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Legal support to assylum seekers

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 25 May 2010:

Is there any Commonwealth responsibility pertaining to the extended detention of the 12 Sri Lankan
men prosecuted with crimes that occurred late last year on Christmas Island? How would legal
assistance be made available to them, and is there anything the Government can do to speed up the
process around their continued detention?

The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

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