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Notice given 12 March 2008

*363  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to funding priorities for the 2006 Living in Harmony Funded Community Projects:

(1) What are the Australian values that funded community projects will promote.

(2) How were these values identified.

(3) (a) What criteria are being used to evaluate grant applications in regard to the promotion of Australian values; and (b) how were they developed.

*364  Senator Nettle: To ask 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.

*365  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to a group of 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that was previously held for processing 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.

*366  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to a group of 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that was previously held for processing 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.

 

 *367  Senator Nettle: To ask 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.

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

(1) (a) Can an itemised breakdown of the total cost incurred in the case of Ms Vivian Solon be provided, including the costs of legal fees and administrative and other related costs; and (b) if any of the costs referred to in (a) are ongoing, can the costs to date be provided.

(2) What is the total fee that has been paid to Mr Tom Hughes QC.

(3) What has been the total cost and staff hours required to process Freedom of Information requests and to produce subpoenaed documents relating to Ms Solon’s case.

*369  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) At any point during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, in Sydney, were the spouses of the APEC leaders transported by a coach with a parquetry floor; if so: (a) where did the coach come from and how was it transported to Sydney; (b) why was it deemed necessary for the leaders’ spouses to be transported in this manner; and (c) who made the decision about what level of luxury the leaders’ spouses would travel in.

(2) What were the costs and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transport of the coach to Sydney.

(3) Can descriptions be provided of the other features of the vehicles that the leaders’ spouses travelled in.