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Thursday, 13 May 2004
Page: 23469


Senator Bartlett asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 2 April 2004:

(1) Has the testing undertaken by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed that the meat found onboard the South Seas 1 in January 2004 was whale meat.

(2) Can an update be provided on the investigation of the master and crew of the SouthSeas 1.

(3) Has the owner or master of the South Seas 1 formally notified the Secretary of the department of an incident involving a whale or other listed species under Part 13 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; if so, can details of the incident be provided.

(4) If the testing undertaken by the AFP confirms the master and crew of the South Seas 1 killed, treated, had in their possession, and/or imported a whale or a product derived from a whale, will enforcement action be taken against the relevant persons or are they covered by the terms of the amnesty referred to in the December 2000 issue of AFMA News (vol. 4, Issue 8).


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) On 12 February 2004, a brief of evidence in relation to this matter was submitted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration.

(3) No.

(4) See the answer to Question No. 2 above.