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Where is the cash – CASA? Training? Senate? ASRR review – status??

and where is the $89.9m???

Here is a little puzzle for everyone, being Easter and we have time to reflect on lots of things.As you all know, there was a recent inquiry by the Senate, which uncovered a report by a “Roger Chambers” – otherwise known as the Chamberpot report, in the middle of the PelAir investigation by ATSB [later to be shown to not have been provided by CASA to ATSB in the Senate investigation].

This report was subsequently used [on application to Departmental Head Mike Mrdak ] to justify a $89.9m cash injection for CASA to ‘fix things’.

I have been looking at the CASA annual reports and cannot find the cash trail, although [as below] McCormick refers to it in his “summary of affairs” for the 2010-2011 year.

Who can help solve the mystery??

Here is some of the answer:
From the CASA 2010-2011 annual report:
Financial management CASA recorded an operating deficit of $1.2 million in 2010–11, after recording a $1.8 million deficit in 2009–10.
The Government has allocated an additional $89.9 million over four years (2010–11 to 2013–14) to fund additional aviation safety activities. This is achieved through an increase in the aviation fuel excise rate of 0.702 cents per litre from 2.854 cents per litre to 3.556 cents per litre.
CASA is budgeting for an operating deficit in 2011–12 of $4.5 million. At the same time, however, CASA is budgeting for small operating surpluses in the forward years 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2015–16.
Question here is, not how has the $89.9m has been raised, but how did CASA and the “government” get away with an impost such as this, on the fallacious basis of the “Chamber’s Report”.
Where is the impact statement, did/ does it say what the effect on industry and where is the safety case for the changes??
To use the discredited “Chambers” report to support this is just not good enough.
This report in fact exposes just how CASA has not operated correctly [Evidence is the Senate PelAir Inquiry], and is not a proper basis for an increase in funding.
Perhaps, the reverse should have happened, with a reduction in funding.
The 2012-2013 annual report in fact shows a $13.8m surplus – so CASA did not need the money!!

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In the statement from McCormick, he says:


The increase in 2010–11 income was primarily associated with an increase in aviation fuel excise revenue.
The Government increased aviation safety funding through an increase in aviation fuel excise with effect from 1 July 2010, from 2.854 cents per litre to 3.556 cents per litre, an increase of 0.702 cents per litre. The impact of the increase in fuel excise rate in 2010–11 was $20.6 million in additional revenue.
Figure 1 shows the change in income from 2009–10 to 2010–11 and compares actual results to budget estimates for 2010–11.
In 2010–11, approximately 63 per cent of  CASA’s income was from aviation fuel excise (compared to 52 per cent in 2009–10) and around 26 per cent was from government appropriations (compared to 33 per cent in
2009–10). The remainder of 2010–11 income was derived from the sale of goods and rendering of services, interest and other minor sundry revenue (see Figure 2).

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The changes to the levy are at:

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