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Tuesday, 16 September 2003
Page: 20228

Mr McClelland asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 12 August 2003:

Is the Minister aware of consultation between the Governments of Malaysia and Indonesia and the Japanese Government with the view to the establishment of coast guards in Indonesia and Malaysia; if so, (a) what has been the nature of those consultations, (b) what steps are being taken by the Governments of Indonesia and Malaysia to establish coast guards, and (c) what will be the role and function of those coast guards so established.

Mrs Vale (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) No.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) Steps being taken by the Malaysian Government are still at the early planning stage and a legislative framework is yet to be completed. I am not aware of any intention to establish an Indonesian coast guard.