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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21906

Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 7 October 2003:

(1) Does the Department of Transport and Regional Services require Port Security Plans to be in place by mid-2004.

(2) Did the 2003-2004 budget allocate any money for the development of Port Security Plans; if so, how much; if not, why not.

(3) What impact, if any, will the 2003-2004 budget have on port security in (a) Launceston (Bell Bay), (b) Hobart, (c) Devonport, and (d) Burnie.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) No, the cost of development of a port security plan is a cost of doing business and is properly the responsibility of the port.

(3) The 2003-2004 Budget will enable my Department to develop and implement a nationally consistent maritime preventive security regulatory framework. This framework will assist Australian ports, including the ports of Launceston (Bell Bay), Hobart, Devonport and Burnie, to deter unlawful interference against maritime transport.