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Notice given 17 August 2011

929  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Was the Australian Government’s revenue from passport fees in the 2009-10 financial year equal to or greater than the cost of providing consular assistance.

932  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did the Minister receive a brief from the department seeking approval of text contained in the request for tender and/or associated documents in relation to Australia Network before their release, if so:

(1) When was the brief received by the Minister’s office.

(2) When was brief sighted by the Minister.

(3) What type of ministerial action was requested by the department, and was it agreed to by the Minister.

933  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did the Minister or any of his ministerial staff request changes to the text contained in the request for tender and/or associated documents in relation to Australia Network; if so, when, and what was the nature of the requested changes.

934  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Was the final version of the request for tender and associated documents in relation to Australia Network approved by Cabinet or the Minister; if so, when.

 

 935  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did the Minister or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the department or a member of the tender panel regarding any of the information provided by tenderers in their tender submissions in relation to Australia Network; if so, when and what was the nature of the information provided.

936  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—When did the tender panel in relation to Australia Network finalise its report and did it include a recommendation as to a preferred tenderer.

937  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Was it the panel’s view that both tenderers met the requirements of the tender in relation to Australia Network.

938  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did the Minister or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the Department or a member of the tender panel regarding the panel’s progress in relation to the Australia Network tender.

939  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—When was the tender panel’s report in relation to Australia Network first sighted by the Secretary of the department.

940  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did the Minister or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the department regarding the tender panel’s report and recommendation of a preferred tenderer in relation to the Australia Network tender:

(1) If so:

(a) when was the brief received by the Minister’s office;

(b) when was the brief sighted by the Minister; and

(c) what type of ministerial action was requested by the department, and was it agreed to by the Minister.

(2) If not, why not.

941  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Did the department prepare a Cabinet submission detailing the tender panel’s report and recommendation of a preferred tenderer in relation to the Australia Network tender; if so, when.

(2) Was input into the brief provided by other governments; if so, which ones.

942  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—When was the department first notified of the Government’s intention to extend the existing Australia Network contract, while additional information is sought from tenderers.

943  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has the Minister or any of his ministerial staff received a briefing, written or verbal, from the department and/or consultants regarding the expansion of the Australia Network into the Middle East and North Africa and its impact on the Network’s penetration rates in Asia and/or the Pacific; if so, when and what was the nature of this advice.

 

 944  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Prior to the Cabinet’s consideration of the Australia Network tender, who was the designated decision-maker for the tender.

(2) Assuming that the designated decision-maker was not Cabinet, on what legal basis was the decision-maker stripped of that role.

(3) Prior to the former decision-maker being stripped of this role had a decision been made as to who would be the successful tenderer.

(4) Who is now the decision-maker.

945  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has the Minister or any of his ministerial staff received a briefing, written or verbal, from the department and/or consultants regarding the additional costs associated with expanding the Australia Network’s coverage into the Middle East and North Africa; if so, when and what was the nature of this advice and the additional cost.

946  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has the Minister or any of his ministerial staff received a briefing, written or verbal, from the department and/or consultants expressing their concerns about the change to the request for tender and/or association documentation in relation to Australia Network; if so, when and what was the nature of their concerns.

947  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has the Minister or any of his staff and/or the department received any correspondence from, or had discussions with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process in relation to Australia Network concerning the impact of the Government’s decision on the financial viability of their proposal; if so, when and what parties were involved, and what was the nature of the correspondence and/or discussions.

948  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has the Minister or any of his ministerial staff and/or the department received correspondence from, or had discussions with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process in relation to Australia Network since the Government’s decision to seek further information; if so, when and which parties were involved, and what was the nature of the correspondence and/or discussions.