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Thursday, 19 June 2003
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Mr RUDD (2:10 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister recall that the Office of National Assessments, in written advice in September 2001, stated:

... that a tourist hotel in Bali would be an important symbolic target for terrorists and extremists ...

Can the Prime Minister confirm that between September 2001 and 12 October 2002, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was advising in its Jakarta Embassy bulletins:

Bali is calm and tourism services are operating normally.

Is the Prime Minister aware that the Canadian government released a travel bulletin on 4 October 2001 stating that the situation in Bali:

... could change and we are advising Canadians not travel there.

Prime Minister, given that Australia and Canada have a longstanding intelligence sharing relationship, why did the Canadian government warn its citizens not to travel to Bali at that time and the Australian government did not?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —In answer to the member for Griffith, I would have to check the information that was transmitted by DFAT on this issue before answering the first part of the question. As to the second part of the question, I will also check what was said by the Canadians. I might point out that, in relation to comparative travel advisories, some of the language used in ours—particularly in relation to the reference to the bombings—was tougher than the language used in the British or the American advisories.