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Notice given 1 June 2006

1845  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 360 (Senate Hansard , 4 October 2005, p. 85) relating to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) staff morale: Has a CASA staff survey been conducted ‘by June 2006’; if not, why not; if so: (a) when was the survey commissioned; (b) what were its results; and (c) can a copy of the report of the survey be provided; if not, why not.

1846  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What sums has the Grains Research and Development Corporation paid to the Grains Council of Australia or any other entity in connection with the company Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.

 

 (2) For each sum paid, what was the: (a) date of payment; (b) quantum of payment; (c) form of payment; (d) purpose of the payment; and (e) provision of the Primary Industries and Research and Development Act 1989 authorising the payment.

1847  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What sums has the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) paid in connection with the ‘unincorporated venture’ Single Vision (as described by Mr Terry Enright in evidence to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006).

(2) For each sum paid what was the: (a) date of payment; (b) quantum of payment; (c) form of payment; (d) purpose of the payment; and (e) provision of the Primary Industries and Research and Development Act 1989 authorising the payment.

(3) What guidelines are in place to manage expenditure by ‘interim’ directors and the Chief Executive Officer of the unincorporated venture Single Vision.

(4) Are invoices for Single Vision expenditure issued to the GRDC, individual ‘interim’ directors or staff of the unincorporated venture Single Vision, or another entity. 

1848  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has the Grains Research and Development Corporation purchased the company Single Vision Grains Australia Limited; if so, on what date and what consideration was paid.

(2) What provisions of the Primary Industries and Research and Development Act 1989 authorise the payment.

1849  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Mr Terry Enright, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, on 24 May 2006, that the Grains Council of Australia (GCA) proposed an ‘illegal’ arrangement in relation to Single Vision:

(1) What are the details of the proposed ‘illegal’ arrangement.

(2) On what date was the ‘illegal’ arrangement proposed.

(3) Which representatives of the GCA proposed the ‘illegal’ arrangement.

(4) Which representatives of the GRDC were in receipt of the GCA’s proposal to establish the ‘illegal’ arrangement.

(5) How did the GRDC consider the proposal to establish the ‘illegal’ arrangement.

(6) Did the GRDC Board consider the proposal to establish the ‘illegal’ arrangement; if not, why not; if so: (a) on what dates; and (b) can copies of board minutes be provided.

(7) Did the GRDC seek legal advice before determining the GCA was proposing the establishment of an ‘illegal’ arrangement; if so: (a) on what date; (b) what was the form of the request; (c) on what date was the advice received; (d) what was the form of the advice; (e) what was the source of the advice; and (f) if the advice was written, can a copy be provided.

 

 (8) (a) On what date did the GRDC advise the GCA that it had rejected the ‘illegal’ arrangement; (b) what was the form of that advice; and (c) if that advice was written, can a copy be provided.

1850  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can a copy be provided of all Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Board and board sub-committee meeting minutes that address the relationship between GRDC and each of the following: (a) Single Vision Grains Australia Limited; and (b) the unincorporated entity Single Vision, including ‘interim’ directors and staff; if not, why not.

1851  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the department to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, on 24 May 2006, that it was ‘aware’ of work by Single Vision into alternatives to the ‘single desk’ before a newspaper report on 26 April and that ‘the report in the paper was by no means the first indication of it’: (a) on what date was the department first informed about this work; and (b) what was the source of this information.

1852  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is funded by grower levies and taxes.

(2) On what date was the GRDC-funded Single Vision study of alternatives to the ‘single desk’ for export wheat commissioned.

(3) What is the budgeted cost of the study.

(4) Can the Minister confirm that the Centre for International Economics (CIE) has been engaged to undertake modelling as part of the study.

(5) Is the Minister aware that the Executive Director of the CIE, Mr Andrew Stoeckel, believes the ‘single desk’ does not serve Australia’s national interests or growers’ interests and should be ‘thrown out’.

(6) What is the budgeted cost of work by the CIE associated with the study of alternatives to the ‘single desk’.

(7) If the study has not been concluded: (a) on what date is it due to be concluded; and (b) will it be published on the GRDC website; if not, why not.

