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18 August 2011

510  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 392 ( House Hansard , 16 August 2011, page 90), if, as the Minister indicated, the Implementation Study was not a feasibility study, why did the Government not conduct a feasibility study into the National Broadband Network before proceeding with this investment.

511  MR FORREST: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1)  Is the Minister aware of the department’s decision on 10 August 2011 to cease honouring the farm exit grant package previously extended to 30 June 2012.

(2) Will the Minister consider reinstating this package for the many families pre-assessed as eligible by Centrelink and already in the process of selling or awaiting the sale of their farm asset on the strength of this grant offer.

512  MR A. G. HAWKE: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—

(1)  What total sum of money did it cost to produce the Clean Energy Future booklet that was distributed in August 2011.

(2) What sum was spent on the (a) design, (b) printing, and (c) distribution, of the booklet.

(3)  What external agencies, organisations, and businesses were used to produce the booklet, and what sum was paid to each of these entities.

(4) Can he indicate how many Clean Energy Future booklets were returned to the Government, including those marked as ‘Return to sender’ to (a) the Prime Minister’s office, (b) the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency’s office, (c) other Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, and (d) Government departments and agencies.

(5) How many surplus booklets were never distributed.

513  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did he receive a brief from his department seeking approval of text contained in the request for tender for the Australia Network contract and/or associated documents before their release; if so, (a) on what date (i) was the brief received by his office, and (ii) did he sight the brief, and (b) can he indicate what type of ministerial action was requested by his department, and what resulting action he took.

514  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did he or any of his ministerial staff request changes to the text contained in the request for tender and/or associated documents for the Australia Network contract; if so, on what date, and can he indicate the nature of the requested changes.

515  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Was the final version of the request for tender and associated documents for the Australia Network contract approved by Cabinet or him; if so, on what date.

516  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did he or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from his department or a member of the tender panel regarding any of the information provided by tenderers in their tender submissions for the Australia Network contract; if so, on what date, and can he indicate the nature of the information provided.

517  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—On what date did the tender panel for the Australia Network contract finalise its report, and can he indicate whether the report recommended a preferred tenderer.

518  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Can he indicate whether the panel viewed both tenderers for the Australia Network contract as meeting the requirements of tender.

519  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did he or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from his department or a member of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract regarding the panel’s progress.

520  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—On what date was the report of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract first sighted by the Secretary of his department.

521  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did he or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from his department regarding the report of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract, including any recommendation on a preferred tenderer; if so, (a) on what date was the brief (i) received by his office, and (ii) sighted by him, and (b) can he indicate what type of ministerial action was requested by his department, and what resulting action he took.

522  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did his department prepare a Cabinet submission detailing the report of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract, including any recommendation on a preferred tenderer; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) was input into the brief provided by other Governments; if so, which ones.

523  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—On what date (a) was his department first notified of the Government’s intention to extend the existing Australia Network contract, and (b) were tenderers for the Australia Network contract first notified of the Government’s intention to extend the existing contract.

524  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has he, any of his ministerial staff and/or his department received correspondence from, or had a discussion with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process for the Australia Network contract since the Government’s decision to seek further information; if so, (a) on what date, (b) which parties were involved, and (c) can he indicate the nature of the correspondence and/or discussion.

525  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has he, any of his ministerial staff and/or his department received correspondence from, or had a discussion with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process for the Australia Network contract about the impact of the Government’s decision on the financial viability of their proposal; if so, (a) what parties were involved, and (b) can he indicate the nature of the correspondence and/or discussion.

526  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has he or any of his ministerial staff received a briefing, written or verbal, from his department and/or consultants expressing their concerns about the change to the request for tender for the Australia Network contract and/or association documentation; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) can he indicate the nature of their concerns.

527  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has he or any of his ministerial staff received a briefing, written or verbal, from his 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, (a) on what date, (b) can he indicate the nature of this advice, and (c) what are the additional costs.

528  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Has he or any of his ministerial staff received a briefing, written or verbal, from his 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, (a) on what date, and (b) can he indicate the nature of this advice.

