Dollars

June 2011


?THOUSANDS OF WEB SITES DESTROYED BY HACKERS

At least 4800 Australian websites have been lost with no chance of recovery following a break-in at Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT.

The hack attack caused so much damage that four of the company’s servers were “unrecoverable”, the company said, leaving thousands of website owners in the lurch.

“The overall magnitude of the tragedy and the loss of our information and yours is simply incalculable; and we are distressed by the actions of the parties responsible for this reprehensible act,” Distribute.IT said.

As reported by Fairfax Media last week, Distribute.IT was hit with a “deliberate, premeditated and targeted attack” on its servers last Saturday but it is still struggling to work out exactly what happened or how much data was stolen.

Security experts warned that thousands of websites were vulnerable to being hijacked and extensive private data were at risk of being stolen.

Customers hit the Whirlpool forums to complain that Distribute.IT had not adequately responded with information about the break-in and that the hack “has probably killed my business”.

In a statement published today, Distribute.IT said it had been working around the clock in an attempt to recover data from its affected servers.

“At this time, We regret to inform that the data, sites and emails that were hosted on Drought, Hurricane, Blizzard and Cyclone can be considered by all the experts to be unrecoverable,” it said.

“While every effort will be made to continue to gain access to the lost information from those hosting servers, it seems unlikely that any usable data will can be salvaged from these platforms.

“In assessing the situation, our greatest fears have been confirmed that not only was the production data erased during the attack, but also key backups, snapshots and other information that would allow us to reconstruct these servers from the remaining data.”

The company said 4800 websites were affected and since it did not have the capacity to transfer the domain names to other parts of its platform, Distribute.IT had no choice “but to assist you in any way possible to transfer your hosting and email needs to other hosting providers”.

The significant data loss has raised questions from backup experts as to why Distribute.IT did not appear to have offsite backups of customer data.

Distribute.IT has still not been able to get its website back online and it is using a Google Blogger account to update customers. Its phone lines have been ringing out and its email is down, forcing the company to use a temporary Gmail addresss – distributeit888@gmail.com.

Rob McAdam, CEO of security firm Pure Hacking, said the issue was a “catastrophic problem” for those with websites hosted by Distribute.IT.

“If these clients of Distribute.IT had no other backup other than what was at Distribute.IT, they would then have to rebuild their site – from scratch,” he said.

“From the Distribute.IT blog post, it appears that they have lost all of the content for these web sites and any associated backups that Distribute.IT kept.”

James Turner, security analyst at IBRS, said: “This could be the nightmare scenario that every small/medium businessperson working on the internet has in the back of their minds. If the attack is as described then the malice behind it is appalling.”

On the Whirlpool discussion forums, where there are over 60 pages of posts discussing the Distribute.IT hack, customers were livid at finding out their data was gone forever.

“I think I’m in shock … I have lost everything …. I couldnt possibly replicate all those years of work again … my whole lifes work is gone down the drain,” wrote one.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha
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Rank Name Organization Age
1 Hu Jintao 

Hu Jintao

President Peoples Republic of China

People’s Republic of China 68
2 Barack Obama 

Barack Obama

President United States of America

United States of America 49
3 Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud 

