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Notice given 12 February 2002

Senator Bartlett: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 19 June 2002:

Aspects of the Government’s current policy in relation to asylum seekers and refugees, including, but not limited to:

(a) the impact on the operations of Navy and other Defence forces due to their use in turning around, detaining and transporting boat people;

(b) the processes and criteria being used to assess the asylum seekers who have been transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru;

(c) the level of access to legal advice for people on PNG and Nauru;

(d) the nature of the facilities which asylum seekers are detained in;

(e) the placement options for those people on PNG and Nauru who are found to be refugees;

(f) whether any asylum seekers who are not found to be refugees will be unable to return to their country of origin and what will be done in such an event;

(g) the extent and nature of Australia’s international involvement in facilitating an orderly worldwide system for movement and settlement of refugees;

(h) likely future worldwide trends on the movement of refugees;

(i) the impact and operation of the seven bills amending the Immigration Act which were passed by the Senate on 26 September 2001; and

(j) reviewing all reports, proposals and recommendations in relation to activities and facilities at the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre, including whether or not the centre should be closed down or its operations scaled back.