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QUESTIONS IN WRITING

 

On the first sitting day of each fortnight, a complete Notice Paper is published containing all unanswered questions. On subsequent days, only new questions for the sitting are included in the Notice Paper. The full text of all unanswered questions is available at:

www.aph.gov.au/qiw

 

13 May 2014

              Mr Danby : To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 137 to 154)—On (a) how many occasions, and (b) what date(s), has the Minister met with Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd chief executive Mr Nick Di Girolamo, and can the Minister provide the nature of each meeting.

    140    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

    154    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

30 September 2014

    483    Dr Leigh : To ask the Prime Minister—How many staff have been made redundant (both voluntarily and involuntarily) from the Australian Public Service since 7 September 2013, and what is the breakdown of these redundancies by department/agency.

1 October 2014

    488    Dr Leigh : To ask the Prime Minister—How many public servants were employed per capita in the Australian Public Service in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09, (d) 2009-10, (e) 2010-11, (f) 2011-12, (g) 2012-13, and (h) 2013-14.

21 October 2014

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 502 to 519)—Since 7 September 2013 to 30 June 2014, what training has been provided for (a) Executive, and (b) Senior Executive Service, level departmental officials, and what (i) total sum has the Minister’s department spent, and (ii) is the breakdown in cost, for such training.

    502    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister.

    545    Mr Albanese : To ask the Prime Minister—Does he stand by his statement on 28 August 2013 to (a) contribute $16 million towards a $66 million upgrade of the Cadbury Visitor Centre in Claremont, Tasmania, to (i) boost innovation, (ii) support growth in local manufacturing jobs, and (iii) expand tourism, (b) help create 200 new jobs and 120 indirect jobs by 2017, and (c) help secure 600 existing direct jobs and 340 existing indirect jobs.

14 November 2014

    573    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Treasurer—Have any of the 61 recommendations in the Senate Economics References Committee’s final report ‘The Performance of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’ (26 June 2014) been adopted by the Government; if so, which ones, and why; if not, why not.

    616    Mr Conroy : To ask the Assistant Treasurer—How many personal staff are currently employed in the Assistant Treasurer’s office, and (a) what is the classification (under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 ) of each, (b) how many are based in (i) Sydney, (ii) Canberra, or (iii) elsewhere, and (c) on what date(s) (if any) did these staff travel to Canberra to meet with the former Acting Assistant Treasurer.

    617    Mr Conroy : To ask the Assistant Treasurer—Since 19 March 2014, on what dates did the former Acting Assistant Treasurer meet with staff in the Assistant Treasurer’s Sydney office.

    621    Mr Conroy : To ask the Assistant Treasurer—Since 19 March 2014, how many departmental submissions (a) did the former Acting Assistant Treasurer sign, and (b) did staff in the office of the Assistant Treasurer sign on behalf of the former Acting Assistant Treasurer, and of these, how many were briefs for (i) decisions, and (ii) information.

4 December 2014

    680    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Assistant Minister for Education and Training—

(1)         Will the Government immediately review the changes to the Community Support Programme, announced in the 2014-15 budget, which will cut funding to valuable fundamental family day care services.

(2)         Will the Minister acknowledge that family day care services significantly rely on this funding to provide affordable fees and services to families living in rural and regional Australia.

(3)         Will the Minister acknowledge that if the proposed eligibility criterion is enforced there will be increased fees, with facilities facing closure and in turn, parents not having the capacity to remain in the workforce and meet the repayments on their home.

9 February 2015

    688    Dr Leigh : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the ‘targeted anti-avoidance measure’ jointly announced by the Treasurer and the then Assistant Treasurer on 6 November 2013, was a (a) discussion paper, (b) options paper, or (c) list of proposals, provided to stakeholders participating in this consultation process; if so, will he provide a copy.

    689    Dr Leigh : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the ‘targeted anti-avoidance measure’ jointly announced by the Treasurer and the then Assistant Treasurer on 6 November 2013, did his office or his department receive any written submissions from stakeholders participating in consultation on this matter; if so, will he provide a copy.

    690    Dr Leigh : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the ‘targeted anti-avoidance measure’ jointly announced by the Treasurer and the then Assistant Treasurer on 6 November 2013, since then, has he consulted with stakeholders regarding this matter; if so (a) which stakeholders, (b) on what date(s), (c) in what form were the consultations (ie, in person, in writing, by phone, etc), and if in person, where, and (d) did staff from his office or staff from his department (i) take file notes during these consultations, and (ii) produce file notes or summary commentary subsequent to these consultations; if so, will he provide copies.