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

King

Saudi Arabia 86
4 Vladimir Putin 

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister

Russia 58
5 Pope Benedict XVI 

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope

Roman Catholic Church 84
6 Angela Merkel 

Angela Merkel

Chancellor

Germany 56
7 David Cameron 

David Cameron

Prime Minister

United Kingdom 44
8 Ben Bernanke 

Ben Bernanke

Chairman

Federal Reserve 57
9 Sonia Gandhi 

Sonia Gandhi

President

Indian National Congress 64
10 Bill Gates 

Bill Gates

Co-Chair

11 Zhou Xiaochuan 

Zhou Xiaochuan

Governor

People’s Bank of China 63
12 Dmitry Medvedev 

Dmitry Medvedev

President

Russia 45
13 Rupert Murdoch 

Rupert Murdoch

CEO

News Corp. 80
14 Silvio Berlusconi & family 

Silvio Berlusconi & family

Prime Minister

Italy 74
15 Jean-Claude Trichet 

Jean-Claude Trichet

President

European Central Bank 68
16 Dilma Rousseff 

Dilma Rousseff

President

Brazil 63
17 Steve Jobs 

Steve Jobs

CEO

Apple 56
18 Manmohan Singh 

Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister

India 78
19 Nicolas Sarkozy 

Nicolas Sarkozy

President

France 56
20 Hillary Clinton 

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

21 Carlos Slim Helu & family 

Carlos Slim Helu & family

Chairman

Telmex 71
22 Larry Page 

Larry Page

Co-Founder

Google 38
22 Sergey Brin 

Sergey Brin

Co-Founder

Google 37
23 Michael Bloomberg 

Michael Bloomberg

Mayor

New York City 69
24 Benjamin Netanyahu 

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister

Israel 61
25 Michael Duke 

Michael Duke

CEO

Wal-Mart 61
26 Ali Hoseini-Khamenei 

Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Grand Ayatollah

Iran 71
27 Naoto Kan 

Naoto Kan

Prime Minister

Japan 64
28 Timothy Geithner 

Timothy Geithner

Secretary of the Treasury

United States of America 49
29 Ashfaq Parvez Kayani 

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani – Pakistan

Chief of Army Staff

 

 

30 Lou Jiwei 

Lou Jiwei

Chairman

China Investment Corporation 60
31 Kim Jong-il 

Kim Jong-il

Supreme Leader

North Korea 69
32 Li Changchun 

Li Changchun

Propaganda Chief

People’s Republic of China 67
33 Warren Buffett 

Warren Buffett

CEO

Berkshire Hathaway 80
34 Mukesh Ambani 

Mukesh Ambani

Chairman

Reliance Industries 54
35 Jeffrey Immelt 

Jeffrey Immelt

CEO

General Electric 55
36 Li Ka-shing 

Li Ka-shing

Chairman

Hutchison Whampoa & Chueng Kong Holdings 83
37 Dominique Strauss-Kahn 

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Managing Director

International Monetary Fund 62
38 Masaaki Shirakawa 

Masaaki Shirakawa

Governor

Bank of Japan 61
39 Dalai Lama 

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Tibet 75
47
56
61
42
61
80
55
58
63
Pakistan 59
United States of America 63
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 55 

 

1

#1 Cher Wang & Wenchi Chen


Net Worth $8.8 Billion Source HTC
Age 53 Marital Status Married, 2 children

Taiwan’s richest couple is on an upswing. Shares in smartphone manufacturer

HTC have nearly tripled in past year on strong sales, a gain that helped

catapult them to the top of this year’s Taiwan rich list. HTC is also expected

to enter the market for tablet PCs in April with a model called the Flyer.

Wang, one of 9 children of deceased Taiwan management icon Y.C. Wang

(see Wang Yung-Tsai, No. 6), was part of an investor group that bought

a 26% stake in Hong Kong television broadcaster TVBS earlier this year.

Her mother died in March

2

#2 Tsai Wan Tsai

Net Worth $7.0 Billion Source finance
Age 81 Marital Status Married, 4 children
Tsai and sons Daniel and Richard have turned Fubon Financial into one of
Taiwan’s most successful financial institutions, expanding from a core in
nonlife insurance to a brokerage-to-bank business. The company is looking
to expand in Taiwan through acquisitions and is eyeing China growth
through a stake in Xiamen International Bank. Major investor in Taipei
Mobile and cable stations. Nephews T.Y. Tsai, Tsai Hong-Tu and
Tsai Cheng-Da are also on this year’s list.

7,000 81
3

#3 Tsai Eng-Meng

Net Worth $6.1 Billion Source food
Age 54 Marital Status NA
Built a fortune in the snack business on the mainland, using experience
gained with the same products back home in Taiwan. Tsai’s Want Want
China is also turning itself into a beverage company. Some $1.1 billion,
nearly half of the company’s 2010 sales, came from beverages, mostly
Hot-Kid milk. Tsai is also in the media, hotel and insurance industries.
6,100 54
4

#4 Wei Ing-Chou

Net Worth $5.7 Billion Source food
Age 57 Marital Status Married, 3 children
This fortune includes stakes held by 4 brothers—Wei Ing-Chou, Wei Ying-Chiao,
Wei Yin-Chun and Wei Yin-Heng—who have turned Tingyi into one of the
world’s most successful food and beverage companies

 

5,700 57
5

#5 Terry Gou

Net Worth $5.6 Billion Source electronics
Age 60 Marital Status Married, 3 children
Taiwan’s richest man in 2010, Gou runs electronics contract manufacturer
include Apple and HP. A spate of suicides at mainland facilities has ebbed,
but subsequent wage
increases and rising costs have eroded profits. Gou founded the company
in 1974 with $7,500.
Reportedly looking to make large investments in Brazil.

