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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4944

Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 19 August 2002:

(1) Has the Aurora Australis been used in any civil surveillance operations; if so, what use was made of the ship, and in what month was the ship used.

(2) Is there any arrangement, formal or otherwise, between the Australian Antarctic Division and Customs, Coastwatch or Defence for the patrol or surveillance capabilities of the Aurora Australis to be used; if so, can details of the arrangements be provided.

(3) Have any of the other vessels or helicopters chartered by the Australian Antarctic Division been tasked by Coastwatch, or used in any way, as part of Australian civil surveillance operations; if so, can the following information be provided: (a) the dates; (b) the type of vessels and helicopters; and (c) the nature of the support supplied.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the Senator's question:

As a general rule, it would be inappropriate to make public details of Australia's surveillance operations. Notwithstanding this, the answers to the Senator's questions are:

(1) No.

(2) No.

(3) No.