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Notice given 31 May 2011

675  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to the article ‘Heroin a hit in migrant centres’ on page 3 of The Sunday Telegraph , dated 29 May 2011, in which it is claimed that ‘Heroin addicts are being held in immigration detention centres and provided with methadone’:

(1) Who provides medical services to detainees in Australia’s detention network.

(2) How many detainees in the detention network have a drug related problem.

(3) How many detainees in the detention network are addicted to heroin.

(4) How many detainees are currently receiving methadone.

(5) What has been the total cost of the methadone program at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre and Victoria’s Maribyrnong facility for each of the following financial years: (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, and (d) 2010-11 to date.

(6) Have any detainees in the detention network developed drug dependency since they entered the detention network; if so, how many and where are they located.


 (7) Can details be provided of the total cost for providing health related services to detainees in the detention network for each of the following financial years: (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, and (d) 2010-11 to date.

(8) Given that the article in The Sunday Telegraph states that ‘Each detainee is racking up a medical bill on average of almost $8000 during their stay’, is this correct; if not, what is the average medical bill incurred by a detainee during their time in detention.

(9) For each of the following financial years: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 to date: (a) on how many occasions have illegal substances been found in detention centres; and (b) what were these illegal substances.

676  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—With reference to issues arising between Mr Peter John Wilkshire and IP Australia and given that the Minister states ‘an internal review was conducted by the Director-General of IP Australia’ in correspondence to the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Dr Kelly) on 17 January 2011:

(1) Was the inquiry formal or informal.

(2) Was the inquiry and its findings ever committed to paper and/or in writing.

(3) How was the inquiry conducted.

(4) With whom did the Director-General discuss the matter during the inquiry.

(5) From what sources did the Director-General glean his information and who was interviewed.

(6) To whom did the Director-General report his findings.

(7) Can a full account be provided of how the Minister became aware of the review, for example, was it by a written brief from IP Australia to the Minister or verbally third hand.