5,600 60
6

#6 Wang Yung-Tsa


Net Worth $3.9 Billion Source plastics
Age 90 Marital Status Married
Younger brother of deceased Taiwan business icon Y.C. Wang quietly helped
create one of Asia’s largest petrochemical giants, the Formosa Plastics Group.
Main businesses include Formosa Plastics, Nan Yan Plastics and Formosa
Chemicals. Controversy has followed Y.C.’s death: The empire has run afoul
of the Taiwan government in connection with a spate of pollution and safety
problems. Formosa Petrochemical said in May it would form a joint venture
with Kraton of the U.S. to produce thermoplastic rubber.

3,900 90
7

#7 Barry Lam

Net Worth $3.3 Billion Source quanta computer
Age 62 Marital Status Married, 2 children

Taiwan electronics industry pioneer is holding his own wealthwise at a time

when the popularity of smartphones is creating upheaval in the market for
his main product, notebook computers. Shares in Lam’s Quanta Computer,

one of the world’s biggest notebook makers, are flat for the year.

Quanta is a patron of the arts

3,300 62
8

#8 Lin Yu-Lin

Net Worth $3 Billion Source real estate
Age 75 Marital Status Married, 7 children
Lin’s fortune has benefited from the recovery of Taiwan’s real estate market.
Owns key commercial property, including Hung Tai Center, and investments
in companies such as Hung Sheng Construction, Cooperative Construction
and Hung Tai Asset Management, as well as part of En Tie Commercial Bank.
Hobby: golf. Brother Lin Rong San, No. 10 on the list, has separate real estate
empire.

3,000 75
9

#9 Luo Jye

Net Worth $2.9 Billion Source tires
Age 85 Marital Status Married, 4 children
From early success in Taiwan as a supplier of bicycle tires, Luo-led tiremaker
Cheng Shin Rubber has ridden China’s auto industry boom into the ranks of
the world’s billionaires. Cheng Shin supplies the China market from a large
manufacturing base in Fujian Province, across the Taiwan Strait. Shares
have risen 49% in the past year. Customers include GM, Ford. It plans to
expand in Taiwan and China.

2,900 85
10

#10 Lin Rong San

Net Worth $2.8 Billion Source real estate
Age 72 Marital Status Married, 4 children
Lin has built one of Taiwan’s largest property fortunes with large holdings
in northern Taiwan. Political shaker close to former Taiwan president
Lee Teng-Hui is less than loved in China: Lin publishes the Liberty Times,
a popular daily that’s skeptical about China. Controls Union Bank, shares of
which have climbed more than 40% in the past year. Three sons are actively
involved in the business empire. Brother Lin Yu-Lin also on this year’s list.

2,800 72
11

#11 Jason Chang


Net Worth $2.3 Billion Source electronics
Age 67 Marital Status Married, 3 children
Shares of Chang’s semiconductor packaging company,
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, surged 20% over the past year.
The family, which has listed real estate company Hung Ching Development
in Taiwan, has also been accumulating real estate on the mainland, including
Shanghai.

2,300 67
12

#12 T.Y. Tsai

Net Worth $2.25 Billion Source finance
Age NA Marital Status NA
One of 3 Tsai family brothers who inherited most of Cathay Financial Holding
when their father,
Tsai Wan-Lin, died in 2004. T.Y. sold most of his stock to brothers Hong-Tu
and Cheng-Da last year,
industry sources say. Outgoing sibling is now investing in real estate projects.
Sole child, a daughter, is helping in new company. Cathay Financial says it
can’t comment on any transfer of shares among the
3 brothers. Collects cars.

2,250
2,200 65
14

#14 Michael Chiang

Net Worth $2 Billion Source electronics
Age 58 Marital Status Married, 2 children
Chiang debuts on the Taiwan rich list after the IPO last year of TPK Holdings,
a supplier of touchscreens for Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Based in Taiwan, the
company mainly manufactures its products in Xiamen in mainland China.
Chiang’s first company, TVM, was a supplier of video monitors. Shares fortune
with his wife.

