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Notice given 24 August 2006

2431  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—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 representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—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.