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30 September 2010

7  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)  What sum of money was spent upgrading security at her residence in (a) Melbourne, and (b) Canberra, after being sworn in as Prime Minister on 24 June 2010.

(2) How many flights has she taken between Melbourne and Canberra in the VIP aircraft since 24 June 2010, and what (a) were the times and dates of each trip, and (b) was the total cost of these flights.

8  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Special Minister of State—What is the total cost of ministerial staff separation payments following (a) the change of prime ministership on 24 June 2010, and (b) the swearing in of the Government on 14 September 2010.

9  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—

(1)  How many mobile phones are currently allocated to ministerial staff.

(2)  What is the total cost of (a) ministerial, and (b) ministerial staff, mobile phone usage since (i) 3 December 2007, and (ii) 24 June 2010.

(3) What is the total cost of (a) ministerial, and (b) ministerial staff, mobile phone usage between (i) 3 December 2007 and 30 June 2008, (ii) 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009, and (iii) 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010.

10  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Attorney-General—For how many current ministerial staff have security assessments not been undertaken.

11  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Special Minister of State—

(1)  Since 3 December 2007, what are the names of the ministers who have taken tax-payer funded flights using Frequent Flyer points, and for each of these ministers, (a) on how many occasions did they take such flights, and (b) what was the date, time and destination of each trip.

(2) Since 3 December 2007, how many current ministerial staff have booked tax-payer funded flights using frequents flyer points, and on how many occasions.

12  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Special Minister of State—What was the total cost of the inspection of Border Protection Command on 7 July 2010, including but not limited to the cost of (a) flights, (b) local transport, and (c) accommodation, for the Member for Lindsay.

13  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In respect of the first 36 sites for GP Super Clinics, for each Clinic:

(1) Where is the site, and in what electorate does it reside.

(2) Is it in an area (a) of high growth, (b) with poor access to GP services, or (c) with low socio-economic status.

(3) What is the Government’s financial con tribution to its establishment.

(4) On what date (a) was it announced, (b) did it become operational, (c) did it become fully operational, and (d) were first patients seen.

(5) What is the total number of (a) patient visits, and (b) medical and allied health professionals providing services.

(6) What services are offered.

(7) What number of GP services are (a) billed, and (b) bulk billed, to Medicare.

(8) What number of other Medicare services is available, by type.

(9) What number of existing GPs and allied health practices currently service this area, and what impact has the Clinic had on them.

14  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In respect of the 23 new GP Super Clinics which were announced in the 2010-11 Budget, for each proposed Clinic:

(1) Where is the site, and in what electorate does it reside.

(2) Is it in an area (a) of high growth, (b) with poor access to GP services, or (c) with low socio-economic status.

(3) What is the Government’s proposed financial contribution to its establishment.

(4) On what date is it anticipated to become fully operational.

(5) What services are anticipated to be offered.

(6) What anticipated numbers of health and allied professionals will be providing services.

(7) What number of existing GPs and allied health practices currently service this area.

15  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of the contract provided to Saatchi and Saatchi to conduct a campaign on behalf of the Government to discourage illegal arrivals to Australia:

(1) W hat is the total monetary value of the contract and what sum had been spent as at 30 September 2010.

(2) In how many countries is this campaign being undertaken.

(3) What specific sum has been allocated to (a) agency fees, (b) travel and accommodation an d other incidental expenses by the agency, (c) production expenses such as talent fees, and (d) equipment hire and the like.

(4) As at 30 September 2010, how many: (a) volley ball nets and fishing nets had been purchased and distributed, to what locations, and at what total cost; (b) street theatre performances had been undertaken, in what locations and at what total cost; and (c) actors had been engaged to conduct these performances, at what total cost (including meals, accommodation and travel expenses), and what fees were paid to script writers, directors and drama coaches to support these performances.

(5) What other initiatives have been undertaken as part of this campaign and what is planned for the future.

(6) As at 30 September 2010, what measures were in place to assess the effectiveness of the campaign, and how had the performance rated against these measures.

16  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of asylum seekers processed on Christmas Island from 1 September 2008 to 30 September 2010: (a) by origin of country, how many (i) have been processed, (ii) arrived with some form of travel/identity document; and (b) of those without travel or identity documents, how (i) was their identity established, and (ii) many of these have been given permanent resident status.

17  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Minister’s announcement of the cancellation of about 20,000 visa applications made prior to 1 September 2007: (a) what is the estimated total sum of the value of application fees that will be refunded; (b) what total sum has been refunded as at 30 September 2010; and (c) by what date are all application fees expected to be refunded.

18  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of passengers of unauthorised boat arrivals detained on Christmas Island:

(1) What information is gathered by the Minister’s departmental officials on Christmas Island from detainees at their initial interview .

(2) Do these interviews include questions to ascertain an applicant’s previous country of residence, in addition to their country of birth/origin.

(3) From these interviews, how many of the detainees held on Christmas Island in the period 1 August 2008 to 30 September 2010 were residents, for more than three months prior to arriving on Christmas Island, in a country different to their country of birth/origin.

(4) For each detainee in part (3): (a) what was their country of birth/origin, (b) in which country had they been residing prior to arriving on Christmas Island, and (c) for what length of time.

19  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—In respect of the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF):

(1) What is the current (20 10-11) budget estimate for the secretariat.

(2) What was the expenditure for the secretariat in 2009-10 and 2008-09.

(3) Is funding for the secretariat ongoing; if not, when will it cease.

(4) How does the current funding arrangement for the secretariat differ to that under the previous government.

(5) What was the average annual cost of the SACF between 1996-97 and 2007-08.

(6) What sum of money is allocated to full time equivalent positions in the secretariat for 2010-11.

