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Notice given 12 November 2002

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

(1) Was the 18-month Agriculture - Advancing Australia (AAA) Communication Program intended to encourage greater participation in AAA programs; if so, did the program effectively fulfil this purpose; if not, what was its purpose.

(2) (a) What are the results of the evaluation conducted at the conclusion of the communication program; (b) who conducted the evaluation; and (c) what was the total cost of the communication program.

898  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—

(1) Was Centrelink’s performance in respect to the delivery of the Flood Assistance Package assessed as part of a post-implementation review program; if so: (a) what deficiencies were identified in Centrelink’s performance; and (b) what recommendations were made to improve the delivery of future rural assistance packages.

(2) Have these recommendations been adopted; if so, has adoption of these recommendations improved Centrelink’s capacity to deliver current rural assistance programs; if not, why not.

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

(1) (a) What are the details of the current Memorandum of Understanding between the department and Centrelink concerning the delivery of exceptional circumstances relief payments and other departmental programs; and (b) can a copy of the memorandum be provided; if not, why not.

(2) What payment did the department provide to Centrelink for the administrative cost of delivering departmental programs in the 2001-02 financial year.

(3) Is the department satisfied with Centrelink’s achievement of 67 per cent of key performance indicators in respect to the delivery of departmental programs in the 2001-02 financial year.

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

(1) Who represented Australia at the International Sugar Organisation Council and associated meetings in: (a) London, in November 2001; and (b) Durban, in May 2002.

(2) What was the agenda of each meeting.

(3) What was the cost of the attendance of the Australian delegation at each meeting.

(4) When and where is the next meeting of the International Sugar Organisation Council at which Australia will be represented.

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

(1) What projects have been funded under the Pigmeat Processing Grants Program.

(2) For each project, can the following information be provided: (a) grant date; (b) grant recipient; (c) registered address of grant recipient; (d) full project description, including: (i) location, (ii) project commencement and conclusion dates, (iii) total funding, and (iv) evaluation results; and can any grants that were made despite the applications not meeting program application criteria be identified.

(3) What evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of the program.

902  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—(a) What was the total expenditure on the Tasmanian Wheat Freight Shipping Scheme in the 2001-02 financial year; and (b) what percentage of eligible shipping costs was met by the scheme.

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

(1) Has an evaluation of the AAA-Farm Help Program been completed; if so, when was it presented to the Minister.

(2) What stakeholders were consulted during the evaluation.

(3) Does the evaluation contain recommendations on changes to the program; if so, what changes does the evaluation report recommend.

(4) Can a copy of the evaluation report be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Has the Minister developed a response to the evaluation report.

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

(1) Was a review of interest rate subsidies as a form of farm business assistance scheduled to commence in January 2002.

(2) Did the Minister delay the commencement of the review; if so, why was the review delayed.

(3) Has the review commenced; if so: (a) when did it commence; (b) who is conducting the review; (c) what are its terms of reference; and (d) when will it be completed; if not: (a) when will it commence; (b) who will conduct the review; (c) what will be its terms of reference; and (d) when is it expected to be completed.

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

(1) Has a final impact assessment of the AAA-FarmBis program been completed; if so, when was it presented to the Minister.

(2) What stakeholders were consulted during the assessment.

(3) Does the assessment contain recommendations on changes to the program; if so, what changes does the assessment report recommend.

(4) Can a copy of the assessment report be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Has the Minister developed a response to the assessment.

906  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Was the review of Commonwealth Fisheries Policy, announced in June 2000, due to be completed in August 2001.

(2) Why has the completion of the review been delayed by more than 15 months.

(3) What stakeholders have been consulted and/or made submissions to the review.

(4) When will the review be completed.

907  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With respect to the 2002-03 Commonwealth Community Legal Services Program, in particular the $70 000 allocated to, but not taken up by, the Financial Counselling Service (QLD):

(1) When will a decision be made on the reallocation of the funding.

(2) Can the money be made available to the Caxton Legal Centre Inc. to avoid the imminent closure of its innovative program for the provision of legal outreach services to older people; if not, why not.

908  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) When was the decision made to have a Life of Type Extension (LOTE) to the Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) fleet.

(2) Were any options apart from the LOTE considered, for example, was the option of replacement rather than refurbishment considered.

(3) Were any proposals to replace the LCHs received from Australian small- to medium-sized enterprises; if so, which organisations submitted proposals.

(4) (a) Why were these proposals rejected; and (b) was the decision made on the basis of cost; if not, what factors led to the decision to refit rather than replace the current fleet.

(5) Of the proposals submitted: (a) how many had existing units that could be directly evaluated by the Navy; and (b) what were the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed units.

(6) What was the original budget for the refit of the LCH fleet.

(7) What were the costs of any other options.

(8) (a) What has been the cost of the refit to the LCH fleet to date; and (b) what is the complete refit expected to cost.

(9) When will the refit be delivered.