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Notice given 11 November 2002

880  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can a list be provided of all overseas property owned by the department, indicating for each property: (a) its location (country/city); (b) the nature of the property (for example, vacant land, office building house); (c) its current value; and (d) the use of the property (for example, accommodation).

(2) Can a list be provided of all overseas property leased by the department, indicating for each property: (a) its location (country/city); (b)  the nature of the property (for example, vacant land, office building house); (c) its current value; and (d) the use of the property (for example, accommodation).

881  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to page 294 of the Defence Annual Report 2001-02 , which notes that the development of a Defence Workforce Plan has been ‘partially achieved’ and that the report of the Strategic Workforce Planning Review was due to be presented to the Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) by the end of October 2002:

(1) Was the report of the planning review actually presented to the Secretary and the CDF by the end of October 2002, as foreshadowed in the annual report; if it has been presented since that time, on what date did this occur.

(2) If the report has not been presented to the Secretary and the CDF, why not, and when is it expected that this will occur.

(3) Will the report be publicly available once it is presented to the Secretary and the CDF; if not, why not.

(4) If the report itself will not be made public, will any material arising out of the review be made public; if so: (a) what information, if any, will be released; and (b) when is it expected that this will occur.

(5) (a) What is the relationship between the report of the planning review and the proposed Defence Workforce Plan; (b) what process is envisaged for determining the plan; and (c) how long is this process expected to take.

(6) (a) When is it expected that the Defence Workforce Plan will be finalised; and (b) will the plan be publicly released.

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

(1) How many bores tap into Great Artesian Basin ground water.

(2) (a) How many bores have been controlled under the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative; and (b) how many bores remain uncontrolled.

(3) How much artesian water is wasted each year through these uncontrolled bores.

(4) Has the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative resulted in any pressure recovery in the Great Artesian Basin.

(5) How many bore drains have been covered under the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative.

(6) How much artesian water is wasted each year through uncovered bore drains.

(7) What assessment has been made of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative.

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

(1) (a) What water-use efficiency projects has Land and Water Australia undertaken in each of the following financial years: (i) 2000-01, and (ii) 2001-02; and (b) can details be provided of individual project funding, purpose and participation.

(2) (a) What water-use efficiency projects will Land and Water Australia undertake in the 2002-03 financial year; and (b) can details be provided of planned project funding, purpose and participation.

(3) What evaluation has been undertaken of completed water-use efficiency projects.

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

(1) Has the department participated in an inter-departmental committee that drafted a scoping paper on the patentability of genetic material and genetic technologies; if so, can a copy of the scoping paper be provided; if not, why not.

(2) Which departments were represented on the inter-departmental committee.

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

(1) What funding has been provided to the Volunteer Farm Retirement Helper Program.

(2) What is the purpose of this pilot program.

(3) When did the program commence.

(4) Who is running the program.

(5) Who is participating in the program.

(6) Has any interim evaluation of the program been conducted; if so, can this evaluation report be provided; if the report cannot be provided, why not.

(7) Will there be a final evaluation at the conclusion of the pilot in December 2002; if so, will the evaluation be made publicly available; if not, why not.

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

(1) What recommendations were contained in the Rural Economic Services review of the AAA-Farm Management Deposit scheme, completed in June 2002.

(2) Have these recommendations been adopted by the Government; if so, when were the recommended changes adopted; if not, why have the recommendations been rejected.

(3) What did the review cost.

(4) Can a copy of the review be provided; if not, why not.

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

(1) What recommendations has the inter-departmental Indigenous Strategy Steering Committee made in respect of the department.

(2) Can a copy of these recommendations be provided; if not, why not.

(3) Have these recommendations been implemented; if so, what has been the impact of the implementation; if not, why have the recommendations been rejected.

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

(1) What response has the Minister made to the review of the AAA-Farm Innovation Program completed in November 2001.

(2) What programs have been developed in recognition of the review’s finding that there is a need for continuing innovation support for industries targeted by the AAA-Farm Innovation Program.

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

(1) What discussions has the department had with the states and territories since May 2001 on the development of guidelines for the Agricultural Development Partnership program (ADPP).

(2) How many ADPP projects have commenced.

(3) How much of the Commonwealth’s promised funding of $26.4 million has been expended.

(4) How much of the promised $26.4 million was carried over to 2002-03.

