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Notice given 10 September 2003

1973  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) For each of the following financial years; 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03: (a) how many suspected illegal fishing vessels in the Heard and McDonald Island (HIMI) region have been reported to Australian authorities; and (b) in each case: (i) what was the source of the report, and (ii) on what date was the report received.

(2) For each of the following financial years; 2000-01, 2002-02, and 2002-03: (a) how many suspected illegal fishing vessels in the HIMI region were reported to Australian authorities but not subsequently intercepted; and (b) in each case where a suspected illegal fishing vessel was identified but not intercepted, why was it not intercepted.

1974  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the answer to paragraph (3)(a) of question on notice no. 565 (Senate Hansard , 11 November 2002, p. 6016):

(1) Was the alleged broadcasting of bogus Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon signals by the Volga to assist the illegal fishing vessel the Lena to evade hot pursuit by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority contracted Southern Supporter subject to investigation by Australian authorities; if so, what was the outcome of the investigation and do current charges against the crew of the Volga relate to this alleged activity; if no investigation has been undertaken, why not.

(2) Was the alleged broadcasting of bogus Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon signals by the Florence during the Southern Supporter’s hot pursuit of the illegal fishing vessel the Lena , and the Florence’s alleged re-fuelling of the Lena, subject to investigation by Australian authorities; if so, what was the outcome of this investigation and what legal action, if any, has been initiated against the crew of the Florence ; if no investigation has been undertaken, why not.

1975  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the answer to paragraph (3)(b) of question on notice no. 731 (Senate Hansard , 9 December 2002, p. 7520): Has the Australian Government yet made direct representations to the Bolivian Government on Australia’s concerns about illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and flag of convenience fishing; if so, when and in what form were these representations made; if not, why not.

1976  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) What companies have been issued with a licence to fish in the Heard and McDonald Island Fishery.

(2) In relation to each company: (a) what is its registered address; and (b) when was the licence issued and, if applicable, renewed.

(3) (a) What total allowable catch, by species, is each licence holder allocated; and (b) in relation to each licence holder, have catch limits been varied; if so, when and what is the nature of the variation.

1977  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the report of the Twenty-First Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, held in Hobart from October to November 2002 and, in particular, the report on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing:

(1) Has Russia complied with Australia’s request for the provision of vehicle monitoring system (VMS) data for the Russian-flagged vessel the Volga, recorded prior to its apprehension; if so, when did Russia provide the data; if not, has Australia made further representations in this matter.

(2) Is the Minister aware that, during the meeting, France identified the vessel the Viarsa as a suspected illegal toothfish vessel.

(3) (a) What information did Australia seek from France on the alleged activities of the Viarsa and other vessels identified as alleged illegal fishing vessels; (b) what investigation did Australia undertake upon receipt of that information; and (c) what outcome can be attributed to that investigation.

(4) (a) What assistance has Australia provided Uruguay in the implementation of a ‘smart track’ VMS; and (b) what progress has Uruguay made on its implementation.

1978  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Did the Minister authorise the release of the details about Operation ‘Rushcutter’ contained in his ministerial media statement AFFA03/86MJ, issued on 12 May, including detailed vessel specifications of the Aurora Australis , patrol duration incorporating departure and return dates, a detailed description of crew numbers, training and operational capacity, the area of operation and the operational command structure; if not, who authorised the release of this information.

(2) Did the Minister authorise the release of information about the sidearms carried by officers and larger calibre weapons available aboard the Aurora Australis during Operation ‘Rushcutter’, as reported in the Hobart Mercury on 13 May 2003; if not, who authorised the release of this information.

(3) With reference to the Minister’s media statement ‘$12 million Budget boost to fight illegal fishing in Southern Ocean’ issued on 13 May 2003, can details be provided of the Government’s new program of armed enforcement patrols, including the proposed patrol frequency and enhanced enforcement capacity.

