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Notice given 30 August 2002

601  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to: (a) table a8, part b, ‘university operating expenses before abnormal items’, on page 54 of the ministerial discussion paper, Higher Education at the Crossroads , the total percentage change for the period 1991 to 2000 is given as 91 per cent; and (b) the answer tabled in the Senate as additional information in response to Senator Carr’s question without notice of 27 August 2002 which reads, ‘Between 1991 and 2000 … the expenses (before adjustments) rose by 89 per cent, not the 91 per cent quoted by Senator Carr’:

(1) Has the Minister provided two conflicting figures for the growth in university operating expenses between 1991 and 2000.

(2) Which of these figures is correct.

(3) What is the difference between the terms ‘abnormal items’, in the ministerial discussion paper, and ‘before adjustments’ in the additional information provided to the question without notice.

602  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What measures, if any, is the Government taking to prevent the planned execution of Nigerian woman, Ms Amina Lawal, a sentence passed for having a child outside marriage.

(2) Is the Minister aware that as of 29 August 2002, more than 100 000 people have signed an online open letter to the President of Nigeria calling for this sentence to be overturned, and for the human rights of the citizens of Nigeria to be respected.

(3) Is the Government working with the Nigerian Government in any way to end the barbaric execution process of death by stoning.

Senator Sherry: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 603-619)—

(1) For each department within the Minister’s portfolio, how is superannuation calculated (ie. is the superannuation entitlement calculated on base salary and other income payments, such as overtime allowance or performance bonuses, or on base salary alone).

(2) If the department calculates superannuation on a broader basis, by incorporating all income payments in the calculation of superannuation entitlements, but allows employees to opt out of this arrangement so as to reduce the base upon which superannuation is calculated, what proportion of employees do this.

603 Minister representing the Prime Minister

604 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

605 Minister representing the Treasurer

606 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

607 Minister for Defence

608 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

609 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

611 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

612 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

613 Minister representing the Attorney-General

614 Minister for Finance and Administration

615 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

616 Minister for Family and Community Services

617 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

618 Minister for Health and Ageing