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9 October 2006

4688  MR L. D. T. FERGUSON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—At 30 June 2006 (a) how many holders of Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) were resident in Australia, (b) how many TPV holders had been in that class for more than (i) four years and (ii) five years and (c) how many TPV holders continued to hold that status due to commission of offences carrying a possible one year jail sentence.

4689  MR L. D. T. FERGUSON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—Further to his response to question No. 3425 ( Hansard , 9 August, 2006), which recorded that the municipalities of Auburn, Fairfield, Holroyd and Parramatta received 1,860 of Sydney’s Refugee/Humanitarian entrants for 2004-05, while the municipalities of Ashfield, Botany Bay, Leichhardt, Marrickville, North Sydney, Sydney and Woollahra settled only 48 Refugee/Humanitarian entrants in the same period, (a) what activities is the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and its settlement contractors undertaking to diversify settlement and minimise the concentration of deprivation and settlement problems and (b) have there been any approaches by municipalities, political representatives and local institutions to facilitate wider Refugee/Humanitarian settlement in the second group of council areas.

4692  MS GILLARD: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—For the postcode area (a) 3024, (b) 3026, (c) 3028, (d) 3029, (e) 3030, (f) 3211, (g) 3335, (h) 3337, (i) 3338, (j) 3340 and (k) 3427: (a) how many Expressions of Interest for broadband connections have been received by Telstra since 1 June 2006; (b) under Telstra’s Demand Register system, how many Expressions of Interest would be required to prompt the implementation of a broadband network; and (c) how many Expressions of Interest for broadband connections have been added to the Demand Register since 1 June 2006.

4702  MR FITZGIBBON: To ask the Attorney-General—What sum of the funds allocated to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Federal Court of Australia in the 2006-07 Budget has the Government spent to date on its investigation into serious cartel conduct in Australia.

4703  MR K. J. THOMSON: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Has the Government conducted or commissioned any modelling in respect of the risk of wind turbines to Orange-Bellied Parrots; if so, will he make that modelling publicly available.

(2) Did the Government carry out any investigations prior to approving wind farms in southwest Victoria, such as those near Yambuk, Codrington and Portland, in 2002; if so, what were the findings of these investigations in respect of the risk of collisions involving Orange-Bellied Parrots.

(3) Did the Government carry out any investigations is respect of the risk to Orange-Bellied Parrots prior to blocking the proposed Bald Hills wind farm in South Gippsland; if so, what were the findings of these investigations.

(4) Is he aware that Orange-Bellied Parrots are regularly sighted in the areas of southwest Victoria where wind farms have been approved, but that not one Orange-Bellied Parrot has been sighted within kilometres of the rejected wind farm site at Bald Hills; if so, can he explain why the Government has approved wind farms where Orange-Bellied Parrots are found, but rejected them where they are not.

(5) Can he confirm that birds are at greater risk of being hit by cars than by wind turbines; if so, can he explain the policy rationale behind the decision not to proceed with a wind farm at Bald Hills.

4704  MR K. J. THOMSON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—How many Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs officers have been out-posted to work for businesses or business organisations and what is the cost of this arrangement.

4706  MR K. J. THOMSON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) Has the Government undertaken a study of the percentage of Muslim migrants who are able to speak English upon arrival in Australia or subsequent to ar rival; if so, what is the percentage.

(2) Has the Government undertaken a study of the percentage of non-Muslim migrants from a non-English-speaking background who are able to speak English upon arrival in Australia or subsequent to arrival; if so, what is the percentage.

(3) What was the number of (a) Muslim and (b) non-Muslim migrants to Australia for each of the years 2000 to 2006.

4707  MS A. E. BURKE: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs—In respect of each briefing provided by the Australian Customs Service about the agency’s operations since 2000-01, excluding briefings provided to Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Parliamentary Committees, will the Minister provide: (a) the date; (b) the name, or names, of the person, or persons, who requested the briefing; (c) the name, or names, of the person, or persons, who received the briefing; and (d) its purpose.

4718  MS K. M. ELLIS: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—Will the Government undertake a national health audit to investigate and assess patterns of ill health amongst Australians living or working near mobile phone towers; if not, why not.