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11 October 2011

637  MR A. D. H. SMITH: To ask the Assistant Treasurer—

(1) Why is the Government imposing signific ant GST liabilities on developers of retirement villages.

(2) Has the Treasury estimated the potential increase in GST revenue as a result of the Productivity Commissioner’s recent change of approach to increase the GST burden on developers of retirement villages; if so, does this modelling take into account the cost to the economy of the anticipated reduction in construction of retirement villages and aged care facilities.

(3) Why is the Government seeking to collect more GST revenue from developers of retirement villages, which more often than not incorporate aged care facilities and may lead to reduced development in an industry where it is acknowledged that there is a greater need for such facilities in Australia.

(4) Why is the Government seeking to collect GST in excess of 10 per cent, and potentially up to 100 per cent, of the cash actually received for the sale of a newly developed retirement village.

(5) Has the Government modelled the cost of additional public housing to fill the gap left by reduced retirement village construction in the private sector.

(6) Has the Government estimated the additional costs on State and Territory governments to provide more affordable housing for older people as a result of the impact of this additional tax on retirement village development.

638  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In respect of the sub-heading ‘Public housing tenants’ (page 14) of the Clean Energy Future Supporting Australian households brochure, where it indicates that assistance will not be included in State government public housing rent setting calculations so that public housing residents get the full benefit of assistance, (a) how can the Australian Government guarantee this claim, and (b) what (i) negotiations are underway between, and (ii) arrangements have been finalised by, the Australian Government and the State and Territory governments on this matter.

639  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Assistant Treasurer—In the electoral division of (a) Dawson, and (b) Capricornia, what sum was collected per tax revenue stream for (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2009-10, (iii) 2008-07, and (iv) 2007-08.

640  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Assistant Treasurer—In respect of the digital set-top box program announced in the 2011-12 Budget, in the electoral division of Dawson, (a) how many pensioner households have received their free digital set-top box, and (b) what sum has been expended under the program (i) in total, and (ii) by postcode.

641  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—How many pensioner householders exist in the electoral division of Dawson (a) in total, and (b) by postcode.

642  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In respect of the recent Health and Hospitals Fund, Round 3, did her department receive any applications from the Dawson electorate; if so, (a) can she indicate what projects they were for, and (b) were any such applications rejected; if so, on what grounds.

643  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In respect of the GP Super Clinics Program, (a) how many organisations have submitted an operational plan (i) on or before, or (ii) after, the date specified in the deliverables and milestones schedule of their funding agreement; and (b) on how many occasions has the Commonwealth notified an organisation that the operational plan (i) requires amendment, or (ii) is acceptable.

644  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In respect of the GP Super Clinics Program, which (a) clinics, and (b) organisations, have been required to amend their operational plan at the request of the Commonwealth.

645  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—Which of the 64 GP Super Clinics have notified the Commonwealth in writing of a variation to works under their funding agreements which would or might reasonably be expected to have an effect on the: (a) price of the works, (b) timeframes for completion of the works, (c) date for practical completion of the works, (d) fitness of the works for the designated use, (e) project plan, (f) project budget, and (g) approvals obtained in relation to the works.

646  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—Which of the 64 GP Super Clinics have received consent in writing from the Commonwealth for a variation to works under their funding agreements.

647  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—How many (a) tier 1, and (b) tier 2, GP Aged Care Access Incentive payments have been made to a GP Super Clinic under the Practice Incentives Program.

648  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In respect of the Indigenous Health Incentive under the Practice Incentive Payment, how many (a) GP Super Clinics have received the registration payment, (b) registration payments have been made at a GP Super Clinic, and (c) outcomes payment (i) tier 1, and (ii) tier 2, have been made to a GP Super Clinic.

649  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In respect of the first report on the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout (Shareholder Ministers, Government report to Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network on NBN Co Ltd and its subsidiaries as at 30 June 2011, 23 September 2011), (a) what are the findings of the post implementation review following the practical completion of the NBN’s five mainland First Release Sites, (b) over the next two years, how many premises in Queensland, NSW and the ACT will be passed by the portion of the network to be built by Silcar Pty Limited, (c) what is the average time period between a developer making an application to NBN Co. Limited, and a contract being signed by both parties, (d) under how many of the 403 developer contracts is construction expected to be completed in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13, and (iii) 2013-14, and (e) what sum is Fujitsu being paid per premises for construction of the Greenfields networks, and (f) what is meant by ‘...the transfer of bow wave applications back to Telstra...’ (page 11), and under what circumstances might it occur.

650  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—How many of NBN Co. Limited’s employees are union members, and to which unions do they belong.

651  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Prime Minister—Is she able to explain the apparent discrepancy between her statements to the House ( Hansard , 18 November 2010, page 3018) and on ABC Radio (25 November 2010), indicating that a national broadband model with retail price competition results in cheaper prices for consumers; and the statements by NBN Co. Limited ( NBN Co. Discussion Paper: Introducing NBN Co’s Special Access Undertaking , July 2011, page 26) indicating that the system will result in current retail prices for broadband services being maintained.

652  MR WINDSOR: To ask the Minister for the Arts—

(1) Has the Government’s attention been drawn to claims that the United States digital rights management and distribution company, Overdrive, is dominating the supply of e-books to Australian public libraries and that this domination has led to reduced equity, quality and consistency of access to e-books for the Australian community, as well as an erosion of Australian authors' intellectual property rights.

(2) Will the Government consider the establishment of a national licensing system for the distribution of e-books to guarantee equitable access for Australian readers; if so, will the Government consider involving the National Library in such a scheme.

653  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Resources and Energy—Are any electricity companies experiencing difficulties in dealing with electricity being fed into the grid from home solar panels; if so, what is the nature of the difficulties.