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Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Page: 117

Mr Murphy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs, in writing, on 26 March 2007:

Further to the Minister’s reply to question No. 4858 that the “Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS) has raised this event with the United States Transport Security Authority as a screening failure”, has the Minister received feedback from US security agencies about the non-detection of a grenade within a passenger’s checked luggage at Los Angeles Airport; if so, what are those full details; if not, will the Minister seek an explanation as to how and why this “screening failure” occurred; if not, why not.

Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Justice and Customs has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

I have not received feedback on the matter at this time. Matters relating to passenger and baggage screening fall within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon Mark Vaile MP. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the screening process involving the inert grenade.