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CAA needs to concentrate on safety

Hon Maurice Williamson MP
National Party Transport Spokesman
7 June 2006

CAA needs to concentrate on safety

Evidence of in-fighting at the top levels of the Civil Aviation Authority are cause for grave concern, says National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson.

CAA chair Ron Tannock refused on Morning Report today to express confidence in CAA director John Jones, citing employment issues. He then refused to answer questions on whether there was an employment issue.

“Other media are reporting that Mr Jones is under pressure to resign.

“If there is an employment dispute between Mr Jones and Mr Tannock, then that is cause for grave concern.

“Our aviation safety watchdog should be concentrating on the task at hand – improving safety in the industry, particularly general aviation.

“Its senior management should not be engaged in an employment dogfight, as Mr Tannock seems to be suggesting.

“The travelling public would find this infighting within our safety watchdog’s highest management levels to be completely unacceptable. A cleanout of CAA’s board is needed, and needed now.”


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