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Notice given 13 August 2001

3837  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 3638 (Senate Hansard , 7 August 2001, p. 25750): Was the Visak Day massacre in Batticaloa in May 2000 considered in any direct or indirect way in your assessment of High Commissioner Perera’s appointment and does the Government have any information on this event; if so: (a) what was considered; (b) was General Perera’s involvement or non-involvement established or implicated; and (c) what is the Government’s information on the event.

3838  Senator Murray: To ask the Special Minister of State—

(1) Can the full details of all use of entitlements by retired members of parliament (on the same reporting basis as applies to current members of parliament) for the 2000-01 financial year be provided.

(2) With reference to the revelation in the Australian National Audit Office’s report Parliamentarians’ Entitlements: 1999-2000 that a number of parliamentarians had used entitlements that significantly exceeded the average, could the Minister please indicate (with respect to those that did significantly exceed the average): (a) whether the use of these entitlements by those parliamentarians has been investigated to determine if it is proper; and (b) what action is being taken with regard to the use of these entitlements that significantly exceeded the average.

(3) Without limiting the scope of the questions above, which apply to all relevant entitlements, could the Minister please address the questions outlined in (2) (a) and (2) (b) with respect to the following entitlements: (a) personalised stationery, newsletters and other printing; (b) photographic services; (c) photocopy paper; and (d) flags for presentation to constituents.