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Notice given 6 February 2012

1533  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—What is the whole of government budget, across all portfolios, for intercepting, transferring, housing, processing (including administrative and judicial review) and removing asylum seekers in the: (a) 2010-11; and (b) 2011-12 (to date), financial years.

1534  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to the following examples of skilled workers in the technical and trades areas in Western Australia who were eligible under the previous points test, yet are ineligible under the points test that became effective on 1 July 2011:

 

 â€¢ 34 year old construction project manager with competent English and 8 years work experience (w/exp)

Old  New

Occupation 50

Age  25  25

English  15  0

W/exp  5  15

Quals    15

Aust Study   

Language   

Partner    

Sponsorship 10  5

105 (eligible) 60 (ineligible)

• 33 year old mechanical engineer with competent English and 8 years w/exp

Old  New

Occupation 60

Age  25  25

English  15  0

W/exp  10  15

Quals    15

Aust Study   

Language   

Partner    

Sponsorship 10  5

120 (eligible) 60 (ineligible)

• 29 year old electrician with competent English and 8 years w/exp

Old  New

Occupation 60

Age  30  30

English  15  0

W/exp  10  15

Quals    10

Aust Study   

Language   

Partner    

Sponsorship 10  5

125 (eligible) 60 (ineligible)

 

 â€¢ 41 year old construction project manager with proficient English and 8 years w/exp

Old  New

Occupation 50

Age  15  15

English  25  10

W/exp  5  15

Quals    15

Aust Study   

Language   

Partner    

Sponsorship 10  5

105 (eligible) 60 (ineligible)

• 40 year old mechanical engineer with proficient English and 8 years w/exp

Old  New

Occupation 60

Age  15  15

English  25  10

W/exp  10  15

Quals    15

Aust Study   

Language   

Partner    

Sponsorship 10  5

120 (eligible) 60 (ineligible)

• 42 year old electrician with proficient English and 8 years w/exp

Old  New

Occupation 60

Age  15  15

English  25  10

W/exp  10  15

Quals    10

Aust Study   

Language   

Partner    

Sponsorship 10  5

120 (eligible) 55 (ineligible)

(1) What is the policy rationale behind technical and trades workers being eligible on 30 June 2011 and ineligible on 1 July 2011.

(2) Does the department have any plans to review the points test.

(3) What feedback has been received relating to the points test.

 

 1535  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the Seasonal Worker Program announced by the Government on 18 December 2011:

(1) How will the $21.7 million allocated to the program be spent, and where will this funding come from.

(2) How does the Seasonal Worker Program differ from the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

(3) Which countries are included in the:

(a) Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme; and

(b) Seasonal Worker Program.

(4) Can copies of all signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) relating to the Seasonal Worker Program be provided.

(5) In regard to Nauru and Tuvalu, detailed separately:

(a) what is the current state of discussions in relation to an MOU;

(b) when did discussions commence; and

(c) when is the MOU expected to be signed.

(6) Was an evaluation report completed for the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme; if so, can a copy be provided; if not, why not.

(7) Can details be provided of the ‘small-scale, three-year trial arrangements with cotton and cane growers, aquaculture ventures and accommodation providers in the tourism industry’, including how these industries were selected to be part of the trial.

(8) What selection criteria are employers required to satisfy in order to be an ‘approved employer’.

(9) How many applications by companies seeking to be an ‘approved employer’ have been:

(a) received;

(b) approved; and

(c) denied, including the reason(s) for denial.

1536  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs on 8 February 2012) —With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1432, regarding the incident at the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre on 2 November 2011 resulting in the injury of a female Serco officer:

(1) What is the status of the Australian Federal Police investigation into this matter.

(2) Have the individuals involved in the incident been identified.

(3) What action has or will be taken against those involved in the incident.

Senator Cash: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1537-1538)—Can an update be provided as to the status of each of the 31 recommendations presented by the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce.

1537 Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

1538 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations ( transferred to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research on 9 February 2012)