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Notice given 10 July 2003

*1609  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Was detainee Hammed Qhatani (VIL 14) ever refused delivery of postcards handed to centre officers at Woomera by nursing staff or anyone else; if so, why.

(2) Was Mr Qhatani tortured as a child in Iraq.

(3) Did Mr Qhatani have a bullet in his body.

(4) Did Mr Qhatani request (at Villawood or Woomera) for this bullet to be removed.

(5) Was a bullet removed from Mr Qhatani; if not, why not.

(6) (a) How long was Mr Qhatani under special surveillance in detention in Australia; and (b) why.

*1610  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—

(1) For each year during the 1999-2002 period (inclusive), what were the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded at Woomera.

(2) For each year during the 1999-2002 period (inclusive), on how many days did the temperature exceed: (a) 35ºC; (b) 40ºC; and (c) 45ºC.

(3) For each year during the 1999-2002 period (inclusive), on how many days was there: (a) any rain recorded; and (b) more than 5mm of rain recorded.

(4) What are the average hours of sunshine in Woomera.

*1612  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to asylum seekers in detention who go on hunger strikes: (a) What instructions are given to staff to deal with these circumstances; and (b) can a copy of these instructions be provided.

*1613  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the August to September 2000 period at Woomera Detention Centre:

(1) Why were detainees incarcerated in such a way that a power tool was required to release bolts on the entry door to their huts.

(2) Who gave the instruction for this form of detention.

(3) What measures were available for emergency access to, or release of, such a prisoner.

(4) Why was there no toilet available in the bolted huts.

*1614  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Why were two Muslim women kept in the Sierra compound with more than 30 men after the riots at the Woomera detention centre in 2000.

(2) Was it known to any officer, including the centre manager Mr Jim Meakins, that either woman was distressed by his situation.

(3) How did the centre management respond to staff requests for the women to be separately imprisoned; if the requests were refused, why.

*1615  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the transfer of people to asylum-seeker detention in Australia or overseas:

(1) Are such people handcuffed; if so: (a) how are they handcuffed; and (b) under what conditions and instructions.

(2) Are people on plane flights allowed to urinate and/or defecate in private; if not, what are the conditions or restrictions.

(3) Is it true that on some flights, taking some hours, no detainees have used toilet facilities because of the refusal of privacy.

(4) What is the longest flight, for example, Christmas Island to the mainland, which has been, or is likely to be, undertaken by detainees, in terms of time.

*1617  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—With reference to the insurance regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA):

(1) (a) What investigations has APRA made into the misfortunes of AMP; (b) when did these investigations begin; and (c) what was the result.

(2) What, in APRA’s view, caused the fall in AMP’s value.

(3) (a) What could the managers of AMP have done to reduce or stop the fall; (b) how; and (c) when.

(4) What is APRA’s e-mail address.

*1618  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—Is it legitimate for ornaments and other goods that are imported from China to be made from dog or cat skins or fur.

*1619  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) What has been the total Commonwealth funding given to Telstra since the Coalition came to government.

(2) Given that Telstra is 49 per cent privately-owned, does the Commonwealth funding given to Telstra provide a benefit to these private shareholders; if so, what is the rationale for funding the private half of the company.