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Notice given 24 August 2006

2431  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—With reference to the report Review of Illegal Workers in Australia: Improving immigration compliance in the workplace published by the department:

(1) Has the Government issued a response to this review; if not: (a) why not; and (b) does the Government intend to issue a response.

(2) For each recommendation, can an indication be given of: (a) the current status of the implementation of the recommendation; (b) the progress of the implementation of the recommendation; (c) any monies expended in the implementation of the recommendation; (d) whether any punitive action has been taken against an employer as a result of that recommendation; if so, can details be provided; and (e) whether any legislative change is necessary to implement the recommendation, for instance, the Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006; if so, what is the status of the legislation.

(3) Have any persons been removed from Australia as a direct result of the implementation of any of these recommendations; if so, how many have been removed.

2432  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—Is the department currently drafting any legislation to give effect to any of the recommendations of the report Review of Illegal Workers in Australia: Improving immigration compliance in the workplace published by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; if so, which recommendations are being used as a basis to draft legislation, and can details be provided.

 

 2435  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the eight unlawful entrants who landed on Ashmore Reef on 13 August 2006:

(1) Were these entrants first detected by the Australian Customs Service (ACS): (a) if so: (i) on what date, (ii) what was the longitude and latitude of the place at which they were first detected, and (iii) how were they detected; and (b) if not, which agency advised ACS of the detection and on what date.

(2) Were these entrants monitored by ACS prior to their arrival on Ashmore Reef: (a) if so: (i) how long were they monitored, and (ii) why were they not intercepted prior to their abandonment on Ashmore Reef; and (b) if not, why not.

(3) Were these entrants detected by the Jindalee Operational Radar Network; if so, on what date were they detected.

(4) What actions were taken in response to the detections and on what date; if no action was taken in response to the detection, why not.

(5) Did the ACS at any time attempt to intercept the vessel carrying the entrants: (a) if so: (i) when, and (ii) why was this not successful; and (b) if not, why not.

(6) Did ACS receive any indication of an intention to land potential entrants in Australia; if so: when and from whom.

(7) Was ACS aware of whether or not these entrants came directly from their original country to Australia; if so, what was the original country of the entrants; if not, which countries did the entrants pass through in order to arrive in Australia.

(8) Were these entrants taken into detention by ACS: (a) if so: (i) when, (ii) what health checks were completed on these persons when they were taken into detention, and (iii) did any of the entrants require medical attention and did they receive it; and (b) if not, why not.

2436  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the communiqué, Safer kids, Safer Communities , dated 26 June 2006:

(1) (a) What is the status of the review of bail conditions (to remove ‘cultural factors’ from mandatory consideration in sentencing) in relation to Commonwealth criminal offences; (b) is this issue currently being progressed by the Attorney-General’s Department; (c) are there plans for any form of consultations regarding the changes; (d) have any amendments to Commonwealth bail conditions been drafted; and (e) is there an expected timeframe for the amendments to bail conditions to be put before Parliament; if so, can details be provided; if not, why not.

(2) (a) What is the status of the proposed amendments to section 16A of the Crimes Act 1914 to delete reference to any mandatory consideration of cultural background for all offences against Commonwealth law; and (b) is there an expected timeframe for those amendments to be put before Parliament; if so, can details be provided; if not, why not.

(3) Were the above proposals put to the Council of Australian Governments meeting: (a) if so: (i) what was the response, and (ii) was any further work on the proposals agreed to and, what was it; and (b) if not, why not.