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Notice given 5 December 2002

991  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Is it the case that seafarers are applying for, and are eligible to be issued with, transit visas to enter Australia to join their ships at an Australian port; if so, how many transit visas have been granted for this purpose in each of the past 10 years.

(2) (a) When were transit visas first introduced; (b) by what legislation and/or regulations were they first introduced; and (c) were seafarers immediately eligible for this visa for the purpose of ship crew changeovers.

(3) Before transit visas were introduced, what visa did seafarers use for ship crew changeovers.

(4) (a) What is the stated purpose of transit visas; (b) who is eligible to apply for, or be issued with, a transit visa; and (c) what is the cost of obtaining a transit visa.

(5) What other visa categories are available without an application cost.

(6) What arrangements are in place with the department for seafarers to apply for transit visas.

(7) Are transit visas in an electronic form; if so, how does ACS identify them at the airport for clearance purposes.

(8) How many transit visas have been issued by the department to seafarers in each of the past 10 years.

(9) Are foreign crew leaving Australia by air required to apply for visas upon departure; if so, in what visa category.

(10) Does the department process these applications; if so, what criteria are applied to assess the applications.

(11) (a) What checks, if any, does the department carry out before issuing these transit visas; and (b) does it include a check against the department’s Movement Alert List; if not: (i) why not; and (ii) are there any other visas for which these checks are not required.

(12) (a) How do Australian Customs Service (ACS) officers at airports determine that the transit visas are for seafarers; and (b) what additional documentation, if any, are seafarers required to provide to prove that they are joining a ship.

(13) (a) Do the transit visas for this purpose have any conditions; and (b) what, if any, checks are carried out by either the ACS or the department to determine that the conditions of the transit visa have been met.

(14) Do seafarers require passports to apply for transit visas.

(15) (a) What measures, if any, does the department, or any other department or agency, have in place to ensure compliance with the transit visa requirement that seafarers join their ships within 72 hours; and (b) how many times has this requirement been breached in each of the past 10 years.

(16) (a) What is the penalty for breaching the visa requirements; (b) are visas cancelled as a result; if not, why not; and (c) which other visas are exempt from cancellation for breaching the conditions.

(17) (a) What visa category is the seafarer on when they board their ship; and (b) what is the process for receiving that visa.

(18) (a) If a seafarer leaves a ship in an Australian port, what visa is the seafarer on; and (b) how long is the seafarer eligible to be on this visa while away from the ship.

(19) In relation to the Stadacona , which travelled from Melbourne to Brisbane to Port Pirie during May and June 2002, changed crew and remains in Australia: (a) to what place outside Australia, if any, did the Stadacona travel during the course of the above-mentioned voyages from Melbourne to Brisbane to Port Pirie; (b) if the ship did travel to a place outside Australia during the course of that voyage, what visas did the foreign crew working on the ship hold whilst they were in Australia; (c) if the crew did not hold any visas, under what authority were they working during their time in Australia; and (d) are any of the members of that crew still in Australia; if so, what visas do they now hold.

(20) If there are foreign crew in Australia on such vessels as outlined above: (a) what visas do they hold; (b) under what authority are they working in Australia; and (c) are they monitored by the ACS; if not, how does the department determine that the visa conditions have been met.

(21) Does the department consider the foreign vessels trading between Australian ports using Single Voyage Permits or Continuous Voyage Permits as actually being engaged in international voyages.

992  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 864 (Senate Hansard , 3 December 2002, p. 6713) concerning consultation on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 : What is the total budgeted cost of the 12-month, full-time position at the National Farmers’ Federation that commenced on 19 November 2002.

993  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the answer to the question on notice no. 500 (Senate Hansard , 23 October 2002, p. 5808):

(1) Why is the Tasmanian Forest Practices Board (TFPB) data on logging from 1996-2001 ‘incorrect’.

(2) What evidence is available that the figures in the question, provided by the TFPB, are incorrect; if no evidence is available, what dispute does the Minister have with the contention in part (2) of the question.

(3) With reference to part (4) of the answer to question no. 500 what credit does the Government give to the methods which calculate sustainable yield without data on logging rates being provided.

(4) What was the 5-year cut of Eucalyptus regnans stated in the first Tasmanian 5-year review.

994  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—For each of the 110 cases referred to on page 1 of the report for 2001-02 on the results of the Australian National Residue Survey Results, where residues were above Australian Standards, can details be provided of: (a) the level of residue; (b) the state and place where the measurement occurred; and (c) the penalty which resulted.

995  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—Will Federal funding: (a) for the Cities for Climate Protection Program; and (b) to support Local Agenda 21 planning, be provided after the 2002-03 financial year; if not, why not; if so, will this funding be less than, equal to, or more than the funding for the 2002-03 financial year.

996  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Defence—Will a ‘lessons learnt’ report on the Australian defence and emergency management authorities immediate response to the Bali bombings be compiled; if so: (a) will this report be made public; and (b) when will this report be completed.

997  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage— 

(1) Why is it that passenger vehicles in Australia are currently not manufactured with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tanks replacing conventional petrol tanks.

(2) Would the sale of passenger vehicles manufactured with 100 per cent LPG tanks offset greenhouse gases that are escalating in Australia; if so, when will the Federal Government implement a directive for this to occur.