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Notice given 28 August 2002

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

(1) Has the campaign announced by the Minister in July 2002 for the promotion of Australian beef sales in Japan commenced; if so: (a) when did the campaign commence; and (b) what form has it taken.

(2) (a) Has the campaign achieved any improved performance for Australian beef sales; and (b) how will its future success be measured.

(3) If the campaign has not commenced: (a) when will it commence; (b) what form will it take; and (c) how will its success be measured.

(4) Has the department assessed the likely impact on Australian beef sales with the discovery of a further case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Japan in the week commencing 19 August 2002; if so: (a) what is the result of that assessment; and (b) what steps have been taken to protect the volume of Australian beef sales to Japan.

(5) If no assessment has been made of the potential impact of the latest BSE discovery, why not.

(6) If no action has been taken to address the potential impact of the latest BSE discovery, why not.

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

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the consultation process on age discrimination, for the proposed age discrimination bill, is open to the public via forums and hearings.

(2) In which states do the members of the Core Consultative Group currently reside.

(3) Given that the Government stated in its media news release that, ‘it has already consulted widely with organisations representing business, employees, older people and younger generations to seek their views about important issues regarding age discrimination’: Can the Minister provide details of where and when the Government consulted on this issue as described in its news release; if so, can the information be broken down by: (a) the federal electorate; (b) the type of group; (c) the number of people consulted in each group; and (d) who consulted in each instance.

(4) Will the Core Consultative Group release its findings publicly; if not, why not; if so, what is the expected date of release for the report.

589  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the High Frequency Modernisation Project (noted on page 82 of the Portfolio Budget Statement):

(1) When was approval granted for this project.

(2) Can a description of all the major phases of the project be provided.

(3) (a) What was the original timeline for the completion of the project, including the dates for all major phases in the project; and (b) when was it due to be completed.

(4) What was the original budget for this project.

(5) (a) What is the current schedule for the completion of this project, including the dates for all major phases in the project; and (b) when is the project now due to be completed.

(6) If there have been any delays associated with this project in relation to any of the phases, indicate the length of the delay and the reason for the delay.

(7) If there have been any delays associated with this project, has the department sought compensation for the delays or imposed penalties on the supplier.

(8) What is the current budget for this project.

(9) If the cost has increased from the original budget, what are the reasons for the cost increase.

(10) In relation to all contracts signed for this project, can the following information be provided: (a) when the contracts were signed; (b) the amount each contract is worth; (c) the nature of the activity covered by that contract; and (d) whether they have liquidated damages clauses.

(11) Given the scale of the project, why is it not listed on the Defence Materiel Organisation’s website like a number of other projects.

590  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to AGM-142 weaponry:

(1) When were stocks of this weapon first purchased by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

(2) What version of the AGM-142 was purchased by the ADF.

(3) What was the total cost of the purchase and, if possible, can a unit cost also be provided.

(4) What is the latest estimate on the total cost of modifying the F-111 fleet to enable these aircraft to deploy the AGM-142.

(5) What is the latest estimate on when those modifications will be completed.

(6) Has a decision been taken not to proceed with the modifications to the F-111s.

(7) Have any steps been taken to sell Australia’s stock of AGM-142s; if so, is it now planned to sell off Australia’s entire stock of these weapons.

591  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to the Defence Management Audit Branch, what were the Top Management Direct Reviews conducted by this branch for each of the following financial years: (a) 1999-2000; (b) 2000-01; and (c) 2001-02.

(2) For each review, can the following details be provided: (a) the nature and scope of the review; (b) the days allocated to the review; and (c) who directed the review.

593  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What is the electorate-by-electorate breakdown (ie. by federal electorate division) of the percentage of unreferred attendances bulk billed for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing).

(2) What is the electorate-by-electorate breakdown of the number of unreferred attendances bulk billed for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing).

594  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the national simulated foot and mouth disease outbreak known as Exercise Minotaur:

(1) What is the total Commonwealth expenditure on the exercise.

(2) How many international observers will observe the exercise.

(3) What countries have expressed interest in observing the exercise.

(4) What countries will be permitted to have observers present.

(5) How was the decision in respect to observation conveyed to each country that expressed interest in observing the exercise.

(6) On what basis was it determined whether a country would be permitted to have observers present.

(7) What arrangements are in place, by country, for those countries that expressed interest in observing the exercise but will not be permitted to be present.

(8) Was the Minister, or his office, involved in the decision to permit or deny observation status.

595  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the introduction of mandatory nutrition labelling, effective from 20 December 2002:

(1) What changes to labelling information will be required.

(2) How many Australian food businesses will be affected by the new requirements.

(3) What is the estimated cost to Australian food businesses of the introduction of the new requirements.

(4) Do the labelling requirements apply to imported packaged food products.

(5) What penalties apply for breaches of the new requirements.

(6) Do these penalties apply to: (a) importers; (b) manufacturers; and (c) retailers.

(7) Which agency has responsibility for monitoring and enforcing compliance.

(8) (a) When were food businesses first advised of the new labelling requirements; and (b) what form did that advice take.

(9) What action, if any, is the Commonwealth taking to assist businesses to comply with the new requirements.

(10) With reference to the statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing on 20 August 2002 that, ‘320 to 460 lives could be saved each year in Australia and New Zealand with the introduction of mandatory nutrition labelling’: What evidence is available to support that statement.

(11) Has Food Standards Australia New Zealand received any advice that some food businesses will fail to comply with the new requirements by 20 December 2002; if so, how many food businesses have provided this advice.