    695    Ms McGowan : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         What sum has the Government spent on rail infrastructure since 1 July 2009.

(2)         What is the projected expenditure for all rail programs in 2014-15.

    698    Ms McGowan : To ask the Minister for Communications—

(1)         When will digital radio be available for residents in the electoral division of Indi.

(2)         Are there technical, regulatory, commercial or economic reasons why digital radio is not currently available to Indi residents; if so, (i) what are the reasons, and (ii) how does the Government intend to deal with them.

    705    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—For each Ministerial office since 7 September 2013, excluding payments associated with the change of Government, (a) what is the total cost of separation payments to Ministerial staff, and (b) how many Ministerial staff have (i) resigned, and (ii) been made redundant.

    706    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—

(1)         As a result of changes to the Ministry announced on 21 December 2014, how many Ministerial staff had their employment terminated, and of those, (a) what is the (i) date of termination for each employee, and (ii) total cost of separation payments (as a lump sum), and (b) how many were subsequently re-employed.

(2)         Of those subsequently re-employed, what was the commencement date of re-employment for each employee.

(3)         If the date of termination for any staff member falls outside of the normal notice period for Members of Parliament (Staff) employees, what is the (i) reason for this extension, and (ii) total cost for all such extensions.

11 February 2015

    717    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         What infrastructure proposals were evaluated by Infrastructure Australia in the December 2014 quarter.

(2)         For each proposal evaluated in the December 2014 quarter, (a) what is its name, (b) is it for a transport, energy, water or communications project, (c) is it classified as ‘investment in, or enhancement to, nationally significant infrastructure’, (d) to what states and/or territories does it relate, (e) which state or territory government lodged it; if neither, who lodged it, (f) what is its capital value, (g) what sum of Commonwealth funding is sought, and (h) is there an Infrastructure Australia assessed benefit-cost ratio; if so, what is it.

(3)         Why has a summary of each infrastructure proposal evaluated by Infrastructure Australia in the December 2014 quarter not been published on the Infrastructure Australia website, as required by section 5A(4) of the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 .

    718    Mr Bowen : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, established on 4 December 2013, (a) on what dates has it met, (b) in which cities has it met, (c) which members were in attendance at each meeting, (d) at which of these meetings, if any, (i) was he in attendance (in person), and (ii) were other Ministers in attendance, (e) what sum has been spent on establishing and running the Council, and (f) how many formal reports has it produced.

    719    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Defence—In respect of his announcement at Adelaide-based shipbuilders ASC in Adelaide on 10 February 2015, did he, any Federal Members or Senators, or any other person travel from Canberra to Adelaide by Special Purpose Aircraft; if so, (a) who, and (b) what was the total cost of the travel for him and any other persons who accompanied him on the return trip.

12 February 2015

    720    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1)         Which Members and Senators accompanied him to South Australia for the announcement regarding submarines on 10 February 2015.

(2)         Were any Members and Senators (including himself) accompanied by staff members; if so, how many.

(3)         What was the total cost of travel between Canberra and South Australia for all Members and Senators (including himself) and staff.

(4)         Did any of these Members and Senators (including himself) or staff travel business class; if so, how many.

(5)         What was the cost of Comcars for all travel to and from South Australia for this event, including Comcars taken to and from the (a) airport, and (b) announcement.

(6)         Did any of these Members and Senators (including himself) or staff claim travel allowance during their travel for this announcement; if so, (a) who, and (b) what total sum.

(7)         Were any Cabcharge cards used by any Members or Senators (including himself) or staff throughout the duration of travel for this announcement; if so, (a) for what trips, and (b) at what total sum.

(8)         Were any other minor travel expenses claimed by any Members or Senators (including himself) or staff throughout the duration of travel for this announcement; if so, (a) for what expenses, and (b) at what total sum.

23 February 2015

    725    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 419 (House Hansard , 9 February 2015, page 161), what organisation received the grant, and for what purpose.

25 February 2015

    729    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—Can he explain why I have not received replies to two letters I have written to his department, one dated 8 August 2014 seeking progress on the investigation into the actions of departmental officers and employees of Wellard Rural Exports Pty Ltd in respect of its handling of a shipment of Australian sheep to Pakistan, and another dated 6 January 2015 asking if charges in respect of this matter will be laid.

26 February 2015

    732    Mr Gray : To ask the Minister for Education and Training—What number of university applicants were from the electoral division of Brand in the calendar years (a) 2013 (b) 2014 (c) 2015.

