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Notice given 15 September 2006

2493  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—What is the basis of the Minister’s claim, published in the Australian Financial Review on 2 September 2006, that ‘Americans only want to fly on American airlines’.

2494  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) In what circumstances are airport baggage handlers required to load or unload baggage subject to a bomb or other security threat.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that baggage handlers have been required to handle baggage subject to a bomb or other security threat in circumstances where the owner of the baggage has been denied permission to board an aircraft for a security-related reason.

(3) On how many occasions since 11 September 2001 have baggage handlers been required to handle baggage subject to a bomb or other security threat at: (a) Sydney Airport; (b) Melbourne Airport; (c) Brisbane Airport; (d) Perth Airport; (e) Adelaide Airport; (f) Darwin Airport; and (g) Hobart Airport.

(4) Can baggage handlers refuse to handle baggage subject to a bomb or other security threat; if not, why not.