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Thursday, 21 February 2002
Page: 733


Mr CREAN (2:48 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, are you aware of evidence given at Senate estimates last night by Brigadier Gary Bornholt that he left a message for Mr Ross Hampton and he spoke directly to Mr Mike Scrafton on 11 October 2001 to inform them there were no women or children from SIEV4 in the water on 7 October? Prime Minister, who did Mr Hampton and Mr Scrafton pass this information on to?


Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I am broadly aware of the evidence given by Brigadier Bornholt and, for the purposes of answering this question, I will not dispute the version given by the Leader of the Opposition. That is a fairly dangerous thing for me to do but, for the purposes of this, I will not. As to the question of the version of events from Mr Scrafton and Mr Hampton, I gather both of them gave statements, and this issue is broadly canvassed in the Bryant report. As to that, I have no knowledge.