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Tuesday, 2 December 2003
Page: 23531


Mr Danby asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) Is the Minister aware of reports, including those on Foreign Correspondent on ABC TV on 4 March 2003, that a Saudi Arabian charity was responsible for funding the terrorist attacks in Bali in October 2002.

(2) Has the Minister raised the question of funding of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and the Bali attacks with the Saudi or Indonesian government; if so, what was the result of those representations.

(3) Is the Minister able to say whether money from individuals, corporations or charities in Australia going to the Al-Haramain charity in Saudi Arabia, which is suspected of funding terrorism; if so (a) does the group have any representatives or offices in Australia, and (b) does the group have any connection with any organisations or individuals in Australia.

(4) Is the Minister aware of the World Assembly of Moslem Youth, which is also suspected of funding terrorism; if so, (a) does the Assembly have any representatives or offices in Australia, and (b) does the Assembly have any connection with any organisations or individuals in Australia.

(5) Is the Minister able to say whether any money from individuals, corporations or charities in Australia is going to the Assembly.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

These questions do not fall within my portfolio responsibilities. Please refer to the response of 13 May 2003 given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to Question No. 1607.