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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.

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.

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.

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.