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Notice given 28 February 2002

134  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Since January 2000, how many regular passenger transport passengers have passed through Australian airports each month.

(2) In each month, how many of the these passengers were taking: (a) international; (b) interstate; and (c) intrastate journeys.

135  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What is the current estimated cost of the Sydney Airport Noise Amelioration Program.

(2) What is the total expenditure on the program to date.

(3) To date: (a) how many houses have been insulated; and (b) how many houses remain to be insulated.

(4) (a) How many houses were scheduled to be insulated in 2001; and (b) how many houses were actually insulated.

(5) (a) How many public buildings have now been insulated; and (b) how many public buildings remain to be insulated.

136  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What is the current estimated cost of the Adelaide Airport Noise Amelioration Program.

(2) What is the total expenditure on the program to date.

(3) To date: (a) how many houses have been insulated; and (b) how many houses remain to be insulated.

(4) (a) How many houses were scheduled to be insulated in 2001; and (b) how many houses were actually insulated.

(5) (a) How many public buildings have now been insulated; and (b) how many public buildings remain to be insulated.

137  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the review of the 1991 Intergovernmental Agreement on Road Funding:

(1) (a) Who commissioned the review; and (b) who is conducting the review.

(2) What are the terms of reference for the review.

(3) (a) What role did the states and local government play in the development of the terms of reference for the review; and (b) what role will the states and local government play in the actual review.

(4) (a) When is the above review scheduled for completion; and (b) what process will be followed in the consideration and implementation of any recommendations that might flow from the above review.

(5) What role will the Australian Transport Council play in the development of recommendations from the above review and the implementation of those recommendations.

138  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What was the value of road funding announced by the Government in the lead-up the 2001 federal election.

(2) (a) How many road projects were announced in the lead-up to the 2001 federal election; (b) what is the level of funding allocated for each of these projects; and (c) what is the nature of the work to be carried out in each project.

(3) How much additional funding will be added to the roads budget as a result of road project announcements in the lead-up to the 2001 federal election.

(4) If there is additional funding required for the road budget as a result of spending announcements in the lead-up to the 2001 federal election, will that additional money go to the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Program; if not, where will the additional funding be allocated.

139  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Is the department conducting a review of the National Road Transport Commission (NRTC); if not, is there any other agency conducting a review of the NRTC.

(2) If a review is being conducted: (a) Who is actually undertaking the review; (b) what are the terms reference for the review; (c) what is the consultative process to be followed by the department or the reviewing agency as part of the review process; and (d) when is the review scheduled for completion.

(3) What process will be followed in relation to any recommendations that might flow from the review.

(4) When does the Minister expect to make a decision in relation to the recommendations that might flow from the review.

140  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Is the department funding any research into causes of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in air travel; if so: (a) what is the nature of the research; (b) what is the cost of the research; (c) over what period is the research scheduled to run; and (d) who is undertaking that research.

(2) (a) What process was followed by the department in selecting the recipient of the research funding; and (b) who was the final decision-maker in relation to the approval of the expenditure.

(3) What programs are available in the department to fund research into issues like DVT.

(4) Is the department involved in any World Health Organisation or International Civil Aviation Organisation processes that might be investigating the causes of DVT; if so, what is the nature of that involvement.

141  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) How much of the $4 million allocated for the construction of the Lismore Flood Levee is to be funded through the Flood Recovery Fund; and (b) how much is to be funded through the Flood Assistance Package Business Grants Program.

(2) How much has been spent, or committed, to date through these two programs.

(3) In each case: (a) what projects have attracted funding; (b) what was the amount of funding; and (c) when was the funding approved.

142  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has the Minister, the department or the Forests and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation held discussions with the Australian plantation industry about data collection for that industry.

(2) Has any process been put in place, or proposed, that would enable the collection of data about the area of commercial tree planting, the types of trees being planted, the location of those plantings and the commercial returns being realised from the harvesting of plantation timber; if so: (a) who is, or will be, responsible for the data collection process; and (b) how is this process being managed.

(3) If no data collection regime for the plantation industry is in place, or being implemented, why not.

143  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) (a) Was the original Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package (FISAP) funding allocation for New South Wales for the 2000-01 financial year $24.8 million; and (b) was the FISAP funding for the 2001-02 financial year $11.3 million.

