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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Page: 6993

Asylum Seekers

Mr KEENAN (Stirling) (15:04): My question is to the Acting Prime Minister. Will the Acting Prime Minister confirm to the House that an asylum seeker boat has arrived at Cocos Island carrying a breed of rat that will eat the eggs and kill the chicks of the world's last remaining population of these Cocos buff-banded rail birds? What is the Acting Prime Minister's plan to protect Cocos Island from further biosecurity threats given that four illegal boats have arrived there in less than one month?

Mr SWAN (LilleyDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer) (15:04): I cannot confirm that.