Civil Aviation Authority report conflicts with Brownlee’s claims

New details that have emerged today from the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) report into the Gerry Brownlee security breach indicates the bigger picture is being kept from the public.

New details that have emerged today from the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) report into the Gerry Brownlee security breach indicates the bigger picture is being kept from the public.

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through.

“It is not apparent why this report hasn’t been released and why copies that have been sent out are heavily redacted, other than the fact it involves a Government Minister,” Green Party open government spokesperson James Shaw said.

“The report has not been made public – we only know what we know because of OIAs submitted by Fairfax.

“Reports from the CAA are usually made public and not heavily redacted, but there seems to be a different standard for this one.

“There have been a number of reports, such as the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security’s report, which have been made public, but were written as so to protect privacy.

“It is not normal to withhold a report like this. It is concerning because these redactions seem like they concern information that will help paint the full picture.

“The additional and conflicting information that has come to light suggests that the whole, un-redacted report ought to be released.

“On the face of it, the new information shows yet another example of this Government thinking that the rules do not apply to them.

“There needs to be transparency and accountability and this can only be achieved by full public disclosure.

“The Green Party doesn’t see a clear reason here for the report not to be released in its un-redacted form,” said Mr Shaw.

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