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Notice given 11 September 2003

2006   Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) What is the likely cost to the Australian Government of providing security during the impending visit by the President of the United States of America.

(2) In the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Federal Attorney-General (Mr Williams), in the press release, ‘Carriage of Firearms at Sydney 2000 Games’, dated 20 July 2000, stated ‘that Australia has a longstanding policy regarding carriage of firearms by foreign security personnel… foreign security officials have no operational role in Australia… I will take the opportunity to stress again the firm Australian position on non-carriage of firearms’: Will permission be given to members of President Bush’s security force to carry their own weapons or acquire firearms once they are in Australia; if so, can an explanation be provided as to why a different standard is applied to United States security forces, as opposed to the strict ‘no weapons’ policy applied to the security forces of other countries.

2007  Senator Cook: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—In relation to payments made to individual mining companies under the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme for the financial years 2000-01 to 2002-03:

What was (a) the name of each company; (b) the type of mineral mined; and (c) the amount of rebate received.

What proportion of rebate was paid primarily for exploration purposes as opposed to actual mining operations.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2008-2009)—What is the process through which the Chief Scientist is selected and appointed, and who makes the appointment.

2008 Minister representing the Minister for Science

2009 Minister representing the Minister for Science

2010  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) How much money has been collected since 18 September 2002 in excise or customs tariffs on ethanol.

(2) (a) How much money has been paid, or is owed, to domestic producers of ethanol in subsidies since 18 September 2002; and (b) how much will be paid if current arrangements remain.

2011  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Since August 2001, when the then Minister, Senator Hill announced the $500 000 Natural Heritage Trust funding for the Flora for Fauna promotional campaign: (a) how much additional Federal Government funding has Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) obtained; and (b) how much more is due.

(2) Did NGIA, or anybody acting on their behalf, promise to include a statement similar to the following with their list of recommended plants: ‘For reasons of ecological integrity, remember to plant only native species which occur in your local area. Information on local species can usually be obtained from your local Australian Plants Society branch, catchment management committee or local council’; if so, is the Minister aware that, since NGIA received government funding, it has not included a supporting statement to this effect.

(3) What action is being taken to ensure that NGIA uses the funds in accordance with its declared aim of enhancing biodiversity and conservation, and not as a marketing tool for increasing nursery industry profits from a limited choice of convenient, mass-produced, industry selected plants.

2012  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—(a) How did the department calculate the figure of $5.1 million, the amount of additional revenue that will be received over the next 4 years on an ongoing basis, as a result of the enactment of the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2003; and (b) can details of the costings used to calculate this figure be provided.

2013  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Has the Attorney-General directed the department to investigate or report on the increasing number of self represented litigants; if so, what were the findings; if not, why not, and will the department consider such an investigation.

(2) Can statistics concerning the number of legal aid lawyers who have withdrawn from and/or been added to the preferred supplier scheme since 1995 be provided.

(3) Does the department monitor the number of applications rejected by State Legal Aid offices; if so, can these figures be provided; if not, why not.

(4) (a) Are any unspent monies returned to the Commonwealth by the states; if so, can details be provided for following financial years: (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98, (iv) 1998-99, (v) 1999-2000, (vi) 2000-01, (vii) 2001-02, and (viii) 2002-03; and (b) how often does this occur.

(5) Are these monies redistributed to other states to assist with funding shortfalls.

(6) Are statistics recorded on the number of requests for legal aid assistance on a state-by-state basis; if so, can figures be provided for the following financial years: (a) 1995-96; (b) 1996-97; (c) 1997-98; (d) 1998-99; (e) 1999-2000; (f) 2000-01; (g) 2001-02; and (h) 2002-03; if not, why not.

(7) Has the department investigated the impact of changes to legal aid funding arrangements on clients of legal aid; if not, why not; if so, can details be provided.

(8) Can information be provided on the number of Legal Aid cases in which practitioners have been unable to represent a client to the conclusion of their case because of caps and staged funding.

(9) What studies is the Attorney-General or the department aware of regarding the time required to prepare for different types of matters within the court system.

(10) How does the department monitor the success of self represented litigants in the court system, e.g. ability to present evidence at trial.

(11) What instances is the Attorney-General or the department aware of in which court appeals by self-represented litigants have been allowed.

2014  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) (a) How many dolphins are in captivity in the Solomon Islands; and (b) what is their state of health.

(2) What measures is the Australian Government taking to have the remaining dolphins returned to the wild.

2015  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1227 (Senate Hansard , 10 September 2003, p. 14263): (a) What representation has the Government made to the Indonesian Government about the shooting of Elyse Rumbiak Bonai, her daughters and others; and (b) what information has Indonesia supplied.

2016  Senator Bolkus: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Can the Minister table the country briefs which were current in respect of the following countries in March 1996: Republic of Korea, China, Greece, Cyprus, the United States of America, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

2017  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Was the Minister informed that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) National Measurement Laboratory has ceased work on international standards for ultrasound measurement and safety.

(2) Will this work be completed; if so, how.

