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Notice given 29 November 2005

1397  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Is the Government aware that, on 11 May and 25 May 2005, the Papuan MP, Mrs Ferdinanda Yetipai Ibo, received death threats by text message indicating that her movements were being monitored and that she would become like Theys Eluay (the Papuan leader who was assassinated by Indonesian security forces in November 2001).

(2) Given the nature of the death threats and Mrs Yetipai Ibo’s speech to the Indonesian Parliament in May 2005 advocating dialogue on peaceful solutions to human rights issues, has representation been made to the Indonesian Government concerning this particular case; if not, why not.

1398  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the business finance available through Indigenous Business Australia (IBA):

(1) What are business development finance loans.

(2) Can separate figures be provided for the amount of loans and the costs of administering these loans under the business finance program.

(3) For the 2004-05 financial year, how many business finance applications were received: (a) for loans with a value equal to or less than $25 000; (b) for loans with a value equal to or less than $50 000; and (c) for loans with a value equal to or more than $100 000.

(4) With reference to page 60 of the IBA’s annual report for 2004-05, in which it is stated that 40 business finance loans were approved during 2004-05, and that 21 of those 40 approvals have progressed to establishment or settlement; for each of these 40 loans which have been approved: (a) what was the month and year in which the applications for the business finance were made; (b) what was the date of establishment or settlement of the loan, and if it has not yet progressed to this stage, when is the anticipated date of establishment or settlement; and (c) what is the value of the loan.

(5) For the 2005-06 financial year to date, how many business finance applications have been received.

(6) For the 2005-06 financial year to date, how many business finance loans have been approved, and for each of these approved loans: (a) what was the month and year in which the business finance application was made; (b) what was the value of the loan; and (c) what was the date of establishment or settlement of the loan, and if it has not yet progressed to this stage, what is the anticipated date of establishment or settlement.

1399  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the staff employed by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA):

(1) For each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2005-06 to date: (a) how many staff have been employed by IBA; (b) how many Indigenous staff have been employed by IBA; (c) how many full-time Indigenous staff have been in senior management; (d) what percentage of total senior management does this number represent; and (e) on what basis this staff was employed (e.g. full-time, part-time, cadet).

(2) What steps has IBA taken to increase the levels of Indigenous staff.

 

 1400  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—What progress has been made in relation to the Tasmanian Greens’ nomination for listing of the Tasmanian Devil ( Sarcophilus harrisii ) as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .