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Notice given 17 July 2007

*3404  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer provided to paragraph (4) of question no. 109 taken on notice by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) during the 2006-07 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Committee and to the answer provided to question no. 113 taken on notice by the AFP during the 2006-07 additional estimates hearings of the committee:

(1) In regard to the ‘Australian officials’ who viewed the North Jakarta Harbourmaster’s report dated 22 October 2001, submitted as an attachment to the answer to paragraph (a) of question no. 113: (a) what are their names; (b) which department or agency did they represent; (c) were they the same officials who viewed ‘an Indonesian National Police (INP) Report dated 24 October 2001’; if not: (i) what are the names of those officials, and (ii) what department or agency did they represent; (d) on what date did they first view the North Jakarta Harbourmaster’s report dated 22 October 2001; (e) when did the AFP first become aware of the report; (f) on what date did the officials first view the Indonesian National Police (INP) report dated 24 October 2001; (g) when did the AFP first become aware of the INP report; and (h) when did the AFP first become aware of the rescue coordinates contained in the INP report.

(2) In regard to paragraph (d)(iv) of question no. 113 regarding the INP report dated 24 October 2001, given that the response did not answer the question: (a) on what date did the AFP request a copy of the document from the Indonesian police; (b) how was it requested, that is, was the request made verbally or in writing; and (c) if the request was made in writing, can a copy of the request be provided.

(3) In regard to paragraph (d)(ix) of question no. 113, is the report that was viewed by Captain Johnston of the Royal Australian Navy on 25 July 2002 the same report that the AFP referred to, in the answer to paragraph (4)(a) of question no. 109, as the ‘Indonesian National Police (INP) Report dated 24 October 2001’.

(4) In regard to paragraph (e) of question no. 113, given that the answer that was provided is unclear, in that it quoted from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade cable of 23 October 2001, ‘Indonesia: Sinking of Illegal Immigrant Vessel 0.JA25691 1049’, but the question was in regard to the validation of the coordinates of the rescue position, in regard to the estimated sinking position: (a) how did the AFP validate the coordinates of the rescue position; and (b) when were they validated.

(5) In regard to paragraph (f) of question no. 113: (a) which document contains ‘the coordinates that the SIEV X are believed to have sunk’; (b) what are coordinates; and (c) can a copy be provided of this document.

 

 (6) In regard to the answers to paragraphs (h)(ii) to (v) of question no. 113 regarding the AFP’s efforts to locate the vessel that rescued the SIEV X survivors: (a) what are the ‘unforseen circumstances in Jakarta’ that mean that ‘[the question(s)] cannot be answered in the immediate future’; and (b) when is it anticipated that these questions can be answered.

(7) In regard to question no. 58 taken on notice during the 2002-03 supplementary budget estimates of the committee: (a) what was the ‘information obtained from Indonesian National Police … to calculate where the vessel may have foundered’; and (b) can a copy of this information be provided.

(8) In regard to the Indonesian Jakarta Harbourmaster’s report dated 22 October 2001, did the AFP, or any other Australian agency, attempt to locate Mr Majid, the captain of the Arta Kencana 38 , mentioned in the report as the captain of the vessel that brought 44 of the 45 survivors to Jakarta on 22 October 2001; if not, why not, given that the information that the captain could provide on the rescue position could have been used to estimate the probable area of sinking; if so, can details be provided of the officials involved, what actions were undertaken and the dates these actions occurred.

(9) What was the earliest date that any AFP official heard, by any means, that the location of the rescue of SIEV X survivors was reported to be 07 40 00S / 105 09 00E.

Senator Milne: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *3405-*3406)—With reference to the Indonesian Jakarta Harbourmaster’s report dated 22 October 2001, submitted as an attachment to paragraph (a) of question no. 113 taken on notice during the 2006-07 supplementary budget estimates of the Legal and Constitutional Committee, that was viewed by ‘Australian officials’ in the days following the sinking of Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X (SIEV X):

(1) Did the Department of Immigration and Citizenship or any other government agency, attempt to locate Mr Majid, the captain of the Arta Kencana 38 , mentioned in the report as the captain of the vessel that brought 44 of the 45 survivors to Jakarta on 22 October 2001; if not, why not, given that the information the captain could provide on the rescue position could have been used to estimate the probable area of sinking; if so, can details be provided of the officials involved, what actions were undertaken and the dates these actions occurred.

(2) What was the earliest date that any official of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship heard, by any means, that the location of the rescue of SIEV X survivors was reported to be 07 40 00S / 105 09 00E.

*3405 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

*3406 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

*3407  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) In regard to the answer to question W56 taken on notice during the 2006-07 additional estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, can answers be provided to paragraphs (f) and (g), regarding the department’s knowledge of the rescue position of Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X (SIEV X), given that the response referred to information being publicly available and that this was apparently in regard to paragraphs (a) to (e), relating to the activities of Operation Relex.

 

 (2) Was the department, or any of its agencies, informed that the location of the rescue of SIEV X survivors was reported to be 07 40 00S / 105 09 00E; if so: (a) by whom was this information provided; (b) on what date; and (c) can copies be provided of any file notes and other documents relating to the provision of this information to the department or agency.

(3) Was the department or any of its agencies informed of an Indonesian Police report dated 24 October 2001 which included the location of the rescue of SIEV X survivors; if so: (a) by whom was this information provided; (b) on what date; and (c) can copies be provided of any file notes and other documents relating to the provision of this information to the department or agency.

(4) Did any Defence personnel stationed at the Jakarta post view pages of any Indonesian report, by Indonesian National Police, or otherwise, dated 24 October 2001 which contained the rescue coordinates for SIEV X; if so: (a) which personnel; and (b) on what date.

(5) Did any Defence personnel stationed at the Jakarta post view pages of a Harbourmaster’s report dated 22 October 2001, which was submitted as an attachment to the answer to question no. 113 taken on notice by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) during the 2007-08 Budget estimates of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee; if so: (a) which personnel; and (b) on what date.

(6) In regard to the Indonesian Jakarta Harbourmaster’s report dated 22 October 2001, did the department, or any other government agency, attempt to locate Mr Majid, the Captain of the Arta Kencana 38 , mentioned in the report as the captain of the vessel that brought 44 of the 45 survivors to Jakarta on 22 October 2001; if not, why not, given that the information the captain could provide on the rescue position could have been used to estimate the probable area of sinking; if so, can details be provided of the officials involved, what actions were undertaken and the dates these actions occurred.

(7) Given that the answer to question no. 138 taken on notice by the AFP during the 2003-04 supplementary budget estimates of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee indicated that ‘RAN personnel were making enquiries with the harbourmaster in Jakarta to ascertain a name of the vessel [SIEV X]’: (a) on what date did Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel make contact with the Jakarta Harbourmaster; and (b) as a consequence of these enquiries, did the RAN ascertain the name of the vessel and the location at which SIEV X survivors were rescued.

(8) What was the earliest date that any Defence official heard, by any means, that the location of the rescue of SIEV X survivors was reported to be 07 40 00S / 105 09 00E.

*3408  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What measures is the Government taking to urge Chinese authorities to immediately release from custody all detained Falun Gong practitioners.

(2) What measures is the Government taking to urge Chinese authorities to immediately allow an independent investigation into organ harvesting allegations and to cooperate fully with the investigators.

 

 (3) What measures is the Government taking to warn Australians against visiting China for organ transplants, given that prisoners of conscience can be murdered to provide organs and that the level of medical care is below Australian standards.