(2) (a) How much of the funding allocation for New South Wales for the 2000-01 financial year was actually spent; (b) what has been spent to date this financial year; and (c) what is the likely expenditure to the end of June 2002.

(3) (a) Was the original FISAP allocation in Victoria for the 2000-01 financial year set at $11.1 million; and (b) was funding of $4.1 million allocated to that state for the 2001-02 financial year.

(4) (a) How much of the funding allocation for Victoria for the 2000-01 financial year was actually spent; (b) what has been spent to date this financial year; and (c) what is the likely expenditure to the end of June 2002.

(5) (a) Was the FISAP funding allocation for Western Australia set at $7.9 million for the 2000-01 financial year; and (b) was the FISAP funding for the 2001-02 financial year set at $4.6 million.

(6) (a) How much of the funding allocation for Western Australia for the 2000-01 financial year was actually spent; (b) what has been spent to date this financial year; and (c) what is the likely expenditure to the end of June 2002.

(7) What is the level of FISAP funding allocation by state for the 2002-03 financial year.

144  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—

(1) How many quota holders were actively fishing the Southern Shark Fishery in 2001.

(2) What tonnage was allocated to those quota holders who were not actively working the Southern Shark Fishery in 2001.

(3) What tonnage was allocated to fishers in state waters not actively fishing the Southern Shark Fishery in 2001.

(4) Has the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) bought out any state fishers in the Southern Shark Fishery; if so: (a) how many fishers were bought out; and (b) in each case, what was the cost of the buy out.

(5) What gear effort was allocated to the fishers bought out by the AFMA.

(6) Has the AFMA allowed additional fishers into the Tasmanian state shark fishery; if so: (a) how many additional fishers have been allowed into the fishery; (b) when were they allowed into the fishery; and (c) what was the basis for allowing the additional capacity into the fishery.

(7) How many shark fishers in the Tasmanian state shark fishery lost their licences over the period 1994 to 1997 through state regulations.

145  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What form and what level of detail is required for plans, proposals or submissions seeking funding through the National Action Plan (NAP) on Salinity and Water Quality.

(2) What assessments preceded the approval of funding for the three areas in South Australia that were approved for NAP funding prior to the state election, namely: (a) the lower Murray, the South East and the Lofty Ranges; (b) the northern agricultural districts; and (c) Kangaroo Island.

(3) (a) Who undertook the assessments; (b) when did the assessment process commence; (c) when was the assessment process completed; (d) who approved the applications; and (e) when were the applications approved.

(4) In each case, what negotiations took place with the various community groups in these regions before the applications for funding were approved and the announcement made.

(5) (a) What community groups are associated with each of the above regions; (b)  exactly when were they consulted; and (c) in each case, what was the outcome of those negotiations.

146  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What are the benchmarks referred to on page 121 of the 2001-02 Environment Australia’s Portfolio Budget Statement that will be used to measure the efficiency of the administration of the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality (NAP).

(2) What process will be followed to test the NAP against these benchmarks.

147  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What is the proposed level of funding from the Commonwealth, by year, for the Natural Heritage Trust stage 2.

(2) What is the proposed level of funding from the Commonwealth, by year, for the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality.

(3) What was the level of funding for the National Landcare Program for the 2001-02 financial year.

(4) What is the proposed level of funding from the Commonwealth, by year, for the National Landcare Program.

(5) What level of funding, by year, will the National Landcare Program receive through the Natural Heritage Trust stage 2.

148  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Are Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) meat inspectors employed under identical individual contracts.

(2) Were meat inspectors sent a copy of a contract on 12 April 2001.

(3) What process of consultation and negotiation was provided for in relation to the terms of that contract offered to inspectors by AQIS.

(4) (a) When did negotiations on the terms of the contract commence; (b) what were the nature of those negotiations; and (c) when did those negotiations conclude.

(5) (a) Did that contract require inspectors to return the document by 30 April 2001; and (b) would AQIS assume that inspectors who did not meet that deadline did not wish to provide contract services to AQIS.

(6) (a) What was the basis for the imposition of that deadline; and (b) how was that deadline compatible with proper negotiations over the terms of the AQIS offer.

(7) Under this contract, are meat inspectors required to: (a) provide an ABN to AQIS; (b) supply their own equipment, including a knife and a steel; and (c) make their own arrangements for taxation, superannuation, insurance and other overheads.

