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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 127

(Question No. 764)

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

(1) When, and in what circumstances, did the Department of Territories first learn that the yacht Ouvea called in at Norfolk Island after leaving New Zealand.

(2) Were any officers of the Department of Territories present when official searches were undertaken on the yacht Ouvea; if so, was a written report subsequently tendered to the Minister or to senior officers of the Department.

(3) When was the report completed, and what recommendations, if any, did it contain.

(4) Was the Department of Territories called upon to give any advice in relation to the detention of the crew of the yacht Ouvea on Norfolk Island; if so, when was the information or advice sought, and by whom.

(5) What was the subject matter of any such inquiry, and what advice was tendered or information furnished in response, and what was the source or factual material adduced in support of any such answer.

(6) How long did it take to prepare the reply and when was it despatched to the relevant person or body.

Senator Gietzelt —The following response has been provided to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Administrator of Norfolk Island advised the Department of the visit of the Ouvea to the Island on 15 July 1985.

(2) No.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) No.

(5) and (6) Not applicable.