Curbs In Store For CASA

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Australia's federal government will exert more power over the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), according to a recent announcement. Transport Minister John Anderson said the board of CASA will be abolished and a chief executive's position established. There will also be reforms in the area of aviation regulation and compliance. Under the new system, the government intends to make CASA more accountable for its decisions. CASA will have only five days to justify grounding aircraft, and a demerit system will be introduced for minor safety infractions. Critics say the changes aren't enough and point out that CASA will continue to have a conflict of interest because it both licenses and polices air safety.