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Notice given 5 September 2005

1131  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) What is the process for the assessment of species proposed for inclusion on the live import list.

(2) In relation to (1) above, does a proponent who wishes to amend the list of species approved for live import prepare: (a) terms of reference; (b) an environmental impact assessment; (c) a draft report; or (d) any other research which is used in the department’s examination of the proposal.

(3) Does an agent of the proponent who wishes to amend the list of species approved for live import prepare: (a) terms of reference; (b) an environmental impact assessment; (c) a draft report; or (d) any other research that is used in the department’s examination of the proposal.

(4) What independent assessment does the department conduct of any such proposal and the information provided by the proponent.

(5) What facility exists for the review of any decision to amend the live import list.

(6) What is the cost for a proponent seeking to amend the list of species approved for live import.

1132  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Federal Coalition’s 2004 election promise to contribute up to $70 000 to assist the Bridport Bowls Club install a synthetic all weather bowling green:

(1) (a) On what date was the decision taken to make the grant; and (b) by whom was the decision taken.

(2) On what date was the announcement made and by whom.

(3) (a) On what date was the Tasmanian Government made aware that matching funding would be required; (b) who within the Tasmanian Government was advised; and (c) in what manner were they advised.

1133  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) How many and which Australian airports are served by control towers where at any time under standard operating procedures only one full performance controller may be rostered.

(2) For each such airport can the Minister advise: (a) the location of the control tower and the airports it controls; (b) the hours of each day that only one full performance controller is rostered at each control tower; and (c) the procedures in place in the event that the full performance controller becomes incapacitated due to, for example, illness or is otherwise unable to attend work as rostered.

1134  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article in The Canberra Times of 1 September 2005 entitled, ‘Plane left in air as traffic controller sleeps in’:

(1) For each of the past 5 financial years, on how many occasions have domestic regular passenger transport flight landings been delayed at Australian airports due to the inability of Airservices Australia to adequately staff control towers.

(2) For each instance can the following details be provided: (a) the control tower affected; (b) the circumstance in which Airservices Australia was unable to adequately staff the affected control tower; (c) the flight number of the affected flight; (d) its departure point; (e) the number of passengers and crew on board; (f) the scheduled landing time; (g) the actual landing time; (h) the scheduled airport of arrival; (i) the actual airport of arrival; (j) whether the affected airline claimed some form of compensation from Airservices Australia; (k) the value of compensation sought; (l) the value of compensation made; and (m) the date on which compensation was made.

1135  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article in The Canberra Times of 1 September 2005 entitled, ‘Plane left in air as traffic controller sleeps in’: (a) when did the Minister became aware of this issue; (b) who advised the Minister; and (c) in what manner was the Minister advised.

1136  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article in The Canberra Times of 1 September 2005 entitled, ‘Plane left in air as traffic controller sleeps in’:

(1) What financial or other compensatory recourse exists for Qantas against Airservices Australia in this matter.

(2) What is the maximum value of potential compensation Airservices Australia may have to pay Qantas in this matter.

1137  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the Prime Minister’s visit to Launceston on 1 September 2005:

(1) When did planning for the visit commence and when was it finalised.

(2) Was the visit initiated by the department or the Prime Minister’s office.

(3) (a) Which federal members of Parliament were advised that the visit was to occur; and (b) on what date and in what manner were they made aware.

(4) (a) Which federal members of Parliament were invited to attend the function at the Door of Hope Centre with the Prime Minister; and (b) on what date and in what manner were they invited.

(5) Who accompanied the Prime Minister and in what capacity.

(6) What was the total cost to the Commonwealth of the Prime Minister’s visit to Tasmania.

(7) How much Commonwealth funding was spent on: (a) alcohol for the Prime Minister’s travelling party; (b) food and catering for the Prime Minister’s travelling party; (c) accommodation for the Prime Minister; and (d) accommodation for the Prime Minister’s travelling party.

 

 1138  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to a recent announcement that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will target the recruitment of 300 defence force personnel from overseas: (a) what is the estimated cost of promoting this recruitment; (b) which agencies will be responsible for funding the promotion; (c) how many people from those agencies will be so employed and at what cost; (d) in which countries and cities will promotions occur; and (e) which private sector employment companies will be engaged and at what cost.

(2) How many serving personnel, currently engaged, were recruited from overseas, by country of origin.

(3) (a) What is the time frame for the recruitment drive; and (b) when is it expected that the target of the recruitment of 300 personnel will be reached.

(4) Will a recruitment team personally interview applicants; if so: (a) who will comprise the recruitment team; and (b) what budget has been allocated for: (i) airfares and accommodation, (ii) advertising, and (iii) other items.

(5) What critical skill shortages within the ADF are being sought through this process.

(6) (a) What terms of appointment are to be offered to potential applicants, and (b) will they include family transfers and repatriation.