Civil Aviation Bill 2022 passed

Parliament recently passed the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2022

The bill will give National Executive Council and the Civil Aviation Minister powers to intervene in matters of the National Airports Corporation and the appointment of the NAC Managing Director and Board.

Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Walter Schnaubelt presented the bill on the floor of Parliament recently.

 “What was passed earlier (Tuesday, November 29th) was section 143 which relates to Niusky Pacific Limited and not NAC,” he stated.

The proposed bill is to include the new provision pertaining to the leave of absence of the directors of the NAC board, their resignation from office, vacation of office, appointment of managing director and acting managing director.

Minister Schnaublet said “The Government must make certain there are appropriate mechanism in place to ensure entities within the civil aviation remains compliance with the Civil Aviation safety and securities”.  

Meanwhile, the Opposition gave support to the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill.

However, the Deputy Leader of Opposition Douglas Tomuriesa expressed concerns that it is a dangerous trend to be setting a precedence in amending bills.

Morobe Governor Luther Wenge also called on Minister Schnaubelt to ensure that the amendments were in the best interest of the country. 

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