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Notice given 28 June 2001

3658  Senator Ridgeway: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the Reflections Sydney 2000 Games promotional book that was provided to Members of Parliament during the week beginning 17 June 2001:

(1) (a) What was the unit cost per book; and (b) how many books were produced.

(2) Who has received or will receive the promotional book.

(3) Who has received or will receive the promotional package.

(4) (a) Who are the ‘exporters and government officials’ that the Minister expects will be using the package to promote Australia’s capabilities overseas; and (b) what uses are they expected to make of the package.

(5) (a) Who are the ‘foreign government officials’, ‘companies’ and ‘potential buyers of Games expertise’ who are identified as the target audience for the promotional package; and (b) on what grounds have they been identified as such.

(6) (a) What is the budget for the ‘two week international road show’; and (b) what is the itinerary it will follow.

(7) How will the effectiveness and impact of the promotional package (including the road show) be measured or assessed, and by whom.

(8) Has the Government contracted or employed a private company or companies to co-ordinate and disseminate the promotional package; if so, what will this cost.

3663  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care—

(1) Can a copy be provided of the analysis prepared by the department for the 2-year review, in relation to capital funding; if not, why is the Government refusing to release this analysis.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the department received a copy of the analysis or modelling, prepared by Oxley Corporate Finance, for the 2-year review in relation to the viability of residential aged care providers.

(3) Can a copy be provided of this analysis or modelling by Oxley in relation to the viability of aged care facilities; if not, why is the Government refusing to release this analysis.

(4) Can the Minister confirm that Oxley has been directed not to sell this analysis.

(5) Can the Minister confirm that the viability analysis or modelling carried out for the 2-year review assumed that subsidies would be indexed at 1.5 per cent, wage costs would rise by 3.4 per cent and other costs would increase by 2.5 per cent.

(6) Can the Minister confirm what assumption was made about the productivity gains from labour in this analysis or modelling.

3665  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care—

(1) How many serious risk reports under the Aged Care Act were submitted to the Secretary of the department by the Standards and Accreditation Agency (separately indicating the total for each state by month, from July 1999).

(2) Did any of these serious risk reports arise other than from a review audit report; if so: (a) how many; and (b) under what circumstances.

(3) With reference to the Accreditation Grant Principles (3.21) which lists the reasons why a review audit may be carried out after 1 January 2001: How many review audits have been carried out to date (indicating how many were carried out for each of the reasons outlined in 3.21).

3667  Senator Harris: To ask the Assistant Treasurer—

(1) Can the Assistant Treasurer provide the names of the officers of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) who recommended that favourable private rulings or favourable letters of approval be issued in the following cases:

(a) ruling for Main Camp issued over Deputy Commissioner Doughty’s name;

(b) ruling for Main Camp issued over Deputy Commissioner Foster’s name;

(c) ruling for Main Camp issued over Deputy Commissioner Nicholls’ name;

(d) ruling for Red Claw issued over Deputy Commissioner Butler’s name;

(e) ruling for Tumut River Orchard issued over Deputy Commissioner Appleton’s name;

(f) ruling for the Golden Vintage project at Forbes; and

(g) letter of approval of project shown on Four Corners on 18 June 2001, and issued by the ATO in August 1995 to accountants acting for a project.

(2) Can the Assistant Treasurer name any other co-operative investment projects that received a favourable private binding ruling in the period 1992 to 1998.

(3) (a) Why is the ATO issuing position papers that falsely accuse people of not having their cattle or their section of a project identified as theirs; and (b) is this identification requirement new law introduced in Tax Ruling 2000/08.