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QUESTIONS IN WRITING

 

On the first sitting day of each fortnight, a complete Notice Paper is published containing all unanswered questions. On subsequent days, only new questions for the sitting are included in the Notice Paper. The full text of all unanswered questions is available at:

www.aph.gov.au/qiw

 

3 December 2013

884f95e2-293a-40c4-a9ad-4f835ff0cde1          9    Mr Thomson : To ask the Treasurer—What action is the Government taking to combat multinational tax avoidance and secure sustainable tax revenues for (a) Australia, and (b) developing countries.

24 February 2014

dbaf541a-0126-4dcf-80bc-b930e1c19c8b       59    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer—In respect of reports of insurance premiums continuing to rise in Far North Queensland by up to 70 per cent since 2011, how will the Government (a) regulate the cost of insurance premiums, and (b) ensure residents are not disadvantaged by disproportionately high premiums, when compared to the rest of Australia.

737894fc-6a6f-4b5d-8de0-76254bcf71b3       60    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         Can he confirm that the Pilbara Integrated Power Solution was submitted by the Western Australian Government in 2008 to Infrastructure Australia for consideration; if so, was this submission subsequently withdrawn by the Western Australian Government; if so, on what date was it withdrawn.

(2)         Can he confirm that an application in respect of the same project was lodged by a private sector entity; if so, (a) what action was taken, and (b) what assessment was made, by Infrastructure Australia.

(3)         Can Infrastructure Australia release all documents related to its actions and assessment taken in respect of the Pilbara Integrated Power Solution project.

8321edbf-9700-411f-bc32-fc13d4910ad5       62    Mr Thomson : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of a statement he made at a press conference following the December 2013 COAG meeting, that urgent work is being done to ensure that all kids attend school, (a) what is the rate of school attendance for both government and non-government primary and secondary schools in Victoria, (b) what steps has the Australian Government taken, or will it take, to ensure that all children throughout Australia attend school each day, (c) can he indicate whether the Victorian Department of Education Early Childhood Development employs school attendance officers; if they do, (i) how many, and (ii) what are their roles and powers, and (d) are penalties applied to parents whose children do not attend school; if so, what are they; if not, can he indicate how Victorian schools and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development ensure that all eligible children attend a school.

13 May 2014

271a360a-e164-483a-95d1-7ae7adedb508     100    Ms Collins : To ask the Minister for Communications—When will the following areas in the electoral division of Franklin be served by fibre-to-the-premises technology for the delivery of high-speed broadband: (a) Blackmans Bay, (b) Clarendon Vale, (c) Cygnet, (d) Geilston Bay, (e) Howrah, (f) Huonville, (g) Lauderdale, (h) Lindisfarne, (i) Margate, (j) Old Beach, (k) Risdon Vale, (l) Rokeby, (m) Rose Bay, (n) Snug, and (o) Tranmere.

54903360-93db-4750-bda9-505262270ed0     101    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—Is he aware that past and current open ended population growth policy creates the inevitable prospect of imposing continual infrastructure projects on the public, each one more invasive and destructive of the social and natural environments.

b1fe3e73-3761-43ed-84ab-5d3804039ac1     102    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         Is he aware that the East-West Link project is predicated on the need to cater to current and projected population growth, the consequences of which could be major and disturbing to democracy, quality of life and the environment.

(2)         Will the Government inform the Victorian electorate that Australia’s population growth is more a product of policy choice, than an inevitability.

644b82b7-df44-401c-babd-18733aedd1d1     103    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—Will the Government consider adopting a stable population policy to avoid new infrastructure imperatives.

2134a403-ce0c-4efd-bb9c-a513d883993d     104    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         Is he aware that there is no engineered population growth imperative policy in Western Europe.

(2)         Has the Government informed itself of the stable population policy alternative as a means of avoiding continuing major disturbances to democracy, quality of life and the environment, resulting from its current engineered population growth policy.

4fa0a921-2ded-4f95-9b5a-65f7964046c0     105    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—

(1)         Is it a fact that in the past migrant worker programs had to conform to tough Australian standards in conditions of employment and wages.

(2)         Have these standards been downgraded, and worker immigration massively increased, through 457 visas and other migrant worker programs; if so, what is the Government doing about the problems that this lack of protection is creating for Australian citizens, young and elderly, particularly in light of raising the pension age.

aaab54f0-5b6c-4256-81b5-743d009a88ad     106    Mr Thomson : To ask the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—What is the cost of the East-West Link project.

e509094f-483f-4632-84b0-59d322b952aa     107    Mr Thomson : To ask the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         Is the East-West Link predicated on the assumption that massive population growth will entail more automobile traffic and that this traffic will be catered to by continuous massive engineering projects; if so, (a) has the Government factored in the rising cost of fuel and materials, and (b) is he aware that the cost of petroleum has been rising so much since the 1990s that governments are now engaging in horizontal drilling or ‘fracking’ in order to recover inaccessible petroleum type deposits, such as shale oil and coal gas, which are energy-expensive and impact on major property and democratic rights.

