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Notice given 8 November 2002

874  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Sea Swap arrangement which has been put in place with the United States (US) Navy:

(1) Will there be any community liaison by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) or the US Navy prior to the Sea Swap taking place.

(2) What community involvement will there be in assessing the impacts of the Sea Swap on the local community.

(3) What is the length of time the ships will be in Fremantle.

(4) How many ships and aircraft will be involved.

(5) How many US naval personnel will be transferred.

(6) What support will be provided by the ADF to assist with the transfer.

(7) What ADF facilities will be used by the US Navy during the transfer.

875  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With regard to the reference on page 160 of the Department of Defence annual report for 2001-02, to $31 029 000 in ‘bad and doubtful debts’ written off in the 2001-02 financial year:

(1) Can the department provide a breakdown of these debts, showing the debtor and the amount owed; if there are large numbers of debtors can the top ten in value be provided.

(2) Why was this figure so high in the 2001-02 financial year, compared to previous years.

876  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the graph of defence funding on page 32 of the Department of Defence annual report for 2001-02:

(1) Can the data table for this graph be provided, showing the actual amounts in each of the categories in each of the years.

(2) In relation to the exchange rate update funding: (a) when was a decision made to provide this additional funding; (b) why was this funding provided; and (c) on what basis were the amounts paid each year determined.

877  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—The list of contracts signed in 2001-02 indicates the following:

OPTIMA COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

4500132944

31/05/02

$16 162 740.00

16200 X PC'S

COMPAQ COMPUTER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

4500132958

31/05/02

$15 782 250.00

15000 X PC'S

OPTIMA COMP UTER TECHNOLOGY

4500132949

31/05/02

$8 979 300.00

9000 X PC'S

COMPUWARE ASIA PACIF

4500052034

13/07/01

$5 500 000.00

COMPUTERS

COMPAQ COMPUTER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

4500132938

31/05/02

$3 926 670.00

3260 X PC'S

DELL COMPUTER PTY LT

4500042188

28/05/01

$2 42 0 000.00

2000 DESKTOPS

ASI SOLUTIONS

4500042191

28/05/01

$2 169 200.00

2000 X PC'S

IBM AUSTRALIA LTD

4500042213

29/05/01

$2 299 000.00

2000 X DESKTOPS

(1) Can the department confirm how many computers were purchased across Defence in the 2001-02 financial year.

(2) How many computers were lost or stolen in Defence in the 2001-02 financial year.

(3) How many surplus computers were disposed of by Defence in the 2001-02 financial year.

878  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—The list of contracts signed in 2001-02 includes the following entry:

RESOLVE FM PTY LTD

4500084810

3/12/01

$2 516 250.00

ASBESTOS REMEDIATION NTH QLD REGION

(1) What work did this contract cover.

(2) On what site or sites was asbestos present (indicate the nature of the site, for example, housing, warehouse, office building).

(3) What was the nature of the asbestos at these sites.

(4) When was the asbestos detected at these sites.

(5) What prompted the remediation of these sites.

879  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—With reference to the following information in the 2001-02 Annual Report of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), tabled on 23 October (and where APRA cannot disclose names and other sensitive information relating to particular cases can as much other detail as possible be provided):

(a) the statement on page 8 that in December 2001 APRA accepted an enforceable undertaking from a superannuation fund for the first time: can APRA provide details of: (i) that enforceable undertaking and all subsequent enforceable undertakings, including any breaches of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 , (ii) any other problems involved, and (iii) the specific commitments made by the trustee(s) in these undertakings;

(b) the statements on page 9 that in June 2002 APRA commenced prosecutions against trustees of regulated superannuation entities who failed to lodge an annual return for 2000-01 and on page 27 that 13 trustees had been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and two successfully charged: (i) have any further charges been made, and (ii) have any trustees been convicted for offences named in these charges, if so, what penalties have been imposed;

(c) the statement on page 21 that APRA is currently reviewing the operations of a number of multi-employer corporate superannuation funds: can APRA provide details of: (i) the problems it has encountered in such funds, and (ii) any enforcement actions to date, particularly in relation to the equal representation requirements in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 ;

(d) the list on page 24 of enforcement activities undertaken during the year: can APRA provide details of the specific breaches of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 , or other APRA-enforced conditions, that gave rise to each of these enforcement activities;

(e) the statement on page 40 that a number of joint visits to financial institutions were conducted with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in 2001 as part of an APRA review of unit pricing in the superannuation industry: can APRA provide details of this review including: (i) any problems encountered, (ii) actions taken by trustees to address these problems, and (iii) enforcement actions taken by APRA or ASIC; and

(f) the noting on page 41 of the establishment of the International Network of Pensions Regulators and Supervisors (INPRS): can APRA provide further details of: (i) the INPRS activities, and (ii) APRA’s contribution to date.