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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Page: 11740

Home Affairs

(Question No. 1116)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 21 June 2012:

(1) In respect of Ali Al Abbassi’s placement on the Passenger Analysis Clearance and Evaluation (PACE) system administered by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS),

(a) when was Ali Al Abbassi placed on the system, (b) which agency or department requested that Ali Al Abbassi be placed on the system, and (c) for what reason was Ali Al Abbassi placed on the system.

(2) Which government agencies and departments have access to information on the PACE system managed by ACBPS.


Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) Mr Ali Al Abassi was placed on alert in the Customs and Border Protection PACE system in 2010.

(b) The Australian Federal Police (AFP) placed Mr Ali Al Abassi on alert in the Customs and Border Protection PACE system.

(c) Mr Ali Al Abassi was placed on alert in the Customs and Border Protection PACE system as a person of interest for possible involvement in people smuggling related offences.

(2) Alert information on the Customs and Border Protection PACE system is available to the AFP, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It should be noted that these agencies can only access alert information that they have requested be placed on PACE.