(2)         Has the Government considered that given these rising financial, energy, environmental and social costs, the infrastructure projects implicit in its growth policies may not be possible and the electorate is at risk of becoming an overpopulated and underserviced slum; if so, what is the Government doing to avoid this prospect.

2b730199-689e-4b71-a94c-347bcbeaf378     108    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Industry—

(1)         Is future reliance on alternative sources of fuel, notably coal and uranium, for running electric cars, Government policy.

(2)         Has the Government modelled the inevitable rise in demand for these alternative fuel sources from all industrial and social sectors, in addition to the transport sectors in projects like the East-West Link; if so, how will this rise in demand impact on the cost and availability of fuel for cars, domestic heating and running the industries to employ a growing population.

578faf52-3beb-4c7a-890f-9aef9308c7d0     109    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Minister for Communications—When will each of the following towns in the electoral division of Hunter be served by fibre-to-the-premises technology for the delivery of high-speed broadband: (a) Aberdeen, (b) Aberglasslyn, (c) Branxton, (d) Broke, (e) Cassilis, (f) Cessnock, (g) Denman, (h) Gillieston Heights, (i) Greta, (j) Kandos, (k) Kurri Kurri, (l) Lochinvar, (m) Maitland, (n) Merriwa, (o) Mulbring, (p) Murrurundi, (q) Muswellbrook, (r) Pokolbin, (s) Rutherford, (t) Rylstone, (u) Scone, (v) Singleton, and (w) Wollombi.

fa7aefd7-171c-470a-922b-f7a8ebeab554     110    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Minister for Communications—When will each of the following towns in the electoral division of Hunter have access to minimum broadband download speeds of 25mbps: (a) Aberdeen, (b) Aberglasslyn, (c) Branxton, (d) Broke, (e) Cassilis, (f) Cessnock, (g) Denman, (h) Gillieston Heights, (i) Greta, (j) Kandos, (k) Kurri Kurri, (l) Lochinvar, (m) Maitland, (n) Merriwa, (o) Mulbring, (p) Murrurundi, (q) Muswellbrook, (r) Pokolbin, (s) Rutherford, (t) Rylstone, (u) Scone, (v) Singleton, and (w) Wollombi.

d75e7372-4063-492e-b8bd-4293c00d6803     111    Mr Thomson : To ask the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         How many motorists are expected to use Melbourne’s East-West Link per day when it is opened, and what level of petrol price is this estimate based on.

(2)         Is it anticipated that the number of motorists using the East-West Link per day will change if the price of petrol rises; if so, by what number.

718e6166-83c1-4771-941e-11d9891f58ba     112    Mr Thomson : To ask the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—What assessment has the Government made of the likely changes to the price of petrol over the next five years.

5a7aa3c1-1efb-4d66-be0d-b2e236849b3b     114    Mr Thomson : To ask the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—Is it a fact that construction of the East-West Link will result in the loss of 5000 trees; if not, how many trees will be lost.

6c784c4d-6a50-4796-b630-1b14b7312986     115    Mr Thomson : To ask the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—Has he considered public transport alternatives to the East-West Link such as rail to Doncaster; if not, why not; if so, (a) what reason(s) make the East-West link a superior option, and (b) how many jobs for Australian workers are expected to be created under the East-West Link, and would be expected to be created by alternatives such as rail to Doncaster.

57515e3e-0d28-4321-9f7f-52025bbb75d3     117    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1)         What arrangements have been put in place for the remuneration of the Royal Commissioner and Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

(2)         Is it a fact that the final terms of reference for the Royal Commission were amended from the draft terms released when the Royal Commission was announced.

(3)         Is it a fact that terms of reference number (i) which refers to persons other than trade unions and their officers and associated separate entities, was amended to provide that the participation of persons or organisations other than trade unions and their officers ‘…in a matter mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (h)’ of the terms of reference was within the scope of the inquiry.

