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Notice given 27 February 2006

1598  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) How many Australian Defence Force (ADF) regulars are stationed at Norforce’s Arnhem Squadron; and (b) what is the average posting time to this base.

(2) (a) Which companies and/or agencies have the ability to supply power to government properties in this region; and (b) what contract arrangements are in place for the supply of power to government properties in Arnhem.

(3) (a) What is the commercial unit rate for the supply of power under this contract; (b) what is the domestic unit rate for the supply of power under this contract; (c) how are these rates determined; and (d) how does the domestic unit rate compare with supply rates at other Northern Territory bases.

 

 (4) (a) What impact have recent increases in petrol prices had on the power supply rates for government properties in Arnhem; and (b) what was the unit (per kw/h) increase for power supply from January 2005 to December 2005.

(5) What allowances are payable to ADF personnel stationed at Norforce’s Arnhem Squadron as compensation for greater electricity costs.

1599  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can details be provided of all foreign flagged ships that have operated on the Australian coastline under single or continuous voyage permits since 1 September 2005, including: (a) the name of the ship; (b) the dates the ship operated on the Australian coastline; (c) the cargo carried; (d) the country of origin of the ship; (e) details of the nationality of the crew; and (f) the type of permit under which the ship operated.

(2) (a) Which of these ships carried ammonium nitrate; and (b) can details be provided, including the dates of passage and the ports between which this cargo was carried.

(3) (a) Which of these ships carried high consequence dangerous goods; (b) can details be provided, including the cargo, the dates of passage and the ports between which these cargoes were carried; and (c) if it is not possible to identify which foreign ships were carrying high consequence goods on the Australian coastline under a single or continuous voyage permit, why not.

1600  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Will the Minister release the economic modelling that shows that providing Singapore Airlines with access to the trans-Pacific route would not advantage the Australian economy; if not, why not.

1601  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Has the Minister sought advice on the impact of operation of section 7(1)(h) of the Qantas Sale Act 1992 on Qantas’ capacity  to outsource its heavy maintenance to Asia; if so: (a) when was the advice requested; (b) when was the advice received; (c) who provide the advice; and (d) can the advice be made available; if not; why not.

1602  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Aviation Medicine Section:

(1) How many current medical certificates are endorsed ‘renew by CASA only’.

(2) How are applications for renewal of medical certificates endorsed ‘renew by CASA only’ assessed.

(3) Are all officers responsible for assessing applications for renewal of medical certificates endorsed ‘renew by CASA only’ registered with a medical registration authority of a state or territory of the Commonwealth; if not, why not.

(4) What service standards apply to the assessment of applications for renewal of medical certificates endorsed ‘renew by CASA only’.

(5) Are all officers responsible for the appointment of Designated Aviation Medical Examiners registered with a medical registration authority of a state or territory of the Commonwealth; if not, why not.

 

 (6) Is it a requirement that the Principal Medical Officer or an officer acting in that position is registered with a medical registration authority of a state or territory of the Commonwealth; if not, why not.

1603  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the Chinese poet and writer, Shi Tao, who was sentenced to 10 years prison with forced labour, on 27 April 2005:

(1) Can the Australian Government confirm that Mr Shi’s crime was sending information about Chinese government media restrictions to a New York-based website.

(2) Is Mr Shi being held at the high-security Chisan prison in Hunan province.

(3) What is known of his health and wellbeing.

(4) Does the Australian Government approve of his imprisonment; if not: (a) what action has been taken to have Mr Shi freed; (b) when was this action taken; and (c) what was the result.

1604  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) Why is it not mandatory that planes, particularly charter flights carrying six or more passengers, be equipped with an approved terrain awareness and warning system; (b) who made this decision and when; and (c) is there a requirement for planes carrying more than six passengers in the United States to be so equipped.

(2) In relation to the plane crash carrying five people near Benalla in 2004: (a) was this plane equipped with an approved terrain awareness and warning system; if not, could the plane crash have been avoided with such equipment aboard; and (b) did the Melbourne control tower receive (five times) an alarm triggered by the plane before it crashed; if so: (i) why was the alarm not heeded, (ii) what response did the alarm evoke on each occasion, (iii) what action has been taken about the failure to heed the alarm, and (iv) what action has been taken to ensure such alarms are heeded in the future.

1605  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) On what date did the Minister become aware of the Telstra plan to remove 5 000 payphones over the next 7 months.

(2) On what date did the Minister ask Telstra to provide a copy of the Telstra Country Wide briefing note containing details of the plan.

(3) On what date did Telstra provide the Minister with the Telstra Country Wide briefing note.

(4) Can a copy of the Telstra Country Wide briefing note be provided; if not, why not.

(5) With reference to the Tasmanian payphones targeted for removal and identified in the Telstra Country Wide briefing note, can the following details be provided, in each case, the: (a) location, including, where applicable, the street address; (b) average usage by dollar amount by financial year for the past 3 years; (c) date the payphone was installed; and (d) proposed date of removal.