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Monday, 22 March 2004
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Mr Danby asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 10 February 2004:

(1) Is he aware of the concern expressed by the United States Treasury's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Finance about the many countries that have not legislated to be able to seize property and freeze bank accounts of suspected terrorists and terrorist organisations.

(2) Is the Australian Government able to seize property and freeze bank accounts of suspected terrorists and terrorist organisations.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes - I understand Deputy Assistant Secretary Zarate has made a number of different comments expressing concern about the many countries that have not legislated to be able to seize property and freeze bank accounts of suspected terrorists and terrorist organisations.

(2) Yes.