(4)         Is the effect of this amendment that employers, employer organisations and persons or entities other than trade unions and their officers and associated separate entities, will only be subject to inquiry by the Royal Commission in circumstances where they are involved in a matter that includes the involvement of a trade union, officer of a union, or an associated separate entity.

d69659e9-adb1-4728-abe4-465fab646960     120    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—Is it a fact that (a) the Australian Trucking Association has asked the Government to allow truck drivers from overseas to drive in Australia under our migrant worker programs, (b) recent employment figures show that more than 20,000 jobs have been lost in transport and logistics and that there more than 43,000 people in the industry who are underemployed, (c) the ANZ job vacancies survey of January 2014 showed a continuing decline in job vacancies Australia wide, after a 10 per cent decline over 2013 as a whole, (d) over 740,000 Australians are unemployed, ie, 6 per cent unemployment, with the highest proportion being young and Indigenous people, and (e) there are currently 1.4 million people in Australia on some form of temporary visa, and that sub class 457 temporary entry work visas have risen by 7.6 per cent from 31 December 2012 to 169,070 as of 31 December 2013.

ffd0046d-1e3e-453a-ac59-4eedd509ee1b     121    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—Minister representing the Minister for EmploymentWill the Minister reject requests from the Australian Trucking Association and or trucking companies to bring in truck drivers from overseas, and recommend that companies invest in job training and incomes that make the industry safer and more attractive to young people.

85930c94-e12d-4008-b6ed-bba8fd747618     122    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of a recent media report ‘Woylies from woe to go and back again’ by Ms Victoria Laurie ( The Australian , 31 March 2014), is it a fact that the population of the Brush-tailed Bettong, or Woylie, has declined by 90 per cent in the past seven years; if so, what action is he taking to identify the cause of this decline and prevent this species from becoming extinct in the wild.

b6674337-9797-47dc-90da-2fd3065960d4     123    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         Can he confirm that the construction of the 33 kilometre Saemangeum Seawall in Korea and associated land reclamation has destroyed significant habitat for migratory shorebirds; if so, can he indicate whether this loss of habitat led to the death of 90,000 Great Knots, that is, 20 per cent of the world’s population of this species.

(2)         Has the population of other Australian shorebirds also declined dramatically as a result of habitat loss, ie, Curlew Sandpipers down 85 per cent, decreasing by on average 8 per cent a year for the last 30 years; Eastern Curlews down 50 per cent; and Red-necked Stints down 30 per cent.

(3)         What action is he taking to protect remaining shorebird habitat, for example, reducing or refusing land reclamation and coastal development projects.

4606bf04-3dda-439b-b722-b13703a4c626     124    Mr Thomson : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         Can he confirm that Hong Kong and Singapore impose a tax on property purchases by foreign buyers, and that the Hong Kong tax is 15 per cent of the purchase price.

(2)         Is he aware that approximately 11,000 Australian properties were purchased by foreign buyers in 2012-13, and that if Australia had have imposed a 15 per cent tax on these purchases, and each property was valued at $500,000, over $800 million additional revenue would have been generated.

(3)         Is he aware of the proposal by Ms Jessica Irvine in her article ‘Why we should tax foreign purchases of Aussie homes’ ( News Limited Network , 12 March 2014) for Australia to impose a tax on purchases of Australian real estate by foreign buyers; if so, will he consider and respond to Ms Irvine’s proposal.

ad229b72-5a89-4999-98e5-90646e2765c4     125    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—In respect of the Victorian Government’s announcement, as reported by Mr John Masanauskas in the article ‘Essendon Airport at centre of $2b development plan’ ( Herald Sun , 19 March 2014) of a $2 billion blueprint for Essendon Airport to create new commercial development and jobs at the site, (a) what consultation, input and advice were sought by the Victorian Government from him in respect of this announcement, prior to it being made, (b) is he aware that the Essendon Airport Community Aviation Consultative Group (CACG) was not consulted prior to this announcement being made, (c) does he support the Essendon Airport CACG being an important part of the Essendon Airport planning, development and Master Plan process, and that it should be consulted appropriately, (d) how is the announcement consistent with the Essendon Airport Master Plan process, (e) how will he consider the Essendon Airport Master Plan in the context of this announcement given the Master Plan public consultation process has closed, and the Victorian Government’s submission to the process was received past the due date, and (f) how will he ensure that (i) any proposed key note developments contained within the Victorian Government’s announcement are classified as Major Development Plans should they commence outside of the formal Master Plan process, (ii) local residents living in the vicinity of the Essendon Airport are given proper opportunity to consider and provide feedback to proposed developments, and (iii) residents are not faced with a repeat of what occurred with the development of the Victoria Police and Ambulance Air Wing hangar, where residents found that Essendon Airport’s largest hangar was being constructed within close proximity and would operate around the clock.

