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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6045

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 4 October 2002:

With reference to the Minister's answer to question on notice no. 485 (Senate Hansard, 17 September 2002, p. 4316), and specifically parts (2) and (3):

(1) Will the increased funding for 2002-03 identified in the answer result in more patrols to protect the Heard Island and McDonald Island fishery.

(2) When will the specific funding allocation to protect the Heard Island and McDonald Island fishery for 2003-04 and future years be determined.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The additional funding will enhance Australia's patrol capacity in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) fishery. Patrol frequency and capability is important tactical information and if made public could compromise future monitoring, surveillance and enforcement activity by Australia against illegal fishing activity at the HIMI fishery.

(2) The Government will be considering additional funding for the protection of the HIMI fishery later this year.