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Notice given 19 October 2006

2586  Senator Hurley: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to the report in the Australian on 22 August 2006 that 110 Chinese nationals obtained their passports and citizenship illegally:

(1) Were both of the people charged in this incident departmental officials before, when or after the incident was uncovered; if so: (a) what were their positions; and (b) between which dates were they employed by the department.

(2) Were the two people charged employed by any government department at anytime.

 

 (3) With what crimes were these two people charged.

(4) Were there only two people charged in this incident; if not, were the additional people charged employed by the department or any other government department at anytime.

(5) When and how did the department become aware that this incident was occurring.

(6) What measures has the department put in place to ensure that this corrupt practice does not continue within the department.

(7) Have any new false passport and citizenship cases been exposed since the two people were arrested.

(8) Excluding the 110 Chinese nationals, how many false passports and citizenships have been detected by government officials for each of the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

(9) Is the Government conducting an enquiry into this incident; if so: (a) who is conducting it; (b) when will the findings be handed down; and (c) will the findings, in their entirety, be made public.

(10) Whose decision was it to allow the 110 Chinese nationals to keep their passports and maintain their Australian citizenship.