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Notice given 6 June 2005

935  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With reference to the Prime Minister’s statement dated 8 September 2004 headlined: ’Increased Funding for Bushfire Preparedness’, in which the Prime Minister announced $6 million over 3 years towards the establishment of a Bushfire Awareness and Preparedness Day:

(1) Would the Minister advise: (a) what is the projected expenditure profile for each financial year; (b) what has been the actual expenditure to date under this program; (c) which Commonwealth department and/or agency is the lead agency for this program; and (d) from which departmental and/or agency budget will the $6 million over 3 years be provided.

(2) (a) How will relevant bodies apply for funding under this program; (b) can a copy be provided of the application form and the program guidelines; and (c) can the Minister advise how and when both were made available to the public.

(3) Since 1 September 2004: (a) which departments or ministers have been involved in discussions and/or consultations regarding the proposed date of Bushfire Awareness and Preparedness Day; (b) who attended each meeting and in what capacity did they attend; (c) when and where was each meeting held; and (d) can the written record of each meeting be provided; if not, why not.

(4) Since 1 September 2004: (a) how many dates have been proposed for Bushfire Awareness and Preparedness Day; (b) who proposed each date; (c) which dates have been discarded and why; and (d) who made the final decision on each discarded date.

(5) When is Bushfire Awareness and Preparedness Day to be held.

936  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Since July 2003, on what date(s) has the Immigration Detention Advisory Group (IDAG) visited the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island.

(2) On each occasion, which member(s) of the IDAG participated in the visit.

937  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—For each month since July 2003: (a) how many detainees held at the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island have been subjected to constant observation and/or have had their movement restricted; and (b) how many of these detainees were children aged 17 years or younger.

938  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Government’s response to concerns raised in the Immigration Detention Advisory Committee report about the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (IRPC) on Christmas Island relating to the provision of desk lamps for children detained at the centre:

(1) (a) What relevant Australian standards were applied as justification for denying the installation of reading lamps in detainees’ rooms; and (b) can a copy be provided of the relevant design standards.

(2) (a) Who approved the room specifications allowing one power point per room; and (b)  can double adaptors be used to facilitate the use of a reading lamp and another electrical appliance in detainees’ rooms up to the safe amperage rating; if not, why not.

(3) Has the department held discussions with its immigration detention service provider about options to upgrade lighting in detainees’ rooms; if not, why not; if so: (a) when did those discussions commence; (b) who participated in those discussions; (c) what options were discussed; and (d) how were detainees consulted.

(4) Was lighting upgraded; if so, when and how was it upgraded; if not, why not.

(5) Does the Minister stand by the claim that ‘for safety reasons electrical appliances may only be introduced into detention centres with prior approval and after a successful electrical test and tagging.’

(6) Can a schedule be provided, by year since commencement of the IRPC, of all electrical devices introduced into the temporary IRPC on Christmas Island, including but not necessarily limited to desk lamps, air-conditioners, electric fans, computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, electric staplers, mobile telephone chargers, telephone answering machines, toasters, electric jugs, microwaves, video players, CD players, DVD players and refrigerators for use by: (a) the department; (b) the department’s immigration detention service provider; and (c) subcontractors engaged by the department’s immigration detention service provider.

(7) (a) For each item (in 6 above), would the Minister advise: (i) the date of approval, (ii) the name of the responsible decision-maker, (iii) the date of electrical testing, (iv) the business name of the tester, (v) the cost of the test; and (b) will the Minister: (i) identify who met that cost, and (ii) disclose whether a tag is attached to the electrical item.

(8) Can a schedule be provided of all electrical items sought to be admitted into the detention centre that have not been admitted due to the failure to obtain prior approval, and/or failure to produce evidence of successful electrical testing and certification for use by: (a) the department; (b) the department’s immigration detention service provider; and (c) subcontractors engaged by the department’s immigration detention service provider.

(9) Can a schedule be provided of all electrical items sought to be admitted into the detention centre that have not been admitted due to the failure to obtain prior approval and/or failure to produce evidence of successful electrical testing and certification for use by detainees or visitors.

939  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—When were children detained at the temporary Immigration and Reception Processing Centre on Christmas Island provided with desks for homework.

940  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) On how many occasions have children detained at the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island been denied the opportunity to participate in a school excursion.

(2) For each occasion, would the Minister identify: (a) the date of the excursion; (b) the nature of the excursion; (c) the reason permission was denied; and (d) the responsible decision-maker.

941  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Does the department, or the department’s immigration detention service provider, maintain a record of visitors refused entry to the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (IRPC) on Christmas Island, and a record of the reasons for the decision.

(2) (a) If a record is maintained, by month: (i) how many individual visits have been refused since the centre commenced operation, and (ii) for what reasons have such visits been refused; and (b) if no record is maintained, why not.

(3) On what dates, and for what reasons, have visiting sessions at the IRPC been: (a) cancelled; (b) curtailed; and (c) rescheduled.

942  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Can a copy be provided of the departmental policy document that prohibits access to e-mail by detainees at the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island.

(2) What risk and security issues arise with respect to e-mail access that do not arise with respect to telephone access.

943  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Government’s response to concerns raised in the Immigration Detention Advisory Committee report about the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island relating to orders to destroy garden beds:

(1) Which garden beds have been removed due to the department’s concerns about ‘safety and security’, not including garden beds removed to facilitate emergency vehicle access.

(2) What ‘safety and security’ risk did the ‘destroyed’ garden beds pose to detainees, visitors, the department’s immigration detention service provider, the department, or the Christmas Island community.

944  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Have limits been placed on the gifting of garden produce by detainees held at the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre on Christmas Island; if so: (a) what limits have been imposed; (b) when were they imposed; (c) who was the decision-maker; and (d) how were detainees consulted.

945  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Can a copy be provided of the published rules that govern the receipt of gifts by children detained at the temporary Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (IRPC) on Christmas Island.

(2) Would the Minister advise who is responsible for making decisions about the admission of individual gifts for children.

(3) Can a list be provided of all gifts denied admission to the IRPC.