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Notice given 23 September 2002

664  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2889 (House of Representatives Hansard , 22 June 1998, p. 5112):

(1) What is the: (a) peacetime establishment; and (b) current staffing strength, of each unit in the Australian Army.

(2) What is the: (a) peacetime establishment; and (b) current staffing strength, of each unit in the Royal Australian Air Force.

(3) What is the: (a) peacetime establishment; and (b) current staffing strength, of each unit in the Royal Australian Navy.

666  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) For each month of the years ending 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2002 and of the period 1 January to 30 June 2002, and as a total for each year and for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002: how many vehicles with four wheels were issued import approvals under the Low Volume Scheme; and (b) can these details be broken down by vehicle category.

(2) (a) For each month of the years ending 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2002 and of the period 1 January to 30 June 2002, and as a total for each year and for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002: how many compliance plates were issued import approvals under the Low Volume Scheme; and (b) can these details be broken down by vehicle category.

(3) For the years ending 31 December 2000 and 31 December 2001 and for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002, what was the average age of Low Volume Scheme vehicles at the date of importation, and what was the percentage of each year of the total number.

674  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 569, part (1) (House of Representatives Hansard , 20 August 2002, p. 5291): What are the same details for each electorate in all other states.

(2) In all states, which government and non-government members and senators have been advised of such visits, and on how many occasions, in each of the past 3 years.

676  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) What was the actual amount: (a) estimated; and (b) saved, for each savings proposal in each of the past 5 budgets.

(2) In instances where savings were not achieved as estimated: (a) what supplementary funding was provided to cover the shortfall; and (b) by what means.

678  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) When will legislation be introduced that will allow for workers to be paid their entitlements ahead of banks and other creditors.

(2) Will that legislation apply to any current liquidations.

(3) In the case of Computerised Holdings Pty Ltd, did the liquidator identify the cause of liquidation as being insolvent trading; if so, why did the Australian Securities and Investment Commission not prosecute.

(5) What are the criteria being used for making claims against the liquidator in the case of Computerised Holdings.

(6) Is it intended that legal advice be sought on any distribution of assets ahead of the payment of workers’ entitlements.

679  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—

(1) What is the anticipated cost of the decision to allow a corporate group to transfer losses and be taxed as a single entity.

(2) Is there any truth to the claim by some mining executives that this new arrangement will allow them to unlock $11 billion in losses and enjoy a tax holiday for 20 years.

(3) Is it true that, under these new arrangements, businesses will be able to revalue all assets to ‘market value’ without having to pay capital gains tax on the revaluations.

(4) Is it true that for depreciation purposes the new ‘market value’ can be used as an expense over the estimated useful life of the asset.