(8) Do any of the contracted meat inspectors receive more than 80 per cent of their income through their contract with AQIS; if so, would those contractors be regarded as employees for the purpose of their taxation assessment.

(9) Does the AQIS contract explicitly refuse the payment of superannuation guarantee contributions for meat inspectors; if so, is this permitted under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 .

149  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) (a) What is the budget for the Action Plan for Australian Agriculture (APAA) for the 2001-02 financial year; and (b) what funding is provided in the out years.

(2) Is the APAA still largely built around the Rural Vision magazine.

(3) When was the last time the APAA was the subject of a review.

(4) (a) When did that review commence; (b) when was it completed; and (c) what were the findings from that review.

(5) Has the Government responded to the recommendations from the review; if so: (a) which of those recommendations have been picked up, and why; and (b) which of those recommendations have been rejected, and why.

150  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE) undertaken any research into the impact of deregulation on the Australian dairy industry in addition to the analysis commissioned by the Federal Government as part of the deregulation process; if so: (a) what was the nature of that work; (b) who commissioned the work; and (c) what were the major findings of that work.

(2) Has ABARE undertaken any investigations into the impact of the amendments to the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Plan in 2000 and 2001 on the North Queensland regional economy; if so: (a) when did that work commence; (b) what were the terms of reference; and (c) when was that worked completed.

(3) (a) What were the results of that study; and (b) when were those results provided to the Federal Government.

(4) What has been the response from the Federal Government to the findings of that ABARE study.

151  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has the Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) commenced a salinity mapping consultancy as part of the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality; if not, why not and when is the work scheduled to commence; if so: (a) where has this work been undertaken to date; and (b) what is the program, by region, to be followed by the BRS in completing this consultancy.

(2) What is the planned timing of the commencement and completion of this work, by state.

(3) (a) What is the value of the contract for the salinity mapping consultancy; and (b) who will meet that cost.

(4) If the states are to contribute to the cost of the project: (a) what is the cost to be met by each state; (b) what is the cost to be met by the Commonwealth; and (c) are there agreements in place with each state to meet those costs.

152  Senator Ridgeway: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the collapse of Ansett in 2001 and the $15 million Ansett Holiday Package Relief Scheme:

(1) Following newspaper advertisements in 2001: (a) how many applications were lodged; and (b) of these, how many applications met the funding criteria.

(2) Were all payments to the successful business applicants under this scheme made prior to 25 December 2001, as the department suggested would be the case at the time of the establishment of the scheme.

(3) How much of the $15 million for businesses under this scheme has been allocated.

(4) If funds available under the Ansett Holiday Package Relief Scheme remain unallocated: (a) will those funds remain with AusIndustry, and for what purpose; or (b) will those funds be redirected; if so, to where and for what purpose.

153  Senator Ridgeway: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the $5 million made available to Australian households under the Domestic Holiday Rebate Scheme:

(1) How much money has been allocated.

(2) How many households have received a rebate.

(3) What is the average rebate received by each household.

(4) What does the Government intend to do with any surplus funds.

(5) What promotional activities were undertaken by the Government to ensure Australian households were aware of this scheme and how to apply for the rebate.

(6) What costs were incurred as a result of these promotional activities.

154  Senator Ridgeway: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the Air Passenger Ticket Levy:

(1) How much money has been raised by the levy since its introduction on 1 October 2001.

(2) How does this amount compare to the expected revenue-raising potential of the levy.

(3) Has the Government made any of these funds available to Ansett workers retrenched prior to 27 February 2002.

(4) Are there sufficient funds available from the levy to meet the entitlements of all Ansett workers (ie. those retrenched prior to and after 27 February 2002); if not, will the levy remain in place until all Ansett workers’ entitlements have been met in full.

(5) Which government authority, instrumentality or entity is in receipt of the monies accrued under the levy to date.

(6) What types of investment schemes have the levy funds been directed to in the interim to ensure the funds maintain value.

(7) What has the performance of these funds been to date.

(8) (a) Is the interest on the principal being used to maintain value for the fund; (b) are these monies also available for the levy; and (c) have these monies been used in any way whatsoever; if so, how; if not, why not.

(9) If the levy generates more revenue than is required to meet the Ansett workers’ entitlements, how will the surplus funds be used.

(10) If the Government is not required to use the levy to repay Ansett workers’ entitlements: (a) how will the funds accrued to date be used; and (b) will the Minister cause the levy to be terminated.