3d3c8045-fcc8-4518-a409-9b4fa3f4d475     126    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of long acting contraceptives Mirena®, DPMA (marketed as Depo Provera® and Depo Ralovera®) and Implanon®, (a) is she aware of their advantages in assisting poor communities in developing countries to access family planning services, and (b) what action is the overseas aid section of her department taking to make them available to these communities as part of Australia’s overseas aid program.

31bd756d-725c-4632-9b32-9aeef5ba4b06     128    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—

(1)         What number of (a) Australians are currently unemployed, and (b) people in Australia are on temporary visas with work rights.

(2)         Is it a fact that Australian employers seeking to bring in migrant workers do not have to provide to the Government copies of job applications by, or records of interviews with, Australian job applicants for the position(s) for which visas are sought.

(3)         Is it a fact that (a) employers need only conduct labour market testing at ‘any time’ during the 12 months prior to bringing in foreign workers, without any minimum time requirement, (b) employers need only advertise a vacant position on Facebook to comply with the labour market testing requirements, and (c) employers will not be penalised for hiring more foreign workers than they applied for; if so, can employers bring in an unlimited number of foreign workers.

(4)         How many overseas labour agreements have been approved since 7 September 2013.

(5)         Will the Minister publish a list of all employers who have (a) engaged temporary visa holders, and (b) obtained a labour agreement; if not, why not.

cdfc1796-2b4a-4985-9ba8-c097809b6b93     129    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—

(1)         Is it a fact that recent figures show that more than 20,000 jobs have been lost in the transport and logistics industry and more than 43,000 people are under-employed in this industry.

(2)         Has the Australian Trucking Association lobbied the Government to expand the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program to include overseas truck drivers.

(3)         What action is the Government taking to provide education and training to unemployed Australians who wish to work in the transport or logistics industry.

9fb06c41-853b-41d9-a873-7e40e7339441     130    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—

(1)         What is the level of unemployment in the aviation sector.

(2)         Are pilots, engineers and flight attendants on the list of occupations where Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457) can be obtained.

(3)         Is the Minister aware of reports that the Qantas Group has employed Thai-based flight attendants on domestic routes for as little as $257 per month, in breach of Australian law; if so, have these reports been investigated, if so, what was the outcome.

c536380f-68ab-4706-b9e1-10bb0d828b5f     131    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—

(1)         Is the Minister aware of a report by Mr Cameron Houston and Mr Chris Vedelago entitled ‘Chinese plasterers exploited by rogue companies at two big sites’ ( The Age , Victoria, 16 March 2014) that Chinese workers have allegedly been exploited in the construction of the (a) new Royal Children’s Hospital, and (b) Docklands headquarters of Medibank Private, which have received more than $1.4 billion in Government and union superannuation funding.

(2)         Is it a fact that these construction contracts engaged a sub-contractor who has failed to pay millions of dollars in tax after collapsing four times in the past five years.

(3)         Are (a) Brookfield Multiplex, and (b) Bovis Lend Lease, the construction companies involved in building these projects, and did these companies use low-paid Chinese workers provided by plastering sub-contractors Expoconti and BVM.

(4)         Has Fair Work Building and Construction investigated claims (a) of ‘job sharing’, or ‘two-for-one deals’, where Chinese plasterers swap documentation to enter sites and receive half the hourly award rate of $35, and (b) that some Chinese workers are required to work more than 60 hours a week, but five received payment for a standard 36 hour week; if so, what was the outcome of each investigation.

119d370e-9ea2-4b0d-b5f7-f0ef1734a9ff     132    Mr Thomson : To ask the Treasurer—Is it a fact that (a) since 2009 a number of companies owned and operated by BVM have collapsed with debts of more than $4.8 million, most of which is owed to the Australian Taxation Office, (b) following the collapses a new BVM-branded company has stepped in to buy its assets, rehire employees and take over any outstanding contracts, leaving the bad debts behind, and (c) Brookfield Multiplex and Bovis Lend Lease have continued to employ the related companies.

3cbeb0f7-bf46-45fb-a01d-d86cb0bcd54a     135    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         In respect of the United Nations Office of Human Rights Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is she aware (a) of the findings, and (b) that the Chair, Mr Michael Kirby, has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

(2)         Is she aware that the United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution asking the United Nations Security Council to consider referring the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to the ICC, and can she state Australia’s position on this.

b1a98479-0e81-4883-bbca-80817785b5d1     136    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister for Communications—What sum, including (a) internal costs and (b) external costs spent on consultants or reviewers, has or will each of the following cost his department and NBN Co. Limited: (i) ‘Strategic Review’ (NBN Co. Limited, 12 December 2013), (ii) Strategic Review part 2—Fixed wireless and satellite (referred to in the ‘Strategic Review’, page 119), (iii) ‘Broadband Availability and Quality Report’ (Department of Communications, December 2013), (iv) Cost-Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation by the Department of Communications (current), (v) Review of NBN Co. Limited Governance by KordaMentha (current), and (vi) Independent Audit of the NBN public policy process by Mr Bill Scales AO (current).