529  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Prior to Cabinet consideration of the tender for the Australia Network contract, (a) what position did the designated advisor on the tender process hold, (b) on what legal basis were they stripped of that role, (c) had they made a decision on who the successful tenderer would be, and (d) what position does the current advisor on the tender process hold.

530  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—On what date did the Minister or staff of the Minister’s office first see the text contained in the request for tender for the Australia Network contract and/or associated documents.

531  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Did the Minister or staff of the Minister’s office receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister’s department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or a member of the selection panel regarding any of the information provided by tenderers for the Australia Network contract in their tender submissions; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) can he indicate the nature of the information provided.

532  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Did the Minister or staff of the Minister’s office receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister’s department or a member of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract regarding the panel’s progress.

533  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Did the Minister or staff of the Minister’s office receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister’s department or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regarding the report of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract, including any recommendation on a preferred tenderer; if so, (a) on what date was the brief (i) received by the Minister’s office, and (ii) sighted by the Minister, and (b) can the Minister indicate what type of ministerial action was requested by the Minister’s department, and what resulting action the Minister took.

534  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Minister or staff of the Minister’s office been given a copy of the report of the tender panel for the Australia Network contract; if so, on what date.

535  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—On what date was the Minister’s department first notified of the Government’s intention to extend the existing Australia Network contract.

536  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Minister, any staff of the Minister’s office and/or the Minister’s department received correspondence from, or had a discussion with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process for the Australia Network contract since the Government’s decision to seek further information from them; if so, (a) on what date, (b) what parties were involved, and (c) can the Minister indicate the nature of the correspondence and/or discussion.

537  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Minister, any staff of the Minister’s office and/or the Minister’s department received any correspondence from, or had discussions with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process for the Australia Network contract about the impact of the Government’s decision on the financial viability of their proposal; if so, (a) what parties were involved, and (b) can the Minister indicate the nature of the correspondence and/or discussion

538  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Minister or any staff of the Minister’s office received a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister’s department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and/or consultants expressing concerns about the change to the request for tender for the Australia Network contract and/or associated documentation; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) can the Minister indicate the nature of the concerns.

539  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Minister or any staff of the Minister’s office received a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister’s department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and/or consultants regarding the additional costs associated with expanding the Australia Network’s coverage in to the Middle East and North Africa; if so, (a) on what date, (b) can the Minister indicate the nature of the concerns, and (c) what is the additional cost.

540  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Minister or any staff of the Minister’s office received a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister’s department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and/or consultants regarding the expansion of the Australia Network in to the Middle East and North Africa and its impact on the Network’s penetration rates in Asia and/or the Pacific; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) can the Minister indicate the nature of the concerns.

541  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—How many debtors have been refused a passport renewal under s 16(1) of the Australian Passports Act 2005 , in each year since 2005.

542  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What is the accumulated sum of outstanding and written-off debt from consular assistance rendered since the publication of Helping Australians abroad: a review of the Australian Government’s consular services ( Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, 1997, Canberra).

543  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Was the Government’s revenue from passport fees in 2009-10 equal to or greater than the cost of providing consular assistance.

544  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Does his department have an estimate of the number of uninsured Australian travellers; if so, what is it.

545  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Does his department maintain data on the proportion of travellers who seek consular assistance and are uninsured; if not, why not.

546  MS J. I. BISHOP: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Since 28 February 2007, on what dates have Australian consular officials (a) visited, and/or (b) otherwise had contact with, Mr Jean-Philippe Wispelaere.

547  MR K. J. ANDREWS: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What information did she receive from her department for the purpose of selecting the trial sites for (a) help ing teenage parents to finish school and support their children, (b) the Local Solutions Fund, (c) helping jobless families prepare for work, (d) the extension of income management in five trial sites, and (e) supporting job seekers in disadvantaged communities into jobs.

(2) Did the information provided to her in part (1) include a broader list of local government areas, communities, electorates or localities; if so, what criteria were used by her to select the trial sites from this list for the programs in part (1).