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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 602


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaAssistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women) (12:41): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CASH: The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is committed to the protection of Australia's sovereign territories and interests in the Southern Ocean. Customs and Border Protection vessels, under the coordination of Border Protection Command, conduct patrols across Australia's various maritime zones—including the Southern Ocean—based on assessments of operational priorities across all maritime security threats. Customs deploy assets against a range of maritime threats. The Australians Customs and Border Protection Service does not comment on vessel positioning or deployment for operational security reasons. The government will not be supporting this motion.

Question negatived.