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Tuesday, 2 December 2003
Page: 23534

Mr Murphy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 9 September 2003:

In respect of the two mainframe computers stolen from Sydney Airport last week, can he confirm that those computers did not contain any information relating to:

(a) Custom's alert system;

(b) Prospective cargo examinations;

(c) The selection of passengers for further investigation;

If so, how confident is he that the computers did not contain this type of information; if not, what action has he taken to secure that intelligence.

Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Justice and Customs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The equipment stolen from Customs Link Road premises comprises two servers and two desktop PCs.

The information that was stored on the missing servers is currently being reconstructed and analysed by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD). The DSD findings will be documented in their final report. Until this work is completed it would be premature to answer parts a, b, and c of the question.

The two desktop PC were not in use and did not contain any sensitive information.