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Notice given 6 November 2002

840  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) How many Reservists are there currently in Victoria; and (b) how many of these are: (i) Active Reservists, (ii) Inactive Reservists, and (iii) High Readiness Reservists.

(2) What were the equivalent figures as at: (a) 30 June 2002; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2000.

(3) (a) How many Victorian Reservists are health specialists, for example, nurses, general practitioners, medical specialists, paramedics etc.: (i) currently, (ii) as at 30 June 2002, (iii) as at 30 June 2001, and (iv) as at 30 June 2000; and (b) what definition of health specialist was used in answering this question.

(4) How many Victorian Reservists that are health specialists are: (a) Active Reservists; (b) Inactive Reservists; and (c) High Readiness Reservists.

(5) (a) How many Reservists were deployed to Bali as part of the emergency response effort after the 12 October 2002 bombing; and (b) what were the numbers from each state and territory.

(6) Can the Minister confirm that Reservists cannot be posted or redeployed by Defence to another unit in Australia, that is, other than by applying for transfer.

(7) (a) How many Victorian Reservists applied for discharge in each of the following financial years: (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, and (iii) 2001-02; and (b) of these, how many were health specialists (using the same definition outlined in the answer to question (3)).

(8) (a) How many Victorian Reservists have applied for discharge since 30 June 2002; and (b) of these, how many are health specialists (using the same definition outlined in answer to question (3)).

(9) How many Reservists are or were attached to RAAF6 Hospital: (a) currently; (b) as at 30 June 2002; (c) as at 30 June 2001; and (d) as at 30 June 2000.

841  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 205 (Senate Hansard , 15 May 2002, p. 1668) which provided information on enlistments, to and separations from, each of the services: Given that r ecent Defence annual reports also provide information on enlistments to (see for example table 5.11 of the Defence Annual Report 2001-02 ), and separations from (see for example table 5.15 of the report) each of the services:

(1) Should the enlistment and separation information provided in response to question on notice no. 205 be identical to the enlistment and separation information included in Defence annual reports.

(2) If the information is not the same, what is the explanation for the difference.

(3) (a) If the information should be the same, why do the annual figures provided in response to question on notice 205 on enlistments into each of the services consistently differ from the information contained in Defence annual reports; and (b) is there any explanation for the consistent discrepancy in enlistment figures across each of the services.

(4) (a) If the information should be the same, why do the annual figures provided in response to question on notice no. 205 on separations from each of the services consistently differ from the information contained in Defence annual reports; and (b) is there any explanation for the consistent discrepancy in separation figures across each of the services.

842  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) What is the total cost of the contract that has been, or will be, awarded to Mayne Health Services for provision of Australian Defence Force (ADF) health services in Victoria.

(2) (a) What is the duration of the contract; and (b) when does it commence.

(3) Can details be provided of the options for extension of the contract.

(4) What are the key performance indicators for the contract.

(5) In relation to the Minister’s statement to the Senate on 21 October 2002 that in some areas current health services to ADF in Victoria will improve: what are those areas.

(6) Does the Government require Mayne to employ some, or all, of the on-base medical staff for the ADF in Victoria on the contractual basis that the staff are subject to posting: (a) within Australia; and (b) overseas; if so, how many staff have such a contractual condition, in relation to both (a) and (b).

(7) Does the contract with Mayne include any provision on the use of Reservists; if so, can details be provided on Mayne’s obligation in relation to Reservists.

(8) Can copies of the tender documents for the provision of health services in the Australian Capital Territory and southern New South Wales region be provided.

(9) When will a decision be made on the outsourcing of health services in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales; if the timeframe is not known, can an estimate be provided.

(10) What is the original baseline cost for the provision of on-base health services in Victoria from which the projected cost saving is calculated.

(11) What has it cost the department to conduct the various reviews into the cost of health services in Victoria since 1997.

(12) Are all Defence health services being market tested; if not, in which areas is no market testing occurring, and why.

(13) Is any planning underway to outsource health services in areas other than Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and southern New South Wales.

(14) Can the Minister confirm that non-ADF hospitals, that is, public or private hospitals, within Australia treat ADF personnel as privately insured patients, and that the Government pays the gap.

843  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) Can the Minister confirm: (i) that a decision has been taken to shut RAAF6 Hospital, and (ii) that this decision was made by the Government; (b) if the decision was not made by the Government, did Mayne Health Services make this decision; and (c) when was this decision made.

(2) Other than RAAF6 Hospital, how many Australian Defence Force (ADF) hospitals treat personnel from all three services.

(3) What types of surgery have been conducted at RAAF6 Hospital since it opened in the early 1990s.

(4) What are the target numbers and actual strength for the various categories of ADF permanent uniformed health personnel in each of the following financial years: (a) 1999-2000; (b) 2000-01; and (c) 2001-02. (Please use the same categories as were used in answer to Question W9 arising out of Additional estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on 20 to 21 February 2002.)

(5) How many permanent ADF personnel employed in health roles in Victoria have sought discharge: (a) for the following financial years: (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, and (iii) 2001-02; and (b) since 1 July 2002,

844  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What is the actual or projected Commonwealth outlay for each financial year since 1996-97, and for forward projections to 2005-06, for each of the following categories: (a) roads (including specific general purpose grants to the states with the intention that the grant will be spent on roads); (b) rail; and (c) urban public transport (can the information be provided in a table format).

