It’s rare for departmental secretaries to volunteer information about Ministerial reactions to issues in advance, but Mike Mrdak, Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and transport, did this for his Minister, Anthony Albanese tonight.

Mrdak, who appeared with CASA Director of Safety, John McCormick at Senate Estimates hearings, said he could confirm that the Minister “certainly understands the urgency of the need to respond to the report”, referring to last weeks highly critical Senate committee inquiry findings and recommendations in relation the ATSB final report into the Pel-Air ditching near Norfolk Island on 18 November 2009.

He said he had held a preliminary meeting with Minister Albanese concerning the report, and would meet again within a week in relation to an initial response to its contents.

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