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Notice given 3 November 2005

1341  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Who is responsible for appointing magistrates in the Solomon Islands to deal with the previous troubles.

(2) Has a magistrate been appointed outside Honiara; if so, where.

(3) Is the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) required to help track down: (a) caches of weapons on islands such as Malaita; if so, has RAMSI searched for and found any weapons on Malaita; and (b) previous members of the Malaita Eagle Force now on Malaita; if so, what success has been achieved, particularly in places such as Malu’u, in arresting such members.

1342  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What proportion of the departmental case officers who deal with asylum seekers are: (a) permanent public servants; and (b) employed on contracts.

 

 (2) With respect to the performance measures in the contract between the department and Correctional Services Australia (CSA) for provision of detention services, how many instances of critical or substantial breaches of the standards have there been, as defined in the contract.

(3) Under what circumstances can the department terminate the contract on the grounds that CSA have not adequately met their contractual obligations.

(4) (a) Was the performance record of the parent company of CSA, the Wackenhut Corporation, taken into account when selecting it to manage detention facilities in Australia; and (b) was the quality of care that would be provided to detainees provided for within the selection criteria.

1343  Senator Bob Brown : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—Over the past 5 years: (a) how many asylum seekers have been in detention for more than 3 months; (b) what has been the total cost to Australian taxpayers of detaining asylum seekers; and (c) what percentage of the total number of asylum seekers has been accepted as genuine refugees.

1344  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Does the Government perform any checks on people who claim refugee status, but are sent back to their country of origin or elsewhere, and have been able to safely resettle in the country to which they have been sent.

(2) What percentage of people whose Temporary Protection Visas have expired: (a) have had their visas renewed; and (b) have been granted permanent residency.

1345  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Is the Government committed to: (a) protecting Ramsar Convention on Wetlands sites such as the mud islands in Port Phillip Bay; and (b) protecting listed and threatened species, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , such as the syngnathids in Port Phillip Bay.

(2) Given the acknowledged threats that the project to deepen the channel poses to the mud islands in Port Phillip Bay, why does the Government support the project.

1346  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What has happened to the 173 Hmong people recently arrested after leaving their jungle sanctuaries in Laos.

(2) With reference to the SBS television program Dateline , of 19 October 2005, what measures has the Government taken to ensure the safety of these people.

1347  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1084 (Senate Hansard , 10 October 2005, p. 145): can copies be provided of all permits issued by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service for the importation of genetically-modified seeds of corn, canola and soy.