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Notice given 27 October 2003

2328  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the $35 million investment for research into the timber industry’s market access and sustainability:

(1) How much will the Australian Government pay, over what period of time, and to whom.

(2) Where will this money come from.

(3) (a) What is meant by ‘sustainable forest management’; and (b) does ‘forest’ mean ‘plantation’. 

2330  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Migration Act 1958 :

 (1) In the past 2 years, how many people have been held, following the cancellation of a visa under section 501 or section 200 of the Act in: (a) detention centres; and (b) gaols.

(2) How many people have been held in detention or gaol for more than 6 months following a visa cancellation under section 501 or section 200 of the Act.

(3) What is the main reason, other than court appeals, for people whose visas have been cancelled under section 501 or section 200 of the Act, not being removed from Australia.

(4) How many people have been removed from Australia in the past 12 months under section 501 or section 200 of the Act.

(5) In the past 12 months, what percentage of visas cancelled under section 501 of the Act involved decisions recommended to the Minister by the department that were then subsequently endorsed by the Minister.

(6) In the past 2 years, how many visa cancellations under section 501 of the Act have been personally signed by the Minister and are therefore unappealable.

(7) What is the average cost per detainee, and the total cost to the Commonwealth, per year, of detaining people who have had their visas cancelled under section 501 or section 200 of the Act.

(8) (a) In the past 12 months, how many appeals were made by the department against court orders to reinstate visas cancelled under section 501; and (b) why were these appeals made.

(9) Is it departmental practice to ask immediate family members to identify people in order to remove them from Australia.

(10) How many people who were prospective witnesses in cases have been deported.

(11) Is there a time limit on instigating removal proceedings under section 501 for people in detention.

2331  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What facilities exist to house ‘illegal migrants’ in Australia.

(2) How many and which of these are operated: (a) privately; and (b) by the Government.

(3) How many ‘illegal migrants’ are held in each centre.

(4) How many staff are employed in each centre.

(5) What is the estimated cost, per annum, of operating each centre.

(6) Of those persons held over the past 12 months in each of the ‘illegal migrant’ detention facilities, how many were: (a) family units; (b) men; (c) women; and (d) children.

(7) Of those persons currently held in each of the ‘illegal migrant’ detention facilities, how many are: (a) family units; (b) men; (c) women; and (d) children.