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Notice given 26 November 2003

2396  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) With reference to the $80 348 costs accrued in relation to detaining a mother and daughter in motel accommodation in South Australia for the month of June 2003, can a breakdown be provided of the expenditure.

(2) What restrictions on freedom of movement apply to this woman and her daughter at the motel and outside the motel area.

(3) Can a breakdown be provided of the expenditure of $230 000 during June 2003 on motels in Western Australia, and the number of detainees to whom this figure relates.

(4) How many self-harm incidents by children and adults held in mainland and offshore detention centres have occurred in 2003.

(5) (a) How many children currently in mainland and offshore detention are suffering from mental illness; and (b) how many are on medication for mental illness.

(6) How many adult and child detainees in mainland and offshore detention are currently being prescribed sleeping tablets.

2398  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) How many incidents of people being placed in isolation have occurred at the Baxter Detention Centre in each of the following years: (a) 1996; (b) 1997; (c) 1998; (d) 1999; (e) 2000; (f) 2001; (g) 2002; and (h) to date in 2003.

(2) What guidelines for placing people in isolation, if any, are in place at the Baxter Detention Centre.

(3) Have there been any incidents in which Australasian Correctional Management staff abused their right to place people in isolation at the Baxter Detention Centre.

(4) Did an incident occur at lunchtime on 26 October 2002 in the dining room at the Baxter Detention Centre, resulting in staff closing the dining room and everyone going without food.

(5) Are staff at the Baxter Detention Centre permitted to use the denial of food as a punishment device.

(6) Have there been any incidents of people in the Baxter Detention Centre being denied medical treatment for toothache or any other complaints.

(7) Are physical and chemical restraints such as electricity, Valium, Zoloft and Temazepan used on people in the Baxter Detention Centre.

2399  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) With reference to the eight recommendations contained in the report by Greg Chambers, Glen Milliner and Keith Hamburger of Knowledge Enterprises, commissioned on 18 October 2000: (a) in detail, what are the eight recommendations; and (b) what actions have been taken by the department in respect of these recommendations.

(2) Why has the department refused to release the body of the report.

(3) When will the department make the full report available.

(4) What action, if any, was taken against the then departmental secretary, Mr Bill Farmer, for advising a parliamentary committee on 30 May 2001 that the department had not received the report, when it had received the report some three months previously.