5efbe195-865e-4951-a063-a7996d01c501               Mr Danby : To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 137 to 154)—On (a) how many occasions, and (b) what date(s), has the Minister met with Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd chief executive Mr Nick Di Girolamo, and can the Minister provide the nature of each meeting.

215406e9-ec61-4f34-a9b5-12a6f262be1b     137    Mr Danby : To ask the Prime Minister.

985a1ba5-1706-4483-99ac-ea2c7da2cfe1     139    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

5dacb4fa-bd3a-4987-aa59-b91038787295     140    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

eb99e819-7d2f-4996-b3d2-d9adbe6ef6a2     142    Mr Danby : To ask the Treasurer.

238e3ada-8833-4bd4-830c-ef0068c53051     143    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance.

516a4c93-cbb6-454b-9115-eda8cbc5a3b1     144    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Agriculture.

e356f7e4-7595-4e47-b1cd-40d5305690bb     145    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Education.

b98784f6-8e7b-4424-a58d-8e06dd1422f5     148    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Social Services.

9b1db4b0-baac-41bc-88c2-e153b7b79ec5     150    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Communications.

c84116ab-f345-473c-8d7b-470f5ec80153     152    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

e3b25b99-5e1f-4f9f-b7aa-b61da363b990     153    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

a0e7c2b1-3e0a-48dc-85cb-59dd6435e580     154    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

14 May 2014

5d91e061-60a8-4e38-96c2-a293e8f16647     155    Mr Thomson : To ask the Prime Minister—Will the Prime Minister expand the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption to include fundraising and influence peddling by and within all political parties.

e9e8d296-c55e-4995-8971-fe13e69e31b4     156    Mr Thomson : To ask the Treasurer—Is it a fact that the Government promised prior to the last election, to introduce (a) a register of foreign ownership of rural land, and (b) lower thresholds for Foreign Investment Review Board scrutiny of foreign acquisitions of farm land and agribusinesses; if so, what action has the Government taken, or does it intend to take, to implement these commitments.

0b85c7fb-1643-4355-af7d-2f45e6f78b35     157    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Is it a fact that during the 2013 election campaign, the then Opposition Leader committed during a leaders debate, that 'no Medicare Locals would be shut down'.

(2)         Does the Government intend to retain the Lower Murray Medicare Local.

(3)         Is the Minister aware of the work of the Mildura band Lower Murray Medicare Local, which includes: (a) development of a Regional Care Coordination model to address local service gaps in the areas of autism and developmental disorders, movement disorders and pain management, (b) provision of support to 327 consumers through the autism and developmental disorders regional care coordination service, (c) development of a new pain management regional care coordination service that has engaged a pain management specialist to move to the region and a pain management coordinator to bring the service together, (d) provision of 24 additional supported Opioid Replacement Therapy program places, and (e) delivery of over 6,800 mental health services and 13,724 allied health services.

aa9073b4-1834-4846-ad82-5f58ac6d4a85     158    Mr Ferguson : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         Since 1 January 2009, what was the total number of (a) humanitarian/refugee, and (b) family, stream migrants born in English Proficiency group 3 and 4 countries who settled in (i) each local government area in metropolitan Sydney, (ii) the Hunter and Illawarra regions, (iii) rural New South Wales, (iv) each local government area in metropolitan Melbourne, (v) rural Victoria, (vi) Queensland, (vii) Western Australia, (viii) South Australia, (ix) Tasmania, (x) the Australian Capital Territory, and (xi) the Northern Territory.

(2)         What research, if any, has the Government commissioned on the factors that influence the initial settlement location of humanitarian/refugee stream migrants and their subsequent movement patterns.

26 May 2014

863e8cff-8fa2-4b1f-ac6f-0658571f9bc3     159    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Industry—

(1)         What is the annual value to Australia of (a) motor vehicle and automotive parts, and (b) textiles, footwear and clothing, exports to Korea.

(2)         Did the Government consult with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries prior to signing the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA).

(3)         How will the KAFTA assist Australian auto and auto component makers, and what proportion of the projected $5 billion in export income and 15,000 jobs will come from auto and automotive component makers.

2fbe3007-3944-41a6-998b-2e0ff91d419c     160    Mr Zappia : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         What proportion of Australia’s approximate $1.6 trillion in superannuation funds are invested offshore.

(2)         Are there any limitations on the proportion (as a percentage) of superannuation funds that each fund can invest offshore.

(3)         Has the Government calculated the additional annual tax revenue that would be raised if all superannuation funds were invested in Australia; if so, what sum.

4a62a1fe-80d4-42ef-8bfa-d306dc79dd36     161    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         Has he sought advice on options for changing the regulation on the cap on hourly movements at Sydney Airport.

(2)         Can he specifically advise on any options being considered to change the movement cap from the current 80 movements an hour.

47b9ff4c-e892-4793-a8b1-346c7b0e78cf     162    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—Is he aware of any development applications for the vicinity of Kurnell Peninsula which will or may potentially impact on aircraft movements at Kingsford-Smith Airport.

9218d899-7674-48a7-a73c-32b3900c08c6     163    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—Has he sought advice on changing community consultation arrangements around any federally leased airports.

003b7860-d476-4431-a0b2-d96e861bc4e6     164    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development—

(1)         Has the Western Australian Government lodged the Roe Highway Stage 8/Perth Freight Link project to Infrastructure Australia, (a) if so, on what date was it submitted and what was the result of the assessment of the project, and (b) if not, will it be required to be subject to assessment by Infrastructure Australia before federal funds are committed to the project; if not, why not.

(2)         Has he seen the cost benefit analysis of the Roe Highway Stage 8 Project completed by the Western Australian Government; if so, on what date.

(3)         How many vehicles will be removed from the surrounding road network by Roe Highway Stage 8, and how was this number calculated.

(4)         What is the economic benefit of the Roe Highway Stage 8 project per dollar invested, and how was this sum calculated.

887f92fd-24bf-4278-8c50-8cf6ab04bb1f     165    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—When Australian Hearing is sold (as announced as a budget measure on 13 May 2014), what will the Government do to assist financially the many young Australians (up to the age of 26 years) and their families currently receiving support from Australian Hearing by way of hearing tests, school aids and batteries, and receiving access to the latest hearing aid technology including updates, replacement and repairs, provided at no cost except for a yearly card renewal subscription.

c86598d8-18b6-4991-b3cf-8b3518d5e362     166    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—

(1)         Is he aware of any large capital works budget blowouts, such as coal seam gas projects in Queensland, due to the use of overseas engineers.

(2)         Will he consider removing engineering from the Skilled Occupation List given it is considered ‘borderline’, and there will be many unemployed local engineers because of the impending closure of the car industry.

27 May 2014

99e9a25d-d3ca-41c1-8e1f-dd5634092e23     167    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—

(1)         Is he aware that one of the primary reasons for implementing the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was to prevent the sale of Australian sheep in unregulated livestock markets due to the associated welfare repercussions; if so, why are Australian sheep still being sold in such markets in Jordan.

(2)         Since systemic breaches of the ESCAS in Jordan were first reported 12 months ago, what action has his department taken to ensure that Australian sheep exporters are operating within approved supply chains in Jordan.

3b0beeab-0192-4fd1-abdd-d28f76702611     168    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—

(1)         How many people are (a) currently in Australia on 457 visas, and (b) expected to arrive in Australia on 457 visas in 2013-14. 1

(2)         Is the Government planning to issue Platinum Cards to employers which would allow them to bring in overseas workers under subclass 457 without any requirement to see if there are Australian workers ready, willing and able to do the job.

039dccc6-1502-4d38-89c0-5d3cc73d30f1     169    Ms Rishworth : To ask the Minister for Industry—In respect of the announcements of the closures of Holden, Ford and Toyota and the anticipated loss of 3000 jobs in the automotive components manufacturing industry in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, (a) what proportion of the (i) $30 million allocated to the Skills and Training Program to help automotive workers recognise their skills and train them for new jobs, while they are still employed, (ii) $15 million allocated to the Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Program to provide careers advice and help automotive workers find new jobs once they are retrenched and unemployed, (iii) $20 million allocated to the Automotive Diversification Program to help automotive supply chain firms capable of diversifying to find new markets, (iv) $60 million allocated to the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program to accelerate private sector investment in high value non-automotive manufacturing sectors, and (v) $30 million allocated to the Regional Infrastructure Program to support investment in non-manufacturing opportunities in regions affected by the closure of the car manufacturing industry, will be allocated to South Australia, (b) how will each of the above allocations be distributed, and (c) what is the timeframe for each of the above allocations.

b7e433b8-e687-4e23-bdc6-5d4bbefd5915     170    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister for Agriculture—In respect of the Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme, what sum has been issued (a) in total, and (b) to the cattle industry in the Mid-West and Gulf Country of Northern Queensland.