    734    Mr Gray : To ask the Minister for Small Business—

(1)         Between 1 July 2012 and 31 December 2013, how many people in the electoral division of Brand claimed the instant asset write-off of up to $6,500 for small businesses.

(2)         In that period, what was the dollar benefit to those small businesses.

    739    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—What proportion (as a percentage) of all food imports are (a) inspected, and (b) tested.

    742    Mrs Elliot : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Affairs—In respect of the Government’s $534.4 million cut to the Indigenous Affairs portfolio as outlined in the 2014-15 budget, (a) what (i) are the names, and (ii) is the total number, of local organisations within the electoral division of Richmond that are adversely affected, and (b) how will these services now be provided.

3 March 2015

    744    Ms McGowan : To ask the Minister for Small Business—In respect of fuel price regulation, (a) what arrangements are in place for when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) Oilcode regulations cease on 1 April 2017, (b) have the Oilcode regulations resulted in a reduction of disparate fuel pricing between regional/rural and urban areas, (c) is the Government considering other plans to reduce fuel price asymmetry between regional/rural and urban areas; if so, can he outline them, (d) is the Government seeking to legislate in the area of fuel terminal gate pricing or have this remain within the legislative realm of the states and territories; if the former, will the Government consider implementing fuel terminal gate pricing (or a similar scheme), and (e) how will the ACCC better monitor fuel pricing (in accordance with his recent statement), and will this include the ability to stop higher pricing in rural/regional areas.

5 March 2015

    747    Mr Conroy : To ask the Assistant Treasurer—In respect of the $196,000 tender to the Sofitel Brisbane (CN2797262), (a) what event is to be conducted at this hotel, (b) when and where will this event take place, and (c) what is the full itinerary for the event.

    748    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—

(1)         What import restrictions has the Russian Federation imposed on all categories of Australian beef exports on the basis of (a) quarantine, and/or (b) general sections, and are these import restrictions imposed on New Zealand beef exports.

(2)         What representations has the Government made in order to lift Australian beef export restrictions imposed by the Russian Federation.

25 March 2015

    752    Ms King : To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 12 March 2015 of funding for the Wimmera Cancer Centre Project Horsham, (a) via what program is this project being funded, (b) will any existing programs be impacted by this decision, (c) was a funding application for this project received by her department; if so, (i) when, and (ii) what assessment of this application was undertaken, (d) does this commitment have an expiration date; if so, when, and (e) what other funding is this commitment contingent upon.

26 March 2015

    756    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister for Sport—

(1)         Could she contact the National Rugby League (NRL) regarding the most dangerous development in the game where a player was allowed to be spear tackled, clearly visible on video replay, and not punished.

(2)         Is she aware that this (a) was a third time attack and made with the intent of seriously harming a leading play maker, Mr Jonathon Thurston, where the perpetrator put his right arm under the chest of Mr Thurston and his left elbow upon the back of Mr Thurston’s neck, and (b) was an attack with the intent to ensure that Mr Thurston’s head and neck would take the full impact of the spear tackle.

(3)         Is she aware that two years ago a player had his back broken (albeit unintentionally) in a similar tackle and has been crippled for life.

(4)         Is she aware that in Mr Thurston’s case this tackle was done with aforethought and intent and that this same player earlier in the game had shoulder charged Mr Thurston a good second after he had passed the ball (illegal) and earlier still, had bashed Mr Thurston’s face into the ground with such force that he could not see out of that eye for the rest of the game.

(5)         Is it the responsibility of the Minister for Sport to ensure ‘the game’ and the competition are played in a right and proper manner which is beneficial to the sport and the Australian community and does not endanger the sport or the individual.

(6)         Given that no one’s interest is served by thuggery, brutality and blatant danger to life and limb, could she ensure that the judiciary and/or the NRL reply to her satisfaction and that of the Government and the Australian people.

12 May 2015

    757    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Does her department take steps to ensure the consent of the birth mother is obtained before a child born overseas and granted Australian citizenship by paternal descent is permitted to be taken into Australia; if so, what are those steps.

    758    Mr Katter : To ask the Treasurer—Will he require all trading banks and associated lending authorities to provide to the Australian Parliament through him, the full and complete wording of all confidentiality clauses inserted into all documentation served on clients in proceedings instigated in the last two years by the lender, or any instructed agent acting on behalf of the lender.