1979  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) For each of the following financial years; 2001-02 and 2002-03: what was the estimated illegal catch of Patagonian toothfish and other fish species taken from the Heard and McDonald Islands region.

(2) For each of the following financial years; 2001-02 and 2002-03: what assessment has the Government made of incidental mortality, including marine species and sea birds, resulting from this illegal fishing activity.

1980  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) What charges were laid against the master and crew of the vessel the Aliza Glacial , arising from its apprehension in October 1997, for alleged illegal fishing activity in Australian waters near the Heard and McDonald Islands.

(2) When did the master and crew depart Australia.

(3) Did the departure of the master and crew stall the prosecution for alleged illegal fishing activity; if so: (a) what conditions were placed on their departure; (b) what has the Government done to secure the return of the accused to Australia; (c) what is the current location of the accused; (d) what is the status of the outstanding charges; and (d) what future action is proposed by the Government in this matter.

1981  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the ‘stern warning’ to illegal Southern Ocean fishers and the nations that support illegal fishing activity issued by the Minister on 9 February 2003, in media statement AFFA03/017M:

(1) In what form and over what period was the warning communicated to illegal fishers.

(2) Was the warning delivered in languages other than English; if so, in which languages; if not, why not.

(3) Was the warning delivered to governments believed to support illegal fishers; if so: (a) when did the Minister do so; (b) what governments received the warning; and (c) what message did the Minister deliver on behalf of the Commonwealth.

(4) Did the Minister’s reference to nations that support illegal fishing include countries that provide markets for illegal catches of Patagonian toothfish.

(5) What outcomes can be attributed to the warning.

1982  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the answer to paragraph (3)(a) of question on notice no. 490 (Senate Hansard , 17 September 2002, p. 4320), concerning negotiations with key flag states of illegal or suspected illegal fishing vessels and countries that tolerate illegal, unreported and unregulated and flag of convenience fishing:

(1) (a) What bilateral negotiations has the Government undertaken on the elimination of illegal fishing with Russia, Belize, Togo, Mauritius and the Seychelles in the past 12 months; (b) have these negotiations included ministerial-level communications; and (c) what outcomes, by country, can be attributed to Australia’s negotiations.

(2) (a) What other countries, suspected to be flag states of illegal fishing vessels or tolerant of illegal fishing, has the Government engaged in bilateral negotiations in the past 12 months; (b) have these negotiations included ministerial-level communications; and (c) what outcomes, by country, can be attributed to Australia’s negotiations.

1983  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 730 (Senate Hansard, 10 December 2003, p. 7659):

(1) Has Australia finalised an agreement with France on combating illegal fishing in Australia’s sub-Antarctic excusive economic zones; if so when was the agreement finalised and what are the details of the agreement; if not: (a) why not; (b) what negotiations have been undertaken since the Minister advised in his answer that a proposed draft text was agreed; (c) were negotiations progressed during the Minister’s meeting with the French Minister for Overseas Territories in Paris in June 2003; (d) have negotiations included consideration of joint use of French facilities or French patrols of Australian waters; (e) what future negotiations are planned; and (f) when does the Minister expect the agreement will be finalised and active.

(2) Has a cooperative arrangement to combat illegal fishing been negotiated with South Africa; if so, when was the arrangement finalised and what are the details of the arrangement; if not: (a) what negotiations have been undertaken since the Minister wrote to his South African counterpart in September 2002 initiating formal discussions; (b) what future negotiations are planned; and (c) when does the Minister expect a cooperative arrangement will be finalised.

1984  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the high-level policy group formed to oversee the protection of the Heard and McDonald Island Fishery:

(1) When has the group met since its inaugural meeting on 6 August 2002.

(2) What senior departmental officials from: (a) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; (b) the Department of Environment and Heritage; (c) the Department of Defence; (d) the Attorney General’s Department; (e) the Department of Treasury; (f) the Australian Customs Service (Coastwatch); (g) the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; (h) the Australian Federal Police; and (i) the Department of Finance and Administration, comprise its membership.

