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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7562

Senator FAULKNER (New South Wales—Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (3.50 p.m.)—I, and also on behalf of the Leader of the Australian Democrats and Senators Harradine, Murphy, Brown and Nettle, move:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses:

(i) its support for the majority findings in the report of the Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident and calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately implement all of the recommendations contained in that report, and

(ii) its serious concern at the apparent inconsistencies in evidence provided to the committee and estimates committees by Commonwealth agencies in relation to the People Smuggling Disruption Program and in relation to Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs), including the boat known as SIEV X; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth Government to immediately establish a comprehensive, independent judicial inquiry into all aspects of the People Smuggling Disruption Program operated by the Commonwealth Government and agencies from 2000 to date, including:

(i) all funding and other resources put to the program, both within Australia and overseas,

(ii) the involvement and activities of all Australian Departments and agencies involved in the program, both within Australia and overseas,

(iii) the extent of ministerial knowledge of, and authorisation for, the program,

(iv) allegations raised in the media in relation to the program, including by the Sunday program,

(v) the nature of the co-operative relationship between the Australian and Indonesian Governments and agencies, including the operation of agreements and protocols, the funding and resources provided under those arrangements, and the activities of individual Australian and Indonesian citizens,

(vi) the use of Australian equipment and resources in the program, including use by persons outside of Australian agencies,

(vii) the effect of the program on persons seeking asylum from Indonesia or Australia, including the effect on means of transport, and

(viii) the circumstances and outcomes of all departures from Indonesia of all boats carrying asylum-seekers, including the circumstances of the sinking of SIEV X.

Question agreed to.