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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21894


Mr Danby asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 15 September 2003:

(1) Is he aware of the death notice which appeared in the West Australian on 27 August 2003 for Ismail Abu Shanab, a senior Hamas operative, which was placed by the `Hamas Support Group, WA'.

(2) Is the Government aware of the `Hamas Support Group, WA'; if so, (a) when did the Government become aware of the group, (b) is the group, and its members, under investigation for any breaches of the law, and (c) what information can he provide about the group; if not, will intelligence authorities investigate the death notice in the West Australian.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Relevant agencies have investigated the death notice placed on 27 August 2003 in the West Australian, attributed to the `Hamas Support Group, WA'. It has been determined that it was placed by individual expressing personal views, rather than by any group which supports Hamas.