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Notice given 26 July 2006

2254  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel embedded with United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) military units in Iraq and in Afghanistan:


 (1) How many ADF personnel are currently embedded with US and UK forces in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

(2) (a) What dissimilar cultural training is conducted by US and UK forces prior to deployment; and (b) do ADF embedded personnel undertake this training.

(3) Do these embedded personnel provide periodic reports to the ADF chain of command.

(4) Do these ADF personnel provide end of tour reports to the ADF chain of command.

(5) (a) How many ADF embedded personnel have been involved in US operations in or near Fallujah in the past 2 years; (b) what reporting have these embedded personnel provided to the ADF chain of command and Defence headquarters in Canberra; (c) has this reporting resulted in further ADF investigations; (d) was the Minister alerted to this reporting and/or the results of any investigations; and (e) has this reporting resulted in discussions with Allied commands.

2258  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the issuing of single voyage permits under the Navigation Act:

(1) How many ships, for each year since 2004, have traded on the Australian coast under a single voyage permit (SVP).

(2) What type of SVP was issued (routine, urgent or any other, for example amended).

(3) What was the permit number.

(4) What date was the SVP approved.

(5) What was the name and flag of the vessel.

(6) What was the cargo type.

(7) Who was the shipper.

(8) What was the port of loading.

(9) What was the port of discharge.

(10) What was the estimated sailing date.

(11) (a) What was the estimated tonnage (dry bulk); (b) estimated metric tonnes (liquid bulk); and (c) TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit containers).