Tasmanian Liberal Senator Guy Barnett  along with the Shadow Minister for Transport Warren Truss today committed a Coalition Government into a review into the use of radar in Australia's air traffic management.

The review will obtain international expertise to ensure that Australia uses radar in the best possible way to ensure the safety of our skies. The review will have a particular focus on Launceston following an incident in the area more than two years ago.

The review will consider the conclusions of the ATSB report on the Launceston incident and whether the better use of radar could have prevented it.

Senator Barnett said, “The fact that it took Australia’s safety authority, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau two years to report on a near-miss incident that took place over Launceston, is unacceptable.”

Mr Truss said, “A Coalition Government will ensure that Australia’s air management agencies are resourced properly,”

The full text of the press statement is available at  http://www.guybarnett.com/Pages/Article.aspx?ID=687