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The Senate looks set to hold an inquiry into the use of drones, which will examine air safety and the role remotely piloted aircraft can play in industries such as agriculture.
This week, the Federal Government also announced a safety review into new Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules that allow people to fly light drones without a licence or training.
Liberal National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan said the Coalition, Labor and some crossbenchers were interested in pursuing the issue in the Senate.
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has raised concerns about the new rules.
Senator O’Sullivan said his interest was in examining the role drones could play in agriculture, with farmers using the technology to increase productivity on their properties.
He said drones were increasingly being used across Australia.
“As this technology becomes available and becomes more cost efficient, we can see an absolute proliferation,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“This is the cusp of the iPhone for a lot of people, when you’re talking about pizza operators wanting to deliver pizzas by drone … you’ve got a pretty busy bit of air space happening there.”
Senator O’Sullivan said the terms of reference had not been finalised yet.
The House of Representatives has previously held an inquiry on the issue and tabled a report in 2014, but Senator O’Sullivan said more questions needed to be asked.
“Some of us think that it might not have quite anticipated the proliferation of drones.
“The Senate inquiry is designed to have a more thorough look, really a look over the horizon as we start to see tens of thousands and, predicably, hundreds of thousands of these things in air space.”