    759    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Trade and Investment—

(1)         What is the latest advice and information he has received from (a) his department, (b) the Department of Health, (c) the Department of Agriculture, and/or (d) any other relevant state and territory authorities on whether there is a link between Australians being infected with Hepatitis A and the consumption of Patties frozen berries.

(2)         What safety checks are undertaken generally on imported produce, including berries, packaged in Australia.

(3)         What proportion of imported produce is checked at the Australian border for disease and contamination.

(4)         What checks were undertaken on the imported Nanna’s frozen berry products that were suspected of infecting Australians with Hepatitis A before they were packaged in Victoria, and were these products grown in China and Chile.

(5)         What is the difference, if any, between the standards that (a) the Australian agriculture sector has to meet in supplying produce to the domestic Australian market, and (b) have to be met by foreign producers importing produce into Australia.

(6)         Were the reasons for the Hepatitis A outbreak from Nanna’s frozen berries (a) poor hygiene amongst Chinese workers, and (b) potentially contaminated water supplies; if not, what were the reasons.

    760    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Trade and Investment—

(1)         Are there any barriers in Australia’s various trade agreements to lifting Australia’s monitoring efforts to ensure that contaminated food is not imported to Australia for consumption.

(2)         Are there any Free Trade Agreements or World Trade Organisation rules that Australia is currently party to or in the process of becoming party to, which may prevent the Government from strengthening Australia’s domestic food labelling laws; if so, what are they.

    761    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Trade and Investment—

(1)         Will signing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) create legal issues for the Government if it subsequently proceeds with strengthening food labelling and monitoring standards.

(2)         Can foreign corporations sue the Government under a potential investor-state-dispute settlement provision that may be contained in the TPP in respect of possible changes in food labelling and food standards laws.

    762    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—

(1)         What measures and actions are he considering and investigating in respect of strengthening Australia’s food labelling and food monitoring measures following the outbreak of Hepatitis A linked with the importation of frozen berries.

(2)         Will he review Australia’s food labelling standards in the context of providing consumers with easily visible and informative information on which products are (a) imported from overseas, and (b) wholly grown and produced in Australia.

(3)         Does he accept that Australia has some of the highest food safety and environmental standards in the world, and that the Government should be encouraging local farmers and food manufacturing processors to work together to supply the domestic market.

(4)         Why does Australia import food, at the expense of local industry and jobs, from nations which have lower environmental and food health standards than Australia.

    763    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         In respect of advice from her department that as of 11 am on 27 February 2015 there were 21 confirmed cases that meet the reporting case definition for the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to the frozen berries consumption (8 in Queensland, 7 in New South Wales, 3 in Victoria, 1 in Western Australia, 1 in the Australian Capital Territory and 1 in South Australia), have there been further cases of Hepatitis A reported that are potentially linked with the frozen berries.

(2)         What advice has she received in respect of the potential number of people who could come forward with symptoms and diagnosis of Hepatitis A as a result of consuming potentially infected berries imported from China.

    764    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the $30,000.00 tender to the Hilton Hotel Brisbane for an event (CN2949242), (a) what is the event, (b) how many people will attend, (c) what is the full itinerary, including the menu for catering, and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

    765    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Defence—In respect of the $128,594.00 tender to the Fairmont Resort for an event (CN2956102), (a) what is the event, (b) how many people will attend, (c) what is the full itinerary, including social events and meals, and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

    766    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) what instigated initial consideration of terminating Dr Grimes, (b) for how long was the prospect of terminating Mr Grimes under consideration, (c) when and how was the decision to terminate Dr Grimes finalised, (d) who made the final decision to terminate Dr Grimes, and (e) what statutory provisions govern this decision-making process.

    767    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) on what date did the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) provide the Prime Minister with the report(s) on the proposed termination, and (b) how many reports were provided to the Prime Minister by the Secretary of the Department of the PM&C.

    768    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) on what date did drafting commence on the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C’s) report(s) to the Prime Minister about the proposed termination, (b) on what date did the Prime Minister seek a report from the Secretary of the Department of the PM&C about the proposed termination, and (c) in what form was the Prime Minister’s request made to the Secretary of the Department of the PM&C for this report.

    769    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) what was the involvement of the Australian Public Service Commissioner (APSC) in this matter, (b) on what date(s) did the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) consult with the APSC ahead of the preparation of the Secretary of the Department of the PM&C’s reports about the proposed termination, (c) in what form did consultation(s) by the Secretary of the Department of the PM&C with the APSC occur, and (d) who was involved in the Secretary of the Department of the PM&C’s consultation(s) with the APSC.

    770    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) on what date did the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet commence drafting the Prime Minister’s recommendations for His Excellency the Governor-General on the proposed termination, (b) on what date was (i) a draft version, and (ii) a final version, of these recommendations provided to the Prime Minister or his office, and (c) on what date were these recommendations transmitted to Government House.

    771    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) did the Prime Minister undertake any consultation(s) prior to the termination, either before or after the formal instigation of the process, and (b) was any formal or informal advice sought by the Prime Minister as to (i) the process to be undertaken, (ii) relevant considerations to be taken into account, (iii) appropriate consultation processes, (iv) legal matters, or (v) any other matters related to this case; if so, who sought the advice, when, from whom was it sought, when was the advice provided and in what form was it provided.

    772    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) when, and how, was Dr Grimes informed of his termination, (b) who informed Dr Grimes of his termination, and (c) was Dr Grimes afforded (i) procedural fairness or natural justice, and (ii) an opportunity to respond to the matter of his termination; if so, in what form did he respond.

    773    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—Prior to, or after the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, did Dr Grimes speak with, or otherwise contact, the Public Service Commissioner about this matter.

    774    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the termination in March 2015 of Dr Paul Grimes PSM from his position as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, (a) what is the unexpired portion of Dr Grimes’ employment contract for that position, and (b) was the aggregate cost of entitlements paid out to him under Part 5 of the relevant Determination made by the Remuneration Tribunal.

    775    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)         Were there any concerns about the operations or outcomes of the Department of Agriculture between September 2013 and March 2015 (the tenure of the former Secretary of

the Department of Agriculture, Dr Paul Grimes PSM); if so, on what basis.

(2)         Has the Department of Agriculture undertaken any Australian Public Service Commission-led Agency Capability Assessments since September 2013; if so, what was the result of each review.

(3)         What were the Department of Agriculture’s results in the Comcover Risk Management Benchmarking Survey in the calendar years (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, and (e) 2014.

    776    Mr Thomson : To ask the Treasurer—Has he or any Government agency investigated the property scheme established by the Australian Investments and Migration Service in Singapore to help foreign buyers get around the provisions of the Foreign Investments and Takeovers Act 1975 which prevent non-Australian residents acquiring existing Australian real estate; if so, what was the result of the investigation; if not, will he or the appropriate Government agency undertake an investigation.

    777    Ms McGowan : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—In respect of levies collected pursuant to the Deer Slaughter Levy Act 1992 and a project involving the farmed deer industry in Victoria that is looking at ways of upgrading the lairage area of Radfords abattoir in Warragul, Victoria, (a) what amounts of the levied funds are being allocated by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) to support this project, and (b) if none of these levied funds are being allocated by the RIRDC to support this project, to what projects are they being allocated.

    778    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the $110,000.00 tender to Order-In Pty Ltd for banquet and catering services (CN2994952), what were the banqueting and catering services for, and if for a particular function(s), (a) what function(s), (b) who from the Australian Public Service Commission attended, and (c) what was the full menu(s).

    779    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—In respect of the $16,470.72 tender to Abacus Industries for The Right Mix Drink Glass (P01191) At Ease Drink Bottles (P01683) (CN29995562), (a) who were the drink bottles provided to, (b) why were the drink bottles provided, (c) who recommended that his department purchase the drink bottles, and (d) how many drink bottles were procured.

    780    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—In respect of the $13,772.00 tender to Arteil (WA) for the purchase of ergonomically sound chairs for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (CN2995572), (a) who (i) recommended, and (ii) approved, the purchase of the chairs, and (b) how many chairs were purchased.

    781    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the $37,356.00 tender to Curated Content Pty Ltd (CN3008902), (a) what specific services will the Productivity Commission receive, and (b) which report or policy area does this relate to.

    782    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—In respect of the $45,000 tender to Rafferty’s Resort for an event (CN3008582), (a) what is the event, (b) how many people will attend, (c) what is the full itinerary, including social events and meals, and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

    783    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the $25,000 tender to InterContinental Melbourne (CN3008372) (a) what is the event, (b) how many people will attend, (c) what is the full itinerary, including social events and meals, and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

    784    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the Future Desktop Initiative, (a) what is the total cost, (b) how many workstations will be upgraded, and (c) how many employees will have access to the new platform.

    785    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the tender to Paddywack Promotional Products (CN3008232), what specific products will be supplied, and for what purpose.

