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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 64

Senator Faulkner asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 29 March 2004:

With reference to the answer to question no. 133 taken on notice on 27 May 2003 during the 2003-04 Budget estimates hearing of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) On what dates did the Australian Federal Police (AFP) approach the Indonesian National Police (INP) seeking permission to release the INP/AFP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [dated 5 August 1997] and the Protocol [dated 15 September 2000].

(2) Did the AFP request permission from the INP to release the MOU and protocol in writing or verbally; if the request was in writing, can a copy of the request be tabled.

(3) Has the protocol under the MOU been reinstated since it was cancelled in September 2001.

Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The AFP has made several approaches to the INP seeking permission to release the AFP/INP MOU. A verbal request was last made to the INP on 24 October 2003. This was followed by a written request on 28 October 2003.

(2) The AFP can provide this letter in-confidence.

(3) Yes. The protocol is part of the INP/AFP MOU which was signed in Perth on 13 June 2002.