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Thursday, 25 June 2009
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Mr Wood asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 13 May 2009:

In respect of the Air Security Officers Program:

(a)   what was the number of “flying hours” (hours spent in the air) worked by Air Security Officers (ASOs) from (i) 1 February 2008 to 31 January 2009, (ii) 1 February 2007 to 31 January 2008; and

(b)   what other duties might ASOs perform when they are not in the air patrolling Australia’s domestic and international flights.

Mr Brendan O’Connor (Minister for Home Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   The number of “flying hours” worked by Air Security Officers (ASOs) is operationally sensitive information. It is standing policy not to disclose details regarding operational aspects of the ASO program.

(b)   In addition to ASO in-flight duties, ASOs undertake skills maintenance, administration, operational planning and intelligence gathering activities.