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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Page: 11749

Persons Suspected Missing Sailing to Australia

(Question No. 1190)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 23 August 2012:

(1) What total number of reports have been filed on his department's 'Persons suspected missing while sailing to Australia—Online report' website, and what number of these were made (a) anonymously, and (b) from internet provider addresses registered to computers in Australia's detention network (listed by detention facility).

(2) What total number of people have been reported as (a) missing while sailing to Australia (not counting multiple reports for the same individual), and (b) travelling with accompanying family members.

(3) What locations have been listed as boat departure points, and how many reports are associated with each location.

(4) How many persons identified as suspected missing while sailing have subsequently been located.

(5) What action is taken by his department in pursuing these reports once they have been filed.


Mr Bowen The answer to the honourable member's question is:

(1) As of 23 August 2012, two reports have been filed on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's 'Persons suspected missing while sailing to Australia - Online report' website

(a) Both reports provided contact details, however indicated they wish to remain anonymous.

(b) No departmental IT facilities were used to submit any of the identified online web forms.

(2) (a) One person has been reported as missing while sailing to Australia.

(b) the reported person was not travelling with accompanying family members.

(3) One report listed Indonesia as a boat departure point.

(4) One person was identified as suspected missing while sailing to Australia and has not been located according to Department of Immigration and Citizenship databases.

(5) The action taken by the Department in pursuing these reports will depend on the situation. In all cases each report is assessed and some or all of the following actions will be taken:

Departmental database searches

Exchanging information with Australian government agencies

Where appropriate seeking information from relevant international organisations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM).