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Notice given 17 October 2002

807  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can the following information be provided for each of the following financial years: (a) 1998-99; (b) 1999-2000; (c) 2000-01; and (d) 2001-02; and (e) as an estimate for 2002-03: The cost to the department of:

(1) The lease of the Edmond Barton Building.

(2) Human resources services.

(3) Information technology services.

(4) The provision of financial services.

(5) Audit services.

(6) Security services.

(7) The department’s executive and chief executive officers.

(8) The provision of ministerial support services.

808  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Did the department engage Mr David Bannam to undertake a review of the National Residue Survey Program.

(2) (a) When was Mr Bannam engaged; (b) what was the term of his engagement; (c) what was the cost of his engagement; and (d) when did Mr Bannam complete his work.

(3) Did Mr Bannam’s report contain a set of recommendations and principles to be applied to the program; if so: (a) what were Mr Bannam’s recommendations; and (b) what were the principles proposed by Mr Bannam for the program.

(4) Has the Minister accepted both Mr Bannam’s principles and the recommendations for the program; if so, when will the department implement the recommendations made by Mr Bannam.

809  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) (a) What increases in costs have been imposed on each industry participating in the National Residue Survey Program for each of the following financial years: (i)1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01, (iv) 2001-02, and (v) 2002-03; and (b) what increases are proposed for the 2003-04 financial year.

(2) (a) What was the nature of these increases, by industry and by year; (b) what was the basis of each increase, by industry and by year; and (c) what consultative process was followed with industry prior to each increase in charges being put in place.

810  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the costs to industry of its participation in the National Residue Survey Program:

(1) By industry group: (a) what was the actual cost of sampling and analytical testing; and (b) what were the associated administrative costs of the program, in each of the following financial years: (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01, and (iv) 2001-02.

(2) What are the forecast costs for (1)(a) and (1)(b) for the 2002-03 financial year.

811  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—For each financial year from 1996-1997 to 2001-2002, what was the number of: (i) full-time staff, (ii) part-time staff, (iii) casual staff, and (iv) contractors, at each of the following Australian Customs Service locations:

(1) In New South Wales: (a) Pitt Street, Sydney; (b) Sydney Airport (all locations); (c) Clyde Postal Operations; (d) Eastlake Detector Dog Unit; (e) Neutral Bay Marine Centre; (f) Newcastle Regional Office; (g) Wollongong Regional Office; (h) Richmond RAAF Base; (i) Eden Regional Office; and (j) Coffs Harbour Regional Office.

(2) In the Australian Capital Territory: (a) Customs House and any associated locations; (b) Fyshwick Detector Dog Unit; and (c) Fyshwick Technical Annex.

(3) In Queensland: (a) Terrica Place City Office; (b) Parcels Post Office; (c) Pinkenbah Detector Dog Unit; (d) Brisbane Airport (all locations); (e) Bundaberg Regional Office; (f) Gladstone Regional Office; (g) Mackay Regional Office; (h) Townsville Regional Office; (i) Cairns Regional Office; (j) Thursday Island Regional Office; and (k) Weipa Regional Office.

(4) In South Australia: (a) Port Adelaide Customs House; (b) Parcel Post Office; (c) Adelaide Airport (all locations); (d) Port Pirie; and (e) Port Lincoln.

(5) In Tasmania: (a) Hobart Customs House; (b) Launceston Regional Office; and (c) Burnie Regional Office.

(6) In Victoria: (a) Melbourne Customs House; (b) Tullamarine Airport (all locations); (c) Sperry Drive Postal Operations; (d) East Swanston Dock; and (e) Portland.

(7) In Western Australia: (a) Customs House Fremantle; (b) Welshpool Postal Operations; (c) Perth Airport (all locations); (d) Detector Dog Unit; (e) Albany Regional Office; (f) Bunbury Regional office; (g) Carnavon Regional Office; (h) Dampier Regional Office; (i) Esperance Regional Office; (j) Geraldton Regional Office; (k) Port Headland Regional Office; and (l) Broome Regional Office.

