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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 126

(Question No. 762)


Senator Vigor asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 5 December 1985:

(1) Has the Office of National Assessments, either on its own initiative or under Ministerial directive, analysed the events surrounding the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior with a view to identifying steps that can be taken to minimise the risks of similar outrages occurring in Australian waters?

(2) Has the Office been able to benefit from information collected initially by friendly foreign intelligence organisations, if it has pursued work of this kind?


Senator Button —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The Government normally declines to comment on confidential intelligence matters, including the work programs of agencies. In this case, because the Office of National Assessments does not have a protective security function, I am prepared to say that it has not undertaken any analysis of the findings surrounding the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior with a view to identifying steps that could be taken to minimise the risk of similar occurrences in Australia's waters.