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24 November 2010

106  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) A s at 24 November 2010, what number of unaccompanied minors were detained in immigration detention, including alternative places of detention and ministerial residence determinations, and (a) where are these minors being detained, and (b) what is the breakdown of this group by (i) age, (ii) gender, and (iii) country of origin.

(2) For each nationality group of detainees, what is the average processing time for an accompanied minor in detention compared to that for adults of the same nationality.

(3) Where unaccompanied minors are not in possession of identification documents to verify their age, does his department undertake tests to confirm the age of detainees in all cases; if not, why not; if so, what method of age identification testing does his department use, why does it use this method in preference to any other available method(s), and how many tests have been conducted since August 2008.

(4) What are the findings of any examinations/tests that have been performed, and what medical studies does his department rely upon to confirm that the results of any medical examinations/tests are reliable.

(5) Since August 2008, how many examinations/tests undertaken have identified detainees claiming to be minors to in fact be 18 years of age or older, and what actions have been taken in respect of the detention arrangements for those detainees.

(6) What processes are in place to allow unaccompanied minors to sponsor family members to Australia.

(7) Which family members are eligible to be sponsored, and under the provisions of what stream of the migration or refugee and humanitarian program do they enter Australia.

(8) How long does it take to process the application of a family member sponsored by an unaccompanied minor; and how many family members of unaccompanied minors have been sponsored to Australia, and what visas were they issued.