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Notice given 30 January 2006

1567  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—Can a copy be provided of the report of the Border Rationalisation Task Force, Border Australian: A Service Partnership - a report of the Border Rationalisation Task Force , chaired by Mr Gary Sturgess.

1568  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) How many Australian nationals are imprisoned in a foreign jurisdiction; and, in each case: (a) what was the offence; and (b) in which jurisdiction they are imprisoned.

(2) What is the gender of the Australian nationals imprisoned in each foreign jurisdiction, broken down by the offence and jurisdiction.

1569  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the Prime Minister’s statement at the National Press Club on 25 January 2006 concerning the death of 78 people on Australian roads between 23 December 2005 and 6 January 2006 that ‘you can’t help but conclude that driver error and driver carelessness is overwhelmingly the reason’:

(1) Between 6 January 2006 and 25 January 2006, when did the Prime Minister receive a briefing on the cause of any fatal road accident over the Christmas-New Year period from: (a) the Australian Transport Safety Bureau; (b) the Department of Transport and Regional Services; (c) any other Commonwealth department or agency; (d) any state or territory roads authority; or (e) any other state or territory department or agency.

(2) If the Prime Minister did not receive any briefing in this period: (a) what was the basis of his knowledge of the ‘overwhelming’ cause of death of 78 people on Australian roads over the Christmas-New Year period; and (b) on what basis does the Prime Minister dismiss a causal link between road infrastructure and road accidents leading to death.