20  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the 89 failed asylum seekers transferred from Christmas Island to the Villawood Detention Centre on 27 March 2010:

(1) How many of the asylum seekers have (a) had their hearing review completed, (b) had their status overturned as a consequence of the hearing review process, and (c) been (i) voluntarily, and (ii) involuntarily returned to their country of origin.

(2)  As at 1 June 2010, how many members of this asylum seeker group remained detained in Villawood Detention Centre.

(3) What action has commenced in relation to the removal from Australia of the members of this group, including arrangements for air travel and preparation of travel documents.

(4) What is the estimated cost to the Government for the removal of a failed asylum seeker from Christmas Island to their country of origin, including but not limited to the cost of detention, flights and meals.

21  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—Further to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s answer to question on notice No. 60 (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Additional Estimates 2009-10 , Immigration and Citizenship Portfolio, 8-9 February 2010):

(1) Of the 138 refused applications, what are the sub-classes, what number of applications were refused in each sub-class, and does this figure include cancelled visas.

(2) How many (a) of the 138 refused applicat ions were subject to legal appeals, (b) of these legal appeals were successfully upheld, (c) of the upheld legal appeals were appealed by the Minister, and (d) appeals initiated by the Minister were successful.

(3) What was the cost to the Government of defending legal appeals in part (2) (a) and (c).

22  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the announcement made by the Minister on 18 April 2010 regarding the reopening of the Curtin Detention Centre:

(1) Since the Minister’s announcement, what actions, including but not limited to, physical construction, detailed design and the procurement of construction materials, have been taken to recommission the Curtin Detention Facility.

(2) As at 30 September 2010, what was the cost of all works referred to in part (1).

(3) What will be the total capacity, including any staged development, of the recommissioned Curtin Detention Facility.

(4) What is the cost of all proposed works involved in recommissioning the Curtin Detention Facility, including the costs of the initial development and any subsequent development.

(5) Is there any requirement for the works at the Curtin Detention Facility to be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works; if so, when will it be referred.

23  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the ten unaccompanied minors who were transferred from Christmas Island to the mainland on 2 September 2009:

(1) How many: (a) were provided, and deni ed permanent protection visas; (b) remain in some form of detention or in the care of the department; and (c) will continue to receive assistance from the department.

(2) What is the nature of any continued assistance provided to this group by the department.

24  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Minister’s announcement of 8 February 2010 regarding reforms to the Permanent Skilled Migration Program:

(1) How many (a) applications for permanent skilled migrat ion visas were awaiting processing as at 1 June 2010, and (b) of these applications are (i) sponsored, and (ii) independent.

(2) Has there been a freeze imposed in respect of the processing of certain types of visa applications pending the commencement of the new Skilled Occupation List.

(3) What is the current average processing time for (a) a sponsored permanent skilled, and (b) an independent permanent skilled, migration visa.

25  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Villawood and Maribyrnong Detention Centre:

(1) How many of the (a) three detainees who successfully escaped from the Villawood facility on 29 March 2010; (b) six detainees who successfully escaped from the Villawood facility on 25 May 2010; an d (c) three detainees who successfully escaped from the Maribyrnong facility on the evening of 16 May 2010, have been recaptured, and on what dates.

(2) How many escaped detainees referred to in part (1) remain in the community.

(3) What action has been taken by the Government against the operator of the facility in respect of part (1) (a) and (b).

(4) How many failed escape attempts have been repor ted to the Government by the operator of the facility and other mainland detention facilities in the calendar years 2009 and 2010 (to 1 June).

(5) Has the adult male detainee who escaped from the custody of Serco officials at the Melbourne Aquarium in April 2010 been recaptured; if so, when; if not, what actions are being taken to identify the location of this individual.

26  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the announcement made by the President of Indonesia regarding the introduction of people smuggling laws that would make people smuggling a crime: can he indicate (a) the status of these proposed laws and their likely commencement date, (b) the penalties associated with convictions for people smuggling under these proposed laws, (c) how these proposed penalties compare with the penalties recently introduced into the Australian Criminal Code, and (d) how the interpretation of a people smuggling offence under these proposed laws compares to that within the Australian Criminal Code.

27  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—How many asylum seekers who have received permanent protection visas since 24 November 2007 have made an application to sponsor a family member under the family reunion migration program, and how many of these (a) applications have been successful, and (b) family members have been granted visas.

28  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—What is the 2010-11 budgeted annual expenditure for the operation of the Curtin Detention Facility, including a breakdown of (a) departmental, and (b) administered, expenses in the department’s contract with Serco.

29  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Has any Government funding been appropriated for the establishment of a national database for all types of muscular dystrophy; if so, when will the database be established, and what dystrophies will it include; if not, why not.

(2) Has any Government funding been provided to the National Health and Medical Research Council for research into Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD) in Australia.

(3) Has any funding been appropriated for the establishment of a diagnostic clinic for FSHD within Australia; if so, what sum; if not, why not.

30  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Government’s announcement that the disused mining camp site at Leonora, Western Australia, will be used for the temporary accommodation of asylum seekers:

(1) What will be the overall cost to the Government for the use of this facility.

(2) What are the extent and costs of refurbishment works associated with the use of this facility.

(3) What is the duration of any lease negotiated with the owner of this facility, including renewal op tions.

(4) From where will the operator of this facility be sourcing goods, including but not limited to food and toiletries, for the consumption of asylum seekers.

(5) What security measures will need to be implemented at this facility, and at what cost.

31  MR MORRISON: To ask the Attorney-General—In respect of people smuggling, have any charges been laid against permanent protection visa holders concerning (a) the provision of false or misleading statements to Commonwealth officials, and/or (b) obstruction of Commonwealth officials in relation to their inquiries; if so, can he indicate the specific charges and associated outcomes, including penalties.