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Notice given 27 June 2012

*1931  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For each of the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 (estimated) financial years, detailed separately, what was the total amount spent by the department on: (a) advertising; (b) travel; (c) consultants; and (d) fuel and lubricants.

*1932  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years, detailed separately, what is the estimated amount that will be paid by the department in relation to the Carbon Tax.

*1933  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Middle East Area of Operation aviation contract with Adagold Aviation Pty Ltd, requiring the company to provide the Commonwealth Government with a monthly report detailing the: (a) number of services provided; (b) number of personnel moved on each service; (c) weight of equipment and baggage moved on each service; and (d) total flight time for each service, can copies of this information be provided, detailed separately, for each month from November 2010 to date.

*1934  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to procurement procedures undertaken by the department to implement the following initiatives:

  • appointing independent probity advisors for all significant, complex procurements,
  • establishing a Centre of Excellence to support a more robust and consistent commercial approach to Non-Equipment Procurement (NEP),
  • establishing the position of Non-Equipment Chief Procurement Officer (NECPO) on 1 July 2010, to provide high-level advice and assistance to all groups and services, and to endorse all NEP spending proposals valued over $1 million as a pre-requisite to proposal approval,
  • scoping a whole-of-portfolio sourcing approach for various categories of NEP,
  • establishing a working group of NEP stakeholders to coordinate and resolve issues arising from the implementation of the new arrangements,
  • launching a new NEP website on 17 August 2010, providing a single access point for policy and process guidance,
  • establishing a single, simple procurement business centre on 1 February 2011, into which all simple procurements will be transitioned over the next 2 years,
  • the application of a gate review process for major acquisition projects across the department, focussing on important procurement process and probity issues relevant to a particular ‘gate’,
  • the engagement of expert procurement teams with lead responsibility for major acquisition projects,
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  • the agreement and implementation of a NEP category management model for specific types of NEP,
  • the introduction of implementation status reporting requirements for all major NEPs,
  • improved stakeholder advice and assistance services, including publication of the Defence annual procurement plan on AusTender to provide greater transparency of planned NEPs, and an advisory role for the NECPO in the drafting of tender documentation, publishing on AusTender and evaluating tenders, and
  • implementing strategies for the recruitment and retention of suitably skilled procurement professionals.

(1) Which of the above initiatives have been fully implemented and on what dates.

(2) Have any of the above initiatives not yet been fully implemented; if so, which initiatives and why.

*1935  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO) aviation contract with Adagold Aviation Pty Ltd:

(1) In comparison to the previous contract, how much has been saved, detailed per corresponding month, since November 2010.

(2) What are the total savings realised on the contract since 22 October 2010.

(3) How much has been paid to the contractor since November 2010 to conduct and operate the service, detailed per month.

(4) How much has the department spent on fuel, lubricant and other costs since November 2010 to conduct the service, detailed per month.

(5) What is the status of the Australian Federal Police investigations that were initiated in relation to this contract and the previous MEAO contract.

(6) Will the MEAO contract be advertised with a proper and transparent process when the current contract expires on 21 October 2012, and what action has been taken to date in relation to this matter.

*1936  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the incident at Darwin airport on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 involving the Adagold Aviation Pty Ltd contracted Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO) aircraft, operated by the carrier Hi Fly:

(1) Can a full and detailed description be provided of the ‘heavy landing’ that occurred during this incident.

(2) Given that the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure provided a very different answer to the one that was provided at the 2011-12 additional estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, stating that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) made no inspections of the MEAO contracted aircraft, (question on notice no. 1727, Senate Hansard , 8 May 2012, p. 2862), if CASA did not inspect the two Hi Fly aircraft, why was it said that they did.

(3) Who inspected the aircraft involved in the ‘heavy landing’ incident and what damage was found to have occurred.

(4) For how long was this aircraft out of service.

 

 (5) Given that it was also said that bad weather conditions contributed to the incident, yet weather reports for 28 February 2012 record that it was a fair and clear day with light winds, why was it claimed that bad weather contributed to the ‘heavy landing’.

(6) Can a copy of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report of the incident be provided.

*1937  Senator Ryan: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Is the CrimTrac Board of Management aware of Mr Murray Rankin’s appointment as Chairman of Connexxion Business Solutions; if so: when was the Board informed, and did Mr Rankin himself inform the Board of the appointment; if not, were any board members personally aware of the appointment.

(2) On what basis did the Board make the decision to award contracts for management advisory services and temporary personnel services at a cost indicated in the multiple AusTender Contract Notices, totalling approximately $785 551, for the period September 2009 to November 2011.

(3) Is Connexxion Business Solutions currently providing services to CrimTrac; if so, what is the total cost of all services provided, for the period 1 July 2010 to 26 June 2012.

(4) Did the Board consider any alternative service providers prior to awarding contracts to Connexxion Business Solutions; if so, which businesses; if not, why not.

(5) Is the Board considering further contracts between CrimTrac and Connexxion Business Solutions.

