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Notice given 2 June 2006

1867  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can the Minister advise which foreign flagged vessels are licensed to engage in the coastal trade.

(2) For each vessel: (a) what is its name, home port and registry; (b) has the vessel previously operated on a single or continuous voyage permit; and (c) does the operator of the vessel operate other vessels with single or continuous voyage permits.

(3) How is section 289 of the Navigation Act 1912 , relating to the payment of Australian wages to seafarers engaged in the coastal trade, enforced.

1868  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to section 289(2) of the Navigation Act 1912 , concerning the payment of Australian wages to seafarers employed on a ship engaged in any part of the coastal trade: what evidence of payment do Customs officers seek from the masters of ships seeking clearance under the Customs Act for an international voyage from a port in Australia.

1869  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Is the Singapore-flagged tug Sea Terrier operating within the Port of Port Hedland.

(2) Does Singaporean maritime law or Australian maritime law apply to the operation of this vessel.

1870  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the unsuccessful search for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005:

(1) Does Appendix B of the National Search and Rescue Manual provide that police are responsible for the coordination of search and rescue in respect of pleasure craft and fishing vessels at sea.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the Malu Sara was not a pleasure craft or fishing vessel.

(3) Does Appendix B of the National Search and Rescue Manual provide that where police and the Australian Defence Force are not responsible for coordination of search and rescue of vessels, AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) is the responsible authority. 

(4) Does the Inter-Governmental Agreement on National Search and Rescue Response Arrangements, made on 30 June 2004, provide that AusSAR has primary responsibility for coordinating search and rescue operations for persons on or from a ship other than a pleasure craft or fishing vessel in distress at sea.

 

 (5) Can the Minister confirm that, consistent with the Inter-Governmental Agreement on National Search and Rescue Response Arrangements and the procedures outlined in the National Search and Rescue Manual, the search for the Malu Sara was the responsibility of AusSAR.

1871  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the unsuccessful search for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005:

(1) Can the Minister confirm the National Search and Rescue Manual provides that a maritime search and rescue incident is considered imminent or actual when an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is activated.

(2) Is it the case that at 2000 or 2011 hours on 14 October 2005 AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) was informed the Malu Sara was lost in the Torres Strait and had activated its EPIRB.

(3) Is it the case AusSAR did not assume responsibility for coordinating the aerial search for the Malu Sara until 1218 hours on 15 October 2005, more than 16 hours after AusSAR was notified the vessel was lost and had activated its EPIRB.

(4) Is it the case AusSAR did not assume responsibility for overall coordination of the search for the Malu Sara until 1930 hours on 15 October 2005, more than 23 hours after AusSAR was notified the vessel was lost and had activated its EPIRB.

(5) Can the Minister confirm the National Search and Rescue Manual provides that the success of a search and rescue operation ‘depends on the speed with which the operation is planned and carried out’.

(6) Why did AusSAR fail to assume responsibility for coordinating the search of the Malu Sara when it was informed on 14 October 2005 that the vessel was lost.

1872  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the unsuccessful search for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005: can details be provided of all action taken by AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) following its receipt of advice at 2000 or 2011 hours on 14 October 2005 that the vessel was lost in the Torres Strait and had activated its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

1873  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Is the Minister satisfied with the role played by AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) in the unsuccessful search for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005.

1874  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the unsuccessful search for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005:

(1) Can the Minister confirm the Malu Sara was a ‘Commonwealth ship’ within the meaning defined in the Navigation Act 1912 .

 

 (2) (a) On what day and at what time did AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) become aware the Malu Sara was a DIMIA vessel and therefore a ‘Commonwealth ship’; and (b) what was the source of this information.

1875  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report into the loss of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005: were the conclusions relating to the search and rescue operation informed by the Inter-Governmental Agreement on National Search and Rescue Response Arrangements and the coordination protocols outlined in the National Search and Rescue Manual.

1876  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to evidence given to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, on 20 August 1997, that AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) policy is that ‘clairvoyant information will be considered’ in respect to search and rescue operations:

(1) Can the Minister advise details of all AusSAR search and rescue operations since August 1997 that have utilised the services or advice of clairvoyants.

(2) Is it still AusSAR policy that ‘clairvoyant information will be considered’; if not, on what date was that policy abandoned.