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The National Aviation Policy Green Paper
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, & Local Government

The sixteen priority areas identified by Government in the Green Paper are general goals that the RAAA supports. However, the RAAA proposes that they be expanded to include a focus on increased aviation research and development, as well as support for growth in aviation manufacturing capability. It is important that the construction of Australia's first national aviation policy is not simply a mapping exercise or a statement of high level intent but a serious attempt to chart a course for the future of aviation. It is also important to co-opt those who need to participate to achieve the policy's objectives.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:48+10:00March 2nd, 2009|

The Aeronautical Pricing Show Cause” Inquiry”
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, & Local Government

It is the RAAA's understanding that complaints can be sent to the Minister or the Department and an assessment will be made as to whether the matter requires further investigation. If so, a letter will be issued asking the airport operator to show cause why its conduct should not be subject to a formal price inquiry under Part VIIA of the TPA or another appropriate investigative mechanism specified in the letter.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:48+10:00February 5th, 2009|

Pricing Structure Options
Airservices Australia

The RAAA is supportive of the current pricing model with a number of caveats which will be discussed later in the paper. It is understood that Airservices Australia (AsA) offers services on a modified cost recovery basis to enable the pool of air navigation services and ARFF costs to be recovered, 'while minimising the undesirable distortions to airport usage'. There are however a number of improvements to the model that can be considered. AsA is a monopoly provider of services and thus has significant and legislated responsibilities to the aviation industry, and operators in particular.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:48+10:00October 24th, 2008|

Infrastructure Australia

Australia has an extensive aviation history extending from the earliest days of controlled flight. This country saw early on the possibility of using air travel to link a small but widely dispersed population scattered across a large land mass. The growth of aviation has been an enormous boon on many development fronts, including mining and industry, aero-medical, tourism and access to education to name just a few.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:48+10:00October 15th, 2008|

Australia’s Future Tax System
Department of Finance

As highlighted in the forward of "Architecture of Australia's tax and transfer system", Australia faces significant economic, social and environmental challenges. It is the RAAA view that any taxation system, existing or proposed, needs to take into consideration the broader impact across all areas of the initiative and not solely from a revenue collection standpoint. It is also felt that current taxes, estimated at 125 separate taxes paid by Australians every year, needs to be reviewed and simplified to provide substantial incentives for Australian individuals and businesses to invest in a sustainable future for Australia.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:48+10:00October 9th, 2008|

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper
Department of Climate Change

Depending on the source, the aviation industry is responsible for approximately 2 % of all global CO2 emissions and around 1% of domestic emissions. Even though this is a relatively small percentage the RAAA takes this issue seriously as a partner in Australia's efforts to reduce this country's overall emissions. The RAAA supports initiatives to provide a clean, productive and sustainable natural environment, but not at any cost.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:50+10:00September 9th, 2008|

Towards a National Aviation Policy Statement
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

The RAAA argues strongly that regional aviation is a vital part of Australia's national infrastructure. Regional aviation policy should be developed alongside policies supporting national quality education, health, telecommunications and rail/road/port systems. RAAA members are keen to partner with government to ensure that regional communities have access to cost effective, efficient aviation services to reinforce the economic and social development of those communities.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:50+10:00June 26th, 2008|

Senate Inquiry Into CASA
Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

It is government policy to appoint a competent CASA Board. The RAAA strongly supports the establishment of the new Board. To restore industry confidence in CASA the organisation must deliver comprehensible legislation that is compliant with ICAO standards and recommended practices.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:50+10:00June 26th, 2008|

Criteria For Establishment And Dis-establishment Of CTAF (R)
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

The RAAA position is that the CTAF (R) is very much a second rate solution to the problem of providing adequate safety for commercial passenger transport operations in the vicinity of non-towered aerodromes. A vastly preferred option would be for all passenger transport aircraft with 10 or more seats to carry and use TCAS. However such a solution could only be effective if all powered aircraft could be relied on to carry and use transponders, which in effect means mandating their carriage and use.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:50+10:00February 1st, 2008|

Aviation Leislation Amendment (2007 Measures No 1) Bill 2007
Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

The RAAA is unaware of a major alcohol and/or other drug problem within the professional part of the industry, and believes that the concentration on the Hamilton Island accident (which may or may not have been attributable to drug and/or alcohol impairment) as justification for the proposed legislative action, only serves to illustrate how little evidence there is of a problem. The RAAA fully supports the provision of adequate security measures to prevent the occurrence in Australia of terrorist or criminal attacks on the industry. However it is concerned at a number of aspects of the current security regime.

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By |2017-01-27T12:06:50+10:00July 4th, 2007|