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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 66

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Lightfoot)—I inform the Senate that the President has received the following letter, dated 8 February, from Senator Ludwig:

Dear Mr President,

Pursuant to standing order 75, 1 give notice that today I propose to move:

“That in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The need for the Federal Government to:

(a)   establish a fully transparent and independent public inquiry into the detention of Ms Cornelia Rau.

(b)   establish an Inspector General of Immigration Detention and an operational secretariat for monitoring conditions of immigration detention and to deal with complaints, from detainees and their advocates.

(c)   guarantee access to immigration detainees by independent external medical and psychiatric personnel.”

Yours Sincerely

Senator Joe Ludwig

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today’s debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the Clerk to set the clock accordingly.