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5 March 1998

*2718   Mr Latham: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts—

(1) Which states have become parties to the Unesco Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (Paris, 1970) since the answer to question No. 1398 ( Hansard , 13 May 1997, page 3439) and when did they deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, accession or succession.

(2) What changes have been made in the membership of the National Cultural Heritage Committee since the answer to question No. 1398.

(3) When did the Minister receive the Committee’s proposals for an updated National Cultural Heritage Control List and wh at action has the Minister taken on the proposals.

(4) What assets and liabilities exist in the National Cultural Heritage Fund.

(5) For what objects has the Minister (a) granted or (b) refused to grant an export permit under the Protection of Cultural Heritage Act since the answer to question No. 1398.

*2719   Mr Latham: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts—

(1) Can the Minister say (a) what items of indigenous cultural property have been repatriated to Australia since 1988 and (b) when, whence and in what circumstances they were repatriated.

(2) What decisions and recommendations were made concerning indigenous cultural property and archives at the 13th meeting of the Cultural Ministers Council in Adelaide on 27 February 1998.

(3) When and where will the 13th meeting of the council be held.

*2720   Mr L. D. T. Ferguson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security—

(1) How many social security pensioners and allowance recipients, by type of payment, are recorded as being in receipt of a disability pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

(2) How many persons referred to in p art (1) receive reduced social security payments because they receive a Department of Veterans’ Affairs disability pension.

(3) Has the Minister’s Department conducted a joint review with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs of the income test treatment of disability pension recipients; if so, what were the conclusions and recommendations of the review.

*2721   Mr Hollis: To ask the Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business—

(1) What are the precise roles and responsibilities of employees of the Office of the Employment Advocate.

(2) Does the role of an employee of the Office of the Employment Advocate include the video taping and other forms of surveillance of persons involved in picket lines and other associated industrial action; if so, why.

(3) How many employees of the Office of the Employment Advocate are located in the Illawarra region, NSW.

(4) Has his attention been drawn to an industrial dispute between NSW Grain Corporation’s Pivot management and the Australian Workers Union at Port Kembla, NSW.

*2722   Mr Hollis: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—What was the full cost to the Commonwealth of the state funeral for Mr B. A. Santamaria and does the costing include airfares for members of parliament travelling from and to Canberra for the funeral.

*2723   Mr Martin: To ask the Minister for Sport and Tourism—

(1) What total sum is available to the e lectoral division of Forrest for grants under the National Tourism Development Program.

(2) What was the closing date for applications under the program.

(3) Were applications received for (a) a tourist visitor centre project in Bunbury, WA, (b) the Busselton Jetty program and (c) a project involving the Wannerup Wetlands; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was the application received, (ii) who were the proponents and (iii) what was proposed.

(4) When will a final decision be made on grants under the program.

(5) Has he held discussions or received correspondence from the Member for Forrest concerning grants under the program; if so, (a) what are the details and (b) what applications has the Member for Forrest (i) supported and (ii) opposed.

 
 
 

I. C. HARRIS

Clerk of the House of Representatives