4f867fcf-74c7-47bd-81a9-b877fed06769     171    Ms Hall : To ask the Minister for Social Services—How many families in the electoral division of Shortland will lose Family Tax Benefit B as a result of the 2014 budget.

296ec4aa-4744-4ffd-b79f-4684ebb7b808     172    Ms Hall : To ask the Minister for Social Services—How many age pensioners in the electoral division of Shortland will have their pensioner concessions cut as a result of the 2014 budget.

28 May 2014

11f8d451-1d47-45c6-87b9-cfa07de99964     173    Mr Ferguson : To ask the Minister for Industry—In respect of the coal gas industry stakeholders group announced on 26 September 2013, what (a) are its terms of reference, (b) are the expanded, current and projected financial costs by the Government, (c) is the projected duration for its activities, (d) is the membership and the qualifications and remuneration of members, and (e) are the current and future plans for public, private and industry consultations.

3 June 2014

98b31d42-1a3a-4aa7-9982-9580b476b847     174    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the 16 international Tamil organisations, including the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), recently listed as terror groups by the Sri Lankan Government, (a) why has the Australian Government not yet released a statement (i) condemning this list, and (ii) representing the concerns of its Tamil population, (b) what is the Australian Government doing to ensure that the (i) Australian Tamil community in Australia gains proper and beneficial information about the actions of the Sri Lankan Government, and (ii) ATC does not continue to be vilified by the Sri Lankan Government through its presence on the list, (c) why has the Australian Government not acted more publically in stating that this list is not only contrary to future reconciliation, but also goes against the basic democratic right of freedom of speech, and (d) has the Australian Government analysed and scrutinised Sri Lanka’s justification for proscribing the ATC; if so, can the Australian Government state its policy position on this matter.

01a46a3d-7f5d-4508-adf0-1409efca59ba     175    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Industry—What action is the Government taking to provide education and training to unemployed Australians who wish to work in the transport or logistics industry.

93597359-29e6-48c5-bc5a-78d61592d52a     176    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—What is the level of unemployment in the (a) aviation sector, and (b) trucking industry.

4 June 2014

370b5a70-b614-4ad1-b59f-6d558aebc0c5     177    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister for Communications—When will Acacia Gardens in the electoral division of Greenway have access to the National Broadband Network.

63f36a45-f47b-4293-8714-330a65663fcb     178    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister for Education—Has the Government decided that from 2015, answers to the NAPLAN exams will be submitted online; if so, (a) is the Government aware that many public schools are currently unable to fulfil that policy decision due to the limited number of computers available, (b) what is the Government’s plan to ensure that (i) all schools are able to submit NAPLAN exams online, and (ii) the NAPLAN exam results of all students are treated fairly, (c) how does the Government plan to provide enough resources to public schools to ensure that students attending public schools are afforded the same opportunities as students attending private schools, and (d) if the Government is unable to provide improved computer capacity to public schools, what advice will it offer to reassure the parents of these students.

5 June 2014

e262c668-803c-4e43-8e61-f236f69b4ea9     179    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Will Australia participate in Expo Milano 2015.

17de324b-04f0-4d55-aa15-09ab6b517061     180    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Communications—When will each of the following suburbs in the electoral division of Newcastle be served by fibre-to-the-premises technology for the delivery of high-speed broadband: (a) Adamstown, (b) Adamstown Heights, (c) Bar Beach, (d) Beresfield, (e) Birmingham Gardens, (f) Black Hill, (g) Broadmeadow, (h) Callaghan, (i) Carrington, (j) Cooks Hill, (k) Fern Bay, (l) Fullerton Cove, (m) Georgetown, (n) Hamilton, (o) Hamilton East, (p) Hamilton North, (q) Hamilton South, (r) Heatherbrae, (s) Hexham, (t) Islington, (u) Jesmond, (v) Kooragang, (w) Kotara, (x) Lambton, (y) Lenaghan, (z) Maryville, (aa) Mayfield, (ab) Mayfield East, (ac) Mayfield West, (ad) Merewether, (ae) Merewether Heights, (af) New Lambton, (ag) New Lambton Heights, (ah) Newcastle, (ai) Newcastle East, (aj) Newcastle West, (ak) North Lambton, (al) Raymond Terrace, (am) Salt Ash, (an) Sandgate, (ao) Shortland, (ap) Stockton, (aq) Tarro, (ar) The Hill, (as) The Junction, (at) Thornton, (au) Tighes Hill, (av) Tomago, (aw) Wallsend, (ax) Warabrook, (ay) Waratah, (az) Waratah West, (ba) Wickham, (bb) Williamtown, (bc) Woodberry.

