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Notice given 13 August 2003

1772  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the order of the Senate of 16 October 2002, which requested the Minister to grant a request from the Wadi Wadi Coomaditchie Aboriginal Corporation for an emergency declaration under section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage (Interim Protection) Act 1984 in relation to the development at Sandon Point:

(1) Was such an emergency declaration made: if so, what was the outcome of the assessment referred to in the order; if not, why not.

(2) What other actions, if any, has the Minister taken in relation to Sandon Point.

(3) What other actions, if any, has the Minister taken that may have an indirect effect on development or Aboriginal Heritage at Sandon Point.

(4) Does the Minister intend to take any action with respect to Sandon Point; if so, what actions or activities is the Minister intending to take; if not, why not.

1773  Senator Lightfoot: To ask the Chair of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee—With reference to the committee’s inquiry into an Australian republic:

(1) How long is the inquiry expected to take.

(2) What is the proposed budget for the inquiry.

(3) Will costs be audited.

(4) Will all submissions be made public other than those taken in-camera.

1774  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—How many Australian Broadcasting Corporation staff and executives accepted redundancy packages between 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2002.

1775  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—What was the total amount paid in redundancy payments to employees leaving the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2002.

1776  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—How many staff and executives from each division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation accepted redundancy packages during the period 1 January 2000 to 1 January 2002.

1777  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—How many individuals who accepted redundancy packages from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) during the period 1 January 2000 to 1 January 2002 have subsequently returned to the ABC to perform paid work for the broadcaster, on a full-time, part-time, casual, fee-for-service or consultancy basis.

1778  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—What is the total amount in salary, entitlements, consultancy fees or any other form of remuneration the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has paid since January 2000 to individuals who had accepted a redundancy package from the ABC between 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2002 for work performed by the individuals following their acceptance of redundancy packages.

1779  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—What divisions originally employed the individuals who have returned to perform work at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in any paid capacity subsequent to those individuals accepting a redundancy package during the period 1 January 2000 to 1 January 2002.

1780  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—What is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s policy on the re-employment of staff who have accepted redundancy packages.