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Notice given 8 June 2011

681  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the John McCarthy review of the Australian Government’s handling of the Nigel Brennan case:

(1) Were any members of the Brennan family consulted or interviewed for the review; if so, who; if not, why not.

(2) Have any members of the Brennan family received a copy of the review report; if so, who; if not, why not.

(3) Were members of the Canadian Government and/or negotiating team consulted or interviewed for the report.

(4) Has the Canadian Government reviewed its handling of the case; if so, has it shared its findings with the Australian Government.

(5) Of the 21 recommendations in the report, do any cover the use of private kidnap and ransom specialists by families of hostages and/or governments.

(6) Do any of the recommendations cover agreements with other western countries regarding the payment of ransoms.


 (7) Does the department have a timeline for the implementation of the McCarthy recommendations.

(8) Which other government departments or agencies will be involved in deciding on and implementing recommendations from the review.