Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18811


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 26 June 2003:

(1) During Budget Estimates hearings on 29 May 2003, why did departmental officers refuse to provide answers to a number of questions on the basis that the information was on the Departmental Web Site when an analysis of the Regional Business Development Analysis Website indicates that not all the information is available on the Website.

(2) Is it the case that of the 197 submissions made to the analysis, 73 are either in “Hard Copy Only”, “Confidential” or “Still to be Published on Web” and that Departmental Officers maintain that they have already analysed each of these submissions.

(3) How many submissions raised the need for improved access to finance for small businesses and which submissions were they.

(4) How many submissions raised the need for specialist support services to assist regional small business and which submissions were they.

(5) How many submissions raised the need to improve the flow of investment capital into regional Australia and which submissions were they.

(6) How many submissions raised the need for an angel investment program and which submissions were they.

(7) How many submissions commented on the role Area Consultative Committee's (ACC's) play in regional business development and which submissions were they.

(8) How many submissions commented positively on the role of ACCs in regional business development and which submissions were they.

(9) How many submissions commented negatively on the role of ACCs in regional business development and which submissions were they.

(10) How many of the submissions sought changes to the regulatory framework for regional business and which submissions were they.

(11) How many of the submissions indicated concern about the quality of management skills of regional business operators and which submissions were they.

(12) How many of the submissions raised anomalies in the current Zonal Tax Rebate Scheme and which submissions were they.

(13) How many of the submissions called for regionally based incentive payments over and above the existing First Home Owners Scheme and which submissions were they.

(14) How many of the submissions called for increasing support for the development of leaders in regional communities and which submissions were they.

(15) How many submissions identified the need for the improved provision of major infrastructure and which submissions were they.

(16) How many submissions called for the establishment of an independent national infrastructure advisory group and which submissions were they.

(17) How many submissions called for the establishment of a regional infrastructure bond market and which submissions were they.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) I am advised that submissions made to the Regional Business Development Analysis Panel have, where possible, been posted to the RBDA website and are therefore in the public domain.

(b) There are 49 submissions that were provided in a hard copy format only and these are available on request.

(c) Inviting of submissions was just one part of the process employed by the Panel to gather information and ideas. The Panel also consulted widely across regional Australia and undertook extensive background research. The Panel members are regional business people with considerable experience in the operation of regional business.

(d) The Hon Member's requests would involve a considerable amount of work by Department officers, and given that the material is publicly available or readily available on request, I do not regard your requests as a productive use of departmental resources.

(e) I may also point out that the requests relate to submissions from members of the public to an independent inquiry.