Detainee suicides in Australian detention centres in 2004

Lisa Solinareos made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

Department of Home Affairs did not have the information requested.

From: Lisa Solinareos

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

I am wanting to acquire documents in regards to the amount of detainee suicides that occurred within Australian detention centres during 2004.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Solinareos

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Dear Lisa Solinareos

 

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Dear Lisa Solinareos

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 10 June 2015, seeking access to
the following:

 

I am wanting to acquire documents in regards to the amount of detainee
suicides that occurred within Australian detention centres during 2004.

 

I have made a decision on this request. Please see attached my signed
decision letter.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Marianne Nolte-Crimp

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Access to Information Branch | Information Management Task Force

Corporate Group

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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