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Second Reading Speech: The Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill (No.2) 2011

The speech read as follows-

The Migration Amendment (Declared Countries) Bill (No.2) 2011 seeks to amend the Migration Act 1958 to require that any agreement to send asylum seekers to a third country is brought before both houses of parliament as a disallowable instrument.

Currently under section 198A, an 'offshore entry person' may be taken to a declared country, whereby the minister may, but is not obliged to declare in writing that the specified country:

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Asylum Seekers - Question Number 216

Asylum Seekers
(Question No. 216)

Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 23 November 2010:

(1) (a) How many asylum seekers, who have been found to be in genuine need of protection, are still awaiting their security clearance from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; and (b) of this number, can a breakdown be provided of the number of asylum seekers that have been held in detention for longer than 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.

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Training of Migration Agents

QUESTION NUMBER 330 - IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP PORTFOLIO ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked in writing on 13 February 2011:
What is the status of training migration agents for the new assessment process that starts in March to ensure fair, transparent and equitable assessment processes?

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Births in Detention

QUESTION NUMBER 193 - IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP PORTFOLIO ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked in writing on 13 February 2011:
Since 2008, how many children in the detention network, in particular have been born?

Answer:
Since 2008 and up to 28 February 2011, there have been 23 births in the immigration detention network.

 

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Security Clearance Timeframes

QUESTION NUMBER 103 - IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP PORTFOLIO ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked in writing on 13 February 2011:
Out of the almost 500 people who have been in detention for more than 18 months, how many of those people would be waiting their ASIO clearance? Do you suspect that would makeup the bulk of the 900?

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AusAID - Family Planning Funding

QUESTION NUMBER 14 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
AusAID has made a significant commitment to increasing its funding in the area of family planning. Can you please explain how investing in family planning contributes to the development of countries and the achievement of all the MDGs, and why it is so important for Australia to lead in this area, particularly in the Pacific?

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