    786    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of the $70,000 tender to the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa for an event (CN3007702), (a) what is the event, (b) how many people will attend, (c) what is the full itinerary, including social events and meals, and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

    787    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of the tender to The Corporate Key Pty Ltd (CN3007592), what specific products will be supplied, and for what purpose.

    788    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the visit of the King and Queen of Norway in February 2015, (a) what was the full itinerary for the event, and (b) what was the total cost of all activities associated with this event, including accommodation and catering.

    789    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the $25,534.41 tender to the National Gallery of Australia (CN3005572), (a) what is the event, (b) how many people will attend, (c) what is the full itinerary, including social events and meals, and (d) what is the total cost of all associated activities.

    790    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What foreign aid family planning programs have been funded by the Government since being elected in 2013.

    791    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has she been given any advice or information concerning the monitoring and outcomes of Australian Government family planning programs abroad; if so, can she provide it.

    792    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Do the Government’s private and/or public foreign aid reports and updates contain specific information or reporting on family planning projects; if not, why not.

    793    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the $10,507.75 tender to Yetimo Marketing Pty Ltd (CN3007872), (a) what specific merchandise will be supplied, (b) what is the merchandise promoting, and (c) who approved the purchasing of the merchandise.

    794    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister for Communications—When can residents in (a) Toongabbie, (b) The Ponds, and (c) Glenwood, in the electoral division of Greenway expect to be connected to the National Broadband Network.

    795    Mr Wilkie : To ask the Prime Minister—What meetings or phone conversations has the Prime Minister or any other Minister or their staff had concerning the financing of the Carmichael Mine Project in the Galilee Basin with representatives of the (a) Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, (b) National Australia Bank Limited, (c) Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and (d) Westpac Banking Group.

13 May 2015

    796    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Will she consider adopting the approach by the former Government of doubling aid funding for family planning services in developing countries to $50 million a year by 2016, as part of efforts to support a global campaign to prevent unwanted pregnancies and save 200,000 lives; if not, what level of funding is allocated to family planning in the 2015-16 foreign aid budget.

    797    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         What foreign aid plans and programs were considered by the Government in the lead up to the 2015 budget.

(2)         What sum is the Government seeking to invest in foreign aid in 2015-16.

(3)         What level of funding is being allocated to family planning programs abroad.

25 May 2015

  *798    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         What was the process by which Mr Shannon Farmer was selected as an independent consumer advocate by the National Blood Authority on the Expert Working Group and Clinical/Consumer Reference Group for Modules 1 and 2 of the Patient Blood Management Guidelines.

(2)         How and when was Mr Farmer appointed as a Patient Blood Management advocate and researcher by the National Blood Authority on the Expert Working Group and Clinical/Consumer Reference Group for Modules 3 and 4 of the Patient Blood Management Guidelines.

(3)         At the time that Mr Farmer was appointed as an independent consumer advocate, did he declare that (a) he was engaged as a consultant to a business promoting Patient Blood Management programs, and, as required by the National Health and Medical Research Council, (b) he had a religious affiliation that may have constituted a conflict of interest.

(4)         If Mr Farmer had not declared his commercial and religious interests in his role as consumer representative, why was he considered a fit person for subsequent appointment.

(5)         Given Mr Farmer has, following media revelations, now declared 27 potential conflicts of interest, many of a commercial nature, does she accept that his appointment as a ‘consumer advocate’ calls into question the National Blood Authority’s objectivity on the Patient Blood Management Guidelines.

  *799    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Education and Training—

(1)         When was he or his department first approached to fund a research centre in conjunction with the Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC), and to whom was this approach made.

(2)         Did he at any time meet with Dr Bjorn Lomborg or any representative of the CCC to discuss funding opportunities; if so, on what dates were those meetings.

(3)         What process was used to assess the request for funding assistance.

(4)         Was an in-principle decision made to fund the project before an approach was made by his department to the University of Western Australia (UWA) to co-fund this project.

(5)         Did he at any time approach the UWA in relation to establishing a collaboration with Dr Lomborg and the CCC, and will he release the document wherein any approach was made to the UWA; if not, why not.

(6)         What other universities were approached to consider sponsoring the research centre.

(7)         Was he, his office or his department contacted by the Prime Minister’s office in connection with the establishment of the research centre; if so, on what date(s) did that contact occur.

(8)         Did his department instruct the UWA not to reference the contribution of federal funding when announcing it was establishing a research centre on 2 April 2015.

(9)         From which line item within his department’s budget was the allocation made.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    D. R. Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives