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MOTOR VESSEL TAMPA—PROPOSED INTRUSION INTO AUSTRALIAN WATERS AND SUBSEQUENT ACTION BY SAS—MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Mr Howard (Prime Minister), by leave, made a ministerial statement on the Motor Vessel Tampa'sproposed intrusion into Australian waters and subsequent action by the SAS and presented the following paper:

MV Tampa—Immediate medical assistance—Copy of telefax from A. Rinnan, Master of MV Tampato Australian Search and Rescue, 29 August 2001.

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, also made a statement on the matter.