(6) Was the CrimTrac Chief Executive Officer (CEO) aware of the appointment of Mr Rankin as Chairman when the contracts referred to above were awarded; if so, when was the current CEO informed, and did Mr Rankin himself inform the CEO of the appointment.

(7) Is the Board or the CEO of CrimTrac aware of any: (a) business nexus between Connexxion Business Solutions and Projects Assured; (b) contracts in which Connexxion Business Solutions was contracted for services provided by Projects Assured; and (c) subcontractors contracted by Connexxion Business Solutions to conduct work for CrimTrac; if so, can the details relating to each instance be provided.

(8) Do any CrimTrac Board members, including the CEO, have a nexus with, or hold an appointment to the Board of, any other company that has dealings with CrimTrac, which may give rise to a conflict of interest.

(9) Can a list be provided detailing the number of contracts CrimTrac has entered into with Connexxion Business Solutions that were not advertised on AusTender, including: (a) the total cost of each contract; and (b) other specific relevant information, such as services provided.

(10) Can details be provided of all contracts entered into between CrimTrac and Connexxion Business Solutions to date.

*1938  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—Has the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board been granted deductible gift recipient status; if so, on what date.

 

 *1939  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—Can a list be provided detailing, per year and per program since 2006, how much the department has spent on advertising for mental health services for veterans and their families: (a) internally, within the department and among its clients; (b) within the Department of Defence; and (c) external to the Department of Defence.

*1940  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—With reference to the letter dated 8 June 2012 from the Repatriation Commission to the Vietnam veterans who participated in the Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study:

(1) How much will the study cost to complete.

(2) How much has been spent on the study to date.

(3) Prior to 30 June 2012, how many departmental staff have been involved in preparing the study’s findings.

(4) How many staff will be working in this area after 1 July 2012.

(5) What ‘resource constraints’ are in place to prevent the completion of the study by the end of 2012, as promised in December 2011.

*1941  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Track:

(1) When did the Papua New Guinean Government request the term ‘Track’ be used when referring to the Kokoda Trail.

(2) Was the request an initiative of the Papua New Guinean Government or the Australian Government.

(3) Who is the head of the PNG National Taskforce.

(4) Was the Australian War Memorial consulted in the decision to change the official name; if so, what was the response.

(5) Was the Returned and Services League of Australia or any other ex-service organisation consulted prior to the decision being made; if so, what was the response.

(6) What was the annual remuneration package, including salary and allowances, for the Chief Executive Officer of the Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority (PNG KTA), Mr Rod Hillman, for the period 2009 to 2012.

(7) What was the annual remuneration package for all other Australian personnel attached to the PNG KTA, for the period 2008 to 2012.

(8) In relation to the Special Envoy on Kokoda appointed by the former Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd: (a) who was appointed to this position; (d) did the individual receive any payment; if so, what are the details of the remuneration package; and (c) what have been the outcomes of the appointment.

*1942  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Trail, has any market research been conducted to determine: (a) why people want to trek across the Trail, including whether they were motivated by history, the physical challenge, the local culture or the environment; (b) what was thought of the experience;  (c)  suggestions to improve the experience, such as whether people would prefer the Trail in its natural or in an improved condition; and (d)  interest in visiting other destinations in Papua New Guinea as a result of the experience.

*1943  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Trail and trek operators:

(1) How many trek permits to walk the Kokoda Trail have been issued since 2008.

(2) Can a list be provided detailing the number of trek operators’ forums held between 2009 and 2012, including for each forum: (a) how many operators attended; (b) the cost incurred to hold the forum; (c) how many Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority (PNG KTA) personnel attended; and (d) the cost per PNG KTA personnel to attend.

(3) Was any draft legislation prepared to support the Code of Conduct, developed by PNG KTA in 2009, for Kokoda trek operators.

(4) What action has been taken to implement legislation to support the Code of Conduct.

(5) What management protocols have been promulgated to ensure trek operators abide by the Code of Conduct.

(6) How many trek operators have been licensed by the PNG KTA, detailed per year between 2009 and 2012.

(7) Is it a requirement for all Kokoda trek operators to have a current public liability insurance policy as a condition of obtaining a trek operator’s licence; if not, why not.

(8) How many licensed trek operators hold valid public liability insurance.

(9) Have any Australians trekked with a licensed operator who does not have public liability insurance; if so, how many.

(10) Was an expert consultant engaged to develop a Trekker Activity and Operator Safety map ‘to assist trekkers in preparation for and throughout their trek’; if so: (a) what amount was paid to the consultant for the project; and (b) how many mapping expeditions did the consultant complete in order to verify the accuracy of the map.

(11) Has the accuracy of the map been validated.

(12) How is the map distributed to trekkers and how many have been distributed.

(13) What was the total cost of the mapping project.

*1944  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Initiative Annual Report 2010-2011 , in particular the goal of ‘A safe and well-managed Kokoda Track, which honours its wartime historical significance and protects and promotes its special values’:

(1) What action has been initiated to develop a Wartime Heritage Interpretation Plan, to honour the wartime historical significance of the Kokoda campaign.

