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Notice given 3 August 2007

3428  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the report in the West Australian newspaper of 1 August 2007 that the ACV Triton , bought to apprehend illegal fisherman, remains empty:

(1) (a) What is the total number of prisoners that have been held on the ship since it began operation; and (b) for each prisoner, for what length of time were they held.

(2) How many people are required to staff the ship.

(3) What qualifications, if any, must the staff hold to work on the ship.

(4) What are the total operating costs of the ship, including staffing, fuel and leasing costs.

(5) For each year since 2002, how many illegal vessel sightings have there been.