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Thursday, 24 June 2010
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Mr Morrison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 17 March 2010:

(1)   In respect of the statement made by the Prime Minister on 25 February 2010 during a radio interview on 2GB with Ray Hadley, that 141 detainees have been removed from Christmas Island: (a) what countries were they sent to; (b) how many were (i) failed asylum seekers, and (ii) crew members of unauthorised entry vessels; and (c) how many people in part (b)(ii) were charged with people smuggling offences.

(2)   In respect of the statement made by the Prime Minister during the same interview that in October 2009, 62 Indonesian detainees had involuntarily returned, 21 detainees had voluntarily returned, and six were being finalised for return, to their home country:  how many of these were (a) foreign fishers, and (b) crew members of unauthorised entry vessels.


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

Between October 2008 and 25 February 2010, 141 Irregular Maritime Arrival (IMA) passengers were removed from Australia to the following countries:

(1)  

(a)   Sri Lanka     74 Indonesia    62 Iran                2 PNG               2 India              1

(b)  

(i)   Of the 141 individuals removed, 65 were failed asylum seekers.

(ii)   None of the 141 individuals were crew members on unauthorised entry vessels.

(c)   Not applicable.

(2)   In the interview of 25 February with Mr Ray Hadley, there is no record of the Prime Minister referring to the removal of Indonesians or to removals during the month of October 2009.