Air in­quiry de­lay

North West Telegraph - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment avi­a­tion in­quiry has been pushed back by seven months, mean­ing rec­om­men­da­tions are un­likely to be tabled be­fore the next elec­tion.

The in­quiry into op­er­a­tion, reg­u­la­tion and fund­ing of air route ser­vice de­liv­ery to ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties is fo­cus­ing on the so­cial and eco­nomic im­pact of the sup­ply of air routes in re­gional Aus­tralia, as well as how they are priced.

Sub­mis­sions closed on Fe­bru­ary 5, and pub­lic hear­ings wrapped up in July.

A re­port was orig­i­nally due by March 30, but the Se­nate has since agreed to post­pone the re­port­ing date three times, the lat­est of which will set it back un­til June 27, 2019. More than 175 sub­mis­sions were made to the in­quiry, 15 of which came from WA.

The next Fed­eral Elec­tion will be hosted by midMay next year, at least six weeks be­fore the re­vised in­quiry re­port­ing date.

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