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Notice given 20 March 2007

*3048  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) What is the total of payments that the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) has received in sponsorship for its annual conference to be held on 21 March 2007 from (a) the department; (b) the Australian Greenhouse Office; and (c) the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation.

(2) For each of the past 4 financial years, what is the total of payments from Commonwealth Government agencies to NAFI for any purpose.

*3049  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to the asylum seekers currently being assessed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia of which some are under the care of the International Organisation for Migration as funded by the Australian Government:

  1. (a) If granted protection by Australia would the asylum seekers be given permanent protection visas or temporary protection visas; and (b) if granted temporary protection visas, what would be the length of those visas.
  2. Have the Indonesian authorities and/or the UNHCR requested that a solution be found for this group of people.
  3. Does Australia intend to accept any of this group of people in its refugee or humanitarian intake; if so: (a) how many; and (b) in what time frame would these people be accepted.

*3050  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to a group of 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently being processed in Nauru:

(1) While on Christmas Island, when and how were the asylum seekers first informed that they could contact a lawyer.

(2) What facilities were made available to the asylum seekers in order to facilitate this contact.

(3) Did the asylum seekers express, to any departmental officers or contracted staff, a wish that they wanted to contact a lawyer or migration agent.

*3051  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to a group of 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently being processed in Nauru, what were the total costs of: (a) the charter flight to transport the asylum seekers from Christmas Island to Nauru; and (b) any charter flights to transport personnel to Nauru to facilitate the arrival of the asylum seekers.

*3052  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2887, and in particular the answer to parts (1)(a) and (b), can information be provided on overseas recruitment to the Australian Defence Force, and not information on recruitment of an untrained nature which was not specified in the question.

 

 *3053  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the decision of the Government of Nauru that asylum seekers on Nauru be processed within a 6 month period and then leave the island:

(1) Has Nauru communicated this decision to the Australian Government; if so, when and how was this communicated.

(2) Will the Australian Government comply with the 6 month dateline.

*3054  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) What is the current rate that the Government of Nauru charges for asylum seekers brought to Nauru for processing, including costs for visas, charges and other expenses.

(2) What penalties or recurring payments are charged by Nauru for asylum seekers that are processed on Nauru for more than 3 months.

(3) Since 2001, what is the total amount of visa payments made to Nauru for all asylum seekers that have been taken there for processing.

*3055  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the speeches written for the Minister by Mr Christopher Pearson for: (a) an economist roundtable in June 2005 relating to the economy and the environment; and (b) the Hillsong annual convention in July 2005:

(1) Have either of the speeches ever been made available: (a) on the Minister’s website; or (b) anywhere else on the public record.

(2) Can details be provided for each speech delivered by the Minister in relation to: (a) the date and time of its delivery; and (b) the location of its delivery.

*3056  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to Australia’s overseas aid program, managed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid), for each of the financial years 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 to date:

(1) How many investigations into the alleged illegal use of Commonwealth funds, assets and property including theft, fraud and bribery were: (a) initiated; (b) ongoing from previous years; and (c) completed.

(2) Of the investigations that were completed, how many resulted in: (a) prosecution; and in each case: (i) what sums were involved, and (ii) what was the outcome of the prosecution; (b) administrative action; and in each case: (i) by what type, and (ii) what sums were involved; and (c) no action being taken.