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Notice given 11 January 2007

2957  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the sinking on 30 December 2006 of the Indonesian ferry, Senopati Nusantara , which claimed hundreds of lives:

(1) (a) What offers of help were made by Australia; and (b) when.

(2) How soon after the disaster did the Government become aware of the tragedy.

(3) When did the Minister become aware of the disaster.

(4) What immediate action was taken by the Government to provide search and rescue assistance.

(5) As news of further potential survivors evolved in the time following the immediate rescue period, what follow-up action was taken by the Government to provide search and rescue assistance.

2958  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—When did the Prime Minister last meet Mr Bruce Hales, the leader of the Exclusive Brethren.