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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6045

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 4 October 2002:

With reference to the Minister's answer to question on notice no. 486 (Senate Hansard, 17 September 2002, p. 4317), and specifically part (2)(b): Since 1996, when have the navy and civilian patrols undertaken to protect the Heard Island and McDonald Island fishery taken place.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Patrol timing and duration is important tactical information and if made public could compromise future monitoring, surveillance and enforcement activity by Australia against illegal fishing activity at the Heard Island and McDonald Islands fishery.