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Monday, 14 October 2002
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 29 July 2002:

(1) Since July 1996, what has been the level of expenditure, by financial year, on efforts to minimise the level of illegal fishing in Australia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) adjacent to Heard and McDonald Islands.

(2) What funding has been allocated for this purpose for the 2002-03 financial year.

(3) What additional funding has been allocated to minimise the level of illegal fishing in Australia's EEZ adjacent to Heard and McDonald Islands for the 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 financial years, following the announcement by the Minister for Forestry and Conservation in media statement, AFFA02/128M, dated 25 July 2002.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Activities conducted to date by Defence have been accommodated within the Australian Defence Force's overall programmed rate of effort so expenditure was not recorded separately.

(2) Not a separate budget item.

(3) Additional costs will be analysed as patrol commitments are resolved, and if activities cannot be met within funded rates of effort, Defence will seek appropriate supplementation.