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Notice given 7 August 2006

2305  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the role of AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue) in the unsuccessful search for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005: Can details be provided of all the resolved positions and times for Malu Sara’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) as recorded and calculated by AusSAR’s satellite equipment from the time the vessel’s EPIRB was first detected until it was deactivated.

2306  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report on the loss of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005:

(1) Why does the report claim, at page 28, that the vessel’s situation had only become ‘one of distress’ at 1036 hours on 15 October 2005 when the Malu Sara’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was found floating free with no sign of the vessel in the area.

(2) Why was the situation not ‘one of distress’ at 0215 hours when the Malu Sara was reported to be taking on water and sinking fast.

(3) Can an explanation be provided as to why the ATSB report claims, at page 28, that following the discovery of the floating EPIRB an ‘expanding square search’ was conducted, while the answer to question 16 (Australian Maritime Safety Authority), taken on notice during the May 2006 Budget estimates hearings of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, appears to indicate a sector search and not an expanding square search.

(4) Can details be provided on what type of search was actually flown by the helicopter on the morning of 15 October 2005, including: (a) the coordinates of the legs flown by the helicopter; (b) the initial track flown by the helicopter; (c) the tracking spacing/mean track spacing for the search; (d) the angular displacement of the legs; (e) the number of legs flown; (f) the position of the start/centre point; and (g) the distance out from the centre point that was searched.

(5) Can a map be provided displaying the legs flown.

2307  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the claim on page 29 of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report on the loss of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara that it was not until late morning on 15 October 2005 that it became ‘increasingly likely that Malu Sara had sunk and the people aboard were in the water’:

(1) Why was it not likely the vessel had sunk and people aboard were in the water soon after 0215 hours on 15 October 2005 when the vessel was reported to be taking on water and sinking fast.

(2) On what premise was the search being conducted up until the time that it became likely the Malu Sara had sunk which, according to the ATSB, was not until late morning on 15 October 2005.

(3) What was the justification for this premise.

(4) How did this premise affect the conduct of the search.

(5) Can details be provided of the target(s) of the search: (a) until the time that it became likely the Malu Sara had sunk; and (b) after the time that it became likely the Malu Sara had sunk, which, according to the ATSB, was not until late morning on the 15 October 2005.

2308  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can details be provided of the number of aircraft movements at Bankstown Airport for each calendar year since 2000.

 

 (2) How does Airservices Australia define ‘aircraft movements’.

(3) Has Airservices Australia amended the definition of ‘aircraft movement’ since 2000; if so, how has this amendment impacted on analysis of trend data for Bankstown Airport.

(4) Has Airservices Australia altered or adjusted the methodology of analysing aircraft movements since 2000; if so, how has this change of methodology impacted on analysis of trend data for Bankstown Airport.

2309  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the statement at page 76 in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report on the loss of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel the Malu Sara in October 2005, that: ‘The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre is based in Canberra. It is staffed by officers with marine or aviation backgrounds. In marine emergencies necessitating a SAR response in coastal waters, the local police undertake the initial response coordination. The RCC provide search advice based on analysis of wind drift, currents and tidal flows, EPIRB positions and when requested coordinate search craft, usually aircraft’:

(1) What is the basis of this claim.

(2) Does the National Search and Rescue Manual provide, in relation to the responsible rescue coordination centre, that ‘the first agency to become aware of a distress situation is obliged to respond until the appropriate SAR authority with overall coordination responsibility is in a position to assume that responsibility. It is imperative that the appropriate SAR authority is notified as soon as possible’.

(3) Is it the case that in relation to the Malu Sara the first agency to become aware of the distress situation was the Queensland Police and that the appropriate search and rescue authority with overall coordination responsibility was AusSAR (Australian Search and Rescue).

(4) How is the claim in the ATSB report that ‘in marine emergencies necessitating a SAR response in coastal waters, the local police undertake the initial response coordination and the RCC provide search advice based on analysis of wind drift, currents and tidal flows, EPIRB positions and when requested coordinate search craft, usually aircraft’ consistent with the relevant National Search and Rescue Manual protocol.

(5) Did the ATSB receive a briefing on the National Search and Rescue Manual during the investigation of the loss of the Malu Sara and the preparation of its transport safety report; if so, who provided that briefing; if no briefing was received, why not.

(6) Was the ATSB’s conclusions in relation to the coordination of the search for the Malu Sara , including its endorsement of AusSAR’s performance, informed by the National Search and Rescue Manual: (a) if so: (i) why does the ATSB report not make reference to the National Search and Rescue Manual, and (ii) why are findings in the ATSB report inconsistent with material provisions of the National Search and Rescue Manual; and (b) if not, why not.

2310  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997, can the following details be provided:

 

 (1) By financial year from 2003-04 how many persons have been appointed as authorised persons under Regulation 114 and 121.

(2) How many of these persons are: (a) employees of the Department; or (b)  P rotective Service officers or Special Protective Service officers of the Australian Federal Police; or (c) employees of an airport-operator company, or of a contractor to an airport-operator company.

(3) Has the responsibility of the departmental secretary, provided under Regulation 114 and/or 121 to appoint an authorised person, been delegated in accordance with Regulation 156 to any other person or position; if so, to whom.

(4) What is the extent of powers exercised by authorised persons in relation to Part 4 of the regulations.

(5) Do authorised persons have the power to demand production of a state government issued driver’s licence.

(6) Are authorised persons, categorised under Regulation 114(c) or 121(c), in the course of their duties required to carry or produce identification to establish bona fides; if so, is there a required form of statement that advises the extent of the powers exercised by the holder and what is that wording; if not, why not.

(7) Do authorised persons, categorised under Regulation 114(c) or 121(c), have the power to arrest or detain vehicle drivers.

(8) Do formal processes exist to resolve allegations of misuse of powers or complaints concerning conduct of authorised persons: (a) if so, since the 2003-04 financial year to date: (i) how many complaints have been received, (ii) what was the nature of the complaints, (iii) how are complaints investigated, and (iv) which complaints were upheld; and (b) if a formal process does not exist, why not.