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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6476

Ms SAFFIN (6:55 PM) —Attorney-General, my question has two parts. It relates to the natural disaster area of your portfolio of national security. I will precede my question with a very brief comment. As the Attorney-General would be aware, preparing for natural disasters is critically important to all Australian communities. The people in my electorate of Page know this only too well. The Attorney-General knows that my electorate has been hit by two floods this year, in March-April and then again in May. I thank the Attorney-General for his visit to Page recently during the last flood to see it firsthand. As we know, earlier this year, and at the same time, damaging floods also hit communities in North Queensland and communities south of where I live as well. And we all know about the bushfires in Victoria. So, given the unprecedented series of natural disasters—

Mr Neumann interjecting

Ms SAFFIN —Yes, and Ipswich too. So, given the unprecedented series of natural disasters which has affected Australia this year, the question is: what measures has the government taken in this budget to further address these threats and help the Australian community better prepare for them? Regarding national security—and, Attorney-General, you have already addressed this somewhat in answer to some of the previous questions—I would ask you about the measures being taken by the government in the budget to protect Australia’s national security. Could you outline some of the measures that have been taken within your portfolio specifically to boost that with particular reference to e-security, wireless priority systems and regional cooperation?