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4 December 2008

523  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy (ESS) announced on 14 October 2008—

(1)  As a result of this package, by sector, how many jobs does the Government estimate will be created in the (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, and (c) 2010-11 financial years.

(2) As a result of this package, what does the Government estimate will be the increase in Aggregate Demand in the (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, and (c) 2010-11 financial years.

(3) What proportion of the $4.8 billion in pension payments does the Government estimate will contribute to (i) consumption, and (ii) savings.

(4) What proportion of the $3.9 billion in family tax benefits does the Government estimate will contribute to (i) consumption, and (ii) savings.

524  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the $15.1 billion COAG Agreement of 29 November 2008—

(1) A s a result of this agreement, by sector, how many jobs does the Government estimate will be created in the (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, and (e) 2012-13 financial years.

(2) As a result of this agreement, what does the Government estimate will be the increase in Aggregate Demand in the (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, and (e) 2012-13 financial years.

525  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Treasurer—

(1) In respect of the $10.4  billion Economic Security Strategy announced on 14 October 2008: (a) what economic analysis or modelling has been done on the number of jobs forecast to be created by this package; (b) what are the assumptions of this economic analysis or modelling; (c) how were the job creation numbers calculated; and (d) what will be the effect of the stimulus over time.

(2) In respect of the $15.1 billion COAG Agreement of 29 November 2008: (a) what economic analysis or modelling has been done on the number of jobs forecast to be created by this agreement; (b) what are the assumptions of this economic analysis or modelling; (c) how were the job creation numbers calculated; and (d) what will be the effect of the stimulus over time.

526  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the economic analysis or modelling underpinning the forecast creation of 133,000 jobs from the $15.1 billion COAG agreement: (a) what is the Treasury estimate of the number of jobs lost or replaced in the private sector; (b) what is the Treasury estimate of the gross number of jobs created and lost; (c) which components of the agreement are likely to generate the most jobs; (d) of the estimated 133,000 jobs, how many are attributable to each component of the agreement.

537  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Education—In respect of the funding of government and non-government primary schools for 2009-13: (a) is there a requirement for government and non-government primary schools to offer physical education in these funding agreements; if so, how many hours of physical education each week are required to be offered; (b) how many primary schools currently offer two hours of physical education each week; and (c) what proportion of primary schools currently offer two hours of physical education each week.

538  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Sport—In respect of the 2008-09 Budget item Sport and Recreation facilities—contribution to funding (Budget Paper 2, page 230)—

(1)  What was the application process for these 91 projects.

(2) How many applications were received in: (a) December 2007; (b) January 2008; (c) February 2008; (d) March 2008; (e) April 2008; and (f) May 2008.

(3) How many applications were received prior to the 2008-09 Budget.

(4) Were any applicatio ns received after the 2008-09 Budget.

(5) What were the eligibility requirements.

(6) Against what criteria were these applications assessed.

(7) Was a panel established to assess these applications; if so who was on it.

(8) On what dates were these applications assessed.

(9) What documentation was required for each application.

(10) Was there only one round of funding for this program.

(11) Will there be any further rounds of funding for this program.

548  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—

(1)  When will the money for both Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Programs be appropriated.

(2) What administration costs are associated with the operation of these programs, including monitoring of progress reports from the 600 local government bodies.

(3) To ensure the highest level of probity is maintained, what assessment criteria will be applied by his department when councils make requests for an extension of time (beyond 30 September 2009) to complete a project.

(4) What enforcement powers are available to his department for recovering funds when the requirements for these programs have not been met.

(5) Does his department have appropriate resources to assess the likely number of responses that are made under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program—Strategic Projects—and to announce successful applications by February 2009; if not, does the program’s funding extend to the engagement of consultants.

(6) Will the department be accepting submissions under the Strategic Projects program beyond 4 pm on 23 December 2008.

(7) Is there appropriate expertise within his department to undertake the risk assessment of proponent and project viability as outlined in the program guidelines for the Strategic Projects program; if not, will his department use consultants for assessing projects.

(8) What steps will his department take to ensure the highest level of probity is maintained in respect of assessing and ranking applications.

550  MR HARTSUYKER: To ask the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs—

(1) Has the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) spent any of the $7.1 million that was appropriated to it in the 2008-09 Budget for the 2008 -09 financial year under the FuelWatch measure.

(2) Has the ACCC returned this money to Budget following the defeat of the FuelWatch legislation in the Senate.

(3) Did the ACCC recruit any staff to work on the FuelWatch measure.

(4) Why did the ACCC return an operating loss in 2007-08.

(5) Which areas of the ACCC were responsible for the loss.

(6) Which areas of the ACCC overspent and which areas underspent.

(7) Did the ACCC seek the approval of the Finance Minister to budget for an operating loss in 2007-08; if so, did the Finance Minister approve this loss; if the loss was not approved, why not.

(8) In respect of the 2008-09 Budget Measure Petrol Price Monitoring—appointment of a permanent petrol commissioner , which included $1.342 million in funding for the 2007-08 financial year (Budget Paper 2, page 289): how much did the ACCC spend in 2007-08 on this measure; and if the ACCC underspent, has the unused money been returned to Budget.

(9)  Will the Government provide any additional funding for the ACCC to implement the Trade Practices Amendment (Cartel Conduct and Other Measures) Bill 2008; if so, what sum.