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Notice given 4 May 2005

Senator Evans: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 585-615)—With reference to the department and/or its agencies:

(1) For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date: (a) how many consultants were engaged by the department and/or its agencies to conduct surveys of community attitudes to departmental programs and what was the total cost; and (b) for each consultancy: (i) what was the cost, (ii) who was the consultant, and (iii) was this consultant selected by tender; if so, was the tender select or open; if not, why not.

(2) Were any of the surveys released publicly; if so, in each case, when was the material released; if not, in each case, what was the basis for not releasing the material publicly.

585 Special Minister of State

586 Special Minister of State

587 Special Minister of State

588 Special Minister of State

589 Special Minister of State

590 Special Minister of State

591 Special Minister of State

592 Special Minister of State

593 Special Minister of State

594 Special Minister of State

595 Special Minister of State

596 Special Minister of State

597 Special Minister of State

598 Special Minister of State

599 Special Minister of State

600 Special Minister of State

601 Special Minister of State

602 Special Minister of State

603 Special Minister of State

604 Special Minister of State

605 Special Minister of State

606 Special Minister of State

607 Special Minister of State

608 Special Minister of State

609 Special Minister of State

611 Special Minister of State

612 Special Minister of State

613 Special Minister of State

614 Special Minister of State

615 Special Minister of State

 

Senator Evans: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 647-677)—For each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date, can the following information be provided for the department and/or its agencies:

(1) What were the base and top level salaries of Australian Public Service (APS) level 1 to 6 officers and equivalent staff employed.

(2) What were the base and top level salaries of APS Executive level and Senior Executive Service officers and equivalent staff employed.

(3) Are APS officers eligible for performance or other bonuses; if so: (a) to what levels are these bonuses applied; (b) are these applied on an annual basis; (c) what conditions are placed on the qualification for these bonuses; and (d) how many bonuses were paid at each level, and what was their dollar value for the periods specified above.

(4) (a) How many senior officers have been supplied with motor vehicles; and (b) what has been the cost to date.

(5) (a) How many senior officers have been supplied with mobile phones; and (b) what has been the cost to date.

(6) How many management retreats or training programs have staff attended.

(7) How many management retreats or training programs have been held off-site.

(8) In the case of each off-site management retreat or training program: (a) where was the event held; and (b) what was the cost of: (i) accommodation, (ii) food, (iii) alcohol, (iv) transport, and (v) other costs incurred.

(9) How many official domestic trips have been undertaken by staff and what was the cost of this domestic travel, and in each case: (a) what was the destination; (b) what was the purpose of the travel; and (c) what was the cost of the travel, including a breakdown of: (i) accommodation, (ii) food, (iii) alcohol, (iv) transport, and (v) other costs incurred.

(10) How many official overseas trips have been undertaken by staff and what was the cost of this travel, and in each case: (a) what was the destination; (b) what was the purpose of the travel; and (c) what was the cost of the travel, including a breakdown of: (i) accommodation, (ii) food, (iii) alcohol, (iv) transport, and (v) other costs incurred.

(11) (a) What was the total cost of air charters used; and (b) on how many occasions was aircraft chartered, and in each case, what was the name of the charter company that provided the service and the respective costs.

648 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

649 Minister representing the Treasurer

650 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

652 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

655 Minister for Finance and Administration

656 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

657 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

658 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

665 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

667 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

 

 668 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

669 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

670 Special Minister of State

671 Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education

674 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

675 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Senator Evans: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 678-708)—

(1) In relation to all overseas travel where expenses were met by the Minister’s portfolios, for each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date what was the total cost of travel and related expenses in relation to: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s family; and (c) the Minister’s staff.

(2) In relation to all air charters engaged and paid for by the Minister and/or the Minister’s office and/or the department and its agencies, for each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date: (a) on how many occasions did the Minister or his/her office or department and/or agency charter aircraft, and in each case, what was the name of the charter company that provided the service and the related respective costs; and (b) what was the total cost.

678 Minister representing the Prime Minister

680 Minister representing the Treasurer

681 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

683 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

686 Minister for Finance and Administration

694 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

698 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

700 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

701 Special Minister of State

706 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

708 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

709  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) With reference to each individual minister, and in relation to all overseas travel where expenses were met by the Department of Finance and Administration, for each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date, what was the total cost of travel and related expenses in relation to: (a) the minister; (b) the minister’s family; and (c) the minister’s staff.

(2) In relation to all air charters engaged by the minister and/or the minister’s office and/or the department and its agencies and met by the Department of Finance and Administration, for each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date: (a) on how many occasions did the minister or his/her office or department and/or agency charter aircraft, and in each case, what was the name of the charter company that provided the service and the related respective costs; and (b) what was the total cost.

 

Senator Evans: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 710-740)—For each financial year since 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date:

(1) (a) What overseas travel was undertaken by the Minister; (b) what was the purpose of the Minister’s visit; (c) when did the Minister depart Australia; (d) who travelled with the Minister; and (e) when did the Minister return to Australia.

(2) (a) Who did the Minister meet during the visit; and (b) what were the times and dates of each meeting.

(3) (a) On how many of these trips was the Minister accompanied by a business delegation; and (b) can details be provided of any delegation accompanying the Minister.

