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Notice given 21 March 2007

3057  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the statement by Reverend Socratez Sofyan Yoman, President of the Fellowship of Baptist Churches of West Papua, on 1 March 2007 regarding progress for West Papua following the passage in 2001 of Special Autonomy Law (No. 21/2001), which was supported by the Australian Government:

(1) Does the Government consider that special autonomy under this law has achieved its objectives to date; if not, why not; and if so, why.

(2) Is it the case that Indigenous West Papuans are still subjected to torture and cruelty.

(3) To what extent has special autonomy: (a) acted to protect the basic rights and the survival of the West Papuans in the future; (b) delivered the opportunity for Indigenous West Papuans in the fields of: (i) education, (ii) health, and (iii) the economy; and (c) ended the operations of the military and the police mobile brigade, Brimob, in West Papua.

(4) Has special autonomy controlled the migration of people from outside of West Papua to West Papua that has been occurring on a weekly basis.

(5) Is the Government aware that there are three 5 000 passenger capacity Royal Line passenger ships that bring a total of 15 000 people to West Papua every week, and that this figure does not include those who travel to West Papua by air.

3058  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Can the Minister advise whether four women sentenced to death, namely Samar Sa’ad ‘Abdullah, Wassan Talib, Zeynab Fadhil, and Liqa’ Qamar, (aged between 25 and 31) were executed in the Green Zone in Baghdad on 8 March 2007, International Women’s Day, as planned.

(2) Is the Minister aware that executions of women were formally prohibited under Iraqi law from 1965 on the grounds that women are life givers and life nurturers, but were reinstated in August 2004 by the interim Government of Iraq.

(3) What, if any, representations has the Australian Government made to the Iraqi Government with respect to the decision of Iraq to reinstate executions of women.

 

 (4) Is the Minister aware that Amnesty International questions the circumstances that led to the sentencing of these women by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq between 2005 and 2006.

(5) Is the Minister aware that the Government of Iraq has decided to honour four Iraqi officers that have been accused of raping a young woman.

(6) What action has been taken against soldiers from the United States of America accused of the gang rape and burning of a 14 year old Iraqi girl.

(7) Can the Minister confirm: (a) that in late December 2006, three female students from Mustansiriya University were kidnapped by militias and, despite the payment of a ransom, their bodies were found in a morgue on 22 December 2006 bearing signs of rape and torture; and (b) that official sources denied the incident although students from the university confirmed it.

(8) Can the Minister confirm that, since 2003, there have been 1 053 documented cases of rape by the occupation forces, militias and police that took place in Iraq, as reported in a recent interview with Mohamed Iraqi MP, Al Dainey on Al Sharqiya TV.

(9) What is the Australian Government doing in order to liberate and protect the rights of Iraqi women.

(10) Is the Minister aware of the report of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq Human Rights Report — 1 November - 31 December 2006 which indicates, in paragraph 8, that ‘Law enforcement agencies do not provide effective protection to the population of Iraq and increasingly militias and criminal gangs act in collusion with, or have infiltrated the security forces. Operations by security and military forces, including by MNF I, continued to result in growing numbers of individuals detained and without access to judicial oversight’.

(11) (a) Can the Minister confirm that, during 2006, a total of: (i) 34 452 Iraqi civilians were killed, and (ii) 36 685 Iraqi civilians were wounded; and (b) in each case, how many of these were women.

(12) Is the Minister aware of reports of torture, ill-treatment and lack of judicial process at the hands of Iraqi authorities.

(13) Is the Minister aware: (a) of reports that adequate safeguards against torture and ill-treatment are not in place in Multinational Force detention facilities; and (b) that thousands of people continue to be held without charge or trial.

(14) What representations has the Australian Government made to the Government of Iraq with respect to human rights and justice in Iraq.

3059  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What are the implications of cyberspace commercial activities for: (a) the integrity of the Australian taxation system; (b) consumer protection of Australian citizens; and (c) copyright and defamation laws.

3060  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—For each of the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06, what was the average payment amount, including supplements, to families for: (a) Family Tax Benefit Part A; and (b) Family Tax Benefit Part B.

 

 3061  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) For each of the years since 2000, how many approved child care services has the department found to be non-compliant with the requirement to issue child care receipts pursuant to section 219E of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and associated statutory rules.

(2) Of these non-compliant services: (a) how many have been sanctioned under the relevant Act; and (b) what penalties were imposed on the services.

3062  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) For each of the years since 2000, how many approved child care services has the department found to be non-compliant with the requirement to keep children’s attendance records pursuant to section 219F of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and associated statutory rules.

(2) Of these non-compliant services: (a) how many have been sanctioned under the relevant Act; and (b) what penalties were imposed on the services.

3063  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) For each of the years since 2000, how many approved child care services have refused consent for an authorised officer to enter their premises to inspect documents required to be kept by the service pursuant to section 219K of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 and associated statutory rules.

(2) Of these non-compliant services: (a) how many have been sanctioned under the relevant Act; and (b) what penalties were imposed on the services.

3064  Senator Hurley: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to projects where funding is provided as part of the Water Smart Australia Programme and Raising National Water Standards, can an outline be provided, for each state, of the projects, detailing: (a) the cost of each project, including the total cost, Commonwealth contributions, and other contributions where known; (b) each organisation that is responsible for an individual project, for instance a state government, local council or private company; and (c) the expected completion date of the project if the project is not completed already.