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18 September 2012

1230  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, and (e) 2012-13 (to date), how many (a) freight forwarders, and (b) customs brokers, wo rking at or associated with Port Botany have been (i) charged, (ii) prosecuted and (iii) convicted, for assisting criminal syndicates, and of those convicted, what sentences were handed down.

(2) What measures has he announced to specifically prevent criminality in (a) freight forwarders, and (b) customs brokers.

(3) Since 1 July 2008, have any (a) freight forwarders, or (b) customs brokers, been implicated or charged with any offence involving members of Commonwealth law enforcement or regulatory bodies, including the Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

(4) What new powers is he implementing to address potential vulnerabilities in (a) freight forwarders, and (b) customs brokers, exploiting the maritime and airport freight terminal environments for criminal means.

1231  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, and (e) 2012-13 (to date), which law enforcement and regulatory bodies have been foun d to have had members provide assistance to criminal groups (as referred to in Operation Polaris’ intelligence update of 20 February 2012).

(2) For the same period, how many members of law enforcement and regulatory bodies have been identified by Polaris investigators as having aided criminal groups, and how many of these members have been (a) charged, (b) prosecuted, and (c) convicted, and of those convicted, what sentences were handed down.

(3) Has there been a response from any Commonwealth law enforcement or regulatory body to the revelation contained in the Polaris report that some members of its organisation were providing assistance to criminal groups; if so, what was the response, and when was it received.

(4) Since 1 July 2008, has any Commonwealth law enforcement or regulatory body recommended to him that laws or regulations applying to those bodies be amended as a result of members of their organisations being found to have aided criminal groups.

1232  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) Is it a fact that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) investigators have to sign-in to access facilities at Port Botany; if so, (a) what is the exact sign-in process, (b) who has access to the sign-in logs, and (c) do work ers who are members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have access to these logs.

(2) Is it a fact that ACBPS investigators, upon visiting the facilities at Port Botany, are required to be escorted onsite; if so, (a) who provides the escorts, (b) are they members of the MUA, and (c) have escorts ever been provided by persons other than members of the MUA, if so, on what date did this last occur.

1233  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) Has he or the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) moved to reform policies on family members working on the same shifts inside Port Botany or the Sydney Airport cargo terminal.

(2) How many times has the ACBPS (a) raised concerns, or (b) proposed reforms, to him or his office, concerning the introduction of a licensing scheme for freight forwarders.

1234  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—Has he introduced new security regulations for depots and warehouses falling under Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) regulation, and have fit and proper person requirements been extended to cover ACBPS regulated depots and warehouses.

1235  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, and (e)  2012-13 (to date), how many (i) instances of bribes have been recorded by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) personnel, and (ii) ACBPS staff have been charged for accepting bribes.

(2) What legislative or regulatory changes did he or the ACBPS implement to address vulnerabilities raised in the Australia Crime Commission’s three year intelligence investigation: Crime in the Transport Sector .

(3) In (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, and (e) 2012-13 (to date), how many instances of container re-birthing were identified by the ACBPS, and how many of these instances have resulted in (a) prosecutions, and (b) convictions.

(4) Is his office, the Australian Federal Police, or the ACBPS aware that members of the ‘Bra Boys’ criminal gang are alleged to be working at both Port Botany and Sydney Airport’s freight terminal; if so, (a) on what date was he, or the ACBPS made aware, and (b) how many workers at Port Botany and Sydney Airport (i) are known or suspected of being members or associates of the ‘Bra Boys’ criminal gang, and (ii) who have been charged of criminal offences related to their work, have been identified as or are suspected affiliates of the ‘Bra Boys’.

1236  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) On what date did the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) first become aware that the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) was being used to provide information for criminal purposes or for criminal groups.

(2) On what date were concerns about the potential vulnerabilities in the ICS, which could lead to criminal exploitation of the maritime environment, first raised inside the ACBPS, and when was he first made aware of these vulnerabilities.

(3) On what date was the ACBPS first made aware that visual monitoring of the Container Examination Facility at Port Botany was a potential risk to the integrity of the law enforcement process at Port Botany, and what action was taken to address this risk.

(4) How many CCTV cameras at Port Botany are operated and/or monitored by ACBPS personnel, are these cameras sufficient to identify and prevent criminal activity at the Port, and have any concerns been raised by the ACBPS about these cameras being inadequate.

(5) How many more CCTV cameras will be operated by ACBPS personnel at Port Botany in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, and (d) 2015-16.

1237  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1)  What number of staff were employed by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s (ACBPS’s) Waterfront Operations Unit during (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09, (d) 2009-10, (e) 2010-11, and (f) 2011-12.

(2) How many patrol hours were conducted by ACBPS staff, including the Waterfront Investigations Unit and the Investigations Unit, in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12.

(3) How many hours per day do ACBPS’s Waterfront Operations Unit members operate, and do these members currently conduct patrols strictly within the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; if so, when was this range of patrol hours instituted.

(4) Has he raised any concerns or formal proposals with his ministerial colleagues, or with the ACBPS, to address Operation Polaris’ intelligence update of 20 February 2012 that reported that many employees on Port Botany are family or have long term links to other employees.

MR BRIGGS: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 1238 - 1268)— 

(1) F or (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many Commonwealth grants were approved by the Minister’s department, and at what total cost.

(2) For 2012-13 (to date), how many Commonwealth grants were approved by the Minister’s department and at what total cost, and of these, how many have (a) signed funding agreements, and at what total cost, and (b) been paid to the approved recipients, and at what total cost.

1241  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

1242  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

1243  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for the Arts.

1246  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

1247  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Attorney-General.

1248  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Emergency Management.

1249  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

1250  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Disability Reform.

1251  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

1254  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

1258  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness.

1261  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Health.

1263  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

1265  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Health.

1267  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Housing.

1268  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister for Homelessness.