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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport: Cargo Screening

(Question No. 944)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 22 March 2012:

In (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09, (d) 2009-10, (e) 2010-11, and (f) 2011-12, for how many (i) days, and (ii) hours per day, were colour x-ray scanners used at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport for the screening of air cargo consignments, and how does this compare with the rates of this practice for each financial year of the Howard Government.


Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Since 2004, colour x-ray scanners have been available 365 days per year, 24 hours a day (at the premises of the four international Cargo Terminal Operators and one express carrier), located at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport1 for the screening of air cargo. Prior to this, black and white x-ray capability was available.

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1 Within the designated s.15 airport (the area appointed by the CEO as the area designated as an international airport and published in the Gazette) as identified in the Customs Act 1901.