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Notice given 3 September 2003

1855  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 3621 (Senate Hansard , 7 August 2001, p. 25811) in which the Government confirmed that Australian F-111 and C-130J aircraft carry depleted uranium as counterbalance weight:

(1) Do these aircraft still carry depleted uranium (DU); if so, how much.

(2) Were the F-111 aircraft used in the ‘Riverfire’ display as part of the Brisbane ‘RiverFestival’ on the evening of 30 August, carrying DU; if so, were guidelines on the hazards posed by DU exposed to fire issued to Queensland Emergency Services personnel.

(3) If DU is no longer in use in Australian aircraft as ballast: (a) when did this use cease; (b) when was it disposed of; (c) where was it disposed of; and (d) by whom.

(4) Were the manuals, as mentioned in the answer, for the C-130J amended.

(5) How many F-111s carrying DU have crashed; if any: (a) when did they crash; and (b) where.

(6) If aircraft carrying DU ballast did crash, what clean-up procedures were implemented.

(7) If DU ballast was lost as a result of an accident, what notices were issued to the public.

1856  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) With reference to all vessels sunk in Australian waters between 1936 and 1946, that the Commonwealth is aware of, can the following details be provided: (a) the location, (b) the name of the vessel; (c) the cargo the vessel was carrying at the time; and (d) the flag state of the vessel.

(2) How does the Commonwealth propose to address the environmental risks posed by these shipwrecks.