(3) Who chairs the group.

(4) Has the membership of the group, or its terms of reference, altered since its inaugural meeting; if so, can details of membership changes or amendments to the group’s terms of reference be provided.

(5) Is the group required to consult with non-departmental stakeholders; if so, can details of such consultation be provided; if not, why not.

1985  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority charter vessel Southern Supporter :

(1) When was the current Standing Deed of Offer signed.

(2) (a) What are the terms of the Standing Deed of Offer; and (b) what is the value of the contract between the Commonwealth and P&O Maritime Services Pty Ltd.

(3) What assessment has been made of the performance of the Southern Supporter in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Heard and McDonald Island (HIMI) region.

(4) (a) How many operations involving apprehension, boarding and/or searching suspected illegal fishing vessels were undertaken by the Southern Supporter in the HIMI region in 2002-03; and (b) for each operation: (i) what was the name of the vessel involved, (ii) what fishing equipment and/or catch was seized, and (iii) what legal action, if any, resulted.

(5) What are consequences for the role of the Southern Supporter, arising from the end of the civilian charter vessel program in June 2003, announced by the Minister on 13 May 2003.

1986  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) What specific outcomes beneficial to Australian fisheries management can be attributed to the Minister’s attendance at the fisheries roundtable organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation, held in Paris in June 2003.

(2) Can an English-language communiqué of the roundtable be provided.

(3) Which French Ministers did the Minister meet to discuss illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean around Australia’s Heard and McDonald Islands and France’s Kerguelen Island.

(4) What new measures did the French Ministers propose to facilitate surveillance and apprehension of boats illegally fishing in Australian and French waters in the Southern Ocean.

(5) What new measures did the Minister propose to the French Ministers.

(6) When did the Minister depart Australia for the roundtable visit.

(7) When did the Minister return to Australia.

(8) Who accompanied the Minister on this trip.

(9) Can the details of the Minister’s official itinerary be provided.

(10) (a) What was the total cost of the Minister’s visit to Paris, including departmental officers and ministerial staff; and (b) which department or departments met these costs.

1987  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the Minister’s meeting with the French Minister for Overseas Territories in Paris on 3 June 2003:

(1) Did the Minister discuss aerial surveillance of the French Kerguelen Island and Australia’s adjacent Heard and McDonald Islands as a means to combat illegal fishing during the meeting.

(2) Was agreement reached on aerial surveillance; if so, what are the details of the agreement; if not, what future negotiations are planned and when does the Minister expect agreement will be reached.

1988  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the Minister’s address to the National Press Club on 19 August 2003 concerning illegal toothfish fishing in Australian waters:

(1) What action has the Government taken to investigate and prosecute the 20 to 30 alleged regular illegal fishing operators known to the Government.

(2) (a) Is the Minister aware of allegations that the operator of the so-called ‘Alphabet Boats’ is a well known Hong Kong-based company with a wholly-owned Jakarta-based subsidiary that services the illegal fleet; (b) what action has the Government taken to investigate these allegations; (c) what representations has the Government made to the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Indonesian Government, in relation to this company’s alleged involvement in the operation of the ‘Alphabet Boats’.

1989  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to Australia’s 2001-02 report on its activities in the Convention on Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) area in accordance with Article XX of the Convention:

(1) Has Australia initiated any dispute resolution process involving any party to the Convention, including fellow members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, for alleged failure to undertake efforts consistent with Article XXI of the Convention.

(2) (a) What action has Australia taken in respect to the 2002 failure by the Uruguayan Government to withdraw validated Dissostichus catch documents (DCDs), decline to validate further DCDs and stop shipments of catch from the Uruguayan-flagged vessels Dorita and Arvisa 1 that are subject to an illegal fishing investigation; (b) has the Uruguayan Government responded to Australia’s concerns; if so, what was the nature of the Uruguayan response and did the response include the outcome of an investigation of the vessels’ activities inside CCAMLR waters.

