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Notice given 20 August 2003

1806  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—In regard to the Port Hedland Detention Centre:

(1) Given that a large proportion of inmates has attempted suicide at least once, do guards carry knives at all times to cut down detainees who attempt to hang themselves.

(2) How many attempted suicides have there been in Refugee/Asylum seeker detention centres in the past 2 years.

(3) How does this figure compare to the Australian average per head of population.