aviation.

Gradually these links become clearer and two more are shown below.

The importance of these can be seen in the following:

  1. Coroners InquiriesOmbudsman April 2015 inquiry results
  2. ICAO audit and compliancePelAir/ McCormick
  3. AVMED eg. John O’Brien/ CVD
  4. AAT Hearings eg. Quadrio

Attached are publicly available biographies.


Presenter: Ian Harvey Late 2011

Biography: Ian Harvey is a barrister at the private Bar practising from 3rd Floor, Wentworth Chambers, 180 Phillip Street, Sydney. He graduated LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University in 1974 and completed a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada in 1981. He was a Research Student at the London School of Economics in 1986.

Ian was a lawyer with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra from 1975 to 1989. In 1982/83 he was seconded to the law firm Stephen Jaques Stone James in Sydney. He joined the Sydney Bar in 1989 and practiced as a barrister in Sydney and Canberra before accepting a position for 12 months as Corporate Counsel of the Civil Aviation Authority in Canberra in 1992.

He returned to the Sydney Bar in 1993. He took a short-term appointment as Corporate Counsel of the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW in March 1997 and returned to the private Bar in Sydney in 1998.

His main areas of practice are in administrative and public law, transport law, aviation regulation and tort law generally. He has represented various parties at Inquiries and Inquests and has assisted the Queensland State Coroner in a number of aviation related inquests.

Jonathan Aleck

Jonathan Aleck earned his law degree (JD) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Oregon and a Doctorate of Philosophy in law from the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

[Title: Law and sorcery in Papua New Guinea: a reconsideration of the relationship between law and custom – Published 1996.]

Before and since arriving in Australia in 1988, Dr Aleck has combined a professional and academic career as a lawyer, a legal consultant and a university lecturer. He has taught law and politics at the Australian National University (in both the Faculty of Law and the Public Policy Programme), the University of Canberra, the University of Hawaii and the University of Oregon in the United States, and the University of Papua New Guinea.

Jonathan Aleck started work with the then Civil Aviation Authority in 1993 as a legal officer, then Chief Legal Officer and Executive Manager of CASA’s Legal Services Division. Before joining CASA, he lectured in law and politics at universities in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the United States, and for many years was the director of a private legal research and consultative organisation.

From 1998 until 2003, he was the Australian representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO], based in Montreal. During that time, he also lectured on an occasional visiting basis at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University [Montreal, Quebec, Canada].

Immediately prior to his appointment to the ICAO Council, he served as General Manager of CASA’s Aviation Safety Compliance Division, and before that as Regional Manager of the Authority’s West Region.

Dr Aleck is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.
Jonathan Aleck now is Associate Director of Aviation Safety of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). he has responsibility for the RAOO’s

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