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Notice given 10 December 2002

1012  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) In how many cases have claimants for compensation by personnel with East Timor service, pursuant to the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 , been referred to and examined by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Medical Service.

(2) At what level of injury under the scale set out in the Guide for the Assessment of Rates of Pension, under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 , would a serving member be considered unfit for duty.

(3) What penalty is provided to serving members who conceal an injury or make false statements about their fitness.

(4) Is evidence of disabilities claimed and accepted under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 considered as part of that assessment.

(5) Will the Minister ask the Inspector-General to conduct an investigation into alleged fraud by serving ADF personnel making claims under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and representing themselves as fit for duty.

(6) What steps are being taken to remove the effect of the Privacy Act 1988 which prevents the Department of Veterans’ Affairs advising the Department of Defence of disability claims lodged and accepted from serving personnel.

(7) With reference to the answer given to question on notice no. 743 (Senate Hansard , 4 December 2002, p. 6796) on Gulf War compensation, how many personnel with accepted claims are still serving.

1014  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—

(1) Is the Minister aware that in the recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia in the case of MLC Limited v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2002] FCA 149, in responding to the Commissioner’s statement of reasons which accompanied notification of the disallowance of the applicants’ objections, the judge stated: ‘It may be said that it is hard to see how the applicants or their agent could have taken into account in preparing the returns lodged in 1996 and 1997 the views expressed in TD 1999/1 when those views did not appear publicly for some years after the returns were lodged.’

(2) Is the Minister prepared to make any changes to tax law to avoid the need for a taxpayer to have the crystal ball the Commissioner apparently expects.

Senator Lundy: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1019-1020)— 

(1) Can the following information in the form of a spreadsheet be provided, in both hard copy and electronically, for each contract entered into by agencies within the department which has not been fully performed or was entered into during the 2001-02 financial year, and that is wholly, or in part, information and communications technology-related with a consideration of $20 000 or more: (a) a unique identifier for the contract, for example contract number; (b) the contractor name and Australian Business Number or Australian Company Number; (c) the domicile of the parent company; (d) the subject matter of the contract, including whether the contract is substantially for hardware, software, services or a mixture, with estimated percentages; (e) the starting date of the contract; (f) the term of the contract, expressed as an ending date; (f) the amount of the consideration in Australian dollars; and (g) the amount applicable to the current budget year in Australian dollars; and (h) whether or not there is an industry development requirement and, if so, details of the industry development requirement (in scope and out of scope).

(2) With reference to any contracts that meet the above criteria, can a full list of sub-contracts valued at over $5 000 be provided, including: (a) a unique identifier for the contract, for example contract number; (b) the contractor name and Australian Business Number or Australian Company Number; (c) the domicile of the parent company; (d) the subject matter of the contract, including whether the contract is substantially for hardware, software, services or a mixture, with estimated percentages; (e) the starting date of the contract; (f) the term of the contract, expressed as an ending date; (f) the amount of the consideration in Australian dollars; and (g) the amount applicable to the current budget year in Australian dollars; and (h) whether or not there is an industry development requirement and, if so, details of the industry development requirement (in scope and out of scope).

1019 Minister representing the Attorney-General