2,000 58
15

#15 Chao Teng-Hsiung


Net Worth $1.7 Billion Source real estate
Age 67 Marital Status Married, 3 children
Chao’s real estate development company, Farglory Land Development, ranks
as one of Taiwan’s largest. It is expanding on the mainland through a joint
venture with Hong Kong billionaire Hui Wing Mao’s Shimao Group.
Last November announced plans to invest as much as $1 billion in a project
that will house the stock exchange in Abu Dhabi.

1,700 67
16

#16 Chang Yung Fa


Net Worth $1.65 Billion Source transport
Age 83 Marital Status 4 children
His Evergreen Marine is one of the world’s largest container shipping
companies.
Other Chang-controlled businesses include carrier EVA Air, Evergreen
Transport
and Central Insurance. EVA said in December that it would pay $50 million
for a
16% stake in China Cargo Airlines, a mainland cargo joint venture between
China
Eastern Airlines and China Ocean Shipping Group, both of China. Donated
$12 million
to the Japanese Red Cross after that country’s earthquake in March.

1,650 83
17

#17 Liao Long-Shing

Net Worth $1.6 Billion Source petrochemicals
Age 58 Marital Status Married, 2 children
Liao’s late father, Suhon Lin, cofounded Chang Chun Group with Tseng
Shin-Yi in 1949. The 3 families each own a third of what today has become
a major plastics and petrochemicals manufacturer with interests in Taiwan
and the mainland. Overseas business partners include Bayer and Mitsubishi
Gas Chemical.

1,600 58
17

#17 Suhon Lin

Net Worth $1.6 Billion Source petrochemicals
Age 83 Marital Status Married, 4 children
Liao’s late father, Suhon Lin, cofounded Chang Chun Group with Tseng
Shin-Yi in 1949. The 3 families each own a third of what today has become
a major plastics and petrochemicals manufacturer with interests in Taiwan
and the mainland. Overseas business partners include Bayer and Mitsubishi
Gas Chemical.

1,600 83
17

#17 Tseng Shin-Yi

Net Worth $1.6 Billion Source petrochemicals
Age 83 Marital Status Married, 2 children

Liao’s late father, Suhon Lin, cofounded Chang Chun Group with Tseng

Shin-Yi in 1949. The 3 families each own a third of what today has become

a major plastics and petrochemicals manufacturer with interests in Taiwan

and the mainland. Overseas business partners include Bayer and Mitsubishi

Gas Chemical

1,600 83
20

#20 Tsai Cheng-Da

Net Worth $1.55 Billion Source finance
Age NA Marital Status Married
Two of 3 Tsai brothers who inherited large stakes in Taiwan’s Cathay
Financial Holding when their father, Tsai Wan-Lin, died in 2004.
With brother Cheng-Da, Hong-Tu bought most of younger sibling T.Y.’s
shares at the end of last year, say industry sources. Cheng-Da remains
chairman. Cathay says it can’t comment on any transfer of shares among
the 3 brothers.

1,550
20

#20 Tsai Hong-Tu


Net Worth $1.55 Billion Source finance
Age 69 Marital Status Married, 3 children
Two of 3 Tsai brothers who inherited large stakes in Taiwan’s Cathay
Financial Holding when their father, Tsai Wan-Lin, died in 2004.
With brother Cheng-Da, Hong-Tu bought most of younger sibling T.Y.’s
shares at the end of last year, say industry sources. Cheng-Da remains
chairman. Cathay says it can’t comment on any transfer of shares among
the 3 brothers.

1,550 69
22

#22 Lin Yu-Chia

Net Worth $1.5 Billion Source glass
Age NA Marital Status NA
Shares of glass manufacturer Taiwan Glass soared 72% over the past year,
nearly doubling the family’s fortune. Revenues last year rose by 25% to
$1.4 billion.

1,500
23

#23 Leslie Koo

Net Worth $1.45 Billion Source cement
Age 57 Marital Status Married, 2 children
Taiwan Cement, founded by Koo’s father, is thriving in China.
The company has been expanding production of new facilities at a time
when the Chinese government is looking to retire in-efficient older ones.
Profit at Taiwan Cement’s Hong Kong-listed subsidiary, TCC International
Holdings, quintupled to $100 million in 2010.

1,450 57
24

#24 Samuel Yin


Net Worth $1.43 Billion Source diversified
Age NA Marital Status NA
Heads Reuntex Group, with interests in real estate and retail. Looking to
team up with Pou Chen Corp. (see Tsai Chi Jui, No. 31) to purchase AIG’s
Taiwan operation, Nan Shan Life Insurance. Long-awaited listing of Yin’s
China hypermarket chain, RT-Mart China, on track for 2011. Founded
the Guanghua Education Foundation on the mainland, which has provided
support to 100,000 graduate students.

