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Notice given 4 August 2005

1048  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many navy, army and air force cadet units exist in each state and in which communities are they located.

(2) (a) What was the total funding allocated to Australian Defence Force (ADF) Cadet Corps in the 2004-05 financial year; and (b) by what process was this money distributed between: (i) the three cadet services, and (ii) each group within each service.

(3) What formula, if any, is applied to the distribution of grants, and what is the process and timing each year.

(4) (a) How much funding was allocated to each unit in the 2004-05 financial year; and (b) on what basis was this decision made.

(5) (a) What additional grants were made to individual cadet units; (b) what was the total amount of the additional grants expended in the 2000-05 financial year; (c) which cadet units received the additional grants; and (d) what criteria were set to qualify for these grants.

(6) For the financial years from 2000-01 to date: (a) what was the annual increase in funding for the ADF Cadet Corps; (b) which cadet units received an increase in funding and what was the amount given; and (c) what criteria was used to determine distribution of additional funds.

(7) How many salaried ADF positions are attached to the ADF Cadet Corps for the 2004-05 financial year and how many are: (a) regular defence force personnel; (b) reservists; and (c) other.

(8) For the year 2004-05, how many positions: (a) were allocated to each state; (b) were allocated to each cadet unit; and (c) were part-time.

(9) Is the cost of salaries to the Cadet Corps met from the funding described in (4) above; if not, under which budget stream is funding made.

(10) (a) What is the role and function of these positions within the Cadet Corps unit; (b) what types of instruction are given to cadets; and (c) what are the obligations as set out in the duty statements.

(11) Can a copy be provided of the duty statements for each type of position in each of the three service streams.

(12) Was there a review, conducted by the Director of the Naval Reserve Cadets (NRC) in 1999 to establish possible initiatives to assist NRC units with the broking of public liability insurance; if so: (a) what were the findings and recommendations of the review; (b) what action was taken as a result; and (c) can a copy be provided of the report.

(13) Given the Government’s recognition of the importance of the Cadet Corps as an entry point for the future recruitment of personnel to defence services, what action has been taken to ensure the continued viability of the Cadet Corps given the increasing cost of public liability insurance.

1049  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Has an investigation been carried out into the allegation that an organised network of soldiers and civilians have been using, selling and distributing amphetamines at Woodside army barracks; if so: (a) who conducted the investigation; and (b) what was the outcome.

(2) (a) What charges, if any, have been laid against serving personnel by the military command and by state police; and (b) how many military personnel are implicated.

(3) How many personnel have been tested for drug usage, and how many tests returned positive.

(4) In how many cases have discharge procedures been commenced, commensurate with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) zero tolerance policy under the new regulations.

(5) Since 1 July 2005: (a) how many other ADF personnel have been tested for drug usage; (b) at which bases; and (c) with what results in terms of outcomes and penalties imposed.

1050  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) Has COMCARE conducted an inquiry into the alleged bullying of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, and in particular the circumstances surrounding the complaint of Private Tim Williss, as publicised in the Northern Territory News of 12 July 2005; if so, what were the findings of the investigation, and what action resulted.

(2) (a) In how many instances during the past 5 years has COMCARE investigated similar occupational health and safety complaints from other ADF bases: (b) what were the particular circumstances of each investigation; and (c) what was the outcome in each case.

(3) Given that the Department of Defence is a licensee of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCA), under what power are such interventions made.

(4) In the event of breaches of the SRCA Act, regulations and guidelines by licensees; (a) what sanctions exist; (b) in how many instances since 1986 have they been exercised; and (c) against which agencies.

1051  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the report in Crikey.com of 2 August 2005, concerning the injuries sustained by soldiers of Tonga, Fiji and Australia as a result of a motor vehicle accident in the Kimberleys; if so: (a) what investigation has been conducted into the accident; (b) by whom; (c) what were the findings; and (d) what disciplinary or other action has been taken.

(2) (a) What was the extent of injury sustained by the soldiers; and (b) what was the cost of the damage done to the vehicle.

(3) Was alcohol consumption found to be a contributing factor.

1052  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the United States of America’s (US) Department of Defence report entitled, Worldwide Manpower Distributed by Geographical Area (2001) which states that 663 US Marines were stationed in Australia:

(1) Why and for what purpose were 663 US Marines stationed in Australia in 2001.

(2) For the years 2002 to date, how many US Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force personnel, respectively, were deployed in Australia.

(3) For the years 2002 to date, what was the total number of US military personnel deployed in Australia.

(4) For the years 2002-05 to date, what was the number of US dependents in Australia.

1053  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the National Missile Defence:

(1) What is the status of negotiations regarding Australia’s participation in the United States of America’s National Missile Defence.

(2) What commitments have been made by the Government regarding Australia’s contribution to National Missile Defence.

(3) What is the estimated cost of each element of Australia’s intended contribution.

1054  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to evidence on the Tomson case given to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee during additional estimates on 14 February 2005, ( Hansard reference L&C p.182):

(1) Has compensation been finalised; if so, what is the offer and when will it be submitted to Mr Tomson; if not, can details be provided on the outstanding matters under consideration that are delaying the finalisation of this matter.

(2) For the outstanding matters identified in paragraph (1), can information be provided on how these matters will be progressed.

1055  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) (a) How many staff have been seconded from other areas of the Australian Customs Service to work on the Cargo Management Re-engineering (CMR) project since it began; and (b) can details be provided for: (i) the length of secondment, (ii) the Australian Public Service classification, (iii) the background and relevant skills, and (iv) the duties in the CMR project.

(2) What training is given to staff that are seconded to the CMR project.

