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Notice given 10 July 2003

1609  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Was detainee Hammed Qhatani (VIL 14) ever refused delivery of postcards handed to centre officers at Woomera by nursing staff or anyone else; if so, why.

(2) Was Mr Qhatani tortured as a child in Iraq.

(3) Did Mr Qhatani have a bullet in his body.

(4) Did Mr Qhatani request (at Villawood or Woomera) for this bullet to be removed.

(5) Was a bullet removed from Mr Qhatani; if not, why not.

(6) (a) How long was Mr Qhatani under special surveillance in detention in Australia; and (b) why.

1619  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) What has been the total Commonwealth funding given to Telstra since the Coalition came to government.

(2) Given that Telstra is 49 per cent privately-owned, does the Commonwealth funding given to Telstra provide a benefit to these private shareholders; if so, what is the rationale for funding the private half of the company.