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Notice given 11 March 2009

1385  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Is the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) aware of a report/brief about Mr Mamdouh Habib prepared by Mr Abbas Abou Abdallah, an Ethnic Community Liaison Officer attached to Bankstown police, dated 20 June 2001; if so, was this document provided by the New South Wales Police Service Protective Security Group and if it was, when.

(2) Was this document used by ASIO or other federal government agencies in considerations as to whether Mr Habib was a national security threat.

(3) Was this document used by ASIO or other federal government agencies in Mr Habib’s court actions, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing to have his passport returned or the Federal Court proceedings for compensation.

(4) Was this document supplied to a court, a magistrate, a judge or a Justice of the Peace at any time.

(5) Was this document or any part of it sent to the intelligence/security agencies of any other country.

(6) Has ASIO used this document at any time in support of applications for a telephone intercept or a search warrant regarding Mr Habib.

(7) Is ASIO still monitoring Mr Habib.

(8) Did ASIO have a representative in Egypt at any time while Mr Habib was in Egypt; if so, did that representative have any dealings whatsoever with the Central Intelligence Agency or Egyptian authorities in Egypt concerning Mr Habib.

1386  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) What was the rationale behind having the Special Forces pay groups and pay grade placements (Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal [DFRT] Determination No. 2 of 2008) being aligned against a new trade-based model.

(2) (a) Who signed off and approved this new model prior to it being submitted to the DFRT; and (b) when did this happen.

(3) Why were additional courses, previously unmentioned from the qualification standards to meet Employment Category Number (ECN) 353 SASR [Special Air Service Regiment] Trooper in previous trade models, included.

(4) Why was the decision made to not have any non-determent clause or non-reduction period added into the determination to allow those members who were previously qualified as ECN 353 under previous trade models to be accounted for as qualified in this new trade model.

(5) Who determined and on what basis was a recommendation made that gave SASR officers and primary ECN 353 SASR Operators waivers for the courses which were added to the trade model and which deemed them as compliant and proficient on PMKeyS.

 

 (6) Why were beret qualified support staff not given the same treatment, which has resulted in this current situation.

1387  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) Who directed the 10 per cent audit of Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) personnel’s pay and conditions in 2008; (b) when was this directive given; (c) when did this directive come into effect; (d) how many of the audited SASR personnel were affected by this action; (e) how and when were the personnel that were adversely affected by this audit, informed of their debt; and (f) what was the amount for each debit notice that was raised against each of the audited SASR personnel.

(2) (a) Who directed that this audit be increased to 100 per cent; (b) when was this decision made to conduct this audit; (b) when did this decision come into effect; (c) how many of the audited SASR personnel were affected by this action; (d) how and when were the personnel adversely affected by this audit, informed of their debt; (e) what was the amount for each debit notice that was raised against each of the audited SASR personnel; and (f) did this audit adversely affect any primary ECN 353 SASR troopers; if not, why not.