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26 May 2011

387  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—

(1)  Is he aware that the Queensland Department of Main Roads has identified a preferred option (called ‘Option 5’) for the provision of a second crossing of the Burdekin River (and associated Bruce Highway bypass of the township of Ayr) and has already proceeded with resumption of land transactions.

(2) Is he aware that ‘Option 5’ includes adverse impacts on Ayr businesses and the loss of large amounts of some of Australia’s most productive agricultural land.

(3) Has he requested that the Queensland Department of Main Roads thoroughly investigates and costs all options for a second crossing of the Burdekin River (and associated Bruce Highway bypass of the township of Ayr) before any federal funding is committed to this project; if not, why not; if so, can he provide the Department of Main Road’s reply.

388  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Further to the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 178 ( House Hansard , 10 May 2011, page 54), will the amount of downstream capacity per end user on the Gigabit Passive Optical Network fibre optic link be 77.8 megabits per second if the number of end users assigned to that link reaches the maximum permitted under NBN Co.’s design rules.

389  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Further to the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 179 ( House Hansard , 10 May 2011, page 54):

(1) Is it a fact that the cost of transit capacity on the Internet is a cost which must be met in providing a service to end users over the National Broadband Network; if so, will this cost be met by NBN Co. or the retail service provider.

(2) If this cost is to be met by NBN Co., will NBN Co. know in advance the likely sum in order to recover it from retail service providers in the final price charged.

(3) If this cost is to be met by retail service providers, will NBN Co. know in advance the likely sum, so that in setting a price for retail service providers it is able to consider the likely margins to be earned by the retail service provider, taking a ccount of all of the retail service provider’s costs (including amounts paid by both the retail service provider to NBN Co. and the service provider for transit capacity).

(4) Has NBN Co. developed estimates of what the cost of transit capacity on the Internet (per megabit) will be; if so, what are they; if not, why not.

390  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Further to the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 78 ( House Hansard , 10 May 2011, page 47), what is the estimated sum of the residual costs incurred by USO Co. that will be met by the industry.

391  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Further to the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 78 ( House Hansard , 10 May 2011, page 47), will USO Co. be responsible for the continued operation of the copper network serving all parts of Australia which are not served by the fibre to the premises network owned by NBN Co., and what are the likely costs of such operation.

392  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Further to the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 110 ( House Hansard , 10 May 2011, page 47), was the Implementation Study a feasibility study.

393  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Can the Minister indicate the source of the claim Mr Rudd made in a press statement on 7 April 2009: 'It has been estimated that innovation from information and communications technology is the biggest driver of business productivity. It drives 78 per cent of productivity gains in service business and 85 per cent in manufacturing.'.

395  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Treasurer—

(1)  Has he considered that the impact of the recent changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on salary sacrificed company vehicles will be financially deleterious to many mine workers in Central Queensland who have to travel hundreds of kilometres to get to and from work.

(2) Can he confirm that when a mine worker renews the lease on his or her salary-sacrificed vehicle valued at $65 000, the fringe benefits tax payable will go from $4550 to $13 500 if the mine worker has to drive more than 40 000 kilometres per year; if so, can he confirm that this was intended.

396  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1)  Is he aware that a request for air-conditioning in the sleeping quarters of the Training Ship Pioneer Australian Navy Cadet (TS Pioneer ANC) in Mackay that was made by the TS Pioneer ANC parents’ committee in late 2007 is still unfulfilled even though the committee offered to pay for the entire cost of the air-conditioning system, including installation.

(2) Is he aware that, while the TS Pioneer ANC parents’ committee gained a quote for $25 000 for the purchase and installation of the air-conditioning system, his department, after consideration of the request, costed the purchase and installation of an air-conditioning system at $80 000.

(3) Can he explain why there is such a discrepancy between the quote obtained by the TS Pioneer ANC parents’ committee and the estimate provided by his department for the purchase and installation of this air-conditioning system.

(4) Can he explain why an air-conditioning system has been installed inside the wet mess at the Komiatum Barracks before an air-conditioning system is due to be installed inside the neighbouring TS Pioneer ANC sleeping quarters.

(5) Is he aware that temperatures reach 36 degrees Celcius inside the TS Pioneer ANC sleeping quarters, which is in breach of Comcare regulations.

(6) Is he aware that the TS Pioneer ANC parents’ committee has been advised by his department that the purchase and installation of the air-conditioning system at the TS Pioneer ANC sleeping quarters could occur in 2011-12.

(7) Is there anything preventing the installation of this air-conditioning system from occurring on 1 July 2011; if so, what, and on what date then, is the installation scheduled to occur.

397  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—

(1) W hat was the total cost (including the pro-rata rate of Commissioners’ wages, employees’ wages, hall hire, equipment, advertising, etc.) of staging the Climate Commission’s recent forum in Mackay.

(2) Is he able to indicate what total amount of carbon dioxide emissions was created as a result of this forum, including those produced by Commissioners, staff and contractors, as well as the energy sources used to stage it.

(3) Were the carbon dioxide emissions created as a result of the forum offset; if so, at what cost, to whom, and for what.

(4) Is the Climate Commission funded to support the Government’s carbon tax policy; if so, how can it operate independently; if not, why did Commissioners at the forum (a) indicate there is no bipartisan support for climate change, and (b) refer to ‘carbon pricing’.