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Notice given 15 February 2006

1582  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) On what dates has the Australian Government Secretaries’ Group on Indigenous Affairs met.

(2) At which of these meetings, if any, has the Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services been absent.

1583  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can details be provided of the travel booking services used by the department and agencies for which the Minister is responsible.

(2) Where external services are contracted, can details be provided of the value and term of the contracts.

Senator Allison: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1584-1585)—

(1) What progress has been made in the federal campaign to tackle youth smoking, announced in the May 2005 Budget.

(2) What advice and expertise has been sought on the effectiveness of the campaign.

(3) What proportion of the budget will be spent on: (a) television advertising; (b) press advertising; and (c) other measures.

1584 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1585 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

 

 1586  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) What is the name of the SIEV X survivor who, at his own request, was interviewed via telephone by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on the night of 22 October 2001 (the details of which were used to provide information in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade cable sent to Canberra on 23 October 2001).

(2) Where is this person residing now.

(3) Can the statement he provided to the Australian Federal Police be released; if so, can a copy be provided.

(4) (a) Was the telephone call recorded; and (b) was a transcript made; if so, can copies of all the records of this interview, including notes, transcripts and/or voice recordings be provided.

1587  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the passenger manifest of the SIEV X:

(1) Given that the Government has released two lists of passengers associated with the SIEV X—the first, lists those who disembarked five kilometres after departure, the second, those who survived the sinking and further breaks down the names of those who came to Australia—and has also made reference to a third list, which names passengers who embarked on the SIEV X, will the Government release the third list.

(2) Has the Government made the third list available to the Government of Iraq, either directly or through any of its authorities such as the police or embassy, at any time; if so, when.

(3) Has the Australian Government made the third list available to the post-Saddam regimes in Iraq; if so, when.

(4) Has the Australian Government made the third list available to any other country, either through embassies or directly (for example, police to police contact).

1588  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) What action was taken by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in relation to the rescue at sea on 27 March 2001, before the instigation of Operation Relex, of the suspected illegal entry vessel codenamed ‘Gelantipy’.

(2) What records are held by the AFP in relation to this vessel.

1589  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Could the Government have extradited Abu Quassey from Indonesia to face charges over SIEV X under the Australia-Indonesia extradition treaty; if not, why not; if so, why did the Government not press for his extradition.

(2) Could the Government have extradited anyone else from Indonesia to face charges over SIEV X under the Australia-Indonesia extradition treaty; if not, why not; if so, why did the Government not press for their extradition.

(3) Could the Government have extradited Abu Quassey from Indonesia to face charges over SIEV X independently of the Australia-Indonesia extradition treaty; if not, why not; if so, why did the Government not press for his extradition.

 

 (4) Could the Government have extradited anyone else from Indonesia to face charges over SIEV X independently of the Australia-Indonesia extradition treaty; if not, why not; if so, why did the Government not press for their extradition.

(5) Could the Government have extradited Abu Quassey from Egypt to face charges over SIEV X despite the fact that Australia has no extradition treaty with Egypt; if not, why not; if so, why did the Government not press for his extradition.

(6) Has anyone been prosecuted in Indonesia in relation to the sinking of SIEV X; if so, can details of the outcome of any such prosecutions be provided.

(7) Has anyone been prosecuted in any other country in relation to the sinking of SIEV X; if so, can details of the outcome of any such prosecutions be provided.

1590  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Has the Government issued a warrant for the arrest of Miythem Kamil Radhia for his alleged role in assisting the organising of the SIEV X voyage; if not, why not; if so, can the details be provided.

(2) Has the Government issued warrants for the arrest of any persons other than Khaled Daoed and Abu Quassey who were allegedly involved in organising the SIEV X voyage; if not: (a) are any further investigations underway; and (b) if no further investigations are underway, does that mean that Australian authorities have concluded that no one else was involved.

(3) Have Australian authorities contacted BASARNAS (Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency) to see what information it may hold in relation to the SIEV X sinking.

(4) Have Australian authorities contacted the Indonesian Navy to see what information it may hold in relation to the SIEV X sinking.

(5) Have Australian authorities contacted the Indonesian Air Force to see what information it may hold in relation to the SIEV X sinking.

(6) Have Australian authorities contacted the Indonesian National Police Force to see what information it may hold in relation to the SIEV X sinking.

(7) Have Australian authorities contacted any other Indonesian authority to see what information may be held in relation to the SIEV X sinking.

(8) Will the Minister release information received from Indonesian authorise in relation to the sinking of the SIEV X.

(9) What information does the Government have about the transfer of four bodies, said to be victims of the SIEV X, to a storage facility in Indonesia.

(10) In relation to statements made in 2003 by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that it would approach the Indonesian National Police (INP) seeking permission to release the INP/AFP Memorandum of Understanding, dated 5 August 1997, and Protocol, dated 15 September 2001, can details of the result of that approach be provided.