(3) What reply did the Government receive from Uruguay, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands to its protest over the temporary re-flagging of the Arvisa 1 to the Netherlands Antilles.

(4) What response did the Government receive from each of the following countries: (a) Japan; (b) Hong Kong; (c) China; (d) Mozambique; and (e) Kenya, to Australian requests that the alleged illegal toothfish catch from the Dorita and Arvisa 1 be denied access to their markets.

(5) (a) What, if any, legal action has been taken against the master and crew of the Arvisa 1 following its apprehension by the French in July 2002; and (b) did the Government provide French authorities with evidence it had gathered in January 2002, including a report of alleged illegal fishing activity, statutory statements from the captain and master of the Australian vessel Aurora Australis and photographic and auditory evidence; if not, why not.

(6) (a) Has the Government continued to send officers to monitor landings by Australian boats unloading toothfish in Mauritius; and (b) if not, has Mauritius implemented a monitoring and validation system for the unloading of toothfish consistent with the requirements of CCAMLR; if so, when did the Mauritius implement such a system.

1990  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) When were Australian authorities first made aware of alleged, actual or intended illegal fishing activity by the vessel the Viarsa in Australian waters near the Heard and McDonald Islands (HIMI).

(2) What was the source of the information.

(3) When did Australian authorities authorise the Australian Fisheries Management Authority-contracted vessel the Southern Supporter to intercept the Viarsa .

(4) Where and when did the Southern Supporter first locate the Viarsa .

(5) (a) What action, pursuant to what international or domestic law, did the Southern Supporter order the Viarsa to undertake; (b) when was this order made; and (c) what was the Viarsa’s response.

(6) (a) Were the Viarsa’s identifiers displayed at the time it was located by the Southern Supporter ; if so, were these identifiers later removed and when.

(7) When and how did the Viarsa first identify itself to the Southern Supporter .

(8) Was authorisation from a Minister or departmental officer required before the Southern Supporter commenced its hot pursuit of the Viarsa ; if so: (a) when was this authorisation requested; (b) when was it provided; and (c) who provided it.

(9) When did the ‘hot pursuit’ of the Viarsa by the Southern Supporter commence.

(10) Why did the Minister not announce the commencement of the pursuit until 12 August 2003.

(11) With reference to the Minister’s statement on 13 May 2003 concerning armed enforcement in HIMI, was the Southern Supporter armed; if not, what capacity did the Southern Supporter have to apprehend the Viarsa without additional enforcement assistance.

(12) Was the Department of Defence asked to provide logistical or enforcement assistance in the interception of the Viarsa ; if so: (a) when was the request made; (b) what was the department’s response; and (c) what assistance was provided.

(13) (a) When did the Australian Government first make direct representations to the Uruguayan Government urging it to exercise its flag state responsibilities and require the Viarsa to accompany the Southern Supporter to the nearest Australian port; (b) what form did those representations take; (c) what was the Uruguayan Government’s initial response and when was that response received; (d) did the Uruguayan Government consent to Australia’s request that the Viarsa be ordered to accompany the Southern Supporter ; (e) did the Uruguayan Government order the Viarsa to accompany the Southern Supporter to an Australian port; if so, when was that order made and what is the source of that information.

(14) (a) What subsequent representations did the Government make to the Uruguayan Government prior to the vessel’s apprehension; (b) what was the Uruguayan Government’s response to these representations; (c) when did the Minister make direct contact with the Uruguayan Minister for Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries; (d) what assistance did the Minister seek; (e) how did the Uruguayan Minister respond to the Minister’s request for assistance; and (f) what assistance has the Uruguayan Embassy in Canberra provided in the Viarsa matter. 

(15) Did the Uruguayan Government order the Viarsa to return to Montevideo; if so, when was that order made and what is the source of the information.

