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Notice given 25 February 2003

1202  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the department’s evidence to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on 10 February 2003 concerning under-reporting of executive remuneration in the department’s 2000-01 and 2001-02 financial statements:

(1) On what day did the department seek advice from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) about whether the under-reporting constituted a ‘material breach’.

(2) Which officer sought that advice.

(3) Was the request oral or written.

(4) On what day did the ANAO provide advice to the department.

(5) Which officer provided this advice.

(6) What was the content of this advice.

(7) Was this advice oral or written.

(8) If oral, can confirmation of this advice be provided; if not, why not.

(9) If written, can a copy of this advice be provided.

(10) Has the department sought advice from the ANAO on whether it is necessary to issue a corrigendum to the 2000-01 and 2001-02 financial statements: (a) if so: (i) on what day was this advice sought, (ii) which officer sought this advice, and (iii) was the request for this advice oral or written; and (b) if not, (i) from which agency was this advice sought, (ii) which officer sought this advice, and (iii) was the request oral or written.

(11) On what day was advice on the matter of the corrigendum received.

(12) What was the content of this advice.

(13) Was this advice oral or written.

(14) Which officer and agency provided this advice.

(15) What specific change to departmental procedures has occurred since the under-reporting of executive remuneration was revealed in November 2002.

1203  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the department’s portfolio additional estimates statements for the 2002-03 financial year:

(1) Why has the estimate of revenue from the all milk levy increased by $5 509 000 from $30 000 000 to $35 509 000.

(2) Can the data for the revised estimate be provided.

1204  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the Minister’s media statement AFFA03/033WT:

(1) To what time period does the expenditure in the ‘EC Expenditure’ column relate.

(2) Can an explanation of the figures, including a state and financial year breakdown, be provided.

1208  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—What was the date of formation and what is the composition of the following committees involving departmental staff working on the development of a free trade agreement between the United States of America and Australia: (a) Deputy Secretary-Level Committee; (b) Officials Committee on Agriculture; and (c) Industry-Government Committee.

1209  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) On what date did the department first receive a request from the Department of Finance and Administration (DOFA) for payment of $1 144.64 relating to the Minister’s police escort during a 2002 visit to the Philippines.

(2) On what dates have the department and DOFA communicated in relation to this matter.

(3) Has the department complied with the request from DOFA for payment of this account; if so, when was the account paid; if not, why not.

(4) Did the negotiation of heavy traffic facilitated by the police escort enable the Minister to attend his key meetings on time.

1211  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—In relation to the administration of Australia’s United States (US) beef quota:

(1) Why is it that the US Customs figures do not correspond with export figures maintained by the department for the 2002 quota year.

(2) What are the details of the 5 500 tonne discrepancy for the 2002 quota year, on a month-by-month basis.

(3) When did the department first become aware that the Australian quota would be under-filled for the 2002 quota year.

(4) How will the 5 500 tonnes of quota be allocated.

(5) On what date or dates did the department consult with US authorities on this proposal.

(6) (a) On what date or dates did the department consult with Australian beef exporters on this proposal; and (b) which exporters were consulted.

(7) What action has been taken to ensure the discrepancy between Australian and US export figures does not recur in the 2003 quota year.

1212  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the current Quarantine Matters! campaign:

(1) Is the total budget for the 2002-03 financial year $6.894 million.

(2) How much has been expended.

(3) Can a detailed breakdown be provided of the budget and expenditure figures including media, production, talent and non-media costs.

(4) What is the total proposed campaign budget for: (a) metropolitan television; (b) non-metropolitan television; (c) metropolitan radio; (d) non-metropolitan radio; (e) metropolitan newspapers; and (f) non-metropolitan newspapers.

(5) What amount has been expended to date on: (a) metropolitan television; (b) non-metropolitan television; (c) metropolitan radio; (d) non-metropolitan radio; (e) metropolitan newspapers; and (f) non-metropolitan newspapers.

(6) Can a copy of the complete media schedule for the campaign, including that for international in-bound in-flight television, be provided; if not, why not.

(7) Is it the case that the campaign began on 14 December 2002; if not, when did it commence.

(8) Has the campaign concluded; if so, when did it conclude; if not, when will it conclude.

(9) What is the campaign’s target audience.

(10) What percentage of the budget has been allocated to communication with overseas audiences.

(11) What assessment was made of the need for the campaign prior to its commencement.

(12) Was benchmark research undertaken prior to the commencement of the campaign.

(13) Assuming that focus group research was conducted into the advertising concept, can a copy of the report from the research company in relation to the outcomes of focus group testing be provided; if not, why not.

(14) Besides the Quarantine Matters! campaign, what other concepts were considered and developed.

(15) What performance indicators have been established to measure the effectiveness of this campaign.

(16) How has the effectiveness of the campaign been measured against these indicators.

(17) Is the department undertaking ongoing tracking research; if so, how often are reports received by the department and can copies of the reports received by the department be made available.

(18) When will the overall performance of the campaign be measured.

(19) How will the overall performance of the campaign be measured.

(20) What provision has the campaign made for audiences from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).

(21) Was an NESB consultant engaged to advise on the campaign.

(22) Was an advertising agency engaged in relation to the campaign; if so: (a) was the engagement subject to tender; if so, was the tender open or select; if not, why not; (b) which agency was engaged; (c) when was the agency engaged; (d) what is the value of the contract with the agency; (e) can a copy of the contract with the agency be provided; if not, why not.

(23) Was a production agency engaged to produce the television and/or radio advertisements; if so: (a) was the engagement direct or indirect; (b) was the engagement subject to tender; if so, was the tender open or select; if not, why not; (c) which agency was engaged; (d) when was the agency engaged; (e) what is the value of the contract with the agency; and (f) can a copy of the contract with the agency be provided; if not, why not.

(24) Did Mr Steve Irwin and/or a talent agency charge a fee for Mr Irwin’s participation in the campaign; if so, what was the fee.

(25) How many shooting days were required to film the television advertisements.

(26) With reference to the Minister’s media statement AFFA02/354WT, what ‘range of other targeted campaign activities including press and radio advertising, offshore internet activity and stakeholder relations’ does the campaign complement.