(3) Was the Minister informed that the CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory has ceased work on the important area of medical metrology; if so, is the Minister concerned about this move given the development of new devices and apparent lack of standards for such devices.

(4) Was the Minister informed that the CSIRO has ceased its work on foetal risks from diagnostic ultrasound when the CSIRO studies suggest there are risks associated with new technology being developed with higher acoustic output; and (b) is the Minister concerned that, despite the fact every pregnant woman who presents to a doctor will have an ultrasound, very little work is now being done on the safety standards of this technology; if so, what action is proposed to address this issue.

2018  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—

(1) Why has the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) National Measurement Laboratory ceased work on international standards for ultrasound measurement and safety.

(2) Why has the CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory ceased work on the important area of medical metrology, given the development of new devices and apparent lack of standards for these devices.

(3) Why has the CSIRO ceased its work on foetal risks from diagnostic ultrasound when new techniques are being developed with higher acoustic output.

(4) Who will provide rationale scientific expert witness if and when the legal claims reach the level of class actions by entrepreneur lawyers.

(5) Who will conduct research into bacterial drug resistance, previously carried out by microbiologist, Dr Ruth Hall.

(6) Can details be provided on other programs in public health that will be affected by staff redundancies at the CSIRO.

2019  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What specific abilities are there for members of Parliament to sponsor temporary entrants or visitors to Australia.

(2) Under what circumstances may a visitor visa be refused when a member of Parliament has sponsored the applicant.

(3) (a) How many members of Parliament (state and federal) have sponsored visitor or temporary visa applicants; (b) how many applicants have been (i) approved, and (ii) rejected.

2020  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question no. 130 taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) In relation to an answer by Commissioner Keelty, of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), during the estimates hearings (Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee Hansard , 27 May 2003, p. 307) about a ‘report made available’ to Federal Agent Leigh Dixon’s ‘reporting group’ concerning the 13 June 2001 inter-agency people smuggling meeting in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta: Was a report, either oral or written, received by Federal Agent Leigh Dixon’s reporting group; if so: (a) when did this occur; (b) who was made aware of this report; (c) was the report oral or written.

(2) (a) If the report was oral, were any notes and/or minutes taken by anyone involved in the discussion or discussions he had; and (b)  if the report was a written, can a copy be provided by the AFP.

(3) In relation to the meeting held on 1 August 2002 with Federal Agent Dixon and other AFP members to discuss Marian Wilkinson’s questions about the 13 June 2001 meeting: (a) which AFP members were present; (b) who initiated this meeting; (c) where was it held; and (d) were notes or minutes taken; if so, can a copy of these notes and/or minutes be provided; (e) who prepared and cleared the meeting summary; (f) for whom was this summary brief prepared; and (g) apart from Commissioner Keelty, who else saw the summary of this meeting, and can a copy be provided.

2021  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question no. 131 taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) Who briefed the Minister on 19 August 2002 and 26 September 2002 about Marian Wilkinson’s questions.

(2) Who initiated the briefing.

(3) Was the briefing oral or in writing.

(4) If it was an oral briefing: (a) who briefed the Minister; (b) who else was present; (c) were minutes and/or notes taken; if so, can a copy of minutes and/or notes be provided; and (d) what action, if any, did the Minister take after he was provided with the two briefings in August and September 2002.

(5) If it was a written briefing: (a) who prepared the brief; (b) who cleared the brief; (c) apart from the Minister, who else saw the brief; and (d) what action, if any, did the Minister take after he was provided with the two briefings in August and September 2002.

2022  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question no. 132 taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) During his visit to Indonesia on 17 September 2001, did Commissioner Keelty of the Australian Federal Police discuss with the Indonesian National Police (INP) the cancellation of the protocol.

(2) What reason or reasons did the INP give for the cancellation of the protocol.

2023  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question no. 135 taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) (a) What information was provided to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as a result of the telephone interview with a SIEVX survivor on 22 October 2001; and (b) what did the AFP do with the information they received.

(2) Can the AFP confirm whether the interview on 23 October 2001 with two SIEVX survivors conducted by the Indonesian National Police (INP) and observed by two AFP members is the same interview that is outlined in Dark Victory , by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, 2003, p.237-238 and an SBS Radio report The Five Mysteries of SIEVX, SBS Radio/Arabic Program, by Ghassan Nakhoul, 28 August 2002; (b) which AFP members were present at the interview on 23 October 2001; (c) for how long was the interview conducted; (d) what did the AFP do with the information obtained from the interview; (e) was a transcript made; and (f) was it the INP or the AFP which provided the 20 odd photographs to the survivors; if the AFP: (i) which agency supplied the photographs, (ii) how were they taken, and (iii) what did they depict.

2024  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to a question taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee: Is the Australian Federal Police aware of tracking devices having been placed on people smuggling vessels in the period 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002.

2025  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question no. 127 taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee: What did Federal Agent Dixon’s ‘gathering of information relevant to people smuggling activities’ in Indonesia involve.