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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 125

(Question No. 758)

Senator Vigor asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 6 December 1985:

(1) Have the Australian Federal Police established what happened to the yacht Ouvea after it left Norfolk Island on its return from New Zealand, if so, when did the yacht's crew disembark and under what circumstances did this occur; if not, was this matter investigated.

(2) Did the officers concerned succeed in tracing the yacht's whereabouts for any length of time, and when could the trail no longer be followed with certainty.

(3) Have the Australian Federal Police investigated the disappearance of 2 boats from Sydney marinas in the period just prior to the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, if so, have any links between these events and the bombing operation in New Zealand been established, and what are those links.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Special Minister of State has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The Australian Federal Police have not established what happened to the Ouvea after it left Norfolk Island. They have not investigated this matter.

(3) No.