Monday, 19 March 2012
Questions on Notice
Attorney-General's (Question No. 1555)
asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 15 February 2012:
(1) Can details be provided of all resources committed by the department, as well as known contributions from other agencies, towards the return to Australia of three protesters who boarded the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 in January 2012.
(2) What was the department's total expenditure on this exercise.
The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:
The work of the Attorney-General's Department towards the return to Australia of the three protestors was undertaken within existing resources. Questions as to contributions from other agencies are best answered by those agencies.
Twelve officers from the International Law and Human Rights Division, the Criminal Justice Division and the International Crime Cooperation Division worked on this issue to varying degrees during the period from Sunday, 8 January 2012 to Monday, 16 January 2012, when the protestors arrived in Albany, Western Australia.
The Department does not record time spent on discrete issues by individual officers.