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11 May 2005

1253  MR MELHAM: To ask the Prime Minister—

(1) What sum was spent by the Commonwealth Government on (a) travel, (b) accommodation, (c) security, and (d) all other expenses for his visits to (i) Santiago, Chile, to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic C ooperation leaders’ meeting on 18 November 2004, (ii) Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand Leaders’ Summit on 30 November 2004, (iii) the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 28 to 30 January 2005, Singapore on 1 to 2 February 2005 and Banda Aceh, Indonesia on 2 February 2005, (iv) New Zealand from 19 to 21 February 2005, and (v) China, Japan, Turkey and Greece from 18 to 29 April 2005.

(2) Who accompanied him on each journey.

1262  MR MELHAM: To ask the Prime Minister—

(1) Who attended the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen of Australia’s birthday at Government House, Canberra, on 21 April 2004 and 21 April 2005.

(2) What sum was spent on each of these functions.

1272  MR FITZGIBBON: To ask the Treasurer—

(1) What revenue has the General Interest Charge raised each year since its introduction.

(2) What sum has been (a) levied and (b) paid in penalties by tax payers associated with (i) mass marketing schemes and (ii) employee benefit arrangements.

( 3) How many small businesses (with annual turnover of less than $1 million) have been in arrears with their GST payments in each quarter of each financial year since the introduction of the GST.

(4) What was the average value of GST arrears in each quarter of each financial year since the introduction of the GST.

MR BOWEN: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 1277 - 1301)—

(1) What sum was spent on media monitoring and clipping services engaged by the Minister’s office in (a) 2002-2003, (b) 2 003-2004, and (c) 2004-2005 to date.

(2) What was the name and postal addresses of each media monitoring company engaged by the Minister’s office.

1279  MR BOWEN: To ask the Treasurer.

1297  MR BOWEN: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer.