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Notice given 2 June 2005

922  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the appointment of the Managing Director of Tourism Australia announced on 15 November 2004:

(1) (a) Would the Minister advise: (i) the term of the Managing Director’s appointment, (ii) the Managing Director’s annual salary, and (iii) the rate and actual superannuation contribution made on behalf of the Managing Director by Tourism Australia; and (b) can a copy of the employment contract between the Managing Director and Tourism Australia be provided; if not, why not.

(2) Does Tourism Australia supply the Managing Director with a motor vehicle; if so, would the Minister advise: (a) what type of motor vehicle; (b) where the vehicle is garaged; (c) the projected annual cost of fuel, insurance, registration and lease payments to be met by Tourism Australia; and (d) the cost to date to Tourism Australia of the provision of the vehicle.

(3) Does Tourism Australia supply the Managing Director with an expense account; if so: (a) would the Minister advise, (i) the limit of the account, (ii) the actual monthly expenditure on the account to date, and (iii) the method of acquittal; and (b) can a copy of the guidelines governing the use of the expense account be provided; if not, why not.

(4) Does Tourism Australia supply the Managing Director with a credit card; if so: (a) would the Minister advise, (i) the limit of the account, (ii) the actual monthly expenditure on the account to date, and (iii) the method of acquittal; and (b) can a copy of the guidelines governing the use of the credit card be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Does Tourism Australia supply the Managing Director with a mobile telephone; if so, would the Minister advise: (a) what limit applies to the use of the telephone for personal calls; and (b) the total actual monthly cost to Tourism Australia of the mobile telephone service since 13 December 2004.

923  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—

(1) Can details be provided of the official travel arrangements of the Managing Director of Tourism Australia since 13 December 2004, including: (a) date of travel; (b) mode of travel; (c) class of travel (i.e. first class, business class, economy, other); (d) point of departure and destination; (e) cost to Tourism Australia of the travel; (f) duration of journey; (g) place, number of nights and cost to Tourism Australia of accommodation; (h) purpose of journey; and (i) where the Managing Director was accompanied on the journey: (i) the name of the person(s) accompanying the Managing Director, (ii) the capacity in which they accompanied the Managing Director, and (iii) the amount of any extra cost to Tourism Australia as a result of the person(s) travelling with the Managing Director.

(2) Where the cost of travel or accommodation was met by an entity other than Tourism Australia, would the Minister advise: (a) the name of the entity; (b) the date, duration and purpose of travel; (c) the value of the travel and accommodation; (d) the names of those who accompanied the Managing Director; and (e) the capacity in which they did so.

924  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the appointment of the Managing Director of Tourism Australia announced on 15 November 2004:

(1) Would the Minister advise from whom and on what dates: (a) Korn Ferry International sought references about the successful candidate, either formally or informally; (b) the Chair, any Board member or any employee or contractor of Tourism Australia sought references about the successful candidate, either formally or informally; and (c) the Minister or any member of the Minister’s staff sought references about the successful candidate, either formally or informally.

(2) Would the Minister advise: (a) who were the referees nominated by the successful candidate; (b) when the nominated referees were contacted; and (c) who made contact with the referees.

925  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the appointment of the Managing Director of Tourism Australia announced on 15 November 2004:

(1) Would the Minister advise: (a) how Korn Ferry International was selected to undertake the executive search process and who else was considered for this role; (b) what was the total cost to the Commonwealth of Korn Ferry International’s services in this matter; (c) how many candidates for the position were identified by Korn Ferry International; (d) how many candidates were interviewed by Korn Ferry International; (e) how many candidates were interviewed either formally or informally by: (i)  the Chair of Tourism Australia, (ii) the Minister, and (iii) the Prime Minister and/or his office and/or his department; (f) who made the final decision; and (g) when the final decision was taken.

(2) Can a copy be provided of the job advertisement for the position.

(3) Can the Minister advise in which media outlets the advertisement was placed and the date of each placement.

928  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the Minister’s media statement 036/05 dated 18 April 2005:

(1) Can a copy be provided of the original business plan for the Tasinformatics Centre of Excellence submitted by the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Department of Health in September 2003; if not, why not.

(2) What key changes to the ethical framework were requested by the University of Tasmania and how did these differ from the Intelligent Island board’s decisions with regard to the Centre and its position on the Centre’s ethical framework.

(3) (a) What modelling the department has undertaken or commissioned to assess the impact on the Tasinformatics Centre of Excellence of the application of the various proposed ethical frameworks; and (b) can a copy of the modelling be provided; if not, why not.