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Notice given 3 August 2006

2297  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the new role of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Iraq’s Dhi Qar Province:

(1) Can the Minister confirm the role of the ADF troops, stationed at Tallil Airbase, who are now called the ‘Overwatch Battle Group (West)’ which is part of the Multi-National Division - South East (Iraq).

(2) Is it correct to state that the Overwatch Battle Group (West)’s role is akin to a call-out in a crisis as indicated in Defence Media Release CPA 174/06 of 28 July 2006.

(3) What constitutes a crisis, or circumstances, for the purpose of using ADF troops to assist the Iraqi Security Forces in Dhi Qar Province.

(4) Who agreed to the definition of a ‘crisis’ or ‘circumstances’ in which ADF troops would be used.

(5) What is the approval process for the call-out of ADF troops in such a crisis or circumstances.

(6) Does the approval process involve the Minister.

(7) What additional civil/military training have ADF personnel undertaken before or after moving to Tallil Airbase.

2299  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services— 

(1) Can details be provided of action taken by the Government since September 2001 to strengthen flight deck door security, including mandating the installation of flight deck security doors.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that several air operators have expressed concern that due to the installation of mandated flight deck security doors access by cabin crew to the flight deck is precluded.

(3) Has the Government been advised that the new arrangements have resulted in a serious degradation in air safety.

(4) When did: (a) the Minister; (b) the department; and (c) the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), first become aware of these safety concerns.


 (5) How has: (a) the Minister; (b) the department; and (c) CASA, responded to these safety concerns.

(6) Can the Minister confirm that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) commenced a related aviation safety investigation in July 2005.

(7) Can an outline of the scope of the investigation be provided.

(8) Can the Minister advise why the investigation report has not been published.

(9) If a draft report has been completed: (a) on what date was it completed; and (b) why has the report not been finalised.

(10) When will the ATSB report be published.