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1 June 2010

1384  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, under the International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative:

(1) What evidence exists to demonstrate that the $40 million contributed by Australia to this program has assisted developing countries effectively cope with and respond to the impacts of climate change.

(2) What is the breakdown of (a)  how, and (b) where (including wages, travel and accommodation), the $40 million has been spent under the program.

(3) What evidence exists that the $40 million has been used in the Australian region.

1385  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing 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.

1386  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing 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 was refused in each sub-class, and does this figure include cancelled visas.

(2) How many (a) o f the 138 refused applications were subject to legal appeals, (b) legal appeals were successfully upheld, (c) 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).

1387  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing 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 1 June 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 i n 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.

1388  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing 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; (b) were denied permanent protection visas; (c) remain in some form of detention or in the care of the department; and (d) will continue to receive assistance from the department.

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

1389  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing 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 applications for permanent skilled migration visas were awaiting processing as at 1 June 2010, and of these applications, how many are (a) sponsored, and (b) 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.

1390  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Villawood and Maribyrnong Detention Centres:

(1) How many of the (a) three detainees who successfully escaped from the Vil lawood facility on 29 March 2010; (b) six detainees who successfully escaped from the Villawood facility on 25 May 2010; and (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 both facilities 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.

1391  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.