(2) What is the actual or projected Commonwealth outlay for each financial year since 1996-97, and for forward projections to 2005-06, for: (a) aggregate expenditure on the National Highway System; and (b) payments to states for forward planning and/or land acquisition and/or environmental impact assessment for planned improvements to the National Highway System.

(3) What are the Commonwealth receipts from rail (including interest and loan repayments separately identified) for each financial year since 1996-97, and for forward projections to 2005-06, for each of the following: (a) the Australian National Railways Commission; (b) advances under the National Railway Network (Financial Assistance) Act 1979 ; (c) gauge standardisation agreements for Albury to Melbourne to each of New South Wales and Victoria; and (d) any other gauge standardisation agreements.

(4) How much money was spent on the East Coast very high speed train study in each of the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; and (b) 2001-02.

(5) (a) Why was a decision taken to effectively restrict phase 1 of the study to high-speed trains with a maximum speed of 250 kilometres per hour or more; and (b) when was this decision taken.

(6) How many tenders were received in response to invitations issued by the department to tender by 19 December 2001 for phase 2 between: (a) Sydney and Melbourne; and (b) Sydney and Brisbane.

(7) Is the Government prepared to give consideration to high-speed trains with a maximum speed in the range of 200 kilometres per hour to 250 kilometres per hour or more.

857  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What assessment was made by the Department of Transport and Regional Services of an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund the South East Packaging Operation in Moruya, New South Wales.

(2) (a) When was that assessment completed; and (b) what were the findings of that assessment.

(3) (a) What assessments of the application were made by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or any other federal or state agency; and (b) in each case: (i) who did the assessment; (ii) when did the assessment commence; (iii) when was the assessment completed; and (iv) what were the results of the assessment.

858  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Were the terms of an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund the South East Packaging Operation in Moruya, New South Wales, varied in any way after the initial application for funds was lodged; if so: (a) what was the basis for these variations; (b) when was each variation lodged; and (c) did the assessor of the application accept these variations.

(2) Can a copy be provided of the varied application for assistance for this project from the DRAP programme.

(3) (a) What level of funding was sought through the amended application; and (b) what was the level of funding approved.

(4) (a) What was the total cost of the amended proposal; and (b) what commitment was given by the applicant to meet at least 50 per cent of these costs.

(5) Did this amended proposal contain an evaluation process to ensure that agreed project outcomes were met; if so, can a copy be provided of that evaluation process; if the amended application does not include an evaluation process, why not.

(6) Was this material sought as part of the approval process; if not, why not.

(7) If such an evaluation process was not included in the application, why was the application approved.

859  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Was an application or any assessment or any other material relating to an application through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund the South East Packaging Operation in Moruya, New South Wales, provided to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or his office by the Department of Transport and Regional Services; if so: (a) when was that material sent to the Minister, or his office; and (b) what was the purpose of providing details of this application or its assessment to the Minister or his office.

860  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) When did work commence on the expansion of the South East Packing Operation funded through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP).

(2) (a) What was the nature of that work; and (b) when was it completed.

(3) If there was a variation in the estimated cost of the work and the actual cost, what was the level of the cost variation.

861  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) How many direct and indirect jobs were estimated to result from the provision of $32,617 through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to help fund the South East Packing Operation announced in round 1 of 2001/2002 the Dairy Regional Assistance Program; and (b) what was the anticipated duration of these jobs.

(2) (a) What was the basis for these job creation estimates; and (b) who made the estimates.

(3) Was there any review or analysis of these estimates as part of the application assessment; if so: (a) who did that assessment; and (b) what was the result of that assessment.

(4) (a) What assessment was undertaken of the capacity of the proposal to improve the skills base of the region; (b) who undertook that assessment; and (c) what was the result of that assessment.

(5) (a) What assessment was undertaken of the capacity of the proposal to tackle disadvantage and encourage growth in the region; (b) who undertook that assessment; and (c) what was the result of that assessment.

862  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What was the nature of the business undertaken by the South East Packaging Operation located in Moruya, New South Wales, prior to its successful application for funding through the Dairy Regional Assistance (DRAP) Program.

(2) (a) How many people were employed on a full-time basis; and (b) how many people were employed on a part-time basis by the packaging company prior to its receipt of funding through the DRAP program.

(3) (a) Where was the above packing facility located; and (b) how long had it been in operation prior to the above grant being approved.

(4) Has the packaging facility been relocated following its successful application for funds through the DRAP program.

(5) If the plant has been relocated: (a) what is that new location; (b) when was the plant shifted; and (c) when did the packaging plant commence operations at this new location.

863  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) When was an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund the South East Packing Operation lodged with the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee (ACC).

(2) Who lodged the application.

(3) On what date was it lodged.

(4) Can a copy of the original application for assistance for this project from the DRAP programme be provided together with any related documentation.

(5) What was the funding sought through the application.

(6) When was funding for the project approved.

(7) (a) What was the total cost of the proposal; and (b) what commitment was given by the applicant to meet at least 50 per cent of these costs.

(8) Did this proposal contain an evaluation process to ensure that agreed project outcomes were met; if so, can a copy be provided of the evaluation details; if not: (a) were details of any proposed evaluation mechanism sought; and (b) was this material provided; if not, why not.

(9) If such an evaluation process was not included in the application, why was the application approved.