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Notice given 27 April 2010

2792  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answers provided to questions on notice nos 2592 (Senate Hansard , 1 March 2010, p. 1454) and 2752:

(1) For the 2008-09 financial year, what were the ‘top 200’ defence export approvals by value, excluding duplicates that result from ‘a company applying to renew a six month permit within the year’ and the 116 entries for chemicals, none of which were approvals for foreign military customers.

(2) Is the duplication of $21 000 000 of military body armour sold to Israel in the answer to question on notice no. 2592, correct, therefore totalling the amount of military body armour to $49 500 000, or is the correct total $28 500 000.

(3) On what date was the export of military body armour to Israel cleared through Australia’s export control policy criteria.

(4) On what grounds was it was deemed that there was no identifiable risk that such military exports to Israel would be used to ‘commit or facilitate serious human rights abuses’ or ‘might contribute to instability in the region or aggravate a threat to international and regional peace and security or aggravate the situation in a region which becomes a cause of serious concern’.

2794  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—

(1) How many Boeing 747s that were manufactured between 1969 and 1982 and included approximately 850 kilos of depleted uranium as counterweights in the tail section are entered on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s aircraft register.

(2) How many such aircraft have been issued with air operators certificates to operate within Australian airspace.

(3) Have there been any accidents or incidents in Australian airspace relating to such aircraft.

(4) What contingency planning measures are in place in case of an accident or an incident with such aircraft.