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Notice given 7 February 2011

*386  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) (a) How many 457 visas has the Malaysian company Ta Ann been granted for its Tasmanian operations since 2007; and (b) can a list be provided detailing the number of visas that have been granted in each year.

(2) What are the skills the company claims cannot be found in the Tasmanian workforce to necessitate the application for 457 visas.

(3) Did Ta Ann receive any of the pre 14 September 2009 regional employer concessions for 457 visa holders.

(4) What process is in place for the department to inform Australian education and training providers of the skills that are listed in 457 visa applications.

*387  Senator Hanson-Young: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to accommodation for departmental staff and other staff associated with the Christmas Island detention centres:

(1) How many properties on Christmas Island are currently owned by the Federal Government for the provision of accommodation for departmental staff and other staff associated with the Christmas Island detention centres.

(2) From where was this accommodation provided: general Christmas Island housing stock, newly built housing, or properties formerly owned by APSC/Soft Star Pty Ltd or Mr David Kwon.

(3) (a) How many properties on Christmas Island are currently leased by the Federal Government for the provision of accommodation for departmental staff and other staff associated with the Christmas Island detention centres; and (b) with whom are these lease arrangements made.

(4) What accommodation funding arrangements or conditions have been established with either APSC/Soft Star Pty Ltd or Mr David Kwon for properties on Christmas Island other than direct purchase or lease arrangements.

 

 (5) Has any other funding been provided by the Federal Government to assist in the reopening of the Christmas Island Resort for the purpose of housing departmental staff or other staff associated with the Christmas Island detention centres; if so, what was it.

(6) In relation to paragraphs (1) to (5), can a fiscal breakdown be provided of the Government’s investments, leases and support or assistance payments on a monthly basis for leases and in total for purchases and assistance packages.