(16) (a) When was the Minister and/or his department informed that a Uruguayan Government official was aboard the Viarsa ; (b) what was the source of this information; (c) what is the name of the Uruguayan Government official and what position does the official hold; (d) what representations has the Government made to the Uruguayan Government in this matter; (e) what was the Uruguayan Government’s response; (f) when did the Uruguayan official board the Viarsa .

(17) (a) What representations has the Government received from the Uruguayan Government since the vessel’s apprehension; and (b) how has Australia responded to those representations.

(18) When did the Government first alert the secretariat of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) of the alleged illegal fishing activity by the Viarsa .

(19) (a) What assistance did the Government, through its secretariat, ask members of CCAMLR to provide in relation to the Viarsa ; (b) when was that assistance sought; and (c) what assistance, by country, was provided.

(20) (a) When did the Government first make direct representations to the South African Government seeking assistance in the apprehension of the Viarsa ; (b) what request did the Government make; (c) what response did the South African Government provide and when was it received; (d) when was the Government informed that the SA Agulhas would be directed to intercept the Viarsa ; and (d) when did the SA Agulhas join the “hot pursuit” of the Viarsa .

(21) (a) When did the Government initiate commercial negotiations on the hire of the tug boat John Ross to assist in the apprehension of the Viarsa ; (b) when did the tug commence pursuit of the Viarsa ; (c) what was the composition of the crew aboard the tug; (d) did the tug operate under Australian command; (e) what was the total cost of the tug hire; (f) was the cost of hiring the tug reduced as a result of Australia’s cooperative relationship with the South African Government on illegal fishing matters; and (g) what total cost is payable to South African interests for assistance in the Viarsa matter.

(22) (a) When did the Government first make direct representations to the United Kingdom Government seeking assistance in the apprehension of the Viarsa ; (b) what request did the Government make; (b) what response did the United Kingdom Government provide and when was it received; (c) what assistance did the United Kingdom Government provide; and (d) what total cost is payable to United Kingdom interests for assistance in the Viarsa matter.

(23) When and where was the apprehension of the Viarsa effected.

(24) (a) What was the number and composition of the crew aboard the Viarsa upon its apprehension; (b) has the Government made representations to other governments on the presence of their nationals aboard the Viarsa ; if so, what representations has the Government made and what was the response.

(25) What fish and equipment was allegedly found aboard the vessel.

(26) (a) What progress has been made in the investigation into the Viarsa’s conduct in Australian waters; and (b) where is the vessel and its crew currently located.

(27) What arrangements has the government made for the disposal of fish allegedly found aboard the vessel.

(28) How has the Government recognised the performance of the Australian officers involved in the pursuit and apprehension of the Viarsa .

(29) What was the cost of the operation to apprehend the Viarsa .

(30) What total cost has the Government incurred in the Viarsa matter, including the cost of pre-pursuit and post-apprehension operations.

(31) Will the cost of the Viarsa operation be met from the $12 million budget allocation for Southern Ocean fisheries enforcement in the 2003-04 financial year, announced by the Minister on 13 May 2003; if so, how will the operational plan for the 2003-04 financial year be amended to account for the Viarsa operation.

(32) What provision has the Government made for Southern Ocean fisheries enforcement beyond 2003-04.

1998  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Does the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) receive advice from Livecorp on all withdrawals of accreditation and accreditation downgrades under the Live Export Accreditation Program (LEAP).

 (2) Can details of all such accreditation withdrawals be provided for each of the following financial years; 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03, including for each withdrawal: (a) the name of the company; (b) reason for withdrawal; and (c) consequential action by AQIS.

(3) Can details of all such accreditation downgrades be provided for each of the following financial years: 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03, including for each downgrade: (a) the name of the company; (b) change in accreditation level; (d) reason for downgrade; and (d) consequential action by AQIS.

