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Inquiry into immigration detention in Australia

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Report - Criteria for release from detention

On Monday 1 December 2008, the Joint Standing Committee on Migration tabled its report entitled Immigration detention in Australia: A new beginning - Criteria for release from detention. This is the first report of a series of three against the inquiry's terms of reference. The inquiry is ongoing and subsequent reports will be tabled in 2009.

On Tuesday 2 December 2008, the report was tabled in the Senate by Senator Anne McEwen; Senator Sarah Hanson-Young; Senator Alan Eggleston and debated in the House of Representatives Main Committee by Mr Michael Danby MP (Chair); Mrs Danna Vale MP (Deputy Chair); Mrs Yvette D'Ath MP; Mr Petro Georgiou MP; Mr Tony Zappia MP and Mr Mark Dreyfus MP.

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 5 chapters, 1 dissent and 7 appendices.

Immigration detention in Australia: A new beginning - Criteria for release from detention

Preliminary pages (PDF 122KB)
Contents, Foreword, Committee Membership, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations and List of Recommendations

Chapter 1 (PDF 122KB)

Chapter 2 (PDF 249KB)
Criteria for release – health, identity and security checks

Chapter 3 (PDF 145KB)
Criteria for release – unacceptable risk and repeated non-compliance

Chapter 4 (PDF 270KB)
Review mechanisms for ongoing detention

Chapter 5 (PDF 219KB)
Removals and detention charges

Dissenting report (PDF 94KB)
Mr Petro Georgiou MP, Senator Dr Alan Eggleston and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

Appendix A (PDF 48KB)
List of submissions to the inquiry

Appendix B (PDF 70KB)
List of public hearings and inspections

Appendix C (PDF 106KB)
Overview of immigration detention population

Appendix D (PDF 73KB)
Time line for immigration detention policy 1989–2008

Appendix E (PDF 71KB)
Types of immigration detention

Appendix F (PDF 67KB)
Bridging visas

Appendix G (PDF 134KB)
Notice of detention debt and invoice

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