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22 November 2010

90  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of his department’s refugee and Special Humanitarian Program (SHP):

(1) How many applications for (a) a refugee visa, and (b) sub category visas within the SHP, have been received since August 2008.

(2) What number of applicants were (a) granted, and (b) denied, permanent residency visas in each of the following years: 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 (to 22 November).

(3) What is the maximum period that applications will remain active before they are refused or denied.

(4) What is the average waiting period between his department receiving an application for a humanitarian visa, to his department (a) granting, or (b) denying to grant, that visa.

(5) Of the current applications, how many involve women with and without young children.

(6) What is the country of origin and current residence of each current applicant.

94  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—What additional appropriations will be provided to his department to administer the irregular maritime arrivals that are in excess of those allowed for in the initial 2010-11 Budget Estimate.

95  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—How many days above the Government’s 90 day target have (a) Sri Lankan, and (b) Afghan, asylum seekers been in detention as a consequence of the processing suspension announced on 9 April 2010, and what is the total sum of the additional costs incurred by the extended detention in parts (a) and (b).

96  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Government’s announcement in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook to expand the onshore detention centre network, what proportion of the $54.9 million capital measures for his department will be associated with the establishment of a detention facility at (a) Inverbrackie in South Australia, and (b) Northam in Western Australia, and what will be the associated operating costs of each facility in 2010-11.

97  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of his announcement on 18 October 2010 to expand the Darwin Airport Lodge, (a) will he confirm the announcement was to increase the capacity of this facility to 400 persons, (b) how many additional beds will be provided, and (c) what will be the associated operating costs for the remainder of 2010-11.

98  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of his announcement on 17 September 2010 to expand the Curtin Detention Centre:

(1) What proportion of the appropriations for capital measures for his department that were announced in the 2010-11 Budget, the Economic Statement and Mid-Year Economic a nd Fiscal Outlook, have been allocated to the expansion to accommodate 1200 persons.

(2) What sum of the appropriations in part (1) was expended as at 18 November 2010.

(3) What sum of the appropriations in part (1) is required to complete this project.

(4) How many additional buildings and beds are to be installed on the site in order to complete this project.

(5) Will further appropriations be required in 2010-11 to compete this project to the design and capacity specifications contained in the announcement; if so, why, and what sum.

99  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the assessment of visa applications made under the General Skilled Migration program of his department, are any targets, quotas or priority processing arrangements used for the determination of applications based upon the nationality of applicants; if so what is the nature of those targets, quotas or priority processing arrangements, and for each region, what targets/quotas are being enforced by his department.

101  MR BRIGGS: To ask the Special Minister of State—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 8 ( House Hansard , 15 November 2010, page 199), what number of ministerial staff separation packages were issued in total, and per ministerial office, following the (a) change of prime ministership on 24 June 2010, and (b) swearing in of the Government on 14 September 2010.

102  MR MELHAM: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Further to the answer to question in writing no. 133 ( House Hansard , 26 August 2008, page 6268), will he provide an update on the answer in respect of annual Official Development Assistance eligible expenditure by other government departments.

104  MR BALDWIN: To ask the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government—In respect of the Regional Infrastructure Fund:

(1)  What is its total monetary value.

(2) Is it in whole or in part contingent on the introduction of the Minerals Resources Rent Tax; if partly contingent, what is the monetary value of that part.

(3) As at 1 November 2010, what sum of money was (a) allocated; and (b) unallocated, to the fund; and what monetary proportion of part (a) is allocated to each State and Territory.

(4) What States and/or Territories are eligible to apply for funding under the Regional Development Australia (RDA) stream of the fund.

(5) Will the regions of (a) Sydney, (b) Brisbane City, (c) Southern Melbourne, (d) Western Melbourne, (e) Perth, and (f) Adelaide Metropolitan, be eligible for funding under the RDA stream of the fund.

(6) For 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14, (a) what total sum of funding is available, and (b) what proportion of this funding is available from the $573 million allocated to the RDA stream.