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Notice given 29 October 2003

2334  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Were aluminium tubes that were alleged to have been shipped from China to Jordan in May 2001 shown to representatives of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Defence Intelligence Organisation and/or the Office of National Assessments in Canberra in late 2001.

(2) Has the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) undertaken any analysis in the past 3 years of the likely purpose of aluminium tubes; if so, what were their findings.

(3) Did DSTO assess the possibility that the aluminium tubes were intended to be rotors in a gas centrifuge program to produce enriched uranium; if so, what were their findings.

2335  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many applications to join the Australian Defence Forces were received in the 2002-03 financial year; and of these, how many: (i) were withdrawn by the applicant, (ii) were rejected, (iii) were successful, and (iv) remain unresolved.

(2) For each arm of the Defence forces, can statistics be provided about the average time period between an application to join and an affirmative or negative decision.