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Preliminary pages

Membership of the Committee

Chair

Ms Janelle Saffin MP

 

Deputy Chair

Senator the Hon Judith Troeth (until 30/6/11)

 

Members

Mrs Karen Andrews MP

Senator Gavin Marshall (until 30/6/11)

 

Mr John Forrest MP

Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

 

Senator Michael Forshaw (until 30/6/11)

Mr Patrick Secker MP

 

Senator Alex Gallacher (from 1/7/11)

Senator Anne Urquhart (from 1/7/11)

 

Mr Steve Georganas MP

 

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

Dr Alison Clegg

Inquiry Secretary

Mr Anthony Overs

Senior Research Officer

Mr Thomas Gregory

Administrative Officer

Mr Shaun Rowe

 

 

List of recommendations

Issues

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government undertake an assessment of water flows to determine what happens to treated wastewater that leaves the Christmas Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the potential risks to the freshwater supply.

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government undertake an assessment of the Christmas Island water supply to determine whether any water supply areas are affected by contaminants from the Island’s landfill site.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government examine alternatives for disposal of solid waste from the Christmas Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship review existing medical facilities and services at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (North-west Point), with a view to ensuring that all detainees have full access to all medical services in an appropriate and suitable medical centre environment.

Recommendation 5

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government design and construct a fit-for-purpose medical centre for the Construction Camp Alternative Place of Detention on Christmas Island, which will include (but not be limited to):

  • a sufficient number of discrete and appropriately sized consultation and examination rooms or suites;

  • appropriate client waiting areas;



  • a secure drug store and dispensary;



  • separate waiting and consultation areas for mental health care and counselling services;



  • adequate storage for all medical supplies; and



  • suitable kitchen and ablution facilities for staff.

    The medical facility should be attached to existing administrative areas and/or compound entrance or exit to facilitate access and egress for staff, while still allowing access for detention centre clients. Detention centre management, medical staff and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Detention Health Advisory Group must be consulted regarding the design of any proposed medical facility.

    Recommendation 6

    The Committee recommends that the Australian Government, as an urgent priority and outside of the normal Budget process, construct new headquarters for the Australian Federal Police on Christmas Island.

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