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Notice given 10 November 2005

*1357  Senator Hutchins: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—

(1) What safeguards will the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission employ to ensure that, if it approves the National Australia Bank’s (NAB) proposed 25 per cent equity stake in Cash Services Australia (CSA): (a) the NAB will not be able to restructure CSA’s operations in an anti-competitive manner; and (b) the NAB does not become a customer of CSA after any anti-competitive restructures that may be made in the future.

(2) What arrangements, other than seeking undertakings, will be used to restrain NAB from seeking involvement in the day-to-day operations of CSA.

 

 (3) What arrangements will be made to ensure that the NAB does not engage in other anti-competitive practices on behalf of the other major banks in the cash-in-transit industry through an equity stake in CSA.

*1358  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) When did the department’s Family Support Funding Program (FSFP) commence; and (b) what is the annual budget of the program for each of the financial years 2000-01 to date.

(2) (a) What guidelines exist for the distribution of funds to defence groups; and (b) can a copy of the guidelines be provided; if not, why not.

(3) What groups are eligible for funding under FSFP.

(4) When are details of funding arrangements for the next financial year provided to the groups concerned.

(5) (a) For each of the financial years 2002-03 to 2004-05, what was the distribution of funds under this program, by defence bases; and (b) what programs were supported by the funding.

(6) What other funding programs can be accessed by defence personnel to ensure that community services, such as child care, are available at defence bases.