(3) How many staff were assigned to the Integrated Cargo Service since the project began.

1056  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) For each of the years 2000 to date, how many cases of bird and animal smuggling have been referred to the Australian Customs Service (ACS) for prosecution from the Department of Environment and Heritage.

(2) Does the ACS initiate prosecutions for bird and animal smuggling of its own volition; if so, can details be provided, by year from 2000 to date, on the breakdown of prosecutions; if not, why not.

(3) Can details be provided for the number of cases regarding birds and animals: (a) smuggled into Australia; and (b) smuggled out of Australia.

(4) (a) Of these cases, how many has ACS prosecuted; (b) how many were successfully prosecuted; and (c) how many persons have been convicted, based on these prosecutions.

(5) (a) Is funding given to ACS specifically for this purpose; if so, how much; if not, what output is this funded under; and (b) what is the total cost of the prosecutions that ACS has undertaken for animal and bird smuggling.

1057  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Can details be provided on: (a) the training given to part-time exit line Customs officers under the recently announced plan for ‘surge capacity’ in Customs airport operations; and (b) how this training differs from regular training for new Customs personnel.

(2) How many persons have begun the three-week training.

(3) Of those persons, how many have completed the training.

(4) Of those persons who did not complete the training: (a) how many failed the course; (b) how many chose not to complete the training; and (c) how many left the course for other reasons, and what were the reasons.

(5) Of those who have completed the training, how many have since resigned or been dismissed.

(6) Can information be provided, by area, on ACS staff turnover.

(7) (a) For each of the years 2001 to date, how many persons undertake the general training stream; and (b) of those persons, how many have completed the training.

(9) Of those who did not complete the training: (a) how many failed the course; (b) how many chose not to complete the training; and (c) how many left the course for other reasons, and what were the reasons.

1058  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the screening of Australia Post mail and non-mail parcels (distributed through DHL, FedEx etc) by the Australian Customs Service (ACS):

(1) (a) For the year 2004, can details be provided, by outlets in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory on the approximate number of individual overseas letters or postal items, including parcels, received at each mail screening centre; and (b) for each centre, did the ACS reach the 100 per cent screening target.

(2) (a) What is the target percentage for individual non-mail overseas parcels screened; (b) when was this target set; (c) how was it calculated; (d) who, or which committee, set this target; (e) when was this target last revised; and (e) what was the target before the last revision.

(3) For each of the years 2000 to date, can details be provided, by state, on the: (a) approximate number of individual non-mail overseas parcels that arrive in Australia; and (b) the number of individual overseas parcels screened.

(4) (a) What is the policy for determining which parcels are screened and which are not; and (b) is it based on a risk assessment basis or is it random.

(5) If it is based on a risk assessment basis, can details be provided on the factors that are taken into account when determining which parcels are screened.

1059  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the matters that were referred to the Director of International and Operations:

(1) For each of the years 2001 to date: (a) how many matters were referred; and (b) to which countries did these matters relate.

(2) What action was taken on these matters.

(3) Of these matters, how many were referred to: (a) the Minister for Justice and Customs; and (b) the Attorney-General.

(4) Of those matters referred to the Minister for Justice and Customs and the Attorney-General, what action was taken.

(5) Was the Bali 9 case referred to: (a) the Director of International and Operations; (b) the Minister for Justice and Customs; or (c) the Attorney-General; if so, what action was taken in relation to that specific matter.

(6) (a) Can a copy be provided of the current mutual assistance manual used to cover informal police-to-police assistance rendered before charge; (b) when was this manual last revised; (c) are any revisions currently being undertaken; and (d) are any revisions planned.

(7) Are the mutual assistance procedures different in countries with the death penalty to those countries without the death penalty; if so, what is the difference; if not, why not.

1060  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) How many personnel will be stationed at the Majura International Training Complex.

(2) What is the budgeted annual running cost of the complex.

(3) Annually, how many personnel can be trained at the complex.

(4) (a) How many police from foreign jurisdictions have undergone training at the complex; (b) what was the cost of their training; and (c) from which countries did they come.

(5) (a) What role did the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) play in the construction of the facility; (b) what role will the CIT play in the upkeep and maintenance of the facility; and (c) is CIT receiving any remuneration for its part in the upkeep and maintenance of the facility.

(6) What personnel will be trained at this facility.

(7) Are other similar centres planned.

1061  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Can a breakdown of costs be provided for the total cost of Missing Persons Week.

(2) How many posters were: (a) printed; and (b) distributed.

(3) What was the cost of the printing and distribution of the posters.

(4) To whom were the posters distributed and was there any cost to the persons requesting the posters.

(5) How many pamphlets were: (a) printed; and (b) distributed.

(6) What was the cost of the printing and distribution of the pamphlets.

(7) To whom were the pamphlets distributed and was there any cost to the persons requesting the pamphlets.

(8) (a) Who was invited to the launch of National Missing Persons Week; and (b) who attended.

(9) What events did the Minister or his representative attend throughout the week.

(10) Can information be provided on the nature of the agreement between the National Missing Persons Unit (NMPU) and Foxtel’s Crime and Investigation network and what resources of the NMPU will be devoted to the agreement.

(11) Prior to Missing Persons Week commencing, was it advertised: (a) on television; (b) on radio; or (c) in newspapers; if so, which medium and what was the cost of these advertisements; if not, why not; and (d) can a copy be provided of the advertisements.

(12) What books were launched during the week.

(13) (a) Does the Australian Federal Police, or any other body, conduct any media monitoring as to the number of mentions and stories; if not, why not; if so, what is the cost of this monitoring; and (b) can information be provided on the outcome of the monitoring.