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Notice given 4 March 2003

1242  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—Given that: (a) the victims of the bombings that occurred in Bali on 12 October 2002 are victims of crime under Division 104 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 ; and (b) Article 12 of the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power provides that, where compensation is not available from the offender, the state should endeavour to provide financial compensation to victims of crime and their families: Does the Government intend to pay compensation to the victims of the Bali bombings.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1243-1245)—With reference to the recent provision of $52 million in guarantees to Incat;

(1) (a) What is the nature of the $52 million guarantee; and (b) what are the guarantee’s terms and conditions.

(2) Where is the money coming from.

(3) Why was the money provided.

(4) (a) Who sought the money; (b) when was the money sought; (c) what process was used to decide that the money should be provided; and (d) who made that decision.

(5) Have similar guarantees been provided to other companies in the past 12 months; if so, can a list be provided, including: (a) the name of the company; (b) the amount of money; (c) the terms of the guarantee; and (d) the reason for approving it.

(6) Have other companies applied unsuccessfully for similar guarantees in the past 12 months; if so, can a list be provided, including: (a) the name of the company; (b) the amount of money; and (c) the reasons for refusing it.

1243 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1244 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1245 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1247  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With regard to the Building and Construction Industry Royal Commission: 

(1) What was the commission’s total expenditure on Commissioner Cole’s housing allowances, particularly: (a) rent; (b) furniture; (c) electricity; (d) mobile phone; (e) security installations at Commissioner Cole’s St Kilda residence; (f) security installations at Commissioner Cole’s private residences; (g) gardening around the St Kilda residence; and (h) cleaning of the St Kilda residence.

(2) What was the commission’s total expenditure on Commissioner Cole’s: (a) Comcar usage; (b) travelling allowances; and (c) living away from home allowance.

(3) What was the total amount spent by the Government in fees for the legal counsel of: (a) John Agius, SC; (b) Lionel Robberds, QC; (c) Nicholas Green, QC; (d) Richard Tracey, QC; (e) Andrew O’Sullivan; (f) Antoni Lucev; (g) Dr James Renwick; (h) Dr John Bishop; (i) Dr Matthew Collins; (j) Ian Neil; (k) Dr Stephen Donaghue; (l) Timothy Ginnane; and (m) Ronald Gipp.

(4) What was the commission’s total expenditure on living allowances for the abovementioned persons.

(5) What was the commission’s total expenditure on travelling allowances for the abovementioned persons.

(6) What was the commission’s final expenditure on: (a) employees; (b) contractors; (c) consultants; (d) legal and audit expenses; (e) document management; (f) information technology; (g) travel; (h) taxi and motor vehicle expenses; (i) security; (j) communications; (k) stationery and consumables; (l) other suppliers; (m) office accommodation; (n) residential accommodation; and (o) depreciation.