1,430
25

#25 Hsu Chen

Net Worth $1.41 Billion Source food
Age 59 Marital Status Married, 1 child
Cofounder and chairman of Hsu Fu Chi International, which produces and
sells cookies and sweets in China. Singapore-listed company is based in
mainland China’s Guangdong Province. Sales in the 12 months to June 2010
rose 14% to $662 million. New product: Mobao, a muffin cake.
Brothers Hsu Hang and Hsu Pu serve on the company’s board.

1,410 59
26

#26 Chen Yung-Tai

Net Worth $1.4 Billion Source real estate
Age 75 Marital Status NA
Chen parlayed success selling office equipment in Taiwan early in his career
into a cross-Strait distribution and real estate empire. Aurora Telecom
distributes telecommunications products in nearly 300 stores in Taiwan.
Aurora Corp. sells office equipment. Chen has choice property across from
the Bund in Shanghai and in the Hsinyi District in Taipei.

1,400 75
27

#27 Douglas Hsu

Net Worth $1.38 Billion Source diversified
Age 68 Marital Status Married, 3 children
Far Eastern Group, founded by Hsu’s father, has business in textiles,
mobile phones, transportation, retailing and banking, among other businesses.
Its polyester unit has seen rising demand in the face of higher prices for cotton
in the past year. Shares in flagship Far Eastern Century have gained by more
than a third in the past year. A Taiwan court last September cleared Hsu of all wrongdoing in connection with a department store takeover.

1,380 68
28

#28 Tsai Ming-Kai

Net Worth $1.35 Billion Source semiconductors
Age 61 Marital Status NA
Leads Mediatek, a semiconductor design company specializing in chips for TVs,
DVDs and wireless communications. Sales in the first quarter plunged by 39%
from a year earlier; profit margins were off as well. Looking to expand its
customers, MediaB-tek in March acquired Wi-Fi chip supplier Ralink in an
all-stock transaction. Tsai holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical
engineering from National Taiwan University and the University
of Cincinnati, respectively.

1,350 61
29

#29 Jeffrey Koo

Net Worth $1.3 Billion Source finance
Age 77 Marital Status Married, 4 children
Financial industry tycoon’s wealth picks up this year as earnings at his
flagship bank, Chinatrust, improved. Family-controlled brokerage KGI
hopes to expand in China following the signing of a cross-Strait economic
agreement last year. Son Andre privatized Singapore-listed Finance One.
Leslie Koo (No. 23) is his nephew.

1,300 77
30

#30 Kenneth Yen

Net Worth $1.29 Billion Source autos
Age 46 Marital Status Married, 1 child
Yen chairs Yulon Motor, Taiwan’s largest automaker and a joint venture
partner of Nissan in Taiwan. Inroads in China have helped boost the
company’s stock price 90% in the past year.

1,290 46
31

#31 Tsai Chi Jui

Net Worth $1.28 Billion Source shoes
Age 71 Marital Status Married, 3 children
The family’s Taiwan-listed Pou Chen Corp. is one of the world’s largest shoe
and sportswear producers. A supplier to Nike, Adidas and Reebok, it operates
factories in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mexico, producing 284 million
pairs of shoes in the year ending September 2010. Retail flagship Pou Sheng
International handles sales in China for some of its manufacturing customers.
One problem on the horizon: rising commodity costs.

1,280 71
32

#32 Allen Horng

Net Worth $1.26 Billion Source electronics
Age NA Marital Status NA
Horng’s Catcher Technology is a tech standout. Shares in the supplier of
computer cases to Apple, Dell and others have soared 138% in the past year,
making Horng a returnee to this year’s list. Catcher was founded in 1984.
Horng began his career as an ear, nose and throat doctor.

1,260
33

#33 Tsai Yung-Lung


Net Worth $1.25 Billion Source manufacturing
Age 55 Marital Status Married, 1 child
Chairs Gem-Year Industrial, producer of bolts, nuts, screws and other fasteners.
Sales in 2010 grew an impressive 77% to $462 million.
Gem-Year went public in Shanghai in 2007.

