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29 May 2 012 

1021  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, how many redundancies have been issued to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service staff based at (i) Sydney Airport, and (ii) the Sydney International Mail Gateway Facility.

1023  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1)  Has it ever been the policy of the Government or the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to scan and/or inspect every item of baggage that is brought through Sydney Airport by international air passengers.

(2) In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how much or what proportion of baggage brought through Sydney Airport by international air passengers was scanned and/or inspected.

1024  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—How often are security clearances reviewed for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service staff working at Sydney Airport, and has this policy changed since 2007; and if so, how.

1025  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many Australian Customs and Border Protection Service staff were employed at the Sydney International Mail Gateway Facility.

1027  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, how many referrals have been made to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s Investigations Branch relating to firearms and how many of these referrals have resulted in (i) prosecutions and (ii) convictions.

1028  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—Are freight forwarding companies involved in delivering freight to Australia, required to provide background checks to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for staff involved.

1029  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—What proportion of investigations launched as part of ‘Operation Polaris’ have resulted in criminal convictions for (a) cigarette smuggling, (b) illegal firearm smuggling and (c) illicit drugs.

1030  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of ‘Operation Polaris’, (a) when was it formed, and (b) how many investigations have resulted in (i) prosecutions, and (ii) convictions.

1031  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—How many Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers have faced criminal charges as a result of investigations conducted by ‘Operation Polaris’.

1032  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of investigations of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers for drug use, (a) how many have there been, and (b) how many have led to criminal convictions.

1033  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers investigated for (a) importing illicit substances, and (b) importing prohibited items, (i) how many officers have been investigated, and (ii) how many of these investigations have resulted in criminal convictions.

1034  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers have been found to have links to (i) ‘Middle Eastern’ crime gangs, and (b) outlaw motorcycle gangs.

1035  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—What procedures have the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service initiated since 2008-09 specifically targeting corrupt activity in its officers.

1036  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, what was the number of full time staff employed in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Investigation Branch.

1037  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many referrals have been made to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Investigation Branch for (i) illegal firearms, (ii) illicit drugs, (iii) cigarette/tobacco smuggling, and (iv) steroid importation.

1038  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of undeclared firearms, parts and accessories, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, (i) how many were detected by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs), (ii) how many were seized by Customs, and (iii) how many were seized by Customs, were later returned.

1039  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of investigations launched by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Investigation Branch into suspected firearm smuggling, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, (i) how many were initiated, (ii) how many have led to referral for prosecution, and (iii) how many have led to criminal convictions.

1041  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many staff were employed at (i) the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) container examination facility at Port Botany, (ii)  Customs’ air cargo branch, and (iii) Customs’ national and regional head office in Canberra.

1042  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many managed deliveries have Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers arranged and completed.

1043  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of referrals accepted for investigation by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service that have resulted in prosecution through the courts, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, (i) how many have there been, and (ii) how many were successful.

1044  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many drug seizures made by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) were (i) the subject of warrant action conducted by Customs, and (ii) resulted in controlled operations by the Australian Federal Police.

1045  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of controlled actions by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Federal Police in regards to drug seizures resulting in prosecutions, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, (i) how many were there, and (ii) how many were successful.

1046  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers charged with corrupt activity, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, (i) how many were there, and (ii) how many prosecutions were successful.

1047  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—On what date did the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service first raise concerns with the Government about the potential for the Integrated Cargo System to be monitored by corrupt or criminal elements.

1048  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many calls have been lodged with the ‘Customs Watch’ information line.

1049  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of the calls to the ‘Customs Watch’ information line, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, (i) how many raised allegations of corrupt action by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service staff, (ii) how many resulted in prosecution for criminal offences.

1050  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of (a) the potential for outside visual monitoring of Port Botany’s Container Examination Facility, and (b) the use of contracted labour to pack or unpack shipping containers transported through Port Botany or any other Australian port, (i) does the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) have any concerns, (ii) have any concerns been raised with Customs, and (iii) has the Minister’s office received information on any such concerns.