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26 November 2012

* 1290  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—In respect of the decision of Fair Work Australia (C2012/1050, C2012/1051, C2012/1052) which set aside agreements purportedly entered into between Macquarie Health and the Australia Nursing Foundation on the grounds that the employer’s purported ‘bargaining representative’ had not been validly appointed under the Act, (a) what are the wider ramifications of Fair Work Australia’s decision, (b) how will this affect the operation of ‘Individual Flexibility Agreements’, (c) what measures will be put in place to ensure that all bargaining representatives are properly appointed under the Act, and (d) what measures will be implemented to ensure that both employers and employees are given the tools to enable them to verify whether bargaining representatives have been properly appointed under the Act.

* 1291  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Disability Reform—Is it a fact that current disability service funding for clients would be ‘grandfathered’ in any transition to a National Disability Insurance Scheme; if not, why not.

* 1292  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the arrangements for Commonwealth financial assistance grants to local councils, (a) have there been any recent changes; and (b) have there been any reductions in the amounts that local councils expected to receive in 2012; and if so why, and what are the details.

* 1293  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel—Have the issues relating to compensation for illnesses suffered by defence personnel entering the fuel tanks of F-111 jets been resolved; and if not, what matters remain outstanding.

* 1294  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—

(1)  Can he provide an update on the viability of high-speed rail between Brisbane and Sydney, and whether the location of stations at Taree and Wauchope remain under consideration.

(2) In respect of Countrylink rail services on the North Coast, can he provide an update on any plans in New South Wales to (a) franchise, (b) corporatise, or (c) privatise these services.

* 1295  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—What action is the Government taking to facilitate the development of an SMS text based 000 emergency service for the benefit of the deaf, hearing and/or speech impaired community in Australia.

* 1296  MR BANDT: To ask the Attorney-General—In respect of the Australia-Ethiopia adoption program, (a) for what reasons did the department close the program, (b) were there issues raised as a result of the November 2011 delegation to Ethiopia and internal delegation report that contributed to the closure of the program; if so, what were the issues, (c) how many approved applications can no longer proceed due to the closure of the program, (d) what support is the government providing to those affected by the closing of the program, as per the department’s media release ‘Ethiopia-Australia Intercountry Adoption Program closed’ (28 June 2012), (e) to date, what sum of money has the Government spent on the program, and (f) did the department consult with affected families prior to the closing of the program; if so, how was the consultation undertaken.

* 1297  MR HARTSUYKER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In respect of the Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme, (a) how many handsets were subsidised under the scheme in the (i) 2009-10 financial year, (ii) 2010-11 financial year, (iii) 2011-12 financial year, and (iv) period 1 July 2012 to 19 November 2012; and (b) what sum of money was spent to deliver the scheme in the financial years (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, and (iii) 2011-12.

* 1298  MS GAMBARO: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHMs) in the UHM Program, would the Minister provide (a) the total number of UHMs in the program, and (b) the number of UHMs in the program broken down by state and territory, for the financial years (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10, (iv) 2010-11, (v) 2011-12, and (vi) 2012-13 (to date).

* 1299  MS GAMBARO: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—By way of monthly breakdown, in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d) 2010-11, (e) 2011-12, and (f) 2012-13 (to date), how many Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHMs) in the UHM Program arrived in Australia as (i) Irregular Maritime Arrivals, (ii) Irregular Maritime Arrivals that have been granted a Protection (subclass 866) Visa, and (iii) on an offshore humanitarian visa (i.e. Class XB visa - subclass 200, 201, 202, 203 or 204).

* 1300  MS GAMBARO: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of changes to custodianship arrangements, by way of monthly breakdown since July 2012, how many persons by (a) age, and (b) state and territory, have been appointed as custodians.

* 1301  MS GAMBARO: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the arrangement where Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors are in the care of a service provider, since the beginning of this custodian arrangement would the Minister provide the (a) name of each service provider that have been appointed custodians, (b) total number of Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors for which each service provider has been appointed custodian (i) by year, and (ii) month, and (c) details of how frequently the department will review and audit these custodian arrangements.

 

 
 
 

B. C. WRIGHT

Clerk of the House of Representatives