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King misses golden chance to clean out CAA board

Hon Maurice Williamson MP
National Party Transport Spokesman
6 June 2006

King misses golden chance to clean out CAA board

Transport Minister Annette King has offered nothing but platitudes in response to the concerns from the Audit Office and Christchurch Coroner about the Civil Aviation Authority, says National Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson.

He is commenting on a press release from the Minister and CAA chair Rob Tannock after a meeting in the Beehive today over recent safety concerns at the authority.

“Their press release is full of puffery,” says Mr Williamson.

“Safety should always have been the priority, but successive reviews and reports show the CAA always responds after the event with a ‘we're working on it’ type of comment.

“Some of the findings of both the Coroner and the Auditor General show that even the raw basics have not been done.

“A new board tasked with a complete overhaul of the management was what was needed, but King has missed a golden chance.

“The press release is equivalent to rearranging the deck chairs rather than addressing the core problems. Nobody will be reassured by today’s meeting and its outcome.”

ENDS

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