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Notice given 4 August 2005

1048  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many navy, army and air force cadet units exist in each state and in which communities are they located.

(2) (a) What was the total funding allocated to Australian Defence Force (ADF) Cadet Corps in the 2004-05 financial year; and (b) by what process was this money distributed between: (i) the three cadet services, and (ii) each group within each service.

(3) What formula, if any, is applied to the distribution of grants, and what is the process and timing each year.

(4) (a) How much funding was allocated to each unit in the 2004-05 financial year; and (b) on what basis was this decision made.

(5) (a) What additional grants were made to individual cadet units; (b) what was the total amount of the additional grants expended in the 2000-05 financial year; (c) which cadet units received the additional grants; and (d) what criteria were set to qualify for these grants.

(6) For the financial years from 2000-01 to date: (a) what was the annual increase in funding for the ADF Cadet Corps; (b) which cadet units received an increase in funding and what was the amount given; and (c) what criteria was used to determine distribution of additional funds.

(7) How many salaried ADF positions are attached to the ADF Cadet Corps for the 2004-05 financial year and how many are: (a) regular defence force personnel; (b) reservists; and (c) other.

(8) For the year 2004-05, how many positions: (a) were allocated to each state; (b) were allocated to each cadet unit; and (c) were part-time.

(9) Is the cost of salaries to the Cadet Corps met from the funding described in (4) above; if not, under which budget stream is funding made.

(10) (a) What is the role and function of these positions within the Cadet Corps unit; (b) what types of instruction are given to cadets; and (c) what are the obligations as set out in the duty statements.

(11) Can a copy be provided of the duty statements for each type of position in each of the three service streams.

(12) Was there a review, conducted by the Director of the Naval Reserve Cadets (NRC) in 1999 to establish possible initiatives to assist NRC units with the broking of public liability insurance; if so: (a) what were the findings and recommendations of the review; (b) what action was taken as a result; and (c) can a copy be provided of the report.

(13) Given the Government’s recognition of the importance of the Cadet Corps as an entry point for the future recruitment of personnel to defence services, what action has been taken to ensure the continued viability of the Cadet Corps given the increasing cost of public liability insurance.

1049  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Has an investigation been carried out into the allegation that an organised network of soldiers and civilians have been using, selling and distributing amphetamines at Woodside army barracks; if so: (a) who conducted the investigation; and (b) what was the outcome.

(2) (a) What charges, if any, have been laid against serving personnel by the military command and by state police; and (b) how many military personnel are implicated.

(3) How many personnel have been tested for drug usage, and how many tests returned positive.

(4) In how many cases have discharge procedures been commenced, commensurate with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) zero tolerance policy under the new regulations.

(5) Since 1 July 2005: (a) how many other ADF personnel have been tested for drug usage; (b) at which bases; and (c) with what results in terms of outcomes and penalties imposed.

1054  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to evidence on the Tomson case given to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee during additional estimates on 14 February 2005, ( Hansard reference L&C p.182):

(1) Has compensation been finalised; if so, what is the offer and when will it be submitted to Mr Tomson; if not, can details be provided on the outstanding matters under consideration that are delaying the finalisation of this matter.

(2) For the outstanding matters identified in paragraph (1), can information be provided on how these matters will be progressed.

1058  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the screening of Australia Post mail and non-mail parcels (distributed through DHL, FedEx etc) by the Australian Customs Service (ACS):

(1) (a) For the year 2004, can details be provided, by outlets in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory on the approximate number of individual overseas letters or postal items, including parcels, received at each mail screening centre; and (b) for each centre, did the ACS reach the 100 per cent screening target.

(2) (a) What is the target percentage for individual non-mail overseas parcels screened; (b) when was this target set; (c) how was it calculated; (d) who, or which committee, set this target; (e) when was this target last revised; and (e) what was the target before the last revision.

(3) For each of the years 2000 to date, can details be provided, by state, on the: (a) approximate number of individual non-mail overseas parcels that arrive in Australia; and (b) the number of individual overseas parcels screened.

(4) (a) What is the policy for determining which parcels are screened and which are not; and (b) is it based on a risk assessment basis or is it random.

(5) If it is based on a risk assessment basis, can details be provided on the factors that are taken into account when determining which parcels are screened.

1059  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the matters that were referred to the Director of International and Operations:

(1) For each of the years 2001 to date: (a) how many matters were referred; and (b) to which countries did these matters relate.

(2) What action was taken on these matters.

(3) Of these matters, how many were referred to: (a) the Minister for Justice and Customs; and (b) the Attorney-General.

(4) Of those matters referred to the Minister for Justice and Customs and the Attorney-General, what action was taken.

(5) Was the Bali 9 case referred to: (a) the Director of International and Operations; (b) the Minister for Justice and Customs; or (c) the Attorney-General; if so, what action was taken in relation to that specific matter.

(6) (a) Can a copy be provided of the current mutual assistance manual used to cover informal police-to-police assistance rendered before charge; (b) when was this manual last revised; (c) are any revisions currently being undertaken; and (d) are any revisions planned.

(7) Are the mutual assistance procedures different in countries with the death penalty to those countries without the death penalty; if so, what is the difference; if not, why not.

1061  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Can a breakdown of costs be provided for the total cost of Missing Persons Week.

(2) How many posters were: (a) printed; and (b) distributed.

(3) What was the cost of the printing and distribution of the posters.

(4) To whom were the posters distributed and was there any cost to the persons requesting the posters.

(5) How many pamphlets were: (a) printed; and (b) distributed.

(6) What was the cost of the printing and distribution of the pamphlets.

(7) To whom were the pamphlets distributed and was there any cost to the persons requesting the pamphlets.

(8) (a) Who was invited to the launch of National Missing Persons Week; and (b) who attended.

(9) What events did the Minister or his representative attend throughout the week.

(10) Can information be provided on the nature of the agreement between the National Missing Persons Unit (NMPU) and Foxtel’s Crime and Investigation network and what resources of the NMPU will be devoted to the agreement.

(11) Prior to Missing Persons Week commencing, was it advertised: (a) on television; (b) on radio; or (c) in newspapers; if so, which medium and what was the cost of these advertisements; if not, why not; and (d) can a copy be provided of the advertisements.

(12) What books were launched during the week.

(13) (a) Does the Australian Federal Police, or any other body, conduct any media monitoring as to the number of mentions and stories; if not, why not; if so, what is the cost of this monitoring; and (b) can information be provided on the outcome of the monitoring.