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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 Migration Act 1958 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.

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on the Migration Legislation Amendment (Further Border Protection Measures) Bill 2002 and related issues.

Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002], the Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000 [2002], the Auditor of Parliamentary Allowances and Entitlements Bill 2000 [No. 2] and the provisions of the Government Advertising (Objectivity, Fairness and Accountability) Bill 2000. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee

Report to be presented on urban water management.

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Research Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2002. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Orders of the Day

Migration Legislation Amendment (Further Border Protection Measures) Bill 2002— ( Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Ellison )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 24 June 2002 ).

Research Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2002— ( Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Buckland, 19 August 2002 ).

General Business—Order of the Day

Electoral Amendment (Political Honesty) Bill 2000 [2002]

Charter of Political Honesty Bill 2000 [2002]—( Senate bills )— ( Senator Murray )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Calvert, 10 October 2000 )—( restored pursuant to resolution of 13 February 2002 ).

On 13 September 2002

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Community Affairs References Committee

Report to be presented on the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002 and related issues.

Government Business—Order of the Day

Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Australians Working Together and other 2001 Budget Measures) Bill 2002— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Ludwig, 19 June 2002 ).

On the tenth sitting day after 30 June 2002 (17 September 2002)

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 30 April 2002.

On 17 September 2002

General Business—Notice of Motion