(8) In the Northern Territory: (a) Darwin Customs House; (b) Darwin Airport; and (c) Gove.

(9) Lord Howe Island.

812  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the information kit on the Government’s proposed law to excise 3 000 islands from Australia’s migration zone:

(1) On what date did the Minister direct that this information kit be prepared.

(2) What advice or information was provided to, and what consultation occurred with, each of the island communities affected by the legislation prior to this date.

(3) Can details be provided of how and when the information kit was distributed, including a complete list of the communities that have been provided with the kit.

(4) Why did the Government not consult with these communities prior to acting to excise the islands by regulation on 7 June 2002.

(5) Can the details be provided of consultations with each of the communities which have since occurred.

(6) What action will the Government take in response to concerns or opposition from the island communities in relation to the proposed legislation.

813  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Does the Minister accept that under the International Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Genocide, destruction of culture is a form of genocide.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the ongoing destruction of Indigenous culture at Sandon Point, New South Wales, is seen as an act of cultural genocide by senior Indigenous community figures.

(3) What measures will the Minister be taking to ensure that Indigenous culture at Sandon Point is protected in accordance with the Convention.

(4) Will the Minister contact local Indigenous authorities at Sandon Point to investigate their claims of cultural genocide under the terms of the Convention.

(5) Will the Minister take action to apply the provisions of the convention to those responsible for the destruction of Indigenous culture at Sandon Point.

(6) Will the Minister be guided by the principles of Article 13 of the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, which accords them the right of ‘… access in private to their religious and cultural sites’.

(7) Is the Minister aware that the rights of access and privacy accorded to Indigenous people under this declaration are being transgressed by a housing development at Sandon Point.

(8) What action will the Minister be taking to investigate the claims that rights accorded to Indigenous people under Article 13 have been denied at Sandon Point.

(9) What actions will the Minister be taking to see that the Burra convention is appropriately applied to Aboriginal sites at Sandon Point.

(10) Will this include contacting local Indigenous authorities at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

(11) Is the Minister satisfied that articles 10, 23, 25, 26, and 27 of the Burra Convention have been observed in relation to Aboriginal sites at Sandon Point.

(12) If the Minister is not satisfied that these articles have been observed, what measures do they propose to take to see that they are.

814  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Does the Attorney-General accept that under the International Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Genocide, destruction of culture is a form of genocide.

(2) Is the Attorney-General aware that the ongoing destruction of Indigenous culture at Sandon Point, New South Wales, is seen as an act of cultural genocide by senior Indigenous community figures.

(3) What measures will the Attorney-General be taking to ensure that Indigenous culture at Sandon Point is protected in accordance with the Convention.

(4) Will the Attorney-General contact local Indigenous authorities at Sandon Point to investigate their claims of cultural genocide under the terms of the Convention.

(5) Will the Attorney-General take action to apply the provisions of the convention to those responsible for the destruction of Indigenous culture at Sandon Point.

(6) Will the Attorney-General be guided by the principles of Article 13 of the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, which accords them the right of ‘… access in private to their religious and cultural sites’.

(7) Is the Attorney-General aware that the rights of access and privacy accorded to Indigenous people under this declaration are being transgressed by a housing development at Sandon Point.

(8) What action will the Attorney-General be taking to investigate the claims that rights accorded to Indigenous people under Article 13 have been denied at Sandon Point.

(9) What actions will the Attorney-General be taking to see that the Burra convention is appropriately applied to Aboriginal sites at Sandon Point.

(10) Will this include contacting local Indigenous authorities at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

(11) Is the Attorney-General satisfied that articles 10, 23, 25, 26, and 27 of the Burra Convention have been observed in relation to Aboriginal sites at Sandon Point.

(12) If the Attorney-General is not satisfied that these articles have been observed, what measures do they propose to take to see that they are.