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12 February 2009

MR CIOBO: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 593 - 599)—In respect of the Government’s funding of organisations and projects between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009: (a) which organisations and projects based in the Moncrieff electorate received funding from the Minister’s department; (b) what sum of funding did each organisation and project receive; and (c) for what purpose was each funding commitment made.

593  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Education.

594  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

595  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Social Inclusion.

596  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

597  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

598  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Youth.

599  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Sport.

600   MR OAKESHOTT : To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Is it correct that asset considerations for a single pension recipient do not exist for land holdings less than two acres; if not, what is the correct interpretation.

(2) Is it correct that asset considerations for a single pension recipient do exist for land holdings greater than five acres; if not, what is the correct interpretation.

(3) Does the size of land holdings affect the pension rate; if so, why is it an issue as compared to the value of land holdings.

601   MR OAKESHOTT : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) Is the Minister or his department considering any aspect of the issue of payment of fees to rec ord labels that radio stations pay for playing their recordings.

(2) Does the Minister view the principle of local content an important one to protect within any cultural consideration of content.

602   MR OAKESHOTT : To ask the Treasurer—Does the Government recognise the low salary and wage conditions in the not for profit and charitable sectors; if so, does it recognise the importance and value of salary packaging and sacrificing and fringe benefits tax rules on motor vehicles as necessary creative answers to attract talent in these comparatively low paid sectors.

603   MR OAKESHOTT : To ask the Attorney-General—

(1) In respect of the 2006 High Court Case New South Wales v Commonwealth (WorkChoices Case), are the following statements factually correct: (a) “It is true that Corporations in NSW fall/fell within the purview of the WorkChoices legislation.”; (b) “It is true that public sector corporations within NSW and other States fall/fell within the purview of the WorkChoices legislation.”; and (c) “Following the High court ruling, it is also true that the Commonwealth does have powers under section 51(xx) over public sector corporations at a State level.”.

(2) If (1) (a) to (c) are incorrect, why.

(3) If (1) (a) to (c) are correct: (a) from the Commonwealth’s perspective, what constitutional questions arise in relation to Section 109 of the Constitution and matters of authority, consistency and jurisdiction; and (b) could he provide the States’ perspective on this issue.

604   MR OAKESHOTT : To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—

(1) Is he aware of the (a) Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group Inc. (OBBSRI); and (b) genuine concerns this group has about the rapid erosion of the Old Bar foreshore, including the loss of two houses and the imminent threat to several others; if so, what action will he take.

(2) Does the Government support restoration and preservation of sand on beaches, such as Old Bar; if so, what steps is the Government taking to facilitate, encourage and support restoration and preservation activities; if not, what alternative measures does the Government encourage.

(3) Will he agree to meet with the OBBSRI, as well as the person who has lost two houses through rapid dune erosion.

605   MR OAKESHOTT : To ask the Minister for Veterans' Affairs—Why are convoys, such as those who were with the Australian General Transport company operating between Alice Springs and Darwin during World War II, ineligible for Gold Cards.