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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 141


Senator Bartlett asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 30 August 2004:

(1)   Can a breakdown be provided of the current visa and detention status (including place of detention) of all people who arrived on the boat Hao Kiet, which arrived in Port Hedland around 1 July 2003.

(2)   Can a breakdown be provided of the visa and detention status of any children who have since been born to people who arrived on this boat.


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)   Due to privacy considerations, I cannot comment on the visa situation for individual cases. I can, however, advise as follows. Of the 54 people who arrived on that boat, nine were granted visas and released from detention as at 7 September 2004. The 45 people remaining in immigration detention or prison are unlawful non-citizens. Of these, 44 are currently pursuing judicial or merits review of their decisions. As at 7 September 2004, their detention status is as follows:

  • 43 people (including the newborn child) are detained at Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre;
  • 1 person is in Acacia Prison in Western Australia;
  • 1 person is detained at Perth Immigration Detention Centre.

(2)   There is one child in the group who was born after arrival. As at 7 September 2004 the child does not have a visa and was accommodated at Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre.