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Notice given 15 June 2007

3277  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) (a) In regard to estimates for departmental expenses for the 2007-08 financial year, what are the reasons for the downward revision of $4.5 billion from $54.569 billion (2006-07 Budget Paper No. 1, p. 10-23) to $49.043 (2007-08 Budget Paper No. 1, p. 10-22); and (b) has there been a change in administered expenses to this revision.

(2) In regard to estimates for whole of government and inter-agency amounts, what are the reasons for the upward revision of $9.871 billion from $49 million (2006-07 Budget Paper No. 1, p. 10-23) to $9.822 billion (2007-08 Budget Paper No. 1, p. 10-22).

(3) (a) In relation to comparisons between the 2007-08 budget papers and previous budget papers, what adjustments should be made to ensure that figures are based on the same methodology and/or classifications; and (b) if there have been changes in methodology and/or classification, can a historical profile be provided of departmental expenses based on the new methodology and/or classification for each financial year in the period from 2000-01 to 2005-06.

 

 3278  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) Has the department been involved in any discussions, or undertaken work on the appropriations framework.

(2) (a) Is it the case that agencies are using appropriated funds for the depreciation of assets; and (b) is the department aware of any instances where agencies have used this funding and then sought additional funding for capital or asset replacement.

(3) (a) Has work been undertaken on the overall or whole of government funding of depreciation; and (b) how much of this has been used to fund asset replacement.

(4) Is there any intention to review the existing appropriations framework.

Senator Sherry: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 3279-3308)—

(1) (a) For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06, what is the total amount of actual depreciation expense funded through price of outputs appropriations or other appropriations, including additional estimates; and (b) what are these amounts, by each class of asset.

(2) (a) For the 2006-07 financial year, what is the total amount of estimated actual depreciation expense funded through price of outputs appropriations or other appropriations, including additional estimates; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(3) (a) For the 2007-08 financial year, what is the total amount of budgeted deprecation expense and the estimated depreciation expense for each of the forward estimates years planned to be funded through price of outputs appropriations or other appropriations; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(4) (a) For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06, what is the total amount of actual expenditure on asset replacement; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(5) (a) For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06, what is the difference between the actual expenditure on asset replacement and the original budgeted amount; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(6) (a) For the 2006-07 financial year, what is the total amount of estimated actual expenditure on asset replacement; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(7) (a) For the 2006-07 financial year, what is the difference between the estimated actual expenditure on asset replacement and the original budgeted amount; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(8) (a) For the 2007-08 financial year and for each financial year across the forward estimates period, what is the total amount of budgeted expenditure on asset replacement; and (b) what are these amounts, analysed by each class of asset.

(9) What is the difference between depreciation expense and expenditure on asset replacement for: (a) each financial year since 2000-01; (b) the financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08, as an estimate; and (d) each financial year across the forward estimates period.

(10) What additional appropriations have been necessary to fund asset replacements.

 

 (11) With reference to the estimated actual results and financial position for the 2006-07 financial year, what amount of the appropriation receivable, if any, is funding for depreciation that is earmarked, for the 2007-08 financial year and for future years, for asset replacements.

(12) What is the asset replacement strategy for the department.

(13) Is the annual depreciation expense funded by appropriations sufficient to meet the Minister’s portfolio asset replacement requirements or the Minister’s asset replacement strategy.

3279 Minister representing the Prime Minister

3280 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

3281 Minister representing the Treasurer

3282 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

3283 Minister for Finance and Administration

3284 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

3285 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

3286 Minister representing the Attorney-General

3287 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

3288 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

3289 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

3290 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

3291 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

3292 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

3293 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

3294 Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

3295 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

3296 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

3297 Minister for Human Services

3298 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

3299 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

3300 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

3301 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

3302 Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation

3303 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

3304 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

3305 Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Further Education

3306 Minister for the Arts and Sport

3307 Minister for Justice and Customs

3308 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

Senator Sherry: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 3309-3338)—

(1) (a) For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06, what was the total amount of actual employee expense funded through price of outputs appropriations or other appropriations, including additional estimates; and (b) similarly: (i) for the 2006-07 financial year, what is the estimated employee expense, and (ii) for the 2007-08 financial year, what is the total amount budgeted for employee expenses.

(2) For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06: (a) what was the total amount of actual expenditure on employee entitlements; and (b) what was the difference between the actual expenditure on employee entitlements and the original amount budgeted.

(3) For the 2006-07 financial year: (a) what is the total amount of estimated actual expenditure on employee entitlements; and (b) what is the difference been the estimated actual expenditure on employee entitlements and the original amount budgeted.

(4) For the 2007-08 financial year and for each of the financial years across the forward estimates period, what is the total amount of budgeted expenditure on employee entitlements.

(5) What is the difference between employee expense and expenditure on employee entitlements for: (a) each financial year since 2000-01; (b) the financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08, as an estimate; and (c) each financial year across the forward estimates period.

(6) What additional appropriations have been necessary to fund expenditure on employee entitlements.

(7) With reference to the estimated actual results and financial position for the 2006-07 financial year, is any of the appropriation receivable funding for employee expenses earmarked for expenditure on employee entitlements for the 2007-08 financial year and future years.

(8) Has the Australian National Audit Office reported any concerns about the accuracy of the employee entitlements liability of the Minister’s portfolio.

(9) Does the Minister’s portfolio have a strategy for managing its employee entitlements liability; if so, what is it.

(10) Is the annual employee expense funded by appropriations sufficient to meet the liability for employee entitlements of the Minister’s portfolio or its strategy for managing its liability.

3309 Minister representing the Prime Minister

3310 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

3311 Minister representing the Treasurer

3312 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

3313 Minister for Finance and Administration

3314 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

3315 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

3316 Minister representing the Attorney-General

3317 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

3318 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

3319 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

3320 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

3321 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

3322 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

 

 3323 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

3324 Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

3325 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

3326 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

3327 Minister for Human Services

3328 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

3329 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

3330 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

3331 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

3332 Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation

3333 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

3334 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

3335 Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Further Education

3336 Minister for the Arts and Sport

3337 Minister for Justice and Customs

3338 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

Senator Sherry: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 3339-3368)—

(1) Was there any appropriation receivable included as an asset in the balance sheet at 30 June 2006.

(2) Is there an appropriation receivable included as an asset in the estimated balance sheet at 30 June 2007.

(3) What are the reasons for any movement in the appropriation receivable between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007.

(4) With reference to the estimated actual results and financial position for the 2006-07 financial year, what amounts have been identified, for the 2007-08 financial years and for future years, for funding employee entitlements or asset replacements from the appropriation receivable balance.

(5) For the 2007-08 financial year and future years, what other items have been identified for funding from the appropriation receivable balance.

(6) What tests are applied by the Department of Finance and Administration over access to the appropriation receivable.

3339 Minister representing the Prime Minister

3340 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

3342 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

3343 Minister for Finance and Administration

3344 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

3345 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

3346 Minister representing the Attorney-General

3347 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

3348 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

3350 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

3351 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 

 3352 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

3353 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

3354 Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

3355 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

3356 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

3357 Minister for Human Services

3358 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

3359 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

3360 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

3362 Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation

3363 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

3364 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

3365 Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Further Education

3366 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

3367 Minister for Justice and Customs

3368 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

3369  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In regard to the Community Business Partnership program administered by the department:

(1) For each of the financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07, what was the total cost for hosted partnership days.

(2) For the 2007-08 financial year, what is the total budget for the program.

(3) Is funding for the program ongoing; if not, when does the current funding cease.  

(4) For each of the financial years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, what is the budget estimate for the program.

3370  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence— With reference to tabled document no. 8 provided at the estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on 30 May 2007, namely a copy of an alleged signed memo by P R Smythe and D M Ryan addressed to Mr M Leishman of the office of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, dated 6 February 1998:

(1) Has the department: (a) located that memo in its original form; and (b) analysed the memo; if so, can the Minister confirm: (i) that the memo is genuine, (ii) that it was submitted on Australian Federal Police (AFP) letterhead, (iii) that it is date stamped as having been received on 6 February 1998, (iv) that the identity of the initials at the foot of the memo are those of Mr Leishman; if not, whose initials were they, (v) that the annotated seven digit telephone number 06 2497444 was the number of the AFP Canberra Operations Centre at that time, (vi) that the annotated seven digit phone number 08 4191920 was a facsimile number in the South Australian office of the AFP at that time.

 

 (2) Have P R Smythe and D M Ryan who allegedly signed the memo been interviewed; if so: (a) by whom; (b) when; (c) where; (d) were the interviews taped; if so: (i) was a transcript made, and (ii) is the transcript available; and (e) have those former officers confirmed the authenticity of the memo.

(3) (a) Has Mr Leishman’s whereabouts now been traced; and (b) have attempts been made to contact him to confirm the authenticity of the memo; if so, was the authenticity confirmed.

3371  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to tabled document no. 8 provided at estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on 30 May 2007, namely a copy of an alleged signed memo by P R Smythe and D M Ryan addressed to Mr M Leishman of the office of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), dated 6 February 1998:

(1) Has the Australian Federal Police (AFP) been asked or directed to search its files to locate either the original document or a copy; if so, has it been found.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that in late 1997 Agent P R Smythe was seconded to the Inspector-General of the ADF for the purposes of investigating numerous allegations of theft and fraud within Defence stores in Sydney; if so: (a) what were the terms and conditions of the secondment; (b) what reports on the progress of the various investigations were made back to the AFP; and (c) is it the case that, when Agent Smythe returned to other duties in the AFP, all his notebooks, discs, tape recordings and other documents were passed to the investigation team, appointed as Operation Majorca; if so: (i) do these documents exist within AFP archives, and (ii) have they been retrieved for the purposes of locating the alleged memo of 6 February 1998.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that the alleged memo is on AFP letterhead and that this was consistent with the terms of the secondment.

(4) What public statement, if any, has the Minister or the AFP made about their knowledge of, or possession of, the memo.

(5) Can the Minister confirm that the annotated seven digit telephone numbers on the memo are AFP telephone numbers; if so: (a) to which offices were they attached; and (b) what investigation has been conducted to identify whether those numbers were contacted by Mr Leishman or any other officer of the Inspector-General of the ADF’s office around the time the memo was allegedly submitted; and (c) how extensive has the search for this document been within AFP records around Australia.