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Notice given 24 September 2002

680  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With reference to the Bankruptcy Reform Consultative Forum:

(1) When were the members of the forum appointed.

(2) Who was in charge of the selection process.

(3) What level of skill does each member of the forum bring to the decision-making process.

(4) By what criteria were these members selected.

(5) When does the forum meet.

(6) Where does the forum meet.

(7) (a) What amount has been allocated for expenses, travel and meeting fees for forum members; and (b) how is this broken down.

(8) From which department does the funding originate.

(9) Can minutes of the meetings be provided.

(10) How are consumers adequately represented in this forum.

(11) How does the forum process work.

(12) (a) When does the forum report on any findings; and (b) how can the public access those findings.

(13) Has the forum released any reports recently; if so: (a) when; and (b) can copies be provided.

682  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—For each month of the past 2 full calendar years, what are the figures for staff absent on stress leave in the Department of the Treasury.

683  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—For each month of the past 2 full calendar years, what are the figures for staff absent on stress leave in the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

687  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Does the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) investigate instances of profiteering in relation to grains, fodder and other livestock animal feeds; if so, how many instances of profiteering in relation to grains, fodder and other livestock animal feeds have been investigated in each of the past 10 financial years.

(2) How many prosecutions have been obtained in each of the past 10 financial years for profiteering from grains, fodder or other foodstuffs used as livestock feed.

(3) How many convictions have been obtained in each of the past 10 financial years for profiteering from grains, fodder or other foodstuffs used as livestock feed.

(4) What are the current penalties for profiteering from grains, fodder or other foodstuffs used as livestock feed.

(5) Have these penalties changed within the past 10 years; if so, can details of these changes be provided.

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

(1) (a) How many scholarships will be administered by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service for each of the financial years 2002-03 to 2007-08; and (b) for each of these financial years, how many will be scholarships for veterinary science students.

(2) What criteria will be used to select students to receive these scholarships.

(3) (a) What is the value of the scholarships available to students under the proposed scholarship program; and (b) what method of payment options will be available.

(4) To which academic years, of the veterinary science course, will the scholarship apply.

(5) (a) What meetings have been held with stakeholders to date in order to develop this particular scholarship program; (b) when were these meetings held; and (c) what was discussed at each meeting.

(6) What records exist of these meetings.

(7) Which stakeholders remain to be fully consulted.

(8) (a) What meetings have been scheduled with stakeholders not already consulted in the development of this particular scholarship program; and (b) when are these meetings scheduled to occur.

(9) What priority has been given to the development of this particular scholarship program within the department or agency.

(10) How many departmental or agency staff (in FTE, ie. Full Time Equivalent, terms) are engaged in developing this scholarship program.

(11) What is the seniority of each of the staff developing this program.

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

(1) Does the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) currently issue certificates to Australian exporters in relation to the genetically modified (GM) content of their exports; if so, with which international trade standards does the current practice comply.

(2) How many such certificates has AQIS issued in the past 5 financial years.

(3) Can details be provided of the procedural framework currently used by AQIS to certify to overseas markets that produce is free of contamination from GM material.

(4) Is AQIS currently developing a code of practice that will be able to meet international standards in relation to GM content in exports and provide a level of security that can be certified by AQIS for export purposes.

(5) With which agencies is AQIS negotiating in developing this code of practice.

(6) When will the code of practice be released for industry and/or public comment.

(7) What period of time will be available for the industry and/or public to comment on the code of practice.

(8) When is the code of practice scheduled for completion and final approval.

(9) With which international trading standards or regulations will the code of practice comply.