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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 139

Asylum Seekers

(Question No. 433)

Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 20 June 2011:

In respect of the funding that will be made to agencies under the proposed arrangement with Malaysia on irregular maritime arrivals, (a) what are the names of these agencies, (b) for what specific purpose(s) will each agency receive funding, (c) how will this funding be distributed amongst these agencies, and (d) for each of the 800 persons to be transferred, (i) what sum of funding will be provided, (ii) will payments be made upfront upon transfer, or annually; if annually, over what number of years, and (iii) are payments intended to cover the entire duration, or a fixed period, of each person's stay; if fixed, what is the estimated length of stay per person.

Mr Bowen: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 13 October 2011 the Government announced that it will not be in a position to proceed with offshore processing of asylum seekers due to an absence of support for necessary amendments to the Migration Act.

In view of this, the funding set aside in the 2011-12 Budget for implementation of the Malaysia Arrangement will be re-examined in the context of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.