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Notice given 6 June 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1490-*1493)—With reference to the answers to questions on notice nos 1122 to 1125:

(1) Who contributed to and who owns: (a) the Forestry Eco Centre at Scottsdale; (b) the centre at Freycinet National Park; and (c) each of the centres and facilities networked in the vicinity of the Great Western Tiers.

(2) Was, or is, Forestry Tasmania involved in any of these centres; if so, how and to what degree.

(3) Have any of the centres been sold or subject to transfer of ownership; if so, can details be provided.

(4) If any of the centres were sold or ownership transferred was the Government consulted; if so, how and what was the Government’s input.

*1490 Minister representing the Prime Minister

*1491 Minister representing the Treasurer

*1492 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*1493 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

*1494  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Is the Minister aware that ABC NewsRadio cannot be heard anywhere in Western Australia outside Perth.

(2) Can the Minister advise whether there are any plans to expand the ABC NewsRadio network to cover the rural and regional areas of Western Australia.

*1495  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With regard to mail to and from detainees in any Australian (domestic or overseas) centre for asylum seekers:

(1) Is there a standard period of time within which mail is delivered: (a) from detainees to Australia Post; and (b) from Australia Post to detainees.

(2) (a) Why did a letter take 3 weeks between receipt in the Woomera detention centre and delivery to an Iranian detainee number POK110 (first name Ibrahim) in the period July to September 2000; and (b) was this man, at any time during this period, in Sierra yard under regular surveillance; if so, why.

(3) Do detainees under special surveillance have mail services slowed or any other services altered; if so, can reasons and details be provided in these cases.

*1496  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With regard to domestic and/or overseas detention centres for asylum seekers:

(1) Which centres have high risk assessment teams (HRAT) or similar arrangements to identify and observe people who may be at risk of harm to themselves.

(2) (a) How does such an entity function; and (b) under what law or regulation is it established.

(3) (a) What are the minimum skills and expertise required of such an entity; (b) who selects the members of that team and for what period of time are members selected; and (c) is there a review process.

(4) Is there, or has there been at any time, in any centre a procedure whereby detainees under selected observation are watched, woken or required to respond to regular inspection; if so, do regular inspections take place every 15 minutes; if not, what is the interval and who sets it.

*1497  Senator Brown: To ask the Special Minister of State—

(1) What is the average delay between the receipt of Members of Parliament travel allowance or other such claims and payment of those claims.

(2) Does payment rely on external factors such as confirmation by Synergi; if so, why.

(3) What is the annual travel allowance payment to Members of Parliament and staff.