1999  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Which countries have banned, suspended or varied conditions of export for Australian live animals since 1996; and in each case, can details of the ban, suspension or variation, including date of action and basis of action, be provided.

2000  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What action has been taken to investigate claims of serious animal cruelty involving Australian export cattle slaughtered at the abattoir in Bassatin, Egypt.

(2) When did the Minister, his office and his department become aware of claims of animal cruelty at the abattoir involving Australian export cattle.

(3) (a) What action has been taken to improve animal welfare practices at the abattoir; (b) what improved animal welfare practices have resulted from this action; and (c) what is the source of information about these improved practices.

2001  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to allegations of misreporting of live export mortality numbers aboard a journey of the Al-Khaleej in 2001, aired on 60 Minutes on 27 July 2003:

(1) (a) When did the Minister, his office and his department first become aware of allegations of misreporting of mortality numbers relating to this shipment; and (b) in each case, what was the source of this information.

(2) (a) When did the Minister, his office and his department first become aware that Livecorp has instigated an independent investigation of the allegations; and (b) in each case, what was the source of the information.

(3) (a) When did the Livecorp investigation commence and what are its terms of reference; and (b) what was the source of this information.

(4) If applicable: (a) when did the Livecorp investigation conclude; (b) when did the Minister receive the report; (c) what is the outcome of the investigation; (d) can a copy of the investigation report be provided; and (e) what consequential action has Livecorp and/or the Minister taken.

(5) When did the Minister direct the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) Compliance Unit to undertake an inquiry into the allegations concerning the Al-Khaleej .

(6) (a) What terms of reference did the Minister establish for the inquiry; and (b) when were these terms of reference established.

(7) When did the inquiry commence.

(8) If applicable: (a) when did the inquiry conclude; (b) what findings and recommendations did it make; and (c) what consequential action has the Minister taken.

(9) If the inquiry has concluded, can a copy of the report be provided; if not, why not.

(10) If the inquiry has not concluded, when does the Minister expect it will conclude and will a copy of the inquiry report be made available; if not, why not.

(11) In respect to the journey of the Al-Khaleef subject to inquiry: (a) can the following information be provided: (i) date of departure, (ii) export licence holder, (iii) loading port/s, (iii) destination port/s, (iv) voyage length, (v) number and type of animals exported, (vi) reported mortality number, (vii) reported mortality rate, and (viii) reported explanation for mortality; (b) what is the source of this information; and (c) when was the mortality data reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and/or AQIS.

(12) What mortality number and rate was initially reported to: (a) Saudi authorities; (b) the export licence holder; and (c) Livecorp, and, in each case, when were these reports made and when did the department become aware of the report figures.

(13) What, if any, revised mortality data was reported to: (a) Saudi authorities; (b) the export licence holder and (c) Livecorp and in each case, when were these reports made and on what date did the department become aware of the report figures.

(14) What was the actual mortality number and rate aboard the Al-Khaleej ; and, if different from the reported mortality data, what is the explanation for the difference.

2002  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the suspension of Australian livestock exports to Saudi Arabia in August 2003:

(1) (a) When did the Minister, his office and his department become aware that the health of sheep aboard the MV Cormo Express was subject to a dispute with the Saudi authorities; (b) what was the source of this information.

(2) (a) When did Saudi authorities first inspect the livestock aboard the MV Cormo Express ; and (b) what is the source of this information.

(3) When did the Saudi authorities advise the exporter that they were not satisfied with the condition of the livestock aboard the vessel.

(4) (a) What number of animals, and what percentage of the shipment, did the Saudi authorities allege were afflicted with scabby mouth; and (b) were other health problems identified by the authorities; if so, can details be provided of the problems and number afflicted.

(5) Did the department investigate the claim, reported in the Arab News of 26 August 2003, that the livestock were affected by stomatitis; if so, what was the result of that investigation.

