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Thursday, 18 November 2004
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Senator Bartlett asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 27 August 2004:

(1) On 6 July 2004: (a) how many children were in `immigration detention', as defined by the Migration Act 1958; and (b) of these, how many were children of unauthorised boat arrivals.

(2) (a) How many children are currently in `immigration detention', as defined by the Migration Act 1958; and (b) of these, how many are children of unauthorised boat arrivals.


Senator Vanstone (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) (a) As at 6 July 2004, there were 62 children in immigration detention facilities on mainland Australia and on Christmas Island. Of these:

- 36 were located in mainland immigration detention centres,

- 15 were in the Port Augusta Residential Housing Project,

- 11 were located on Christmas Island,

In addition to the 62 children in facilities, 12 children were in alternative detention arrangements in the community.

(b) As at 6 July 2004, one child whose parents arrived as unauthorised boat arrivals was in an immigration detention centre on mainland Australia and 11 children whose parents arrived as unauthorised boat arrivals were located on Christmas Island.

(2) (a) As at 6 October 2004, there were 55 children in immigration detention facilities on mainland Australia and Christmas Island. Of these:

- 31 were located in mainland immigration detention centres,

- 13 were in the Port Augusta Residential Housing Project,

- 11 were located on Christmas Island.

Of the 31 children in mainland immigration detention centres:

- 30 have been detained as a result of compliance action.

- 1 is the child of parents who arrived as unauthorised boat arrivals.

In addition to the 55 children in facilities, 15 children were in alternative detention arrangements in the community and one child (detained on 4 October 2004) is being held on a boat in a harbour at Willie Creek and is awaiting removal.

(b) As at 6 October 2004, one child whose parents arrived as unauthorised boat arrivals was being held in an immigration detention centre on mainland Australia and 11 children whose parents arrived as unauthorised boat arrivals were located on Christmas Island.