(8) If the study has been concluded, on what date was it: (a) concluded; (b) provided to the GRDC; (c) provided to the Minister; and (d) published on the GRDC website; if it has not been published on the GRDC website, why not.

1853  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Did the Grains Research and Development Corporation seek legal advice before determining that it could create the ‘unincorporated venture’ Single Vision through individual legal contracts with so-called ‘interim’ directors and staff; if so: (a) on what date; (b) what was the form of the request; (c) on what date was the advice received; (d) what was the form of the advice; (e) what was the source of the advice; and (f) if the advice was written, can a copy be provided.

 

 1854  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Mr Terry Enright, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006, that ‘the Single Vision thing is clearly identified in our accounts’: (a) how is the ‘Single Vision thing’ identified in the GRDC’s accounts; and (b) can a copy be provided of the GRDC accounts that identify the ‘Single Vision thing’; if not, why not.

1855  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Can details be provided of the individual contracts between the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the so-called ‘interim’ directors and staff of the unincorporated venture Single Vision.

(2) In each case, what is or was: (a) the date that the contract was signed; (b) the term of the contract; and (c) the remuneration payable.

1856  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Can details be provided of the selection process that preceded the appointment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation of the ‘interim’ directors and staff of the unincorporated venture Single Vision.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that all persons appointed as ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Vision are also directors of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.

(3) Can the Minister also confirm that the Chief Executive Officer of the unincorporated venture Single Vision is also a director of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited.

1857  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Mr Terry Enright, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, on 24 May 2006, that the GRDC has imposed reporting obligations on the unincorporated venture Single Vision:

(1) Can full details of those reporting obligations be provided.

(2) Can a copy of all written reports to the GRDC be provided; if not, why not.

(3) On what dates has the GRDC board met with the ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Vision.

1858  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Is the Chief Executive Officer of the unincorporated venture Single Vision employed by the Grains Research and Development Corporation or the unincorporated venture Single Vision; if by the latter, how.

1859  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) On what occasions has the Minister met with Grains Research and Development Corporation board members since 1 January 2006.

(2) For each meeting: (a) what was the date; (b) where did the meeting take place; and (c) who was present.

 

 1860  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) On what occasions has the Minister met with so-called ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Grains, Mr Murray Rogers, Ms Christine Hawkins, Mr Grant Latta, Mr Ian MacKinnon and Mr Philip Young, collectively or individually, since 1 January 2006.

(2) For each meeting: (a) what was the date; (b) where did the meeting take place; and (c) who was present.

(3) On what occasions has the Minister met with so-called Chief Executive Officer of the unincorporated venture Single Grains, Mr Selwyn Snell, since 1 January 2006.

(4) For each meeting: (a) what was the date; (b) where did the meeting take place; and (c) who was present.

1861  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) On what date did the Minister become aware of work by Single Vision on alternatives to the ‘single desk’ for export wheat.

(2) How did the Minister become aware.

(3) On what date did the Minister inform the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Mr Vaile, about the work.

1862  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Mr Terry Enright, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, on 24 May 2006, that ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Vision ‘have a set of key performance arrangements which they have to meet’:

(1) What are the key performance arrangements.

(2) On what date were the arrangements established.

(3) Can a copy of written instructions, or contractual terms, outlining the arrangements be provided; if not, why not.

1863  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Does the Minister have confidence in Mr Murray Rogers, Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation-funded Single Vision.

1864  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Mr Terry Enright, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, on 24 May 2006, that Mr Murray Rogers, an ‘interim’ director of the unincorporated venture Single Vision, ‘is not involved’ in the Single Vision study of alternatives to the single desk for export wheat: why is Mr Rogers not involved.

1865  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Does the unincorporated venture Single Vision operate from the Grains Research and Development Corporation premises at 40 Blackall Street, Barton, Australian Capital Territory; if not, from what premises does Single Vision operate.

 

 1866  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) On what date did the Minister become aware of the Grains Research and Development Corporation-funded work by Single Vision on alternatives to the ‘single desk’ for wheat exports.

(2) How did the Minister become aware.