The Torres Strait: Bridge and Border

The Torres Strait: Bridge and Border

26 November 2010

© Commonwealth of Australia 2010
ISBN 978-1-74229-295-3

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Members of the committee (PDF 7KB)
 
Index of maps, tables and images (PDF 8KB)

Maps and illustrations
Tables
Photographs

 
Abbreviations (PDF 11KB)
 
Executive summary and recommendations (PDF 33KB)

Provision of health services
Australia’s development assistance to Western Province
Policing in the Torres Strait
Conservation and biosecurity, community management plans and community involvement in protecting the environment and in sustainable management
Border protection
Climate change
Commercial fishing in the Torres Strait
Governance, consultation and service delivery
Consultative mechanisms under the Treaty
Commonwealth responsibilities—infrastructure and waste management

 
Chapter 1 - Introduction and conduct of inquiry (PDF 332KB)

Referral of inquiry
Terms of reference
Conduct of inquiry
Visit to the Torres Strait
Related inquiries
Scope of inquiry
Structure of report
Acknowledgments

 
Chapter 2 - Torres Strait and the Treaty (PDF 585KB)

Torres Strait and its people
Figure 2.1: Map of the Torres Strait
Torres Strait Islanders—way of life
Torres Strait Treaty
Territorial boundaries
Territorial sea and fishing boundaries
Protecting the traditional way of life
Protecting the environment
Promoting economic development
Complexity of the Treaty
Views on the Treaty

 
Chapter 3 - Health service provision in the Torres Strait (PDF 185KB)

Access to health services under the Treaty
Concerns about PNG nationals accessing health services in the Torres Strait
Incentives for seeking medical care in the Torres Strait
Disparity in available health services
Accessibility to Torres Strait health clinics
Provision of humanitarian assistance
Figure 3.1: PNG villages and proximity to the Torres Strait
Perceived access to social welfare
Conclusion

 
Chapter 4 - Addressing health issues in Torres Strait (PDF 112KB)

Health challenges in PNG
Health initiatives for Western Province
Twinning arrangements
Cross-border movement of health professionals
Cross-border communication officers
Effectiveness of Australia's aid

 
Chapter 5 - Health and border control measures (PDF 74KB)

Key border control measures
Providing health care and mixed messages
Cost of health care to PNG nationals in Torres Strait
Table 5.1: Estimated cost to Queensland Health for treatment of PNG nationals, 2004‑2009
Collecting data

 
Chapter 6 - Law and order (PDF 1396KB)

Movements across the border
Overstayers
Disorderly behaviour

 
Chapter 7 - Addressing law and order challenges (PDF 45KB)

Understanding local laws and community expectations
Restricting free movement
Table 7.1: Traditional Movements (1 July –31 May 2010)
Table 7.2: Refused Immigration Clearances (1 July to 31 May 2010)
Identification of PNG traditional inhabitants

 
Chapter 8 - Policing the Torres Strait (PDF 448KB)

Police presence in the Torres Strait
Adequacy of police presence
Costs of providing police presence
Community police
Conclusion

 
Chapter 9 - Conservation (PDF 90KB)

Protected species in Torres Strait
Management of fisheries in Torres Strait

 
Chapter 10 - Conservation—meeting the challenges (PDF 96KB)

Sustainable management––Australia's role
Community engagement
Sustainable management—PNG's role
Research on the Torres Strait
Compliance and enforcement
Conclusion

 
Chapter 11 - Biosecurity (PDF 330KB)

Biosecurity in Torres Strait
Figure 11.1: Quarantine poster—risks from illegal fishing vessels
Increased risk
Conclusion

 
Chapter 12 - Strengthening Australia's biosecurity (PDF 1606KB)

Australia's quarantine and biosecurity arrangements
Pre-border measures
Figure 12.1: Quarantine zones in the Torres Strait
Figure 12.2: Quarantine poster—products that cannot be moved around the Torres Strait
At the border—enforcement
Post-border activities
Working with Queensland quarantine
Pollution from vessels
Conclusion

 
Chapter 13 - Border Protection (PDF 1398KB)

Main security risks
Securing Australia's border in the Torres Strait
Intelligence gathering
Surveillance, detection and interception
Australia–PNG collaboration
Uncharted waters
Cooperation between enforcement agencies
Socio-economic factors in Western Province
Climate change and border control
Conclusion

 
Chapter 14 - Climate change (PDF 1178KB)

Immediate problems
Long-term issues

 
Chapter 15 - Sustainable development and commercial enterprise (PDF 103KB)

Promoting economic development under the Treaty
Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority
Conclusion

 
Chapter 16 - Torres Strait Governance (PDF 76KB)

Whole-of-government and agency cooperation
Local government
Traditional Inhabitants
Local views on the consultative framework
PNG and Australia working collaboratively
Conclusion

 
Chapter 17 - Support for the Treaty (PDF 43KB)

Views on the Treaty

 
Chapter 18 - Extent of Commonwealth responsibilities (PDF 39KB)

Commonwealth and local council responsibilities
Non Treaty villages
Conclusion

 
Chapter 19 - Conclusion (PDF 32KB)

Provision of health services
Australia’s development assistance to Western Province
Policing in the Torres Strait
Conservation and biosecurity, community management plans and community involvement in protecting the environment and in sustainable management
Border protection
Climate change
Commercial fishing in the Torres Strait
Governance, consultation and service delivery
Consultative mechanisms under the Treaty
Commonwealth responsibilities—infrastructure and waste management

 
Appendix 1 - Public submissions (PDF 6KB)
 
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 15KB)
 
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 13KB)
 
Appendix 4 - Selected recommendations from previous parliamentary reports (PDF 13KB)
 
Appendix 5 - Australian Treaty Series (PDF 74KB)

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