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16 August 2011

463  MR HOCKEY: To ask the Treasurer—How many times in the last three years has the Treasury undertaken economic modelling, and on which issues has this modelling been undertaken.   

481  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills—

(1)  For what reasons has the Government abolished the Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ATLC), despite restoring $50 million of the $88 million ATLC budget over four years expressly to maintain its grants and programs under the same terms of reference and conditions.

(2) Has the Government made public its vision for how Australian teaching and learning innovation will be encouraged and recognised internationally; if so, what is it.

483  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—Is it a fact that the Government is spending $2.6 million a month on motel accommodation to house asylum seekers because detention centres are currently full; if not, what sum is currently being spent per month to house asylum seekers in motel or other equivalent accommodation.

485  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare—In respect of proposed changes in the regulation of childcare ratios to be put before COAG in 2011;  is it a fact that the ratio of staff to children in smaller centres for the age group of 2-3 years is proposed to be changed from 1:8 to 1:5, commencing in 2012, and that this ratio will also apply to larger centres, but not until 2016; if so, what is the Government doing to overcome the competitive disadvantage that this will have on smaller centres.

490  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Treasurer—

(1) Will the Government consider re-establishing the education fund that used to exist under ASX’s stewardship, and tha t also served to channel revenue from fines imposed for breaches of trading rules into improving compliance and risk management practices to prevent further breaches.

(2) Is he aware that the education fund more effectively used monies from fines than the current system (under new ASIC supervisory arrangements) of directing them into consolidated revenue.

491  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Will the satellite services that will be offered by NBN Co. Ltd have the capacity to provide video conferencing and interactive distance learning applications.

492  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Will the satellite services that will be offered by NBN Co. Ltd have the capacity to deliver the applications that are currently delivered over satellite for interactive distance learning at the School of the Air and the Northern Territory Open Education Centre in the Northern Territory; if so, will these interactive distance learning services continue to receive Government funding.

493  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Treasurer—In respect of Treasury modelling of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, what (a) was Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, (b) is Treasury’s base case forecast of GDP growth per annum between 2010 and 2050, and the forecast of GDP for 2050 at this growth rate, in aggregate and per capita terms, (c) is the forecast of GDP growth per annum if a carbon price is introduced, and the forecast of GDP for 2050 at this growth rate in aggregate and per capita terms, and (d) is the expected difference in GDP for 2050 and on a cumulative basis from 2010 to 2050 with and without a carbon price.

498  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—In respect of the arrangements made through his department for the inspection and removal of unauthorised insulation under the Home Insulation Program at an apartment complex in Hornsby on 6 July 2010 (referenced in my letter to him dated 11 July 2010), (a) what are the names of the companies (both main contractors and subcontractors) that actioned or facilitated the inspection and removal of unauthorised insulation, (b) in what location are these companies based, (c) what number of employees undertook the inspection and removal, and (i) in what location was each based, (ii) at what time, by what means, and at what cost did each travel to and from the premises, and (iii) what is the name of the employer of each, and (d) for the three months prior to 6 July 2011, what are the dates and locations of other inspections and/or removals of insulation that each employee undertook pursuant to direct or indirect (ie, contractor or subcontractor) contractual arrangements with the Commonwealth.

499  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Assistant Treasurer—Can he indicate what proportion (as a percentage) of the Australian equity portfolio held by the following funds (a) Australian Super, (b) Cbus, (c) HESTA, (d) HOSTPLUS, (e) MTAA Super, (f) CareSuper, (g) LUCRF Super, (h) Media Super, (i) NGS Super, (j) TWUSUPER, (k) AustSafe, (l) Energy Super, (m) First Super, (n) legalsuper, and (o) REI Super, is constituted by investments in the top 500 big polluting companies that will be subject to the carbon price.