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Notice given 9 September 2005

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1165-1167)—With reference to the need for foreign ships to notify Australian authorities of crew identities before arrival:

(1) (a) How many foreign ships have arrived in Australia per year since 2000; and (b) how many of these ships, for each year since 2000, have traded on the Australian coast under a single or continuing voyage permit after they have completed the international leg of their voyage.

(2) Which Government agencies must be notified of crew lists for foreign ships before these ships arrive in Australia; (b) what level of information must be provided (e.g. name only, passport details, information that would constitute 100 points of identification); (c) does the Government have any ability to check that the names and documentation provided in relation to crew member identities is legitimate; (d) what other information must be provided at the same time (e.g. cargo manifests); and (e) how far in advance of arrival must this information be provided.

(3) (a) Can a breakdown be provided, for each year since 2000, of the number of foreign ships that have met the pre-reporting requirements for foreign crews; and (b) what sanctions apply if a foreign ship does not meet the pre-reporting requirements for its crew.

1165 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1166 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

1167 Minister for Justice and Customs

1168  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the issuing of continuing voyage permits under the Navigation Act: (a) how many foreign ships have arrived in Australia per year since 2000; (b) how many of these ships, for each year since 2000, have: (i) traded on the Australian coast under a continuing voyage permit after they have completed the international leg of their voyage, (ii) had full port-state control inspections by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), and (iii) been detained or fined by AMSA or had other sanctions applied; and (c) what are the names of these ships and the nature of the breaches for which they received sanction.

 

 1169  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the issuing of single voyage permits under the Navigation Act: (a) how many ships, for each year since 2000, have traded on the Australian coast under a single voyage permit after they have completed the international leg of their voyage; (b) how many of these ships, for each year since 2000, have: (i) had full port-state control inspections by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), and (ii) been detained or fined by AMSA or had other sanctions applied; and (c) what are the names of these ships and the nature of the breaches for which they received sanction.

1170  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the of carriage of ammonium nitrate by sea as a domestic cargo between Australian ports:

(1) How many foreign ships operating under continuing voyage permits, for each year since 2000, have carried ammonium nitrate between Australian ports; (b) what are the names of these ships; (c) when was this product carried; and (d) between which ports.

(2) (a) How many foreign ships operating under single voyage permits, for each year since 2000, have carried ammonium nitrate between Australian ports; (b) what are the names of these ships; (c) when was this product carried; and (d) between which ports.

(3) How is the Commonwealth implementing the Principles for the Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate agreed to under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreement of June 2004 as it applies to carriage of ammonium nitrate between Australian ports by sea.

(4) How does the Commonwealth intend to meet the COAG principle that people involved in the storage, transport, use, import and export of ammonium nitrate within Australia should be licensed, including having their background checked by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

(5) In the case of foreign seafarers employed in the domestic shipping trade, what background checks will be undertaken, given that an ASIO check is not possible.

(6) When ammonium nitrate is carried by sea under a single or continuing voyage permit, is it classified on the permit as ‘general cargo’; if not, how is it classified.

(7) What notification procedures are in place to ensure that waterside workers at Australian ports are given appropriate notice that they will be handling this dangerous cargo.

1171  Senator Wong: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—For the years 1996 to 2005, can figures be provided, disaggregated by: (a) state and territory; (b) tertiary education institution; and (c) by federal electorate, for the number and the proportion of those who, having completed year 12, went on to: (i) higher education; and (ii) technical and further education or other vocational education and training programs, in their first year out of school.