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Notice given 7 September 2001

3874  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—With reference to the 10 Palestinian nationals deported to Syria from Australia in August:

(1) What has been their fate.

(2) Were they arrested by the Syrian Security Agency.

(3) (a) Were Australian officials at the Damascus arrival port; and (b) did they give Syria information or papers about the 10 Palestinians; if so: (i) what information or papers, and (ii) who were the officials.

(4) What representations has Australia had with Syria to ensure the wellbeing of the Palestinians.