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Notice given 12 April 2002

234  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) How many people detained in immigration detention centres have formally applied for protection visas.

(2) What is the longest length of time that people have been detained without having formally applied for protection visas.

(3) How many Iraqis are in detention in Australia.

(4) How many Iraqis have been denied their request to rejoin family members in Australia under the family reunion category.

(5) Is the department employing Sayar Dehsabzi, an Afghan interpreter, as an adviser.

(6) Is the department aware of any connection between Sayar Dehsabzi and the ISI (Pakistan Secret Service).

(7) Is the Afghan Community Support Association (ACSA) funded by the ISI.

(8) How many people from the United Kingdom migrated to Australia under the family reunion category in 2001.

(9) How many people from Afghanistan migrated to Australia under the family reunion category program in 2001.

(10) How many people from Iraq migrated to Australia under the family reunion category in 2001.

(11) How many Iraqi women and children were refused entry to Australia under the family reunion category in 2001.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 237-238)—On 13 March 2002 the Minister for Forestry and Conservation advised the Senate that amendments to the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 , made subsequent to the signing of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), had been made ‘in conjunction with Environment Australia’:

(1) What was the nature of the consultation between Environment Australia and the Tasmanian Government.

(2) Did Environment Australia agree to the amendments.

(3) Does Environment Australia consider that the amended Threatened Species Protection Act provides adequate protection for species threatened by forestry activities; if so, on what basis; if not, what changes should be made.

(4) Can copies of correspondence between Environment Australia and the Tasmanian Government, or any of its agencies, relating to the changes to the Act be provided.

(5) How was the public advised of the proposed change to the RFA, embodied in the amendments to the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 .

238 Minister for Forestry and Conservation