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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

 

6 December 2017

              Mr Georganas : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 893 to 894)—

(1)         How many tests have been conducted around Defence and non-Defence sites for perfluroctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or other chemicals related to fighter fighting foams and retardants.

(2)         What were the results, broken down by location tested, and including maps of the impacted areas.

(3)         Specifically, have the estuaries, beaches and waterways around the Adelaide Airport been tested for contamination; if so, what were the results.

(4)         What remediation, if any, has been considered for contaminated sites around Australia.

(5)         Do any sites in South Australia require treatment or further testing; if so, what are the timelines.

(6)         What resources have been allocated to test firefighters and other personnel exposed to PFOS and PFOA.

(7)         What ongoing testing and treatment and or medial monitoring have been considered or implemented by the Government.

    893    Mr Georganas : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

26 February 2018

    934    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—

(1)         Who makes the determination that a citizenship application requires ‘thorough analysis’ or ‘further assessment’ or any similar designation.

(2)         Does the schedule of delegates provide for different levels of authority to approve certain cases; if so, what is the (a) typology, and (b) number of delegates, for each category.

(3)         How many departmental staff have the authority to (a) approve citizenship (by conferral) applications, and (b) assess citizenship applications that require ‘further assessment’ or ‘thorough analysis’ or any similar designation.

(4)         Since the decision handed down in the Federal Court by Justice Bromberg in BMF16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 1530, has his department increased the number of staff capable of assessing citizenship applications requiring ‘further assessment’ or ‘thorough analysis’ or any similar designation.

    937    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—

(1)         What number of citizenship applications were lodged by ‘Illegal Maritime Arrivals’ in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).

(2)         What number of citizenship (by conferral) applications lodged by people who arrived in Australia as ‘Illegal Maritime Arrivals’ were granted citizenship by conferral in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).

(3)         What number of citizenship applications lodged by people who arrived in Australia as ‘Illegal Maritime Arrivals’ were classed as requiring ‘thorough analysis’ or ‘further assessment’ or any similar designation in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).

    941    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—

(1)         What was the breakdown, by country of birth, of the median time between an applicant sitting the citizenship test and a decision being made regarding their application in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).

(2)         What was considered an acceptable standard processing time for citizenship applications (by conferral), in respect of Key Performance Indicators, by his department in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).

(3)         What is the average length of time between successfully sitting the citizenship test and attending a citizenship ceremony for the 10 per cent of applicants who experienced the shortest and longest waiting times.

(4)         How many Ministerial determinations were made under section 26(3) in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).

9 May 2018

    966    Mrs Elliot : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications—

(1)         In respect of the NBN rollout in the electoral division of Richmond, will the Minister advise a) when the Government will abandon fibre to the node, b) when the Government will commit to providing fibre to the curb for all residents as a minimum technology, c) how the Government will manage the surge of NBN complaints being received by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, d) when the Government will ensure that all NBN customers can receive a speed of 100 megabits per second, and e) how the Government will stem the cost to businesses caused by inefficiencies of the NBN.

(2)         In respect of the electoral division of Richmond, a) how many premises are connected to the NBN (reported separately by suburb), and b) how many premises were connected to the NBN in i) 2014, ii) 2015, iii) 2016, iv) 2017, and v) 2018 (reported separately by suburb).

(3)         How many NBN complaints were received from constituents in the electoral division of Richmond, a) by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, and b) at the office of the Minister for Communications, in i) 2014, ii) 2015, iii) 2016, iv) 2017, and v) 2018, (reported separately by suburb and nature of complaint).

18 June 2018

    984    Mrs Elliot : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         What length of time can NDIS applicants expect to wait (a) between submission of a final plan and its approval, (b) between approval of the final plan and its delivery, and (c) for the outcome of any review lodged by the client.

(2)         Why do many NDIS clients have to wait in excess of a year to have their final plan reviewed should it be inadequate.

(3)         How many NDIS clients in the electoral division of Richmond are awaiting a review of their plan, and what measures are being undertaken by his department to address the high number of plans awaiting review.

(4)         What measures are available to NDIS clients who wish to question aspects of their final plan without fear of being penalised.

    985    Mrs Elliot : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         By which set of parameters do NDIS plan approvers determine what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ to meet a client’s individual needs.

(2)         What governance exists to ensure that the NDIS policy wording ‘reasonable and necessary’ is applied on a case by case basis to ensure that individual needs are met.

(3)         Why are there discrepancies in the approval of NDIS services which see clients with similar or equivalent needs being approved for very different hours of therapy.

(4)         What ‘reasonable and necessary’ NDIS respite and transport services are available to clients, and how many NDIS clients in the electoral division of Richmond have access to them.

    986    Mrs Elliot : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         What educational qualification or prior experience in working with people with disabilities is required of NDIS planners and approvers.

(2)         Who (a) provides governance, oversight and accountability of NDIS providers, (b) determines the effectiveness of NDIS providers in delivering what they have been contracted for, and (c) can NDIS clients and their families discuss any concerns with about their providers.

    987    Mrs Elliot : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         What issues have been experienced with NDIS plan activation codes.

(2)         How many NDIS clients in the electoral division of Richmond have been affected by receiving up to four separate activation codes in order to activate their plan.

(3)         Has this issue been resolved.

    988    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources—Will he consider (a) extending the family assistance package beyond the current three years and extra year for exceptional circumstances, and (b) addressing the issue of continuing the family assistance grants for as long as exceptional circumstances prevail.

19 June 2018

    989    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training—

(1)         What is the nature of the Auditor-General’s concerns about the financial situation at James Cook University (JCU).

(2)         How can JCU and CQUniversity, with the former having four times the catchment area population of the latter, have much the same level of enrolments for their respective courses.

(3)         Is he aware that in a year when serious questions are being asked concerning the financial situation at JCU, the Vice Chancellor dramatically raised her salary to $957,000 and whilst having negotiated the most generous of salaries it could be argued that this was over the destroyed careers of two or three dozen academics who have been sacked.

(4)         Is he aware that the Vice Chancellor at CQUniversity is on half the salary of his JCU counterpart and if you take out the health and medical sector, CQUniversity is the same size as JCU.

(5)         Is he aware that (a) for a university whose staff continuously advocate for the closure of the sugar and coal industries and proudly declare they are anti-development, JCU has amongst the lowest enrolments per capita of any university in Australia, and (b) whilst nearly 900,000 people are resident at any point in time in North Queensland, Central Queensland has only a 280,000 population catchment area.

(6)         What is he doing to address these concerns.

21 June 2018

    990    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister for the Environment and Energy—

(1)         Was it necessary for the Australian Government to collaborate with the states to introduce vegetation management laws in order to meet its Kyoto Protocol commitments.

(2)         Would it be possible for Australia to meet the Paris Agreement targets without the Queensland Government’s recent amendments to the vegetation management laws.

    991    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications—

(1)         Will he enlighten the House and the people of Australia as to why history has been manipulated and the tax payer bled to fund a $50 million monument in his own electorate to the first ‘reconciliation’, when in fact Captain James Cook’s Indigenous contact in Botany Bay was negligible and confrontational.

(2)         Is he aware that history clearly records that the real first reconciliation actually took place in Cooktown, in the electoral division of Leichhardt, where Daniel McCarthy has raised this important issue of our Australian history with me.

(3)         Is he aware that in two years’ time, we as Australians will celebrate the 250 year anniversary of the landing of Captain James Cook in Cooktown—where the very first recorded reconciliation between Indigenous Australians and British explorers took place.

(4)         Will he acknowledge these proud facts of history and the very start and the coming together of ‘two cultures one people’.

(5)         Will the Government divert the spending of this money to Cooktown to benefit and honour all Australians.

    992    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 931 ( Hansard , 18 June 2018, page 177), why is there a discrepancy between evidence provided by the then Minister responsible for citizenship applications to the Federal Court in BMF16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 1530 at [61] that ‘a portion of...applications is identified as requiring “thorough analysis” or “further assessment”’, when he stated in his answer that ‘The Department does not attribute applications into broad designations or categories as indicated in the question’.

    993    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 931 ( Hansard , 18 June 2018, page 177), why is there a discrepancy between the evidence provided by departmental staff to the Federal Court in BMF16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 1530 at [59] and [76] that there were applications that had been designated as needing ‘thorough analysis’ or ‘further assessment’, and his answer that ‘the Department does not attribute applications into broad designations or categories as indicated in the question’.

    994    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—In respect of the answers to question in writing Nos. 680 and 931 ( Hansard , 9 May 2017, page 4094 and 18 June 2018, page 177, respectively), why is there a discrepancy between the previous Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 680 which acknowledged that there were applications which required ‘thorough analysis’, and the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 931 which states that ‘the Department does not attribute applications into broad designations or categories as indicated in the question’.

    995    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—Does he intend to respond to questions in writing Nos. 934, 937, 941, and 942; if so, when; if not, why not.

    996    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—What number of people lodged an application for citizenship by conferral in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18.

    997    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—What number of people had their applications for Australian citizenship by conferral rejected in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18.

    998    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—What number of people withdrew their applications for Australian citizenship by conferral (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18.

    999    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—How many people who currently have a pending application for Australian citizenship by conferral lodged their application within the (a) last twelve months, (b) between 1 and 2 years ago, (c) between 2 and 3 years ago, (d) between 3 and 4 years ago, (e) between 4 and 5 years ago, and (f) over 5 years ago.

  1000    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—How does his department internally update or report information or management data about the number of citizenship by conferral applications (a) pending before the department, (b) recently lodged, and (c) that have been (i) rejected, and (ii) withdrawn.

  1001    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—How does his department prioritise the processing of citizenship by conferral applications.

  1002    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs—Who decides departmental resourcing for the processing of citizenship applications by conferral.

13 August 2018

*1004   Ms Bird : To ask the Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplace and Deregulation—

(1)         How many audits has the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) undertaken in the Illawarra region since 2015.

(2)         How many audits has the (a) FWO, or (b) Fair Work Commission (FWC), undertaken in the hospitality industry in the Illawarra region between 2015 and 2018 (to date).

(3)         Has any action been taken by the (a) FWO, or (b) FWC, to recover wages from employers in the Illawarra region between 2015 and 2018 (to date); if so, how many such cases.

(4)         What sum has been recovered by the (a) FWO, or (b) FWC, between 2015 and 2018 (to date) from employers in the Illawarra region who owe money to their employees.

(5)         Did the (a) FWO, or (b) FWC, commence any legal action against employers in the Illawarra region between 2015 and 2018 (to date); if so, how many such cases.

(6)         Did the (a) FWO, or (b) FWC, issue any (i) cautions, (ii) compliance notices, or (iii) other notices, to employers in the Illawarra region between 2015 and 2018 (to date); if so, how many of each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives