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Notice given 24 February 2003

1175  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can a copy of the Livestock Export Accreditation Program Rules of Accreditation be provided; if not, why not.

1176  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Has the Australian Government received representations from the Kuwaiti Government or the Livestock Transport & Trading Co. (LT&T) in relation to the decision to suspend the live export licence of the LT&T wholly-owned subsidiary Rural Export & Trading (WA) Pty Ltd; if so: (a) when were these representations received; and (b) what was the nature of the Government’s response.

1177  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Can a table be provided of all live export reportable mortality incidents since March 2000, including the following details: (a) export licence holder; (b) month; (c) year; (d) origin; (e) destination; (f) animal type; (g) number exported; (h) mortality number; and (i) mortality rate.

(2) Can details be provided of the total number of live export shipments for each of the following financial years: (a) 1999-2000; (b) 2000-01; (c) 2001-02; and (d) 2002-03.

1178  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Was Rural Export & Trading (WA) Pty Ltd accredited under the Livestock Export Accreditation Program when its export licence was suspended in January 2003.

(2) Is Rural Export & Trading (WA) Pty Ltd currently accredited under the Livestock Export Accreditation Program.

(3) Was Sampak Pty Ltd accredited under the Livestock Export Accreditation Program when its export licence was cancelled in November 2002.

(4) Is Sampak Pty Ltd currently accredited under the Livestock Export Accreditation Program.

1179  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Did the livestock vessel Al Shuwaikh depart Portland, on or about 9 January 2003, carrying livestock bound for a foreign destination; if so: (a) when did the vessel depart; and (b) what was its destination.

(2) Which company owns and operates the vessel.

(3) Which company held the export licence for the transit of these livestock.

(4) Is this company a partly- or wholly-owned subsidiary of Livestock Transport & Trading Co.

1181  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) bulletin no. 1, February 2003:

(1) What activities did AQIS undertake in relation to the recent US Navy battle group visit to Fremantle.

(2) How many staff provided these services.

(3) On what days were these services provided.

(4) What was the full cost of delivering these services.

(5) Did staff costs include overtime costs; if so, can details be provided of the overtime costs incurred.

(6) Were any costs recovered from the US Navy for the provision of these services.

(7) Did AQIS officers supervise the collection, transport and burial of waste from these vessels; if so: (a) what waste was generated; and (b) when and where was it buried.

1189  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many suicides of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, including cadets, have there been in each year since 1995.

(2) Can a breakdown be provided of these annual figures, listing: (a) the age that the person was when they committed suicide; (b) which service they were in; (c) how many years they had served in the ADF; and (d) which bases the deceased were serving at when they committed suicide.

(3) How many claims have been made since 1995 for compensation for the death by suicide of ADF members, including cadets, under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 .

(4) How many such claims have been successful.

(5) In respect of claims under the Act relating to ADF personnel who have committed suicide, what must a claimant establish to be successful.

(6) Is the rate of suicide by ADF members higher at some bases than others.

(7) Has there been any investigation into the reasons for higher suicide rates at some bases than others; if so: (a) when; and (b) what were the findings.

(8) (a) Has the department or the ADF investigated the common reasons for, and circumstances leading to, the suicide of its members; if so, what did any such investigations find; and (b) can copies be provided of any relevant reports.

(9) Has there been any investigation into the reported suicides of three Royal Australian Air Force members at Williamtown in 2002.

(10) What procedure is followed upon the suspected suicide of an ADF member; for instance, is there always an inquiry, are there common terms of reference for all such inquiries, who conducts the inquiry, and to whom do they report.

(11) (a) In what circumstances does a state coronial inquiry happen on the death of an ADF member; and (b) does the ADF ever refer an apparent suicide or death to a coroner.

(12) For each year since 1995, how many coronial inquiries have occurred in relation to the suspected suicide of an ADF member.

(13) (a) Does the ADF have any internal coronial procedures; and (b) in what cases have they been triggered.

(14) (a) How much has been spent by the department to date defending or handling the various administrative actions brought by Ms Susan Campbell on behalf of her deceased daughter, Cadet Sergeant Eleanore Tibble; and (b) can a breakdown be provided of this total sum, listing: (i) the cost of legal advice, including any in-house legal advice, (ii) administrative costs, (iii) salary costs, and (iv) travel costs of the officials involved.

1191  Senator Evans: To ask the Special Minister of State—In relation to the sale and leaseback of Russell Offices, Canberra:

(1) Has a property sales consultant been engaged to manage the sale process.

(2) (a) Who is the property sales manager; and (b) what are the terms of the contract with that consultant, including details of remuneration.

(3) Has the sale itself been advertised; if so, how many organisations have expressed an interest in buying the property.

(4) When is it expected that the sale will occur.

(5) Has any thought been given to the future lease or rent arrangements.

(6) What is the status of the consideration of security issues associated with the sale of Russell Offices.