27d2e0a9-47a9-4ae0-bf59-c8dbc5cd6aaa     181    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Communications—When will each of the following suburbs in the electoral division of Newcastle have access to minimum broadband download speeds of 25mpbs: (a) Adamstown, (b) Adamstown Heights, (c) Bar Beach, (d) Beresfield, (e) Birmingham Gardens, (f) Black Hill, (g) Broadmeadow, (h) Callaghan, (i) Carrington, (j) Cooks Hill, (k) Fern Bay, (l) Fullerton Cove, (m) Georgetown, (n) Hamilton, (o) Hamilton East, (p) Hamilton North, (q) Hamilton South, (r) Heatherbrae, (s) Hexham, (t) Islington, (u) Jesmond, (v) Kooragang, (w) Kotara, (x) Lambton, (y) Lenaghan, (z) Maryville, (aa) Mayfield, (ab) Mayfield East, (ac) Mayfield West, (ad) Merewether, (ae) Merewether Heights, (af) New Lambton, (ag) New Lambton Heights, (ah) Newcastle, (ai) Newcastle East, (aj) Newcastle West, (ak) North Lambton, (al) Raymond Terrace, (am) Salt Ash, (an) Sandgate, (ao) Shortland, (ap) Stockton, (aq) Tarro, (ar) The Hill, (as) The Junction, (at) Thornton, (au) Tighes Hill, (av) Tomago, (aw) Wallsend, (ax) Warabrook, (ay) Waratah, (az) Waratah West, (ba) Wickham, (bb) Williamtown, (bc) Woodberry.

26feeab0-de16-4221-8a8f-f6dd4241d1e1     182    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Is it a fact that during the 2013 election campaign, the then Opposition Leader committed during a leaders debate, that ‘no Medicare Locals would be shut down’.

(2)         Does the Government intend to retain the Hunter Medicare Local.

(3)         Is the Minister aware of the work of the Hunter Medicare Local, which includes: (a) delivery of the General Practitioner Access After Hours Program which has delivered after hours care for the Newcastle and Hunter communities for the last 10 years, (b) being a lead site for the Government’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record initiative, (c) delivery of the Partners in Recovery program with a consortium of local service providers to provide support and care to people residing in the Hunter living with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, (d) improving Aboriginal health outcomes through providing services such as Self-Identification, Cultural Awareness Training and 715 Health Checks, and (e) providing a full suite of holistic health services available to young people aged 12 to 25 through headspace Newcastle.

16 June 2014

6c44ec13-fa5c-4293-ae24-d0314b95d600   *183    Ms Rowland : To ask the Prime Minister—What sum is currently charged per guest to attend Medal of the Order of Australia luncheons at Parliament House, and what is the breakdown for what this sum covers.

4180ba83-f25b-4069-bd85-ddc656394932   *184    Ms Rowland : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment—What measures are the Government taking to support Mother Language Day on 21 February.

8d0db134-da79-4c99-8140-d6f96e09fa80   *185    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1)         Is there a requirement for a register of pecuniary interests for senior officers in the Minister’s department who provide advice on Defence equipment purchases costing billions of dollars; if not, why not.

(2)         Is there a record of what largesse is provided to senior Defence personnel by Defence contractors.

(3)         Are there any restrictions on Defence personnel who leave the services getting jobs with Defence contractors, for whom they may have provided advice favouring that contractor’s product.

(4)         What arrangements exist to ensure probity in Defence equipment contracts and tendering.

50277957-fd0b-42ef-bfe8-2c0f1699dfcc   *186    Ms A. E. Burke : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Is it the Government’s intent to allow private industry to tender for the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) that will replace the current 61 Medicare locals closing on 1 July 2015.

(2)         If private health insurers or equivalent organisations are successful in tendering to operate the new PHNs, how will the Government ensure that (a) insured patients in networks operated by a private insurer are not given preferential treatment to the advantage of private industry and the detriment of vulnerable populations, and (b) uninsured patients will receive the services they require and are not disadvantaged.

(3)         Will the Government be liaising with state health departments on the selection of PHNs, including the number of PHNs and how the boundaries will be determined, particularly in Victoria.

0a42acf8-09c8-4431-873e-0986eee11c5d   *187    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 133 (House Hansard , 4 June 2014, page 159), what action has his department taken in response to Fair Work Building and Construction’s referral of this alleged abuse of 457 visas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    D. R. Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives