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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 16/04/2010 - Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010

Senator Hanson-Young -Part of your submission talks about the concerns you have with the amendments in the current bill in relation to material support. Would you agree with the previous witnesses that the way this is drafted is too vague and it is quite incomprehensible for somebody to actually understand exactly what 'material support' means?

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 16/04/2010 - Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010

Dr Biok -Senator, I suggest also that what would assist in saving people's lives-and I agree with you, I think that we need to do what we can to stop a lot of these boats from leaving-is to try to educate people in Indonesia and Malaysia and also to make their lives more worthwhile there. There is a lot of connection now between the Australian government and the Indonesian government. I deal quite regularly with people in the Indonesian Embassy and try to provide them with some training and assistance on refugee matters.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 16/04/2010 - Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010

Senator Hanson-Young -Mr Connolly, when you outlined your major concerns in your opening statement at the beginning, you mentioned that part of the problem was that people have not been able to participate in discussing whether this is a change to the types of roles that ASIO currently have, and you referenced how extensive the debates have been.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 16/04/2010 - Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010

Senator Hanson-Young -I have a few questions but, because we are tight for time, you might have to take some on notice. While this bill has very clear intent in terms of wanting to crack down on and bring to account people who are participating in people-smuggling, and I understand and accept that, Australia has signed the UN anti-people-smuggling protocol.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 11/02/2010 – AusAID

Senator Hanson-Young -I would like to continue with the topic of family planning and the aid program, the guiding principles. Since the announcement of these new principles in March 2009 can AusAID please give me an outline as to what actual new funding has been made available for these family planning activities, where it is happening and a bit of a breakdown. I have specifically asked for the new funding.

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FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 08/02/2010 - PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET PORTFOLIO - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Senator Hanson-Young -Firstly, I would like to apologise. I know you have covered some of the broader issues that I am going to ask you questions about, but I was in the other committee. You have had a discussion about the Oceanic Viking, but I have questions specifically in relation to the cargo ship that is docked in Merak, which we know is a different vessel.

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