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11 October 2005

MR QUICK: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 2430 - 2448)—

(1) For 2004-2005, what sum was spent by the Minister’s department on domestic and international air travel.

(2) For 2004-2005, what proportion of domestic air travel by employees of the Minister’s department was provided by (a) Qantas, (b) Regional Express, and (c) Virgin Blue.

(3) For 2004-2005, what sum was spent by the Minister’s department on domestic air travel provided by (i) Qantas, (ii) Regional Express, and (iii) Virgin Blue.

(4) For 2004-2005, what sum was spent by the Minister’s department on (a) economy and (b) business class travel on (i) domestic routes and (ii) international routes.

(5) For 2004-2005, what proportion of the expenditure on air travel by the Minister’s department was on the domestic route (a) Sydney to Canberra, (b) Melbourne to Canberra, (c) Sydney to Melbourne, (d) Sydney to Brisbane, (e) Melbourne to Hobart or Launceston, and (f) Sydney to Perth.

(6) For 2004-2005, how many employees of the Minister’s department had membership of the (a) Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, (b) Qantas Club, (c) Regional Express Membership Lounge, and (d) Virgin Blue’s Blue Room paid for by the department.

(7) Which company provides travel management services to the Minister’s department.

2431  MR QUICK: To ask the Minister for Trade.

2434  MR QUICK: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

2436  MR QUICK: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing.

2447  MR QUICK: To ask the Minister for Human Services.

2448  MR QUICK: To ask the Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

2457   MR BOWEN: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Administration—Did the Minister’s department engage Len Early Pty Ltd to provide consultancy services at a cost of $20,500; if so, what services were provided under the terms of this contract.

2460   MR HAYES: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—

(1) In respect of his media release dated 6 September 2005 titled ‘$309 million win for low to middle income earners’, for what period was the $309 million allocated.

(2) What is the average contribut ion made by the Government under the Superannuation Co-contribution Scheme.

(3) What is the average income of all recipients of the co-contribution.

(4) How many residents of the electoral division of Werriwa (a) applied for and (b) received the co-contr ibution last financial year.

(5) What is the average income of the recipients of the co-contribution who reside in the electoral division of Werriwa and what was the average co-contribution they received.

2463   MS HOARE: To ask the Treasurer—

(1) Will th e Government’s policy to encourage single parents from ‘welfare to work’ result in greater pressure being placed on already limited child care places.

(2) Is he aware of any studies showing that increasing child care fees contributes to parents not participating in the workforce.

(3) Is he aware that for many parents the fees associated with child care nullify any financial benefit from working, particularly in part time employment.

(4) Will the Government introduce a tax deduction for the costs associated with child care for working parents; if not, why not.