1,250 55
34

#34 Lin Ming-Cheng

Net Worth $1.2 Billion Source finance
Age 68 Marital Status Married, 3 children
President of Hua Nan Bank hails from one of Taiwan’s multigenerational
fortunes. Shares in Hua Nan’s parent rose by a third in the past year.
Another investment: Ta Yung Hsing Yeh real estate company.

1,200 68
35

#35 Chen Chao Chuan

Net Worth $1.15 Billion Source shipping
Age 82 Marital Status Married, 7 children
Runs Wan Hai Lines, one of the largest Asian shipping companies. Shares have
climbed nearly 30% since last year. Teamed up with No. 16 Chang Yung Fa’s
Evergreen and Interasia Lines of Japan to launch a service to Madras, India in
April.

1,150 82
36

#36 Steven Pan

Net Worth $1.1 Billion Source hotels
Age 46 Marital Status NA
Family-owned hotel company Formosa International Hotels is digesting its
2010 acquisition of Regent International, which has 5-star hotels in Beijing,
Berlin, Bordeaux, Singapore, Taipei and other cites.

1,100 46
37

#37 Wu Chung-Yi


Net Worth $1 Billion Source manufacturing
Age 55 Marital Status NA
Chairman of Fine Blanking, a manufacturer of auto parts. Made most of his
money through a stake in Tingyi before he sold his stake in 2007. Member
of the board of directors at Wei Chuan, a food company that is partly owned
by Tingyi.

1,000 55
38

#38 Lin Ming-Hsiung


Net Worth $980 Million Source retailing
Age 62 Marital Status Married, 3 children
Controls PX Mart, a low-cost department store chain with 574 stores in
Taiwan that benefited from economic recovery last year: Sales rose 16%
last year to $2 billion.

980 62
39

#39 Bruce Cheng

Net Worth $950 Million Source electronics
Age 75 Marital Status Married, 2 children
Founder of Delta Electronics, one of Asia’s largest makers of power supplies,
with plants in Taiwan, China, Mexico. Invested $15 million in a fourth plant
in India this year.

950 75
40

#40 Shi Wen Long


Net Worth $930 Million Source plastics
Age 82 Marital Status Married
Shi made his early money in plastics through Chi Mei Corp. Now a late career
fling in tech is losing money. Chimei Innolux, a flat-panel business in which
Shi holds a minority stake, lost $475 million in the first quarter of 2011.

930 82

IS AUSTRALIA A SICK COUNTRY?

BOAT PEOPLE COME HERE AND

SUE US FOR GETTING STRESSED

AND WE PAY THEM

COMPENSATION.

LEGAL SYSTEM GONE MAD

Asylum compo bill tops $16m

Natalie O’Brien

June 11, 2011

ALMOST $8 million in compensation has been paid to 55 asylum seekers and detainees in the past two years for injuries and psychological damage suffered while in Australian detention centres.

The payments bring the total amount of compensation paid in the past decade to more than $16 million, Department of Immigration figures show. From 2000 to 2009, there were 54 compensation cases.

But the bill to taxpayers is expected to grow as another 32 claims for compensation were lodged with the courts between July 2009 and March. A spokeswoman for the DoI said most of these cases related to time in immigration detention and involved 10 people who arrived by boat.

Advocates have warned that, as the number of asylum seekers and others being kept in detention centres continues to rise, so will the number of cases for compensation.

A spokesman for the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, said asylum seekers had appropriate access to health and mental health services in detention, including psychologists and other mental health practitioners.

”The payouts you refer to relate to people in immigration detention prior to August 2007 and most related to the 247 cases that were referred by the department to the Ombudsman following the Palmer and Comrie reports,” the spokesman said. ”The increase in compensation over the past three years is due to the department resolving many of these.”

Julian Burnside, QC, said there would be many more cases before the courts unless the way people were treated in detention changed. ”It is so utterly predictable,” he said. ”Psychiatrists would have told us this would happen. History has shown us this has happened, and [continues] to happen.”

? A Fijian woman in a wheelchair who suffered a brain tumour and now has Parkinson’s disease will be thrown out of the country, even though her children are Australian citizens and her primary carers.

The Department of Immigration has refused a visa for Kushma Wati Kishore and her husband, and are intent on forcing them to return to Fiji where they have no home and family able to care for her.

Despite pleas to the government to intervene, the department says she must leave tomorrow.

Mrs Kishore and her family are devastated. ”We don’t have anywhere to go,” she said yesterday.