(4) Who met the cost of travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(5) What total travel and associated expenses, if any, were met by the department in relation to: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s family; (c) the Minister’s staff; and (d) departmental and/or agency staff.

(6) What were the costs per expenditure item for: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s family; and (c) the Minister’s staff, including but not necessarily limited to: (i) fares, (ii) allowances, (iii) accommodation, (iv) hospitality, (v) insurance, and (vi) other costs.

(7) What were the costs per expenditure item for each departmental and/or agency officer, including but not necessarily limited to: (a) fares; (b) allowances; (c) accommodation; (d) hospitality; (e) insurance; and (f) other costs.

(8) (a) What was the total cost of air charters used by the Minister or his/her office or department; and (b) on how many occasions did the Minister or his/her office or department and/or agency charter aircraft, and in each case, what was the name of the charter company that provided the service and the respective costs.

710 Minister representing the Prime Minister

712 Minister representing the Treasurer

716 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

718 Minister for Finance and Administration

719 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

723 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

728 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

730 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

732 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

733 Special Minister of State

738 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Senator Evans: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 741-771)—For each financial year from 2000-01 to 2002-03 can the following information relating to advertising be provided:

(1) (a) What advertising campaigns were commenced; and (b) for what programs.

 

 (2) In relation to each campaign: (a) what was its total cost, including a breakdown of advertising costs for: (i) television placements, (ii) radio placements, (iii) newspaper placements, (iv) mail outs with brochures, and (v) research on advertising; and (b) what was the commencement and cessation date for each aspect of the campaign placement.

(3) For each campaign: (a) on which television stations did the advertising campaign screen; (b) on which radio stations did the advertising campaign feature; and (c) in which newspapers did the advertising campaign feature.

(4) Which: (a) creative agency or agencies; and (b) research agency or agencies, were engaged for the campaign.

(5) In the event of a mail out, what database was used to select addresses - the Australian Taxation Office database, the electoral database or other.

(6) (a) What appropriations did the department use to authorise any of the payments either committed to be made or proposed to be made as part of this advertising campaign; (b) in which financial year will these appropriations be made; (c) will the appropriations relate to a departmental or administered item or the Advance to the Minister for Finance and Administration; and (d) if an appropriation relates to a departmental or administered item, what is the relevant line item in the relevant Portfolio Budget Statement for that item.

(7) Was a request made of the Minister for Finance and Administration to issue a drawing right to pay out moneys for any part of the advertising campaign; if so: (a) what are the details of that request; and (b) against which particular appropriation is it requested that the money be paid.

(8) Did the Minister for Finance and Administration issue a drawing right as referred to in paragraph (7); if so, what are the details of that drawing right.

(9) Has an official or minister made a payment of public money or debited an amount against an appropriation in accordance with a drawing right issued by the Minister for Finance and Administration for any part of the advertising campaign.

741 Minister representing the Prime Minister

742 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

743 Minister representing the Treasurer

744 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

745 Minister for Defence

746 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

747 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

748 Minister representing the Attorney-General

749 Minister for Finance and Administration

750 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

751 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

752 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

754 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

755 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

756 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

757 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

 

 758 Minister for Justice and Customs

759 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

760 Minister for the Arts and Sport

761 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

762 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

763 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

764 Special Minister of State

765 Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education

766 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

767 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

768 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

770 Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation

Senator Evans: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 833-863)—With reference to the department and/or its agencies:

(1) For each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date, can a list be provided of customer service telephone lines, including: (a) the telephone number of each customer service line; (b) whether the number is toll free and open 24 hours; (c) which output area is responsible for the customer service line; and (d) where this call centre is located.

(2) For each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date, what was the cost of maintaining the customer service lines.

(3) For each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2004-05 to date, can a breakdown be provided of all direct and indirect costs, including: (a) staff costs; (b) infrastructure costs (including maintenance); (c) telephone costs; (d) departmental costs; and (e) any other costs.

(4) How many calls have been received, by year, in each year of the customer service line’s operation.

834 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

839 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

840 Minister representing the Attorney-General

846 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

850 Minister for Justice and Customs

853 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

860 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

861 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

864  Senator Murray: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Will the Minister provide the eligibility criteria used by the Government to determine media attendance at the 2004 and the 2005 Budget lock-up.

(2) Will the Minister provide a definition of mainstream media, taking into account the following extract from Mr Peter McGuaran’s second reading speech, for the Broadcasting Services (Media Ownership) Bill 2002 on 21 March 2003:

Technological progress and globalisation are changing the structure of the Australian media market and patterns of media consumption—undeniably Australian media organisations are responding to these changes by investing in new technology enterprises and forming broader strategic partnerships, but the regulation of ownership and control of Australian media has been largely static. This creates ongoing tension between the trend towards convergence in the communications market and a regulatory framework which is based on sector-specific regulation and an assumption that influential sources of news and opinion are limited to the traditional domestic media outlets…The government is committed to the need for ongoing diversity of opinion and information in the Australian media.

(3) Will the Minister provide a list of media outlets attending the 2005 Budget lock-up.

(4) Will the Minister provide a list of press gallery members, that is those members with press gallery accreditation, who have been excluded from the 2005 Budget lock-up.

(5) Will the Minister provide an explanation why some staff members of crikey.com.au gained accreditation to attend the 2004 Budget lock-up, but none have been granted access to the 2005 Budget lock-up.