(2) What reports have been compiled in relation to preserving and commemorating the military history of the Kokoda campaign.

(3) What are the ‘special values’ associated with the Kokoda Trail.

 

 *1945  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Initiative Annual Report 2010-2011 , in particular the goal to achieve ‘Enhanced quality of life for landowners and communities through improved delivery of basic services, income generation and community development activities’:

(1) Did the Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority (PNG KTA) consult with the Papua New Guinean Department of Community Development, Religion and Sports in relation to community development projects along the Kokoda Trail between 2009 and 2012; if so, with what outcomes.

(2) What activities have been initiated in regard to ‘income generation’ in local villages along the Kokoda Trail, and how much income has been generated as a result of these activities.

(3) What community development projects have been initiated along the Kokoda Trail.

(4) Has the Papua New Guinean Department of Community Development, Religion and Sports been involved in the initiatives.

(5) What amount of money has been spent on each initiative.

*1946  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Track, consultants and non-government organisations (NGOs):

(1) How much did the partnership between the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) and Conservation Volunteers Australia cost, and what were the outcomes of the partnership.

(2) Which Australian consultants have been engaged by the Australian Government, between 2009 and 2012, to assist the Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority (PNG KTA), and what was the total cost incurred to engage each consultant.

(3) What was the: (a) budget; and (b) actual cost and outcome, per consultant engaged by the Australian Government to work on projects along the Kokoda Trail, between 2009 and 2012.

(4) Was the owner of EcoSustainAbility, Mr Guy Chester, engaged as a consultant or awarded any contracts during the period in which Mr Rod Hillman was Chief Executive Officer of PNG TPA; if so, can details be provided of the: (a) costs; and (b) outcomes, for each contract or engagement.

(5) Can a list be provided of the NGOs that have received funds for projects along the Kokoda Trail, between 2009 and 2012, including details of the: (a) tender process; (b)  funds allocated; and (c) outcomes, of each project undertaken per NGO.

(6) Can a list be provided detailing how many Conservation Volunteers Australia workers have been involved in ‘track maintenance’ along the Kokoda Trail between 2009 and 2012, including the total amount spent on: (a) international and domestic flights (including charter flights) and accommodation; and (b) any other costs associated with the engagement of these workers.

 

 (7) Were unemployed Koiari and Orokaiva people given the opportunity for paid work in relation to track maintenance prior to Australian volunteers being contracted.

(8) What are the Key Performance Objectives in regard to track maintenance, as carried out by Australian volunteers between 2009 and 2012.

*1947  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Track and the Sustainable Livelihoods Project:

(1) What is the Sustainable Livelihoods Project.

(2) Was the project an initiative of the Australian Government or the Papua New Guinean Government.

(3) Who was awarded the tender to conduct the project.

(4) What are the Key Performance Indicators for the project.

(5) What is the cost of the project to date.

(6) What are the specific outcomes of the project,

(7) Is the project considered to be a sustainable project for villages along the Kokoda Trail.

(8) How many village workshops were conducted between 2009 and 2012, for: (a) Orokaiva people from the Northern Province; and (b) Koiari people from the Central Province.

(9) Who was engaged as a facilitator for these workshops.

(10) Was the facilitator fluent in Tok Pisin and familiar with Melanesian culture.

(11) What were the outcomes and total costs of conducting these workshops.

*1948  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Track:

(1) What projects have been initiated by Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority (PNG KTA) between 2009 and 2012.

(2) What is the ‘Krappers for Kokoda’ project and was it authorised by PNG KTA.

(3) What funds have been provided by the PNG KTA in support of the ‘Krappers for Kokoda’ project.

(4) What are the outcomes of the ‘Krappers for Kokoda’ project.

*1949  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Track:

(1) What was the cost of upgrading the Sogeri to Owers Corner road to all-weather capability.

(2) What budget has been allocated to maintain the road between 2012 and 2013.

(3) What is the budget for the upgrade of the Kokoda airstrip.

(4) How much has been spent on the upgrade of the airstrip between 2009 and 2012.

(5) Are there any plans to upgrade the airstrip to support a Dash-8 aircraft.

 

 (6) What was the cost of operating the Papua New Guinea Kokoda Track Authority office at Boroko between 2009 to 2012.

(7) (a) How many Papua New Guinean personnel have visited Australia between 2009 to 2012; and (b) what was the purpose, cost and outcome of each visit.

*1950  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Kokoda Track:

(1) What research was conducted to determine the need for massage services along the Kokoda Trail.

(2) (a) Who conducted the research; and (b) what were the results.

(3) Was the project put out to tender; if so, what process was undertaken.

(4) (a) Who is funding the project; and (b) what is the cost of the project.

(5) (a) How much is the provider being paid for the project; and (b) what are the Key Performance Indicators for the project.

(6) Has the provider been engaged on any other projects along the Kokoda Trail; if so, for each project: (a) what was the cost; (b) how much was the provider paid; and (c) what are the Key Performance Indicators.