(6) (a) What number of animals, and what percentage of the shipment, did the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS)-approved veterinarian aboard the vessel allege were afflicted with scabby mouth; and (b) were other health problems identified by the veterinarian; if so, can details of the problems and number afflicted be provided.

(7) In respect to the journey of the MV Cormo Express , can the following information be provided: (a) name and registered address of export licence holder; (b) when the exporter lodged with AQIS and Livecorp a notice of intention to export livestock to Saudi Arabia pursuant to the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Live Sheep and Goat Exports to Saudi Arabia) Order 2002 (the Order); (c) when the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a certificate of origin for the livestock pursuant to the Order; (d) the date AQIS issued a health certificate for the livestock pursuant to the Order; (e) date of departure; (f) loading port/s; (f) destination port/s; (g) voyage length; (h) number and type of animals exported; (i) reported mortality number; (j) reported mortality rate; (k) source of mortality data; and (l) date of mortality data reporting.

(8) (a) When did the department and Australian Embassy officials meet with Saudi Agriculture Ministry officials to discuss the rejection of the shipment; (b) what representations did officials make to the Saudi Agriculture Ministry; and (c) what was the nature of the response.

(9) What role did the Australian Government play in securing an alternative buyer for the livestock aboard the MV Cormo Express .

(10) (a) When did the MV Cormo Express depart the Port of Jeddah; (b) when did it arrive at an alternative port; (c) when were the livestock subject to an additional veterinary investigation; and (d) when were the livestock discharged from the vessel.

(11) What mortality occurred between the arrival of the MV Cormo Express at the Port of Jeddah and the eventual discharge of the livestock.

(12) When did the Minister discuss the initial rejection of the livestock with his Saudi counterpart.

(13) When did the Minister call in the Saudi Charge d’Affaires to express concern about the Saudi rejection.

(14) What has been the total cost of the Government’s response to the Saudi rejection.

(15) (a) When were live exports with Saudi Arabia suspended; and (b) when was this suspension communicated to Saudi authorities.

(16) Were any Australian live export vessels en route to Saudi Arabia when the Minister suspended the trade; if so: (a) what vessels were affected; (b) how many animals were on board each vessel; and (c) were these vessels re-directed.

(17) What conditions have been placed on the resumption of trade with Saudi Arabia.

2004  Senator Hutchins: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) recall in 1992 of unused product manufactured from hepatitis C positive plasma arising from the ‘Gosford incident’ as reported on page 14 of the Report of the Export Advisory Group on Hepatitis C and Plasma in 1990:

(1) What was the stated reason for the recall.

(2) Which blood products and batch numbers were recalled.

(3) Was any of the plasma product Prothrombinex (Factor IX) recalled.

(4) What was the ‘class’ and ‘level’ of the recall as per the procedures described in the TGA’s Uniform Recall Procedure for Therapeutic Goods.

(5) What was the ‘strategy’ for the recall as per the procedures described within the TGA’s Uniform Recall Procedure for Therapeutic Goods.

(6) What quantity was manufactured of each of the batches that were recalled.

(7) What quantity was distributed.

(8) What quantity was used by patients.

(9) What quantity was retrieved.

(10) (a) Which blood transfusion services were notified of the recall; and (b) how were they notified.

(11) (a) Which hospitals were notified of the recall; and (b) how were they notified.

(12) (a) Which clinicians were notified of the recall; and (b) how were they notified.

(13) (a) Which patients were notified of the recall; and (b) how were they notified.

(14) (a) Which hospitals notified patients who were treated as out-patients; and (b) how were they notified.

(15) (a) Which hospitals notified patients who were treated as ‘on home therapy’; and (b) how were they notified.

(16) Were ‘at risk’ batch numbers disclosed to all patients who may have used the suspect products.

(17) What process was implemented to Hepatitis C (HCV) test all patients who may have used the at-risk batches.

(18) What measures have been taken by medical authorities to deal with the consequences of the tests for HCV.