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Notice given 12 March 2002

188  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Has a short-term, cross-agency taskforce been established to ensure that action is taken on the high priority recommendations stemming from the report, Out of the Maze , by the Family Law Pathways Advisory Group; if not, why not.

(2) Has the Attorney-General placed as a matter of urgency on the agenda for the Council of Australian Governments a request to consider ways to improve coordination between levels of government to ensure that:

(a) family law, violence and child abuse matters can be dealt with in the same place at the same time;

(b) processes for handling these cases are streamlined;

(c) assessment and resolution of such cases is expedited; and

(d) cooperation is improved and promoted between professionals and services working with at-risk families who are involved with the family law system; if not, why not.

(3) Has the Attorney-General allowed for funding for the family law system to be based on the framework outlined in the report, Out of the Maze ; if not, why not.

(4) Has the department undertaken any work on the analysis of funding based on systematic need in the family law system.

(5) Has the Attorney-General allocated any funding for the family law area to be directed towards education, information, early assessment and referral and intervention services that will support family decision-making; if not, why not.

(6) Has the department liased with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, or other peak Indigenous community organisations, on developing culturally-appropriate service delivery models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with respect to family law; if not, why not.

(7) Is the Attorney-General currently examining section 61, subsection 60B(2) and paragraph 68F(2)(f) of the Family Law Act 1975 in a way that reflects recommendation 22 of the report, Out of the Maze .

189  Senator Greig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(l) What funding is being, or has been, allocated to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority for the implementation of bycatch action plans for Commonwealth fisheries.

(2) Will this funding continue after the bycatch action plans expire in 2002.

(3) What implementation, enforcement and compliance measures will be implemented to ensure that bycatch reduction strategies are effective.

(4) Will there be an independent observer program as part of each bycatch action plan implementation; if so, please describe the nature of the observer program to be used.

(5) What measures will be introduced to ensure that the impacts of fishing on threatened species are better understood and reduced (please provide information for each threatened and protected marine species in the Commonwealth fisheries).

(6) What steps will be taken to further research and develop improved bycatch reduction technologies and methods.

(7) Will specific performance indicators be identified and bycatch reduction targets be included in the implementation of the bycatch action plans.

(8) Does the Government consider the retention and sale of bycatch, which is then called byproduct, to be a bycatch reduction strategy.

(9) What assessment of these new target byproduct species takes place before their retention and sale is permitted.

(10) Does the assessment include an ecological assessment as opposed to a species specific assessment.

(11) What percentage of proposed bycatch reduction will be the result of designating bycatch as byproduct.

(12) How many non-processing boats were operating in the South East Trawl Fishery (SETF) in: (a) 1999; (b) 2000; and (c) 2001.

(13) How many observer trips were made under the Integrated Scientific Monitoring Program (ISMP) in the Blue Grenadier section of the SETF in: (a) 1999; (b) 2000; and (c) 2001.

(14) How many observer hours did these trips constitute in: (a) 1999; (b) 2000; and (c) 2001.

(15) How many of those observer trips and observer hours took place on non-processing boats in: (a) 1999; (b) 2000; and (c) 2001.

(16) How many reported deaths of seals, albatross and other threatened species have there been under the ISMP in the Blue Grenadier section of the SETF since its inception to date (please provide figures on a year by year basis).

(17) How many seal deaths have been reported in the Blue Grenadier section since 16 July 2000, under section 265 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

(18) How many seal deaths have been reported in other fisheries since 16 July 2000, under section 265 of the Act.

(19) How many albatross deaths have been reported in all fisheries since 16 July 2000, under section 265 of the Act.

(20) How many deaths of other threatened, marine, migratory and cetacean species were reported since 16 July 2000, under section 265 of the Act.

(21) What funding is being provided to the National Action Plan for Sharks (NAPS).

(22) How will that funding be allocated within the NAPS.