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Notice given 4 September 2003

1857  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $90 000 for the Subaxtreme Manufacturing Facility project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(l) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project; and

(m) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1858  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $500 000 for the Cooloola Agriculture Centre project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact;

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation; and

(ag)  (i) what exceptional characteristics did the project proposal possess, and (ii) what significant or widespread impact on employment did the application suggest would result from the realisation of the project.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1859  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $160 000 for the Hervey Bay Thrill Seeker “Bungee” project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1860  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $240 000 for the TSG Pacific Software Engineering Centre project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1861  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $294 500 for the Farmfresh Expansion Program project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1862  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $330 000 for the Neptunes Reefworld Aquarium Development project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1863  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $150 000 for the B&S Classic Doors Expansion project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1864  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $24 500 for the Expansion of Mikes Industrial Coatings project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1865  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $275 000 for the Whitesnake Ventilation Improved Underground project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1866  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $135 000 for the Queensland Travel Wholesalers Web Development project under the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) (a) What total Structural Adjustment Package funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if the funds were paid in one sum, on what date was the payment made; or if the funds were paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) on behalf of the proponent and/or the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee.

(6) When did the department or the Minister inform the proponent, the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee and the Member for Wide Bay about the funding approval.

(7) When did the department or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) What was the quantum of the grant announced by the department or the Minister.

(9) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) when was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) when was the funding application referred to the Wide Bay Burnett Region Advisory Committee;

(c) was the application varied; if so, when, and what was the nature of the variation/s;

(d) when did the committee make a recommendation to the Minister;

(e) what recommendation did the committee make;

(f) when was the application approved by the Minister;

(g) did the funding application comply with the structural adjustment package guidelines; if not, can details of the non-compliance be provided;

(h) what total funding was sought, including goods and services tax;

(i) what was the main business of the proponent at the time of application;

(j) how did the proponent describe the proposed project;

(k) was the proposed project a new project or an extension of an existing business activity;

(l) with reference to employment outcomes nominated by the proponent:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project,

(iv) what employment timing was outlined by the proponent, and

(v) what types of jobs did the proponent claim would be generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(m) what project planning and design time did the proponent nominate;

(n) if applicable, what construction start date was nominated by the proponent;

(o) what project commissioning and/or commencement date was nominated by the proponent;

(p) what date did the proponent nominate for the project to become fully operational;

(q) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(r) what long-term benefits to the Wide Bay Burnett region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(s) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region did the proponent say would be generated by the project;

(t) was the proposal local, national or export focused;

(u) did a business plan accompany the application form;

(v) what evidence did the proponent provide to support the proposal’s feasibility and did this evidence include a feasibility study; if so, who undertook the feasibility study;

(w) did the proponent provide details of projected cash flow, revenue and expenses for at least the first 5 years; if so, did the proponent include investment analysis details such as rates of return, liquidity and debt analysis;

(x) were copies of the proponent’s business plan and financial statements provided;

(y) did the proponent provide details of similar projects successfully realised; if so, what projects;

(z) did the proponent provide a statement indicating the extent to which Commonwealth funding was needed to realise the project;

(aa) (i) what evidence did the proponent provide indicating community support for the application, and (ii) which organisations or individuals provided letters of support;

(ab) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, did the proponent identify would be provided or had been sought for the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(ac) was a statement provided attesting that the proponent’s financial contribution to the project would be a new investment;

(ad) did the proponent provide evidence that appropriate planning and environmental approvals had been gained or sought;

(ae) did the proponent provide a statement describing the likely impact of the project on other businesses in the region; if so, how did the proponent describe the likely impact; and

(af) did the proponent provide details of a likely net increase in employment, including, if applicable, employment growth resulting from relocation.

(10) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a)  when did the proponent enter into a grant agreement with the department;

(b) with reference to employment outcomes:

(i) how many full-time and part time jobs have been generated by the project,

(ii) how many direct and indirect jobs have been generated by the project,

(iii) how many construction jobs were generated by the project,

(iv) over what time period have these jobs been created, and have employment growth and employment numbers been sustained, and

(v) what types of jobs have been generated by the project i.e. skilled or unskilled and training opportunities;

(c) what project planning and design time was required;

(d) if applicable, what was the construction start date;

(e) when did project operations commence;

(f) when did the project become fully operational;

(g) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(h) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(i) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(j) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, when;

(k) what long-term benefits for the Wide Bay Burnett region have been generated by the project;

(l) what flow-on benefits to other businesses, organisations or individuals in the region have been generated by the project;

(m) has the project been local, national or export focused;

(n) what sources of funding, other than structural adjustment package funds, have supported the project, including Commonwealth and/or state and/or local government funding;

(o) what financial contribution has the proponent made to the project;

(p) has the proponent complied with appropriate planning and environmental laws; and

(q) what impact has the project had on other businesses in the region.

(11) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding i.e. self-funding or other sources;

(c) has the proponent lodged a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project; and

(f) has an independent audit been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the audit, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1867-1868)—Are there any instances or circumstances in which the Government has instructed solicitors acting on its behalf in matters relating to military compensation, to claim legal privilege and to withhold any medical reports generated at their request, which substantiate claimants’ statements about injury or illness caused whilst in the service of Australia’s armed services; if so, what is the Government’s rationale for directing solicitors acting on its behalf to withhold information generated at the Government’s own request favourable to the claimant serviceman or woman; if not, what action will the Government take to stop this practice which denies justice to Australia’s servicemen and women.

1867 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1868 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs

1869  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the proposal by ES Link and Portsea Camp for use of Commonwealth land at Point Nepean:

(1) (a) What is the status of this proposal; and (b) have discussions taken place between the Commonwealth or its representatives and ES Link and/or Portsea Camp; if so: (i) when, (ii) who participated, and (iii) what was the subject of the discussions.

(2) Are there any connections between the Commonwealth Government and ES Link, its directors and shareholders or related entities; if so, can details be provided.

(3) Under this proposal: (a) would all land remain accessible to the public; (b) what if any new development on the land is required; if so, what area will this involve and what is the purpose; and (c) would the public have access to the beach at all times.

1870  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the proposed disposal of Commonwealth land at Point Nepean:

(1) (a) What is the current status of the expressions of interest received in the Commonwealth land at Point Nepean; (b) how many have been ruled out and which remain in contention; and (c) for those which remain in contention, can details be provided of the company or organisation, together with a summary of the proposal.

(2) What is the timeline and process for deciding the future of the land.

(3) (a) What organisations or individuals, other than the Victorian Government, have been asked to advise or comment on the expressions of interest or on the future of the land; (b) when were they asked; and (c) what is their role.

(4) Will the Minister require the organisation that becomes responsible for the land to have expertise in heritage management and environmental management.

1871  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) How many and which new non-government schools received funding in 2003.

(2) How many students are there in each of these new schools.

(3) What will be the Commonwealth SES funding for these new schools in 2003.

(4) What will be the Commonwealth capital works funding for these new schools in 2003.

(5) How many and which non-government schools have closed so far in 2003.

(6) How many students were in each of these schools.