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

(1) How much funding has been expended under the Porkbiz program.

(2) Can details be provided of all training programs over the life of Porkbiz, including cost, location, duration, number of participants and evaluation results.

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

(1) What Forest Industries Structural Adjustment Program (FISAP) grants were made in 2001-02.

(2) For each grant, can the following information be provided: (a) grant date; (b) grant recipient; (c) registered address of grant recipient; and (d) full project description, including: (i) location, (ii) project commencement and conclusion dates, (iii) total funding, and (iv) evaluation results; and can any grants that were made despite the applications not meeting program application criteria be identified.

(3) What FISAP grants were approved in 2001-02 to projects that did not commence in that year.

(4) For each grant, can the following information be provided: (a) the date the grant was approved; (b) approved grant recipient; (c) registered address of approved grant recipient; and (d) full project description, including: (i) location, (ii) original and revised project commencement dates, (iii) reason for delay, and (iv) total approved funding; and can any grants that were approved despite the applications not meeting program application criteria be identified.

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

(1) What evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of the Eden Region Adjustment Program.

(2) What 2001-02 funding has been carried over in 2002-03.

(3) Why has this funding been carried over.

(4) Which funded projects expected to be completed in 2001-02 were not completed.

(5) For each delayed project, can the following information be provided: (a) approved grant recipient; (b) original and revised project completion dates; and (c) reason for delay.

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

(1) What projects have been funded under the Fisheries Action Program.

(2) For each project, can the following information be provided: (a) grant date; (b) grant recipient; (c) registered address of grant recipient; and (d) full project description, including: (i) location, project commencement and conclusion dates, (ii) total funding, and (iii) evaluation results; and can any grants that were made despite the applications not meeting program application criteria be identified.

(3) What evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of the program.

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

(1) Has the department met all internal and external deadlines for assessment of Rural Financial Counselling Service funding applications in calendar year 2002.

(2) Can details be provided of adjusted internal and external deadlines in calendar year 2002, including extensions to application dates.

(3) When did the assessment of funding applications for the period July 2002 to October 2002 occur.

(4) When were applicants notified of this assessment.

(5) When did the assessment of funding applications for the period November 2002 to June 2004 occur.

(6) When were applicants notified of this assessment.

895  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—With reference to the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme and the Public Service Superannuation Scheme:

(1) What was the average increase in superannuation salaries reported to Comsuper for each of the past 5 years for: (a) employees on Australian workplace agreements (AWAs); and (b) non-AWA employees.

(2) (a) What were the ten highest increases in superannuation salary employees over each of the past 5 years; and (b) for each of those increases, did it relate to a promotion or the signing an AWA.

(3) What is the average superannuation salary for: (a) those on AWAs and those not on AWAs.

(4) (a) Is it possible to use an AWA to increase an employee’s salary for superannuation purposes, even though the actual salary may be less than that amount; and (b) if so, how many employees are in this position.

896  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—

(1) Can a copy of the current legislation relating to the debt management policy and procedures of the Child Support Agency be provided.

(2) When does the agency implement departmental policies regarding debt management.

(3) Does the agency accept a respondent’s claim of income when the respondent owns and operates a business.

(4) Does the agency liaise with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on cases where income claims are in dispute.

(5) Does the agency have a responsibility to relay knowledge of a respondent’s income to the ATO when it is clear the respondent has incorrectly stated his or her income.

(6) Does the agency have the capacity to request the ATO to audit a respondent’s account when it believes there is an irregularity in the claim.

(7) How many claims of income irregularities were reported to the agency in the 2001-02 financial year.

(8) Of these claims: (a) how many respondents were found to be fraudulent in their income tax returns; and (b) were any of these claims investigated by the agency; if so, what are the procedures for investigating these claims.

(9) How many people are assigned to work in the complaints section of the agency.

(10) Where are these offices located.

(11) Can the agency take legal action against a respondent who fails to make a child support payment.

(12) How long can a respondent fail to make a payment to the agency before action is taken.

(13) What form of action is taken by the agency to retrieve monies.

(14) If a person is the owner or operator of a business, can the agency attach a lien against the business for monies owed.

(15) Has the agency ever taken legal action or seized an asset of a non-paying respondent; if so, in each case, how much was the debt for and what were the circumstances; if not, why not.