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Notice given 17 January 2006

1465  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 211 concerning the Prime Minister’s Guide on Key Elements of Ministerial Responsibility :

(1) Is the Prime Minister aware that the guide instructs ministers to answer questions on notice in a timely fashion and cover particular points raised in questions so the need for follow up questions is minimised.

(2) Is the Prime Minister aware that the Senate has set a time limit of 30 days for the answering of questions on notice.

(3) Is the Prime Minister aware that question no. 211 was asked on 20 December 2004 and answered on his behalf on 17 January 2006.

 

 (4) Is the Prime Minister aware that he failed to answer parts 1 and 2(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (h) of that question.

(5) Why did the Prime Minister fail to observe his own code of conduct with respect to that question.

(6) (a) What alleged breaches of the guide have been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister and/or his office since its inception; and (b) in each case: (i) was the alleged breach on the public record, (ii) which minister and/or parliamentary secretary was responsible for the alleged breach, (iii) what was the nature of the alleged breach, (iv) when did the Prime Minister and/or his office become aware of the alleged breach, (v) what was the source of information about the alleged breach, (vi) how did the Prime Minister investigate the alleged breach, (vii) if the Prime Minister did not investigate the alleged breach, why not, (viii) what finding did the Prime Minister make in relation to the alleged breach and when was that finding made, and (ix) what action, if any, did the Prime Minister take and when.

1466  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) engaged Korda Mentha to undertake a consultancy in relation to the Chief Financial Controller; if so, what was the nature of this work.

(2) What procurement guidelines were followed in relation to the letting of this contract.

(3) If subject to an open tender process, how many tenders were lodged and who lodged tenders.

(4) If subject to a restricted tender process, which companies were invited to lodge a tender and who determined which companies would be invited a submit a tender.

(5) If there was no tender process, on what basis was Korda Mentha granted the contract and what process was followed to ensure that CASA received value for money.

(6) (a) When was the contract let; (b) when did work commence; and (c) when was that work completed.

(7) What was the value of the contract and was there any variation in the agreed price; if so: (a) what was the basis for varying the contract price; and (b) who approved the variation in the contract price.

(8) What was the total cost of this work.

1467  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Did the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) engage Korda Mentha to undertake a due diligence review of the CASA Improvement Program (CASAIP).

(2) What procurement guidelines were followed in relation to the letting of this contract.

(3) If subject to an open tender process, how many tenders were lodged and who lodged tenders.

(4) If subject to a restricted tender process, which companies were invited to lodge a tender and who determined which companies would be invited a submit a tender.

 

 (5) If there was no tender process, on what basis was Korda Mentha granted the contract and what process was followed to ensure that CASA received value for money.

(6) (a) When was the contract let; (b) when did work on the review commence; and (c) when was that work completed.

(7) What was the value of the contract and was there any variation in the agreed price; if so: (a) what was the basis for varying the contract price; and (b) who approved the variation in the contract price.

(8) What was the total cost of the review.

(9) What recommendations did the review make in relation to CASAIP.

(10) Did the review conclude that CASA was receiving an appropriate return, or would receive an appropriate return, from its investment in CASAIP.

(11) Who considered the findings of the review.

(12) Which recommendations were accepted and which recommendations were rejected.

(13) Have all the recommendations made in relation to CASAIP that were accepted now been implemented; if so, when was that worked completed; if not, when will that work be completed.

1469  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) How many staff are employed in the Human Resource Management Division of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

(2) (a) In which CASA offices are these staff located; and (b) how many staff employed in the Human Resource Management Division have a designated home base other than Canberra.

(3) In relation to staff members employed in the Human Resource Management division of CASA have a designated home base other than Canberra: (a) how many trips did those staff make to Canberra; (b) how many days did those staff spend in Canberra; (c) what was the total cost of related airfares; (d) what was the total value of related travel allowance; and (e) for each of the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, what was the value, and nature, of other costs related to travel to Canberra.

1470  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Since 2002-03, on how many occasions has action been proposed or taken by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) against Transair Pty Ltd or any related company.

(2) In each case, how and when was this action, or proposed action, communicated to Transair or related companies.

(3) Did the Minister, or the former Minister, receive advice relating to this action, or proposed action; if so, in each case: (a) what action did CASA take or propose to take; (b) when was the advice provided to the ministers or their offices; (c) what action was taken by the ministers or their offices in response to this advice; and (d) did CASA amend its action or proposed action against Transair or related companies.

 

 1471  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Does the employment contract for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) contain any conditions, requirements or obligations that relate to the time he is required to spend at the CASA head office in Canberra; if so: (a) what is the nature of these conditions; (b) what is the reason for the inclusion of these conditions in the employment contract; (c) how is compliance with these conditions monitored; and (d) who is responsible for such monitoring.

(2) Since his appointment, has the current CEO properly complied with all the requirements of his employment contract, including his attendance at the CASA head office in Canberra; if not: (a) what has been the nature of the non-compliance; and (b) what action has been taken, or is proposed to be taken, in response.

1472  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Does the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have offices in Melbourne, Moorabbin and Canberra.

(2) What was the total cost of establishing these offices, disaggregated to show relevant costs.

(3) What is the total cost of maintaining these offices, disaggregated to show relevant costs including but not necessarily limited to equipment purchase and hire, maintenance and staffing costs.

(4) Does the CEO also work at a fourth office located at his residence; if so: (a) what was the total cost of establishing this office, disaggregated to show relevant costs; (b) what annual costs are met by CASA, disaggregated to show relevant costs including, but not necessarily limited to, equipment purchase and hire, maintenance and staffing; (c) what equipment has been purchased and/or hired for this office; and (d) what rules apply to the use of this equipment.

(5) In the 2004-05 financial year, what period of time, other than weekends, was spent by the CEO working out of the office at his residence.

(6) In the 2004-05 financial year, how many full working days did the CEO spend at: (a) his Canberra office; (b) his Moorabbin office; (c) his Melbourne office; and, if applicable (d) his home office.

1473  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) When was the Office of the Chief Executive Officer in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) established; and (b) what was the initial staff allocation and annual budget for the office.

(2) (a) What financial and staffing resources have been transferred from other areas of CASA into the Office of the Chief Executive Officer; and (b) in each case, when were these financial and staff resources transferred.

(3) For each year since the establishment of the Office of the Chief Executive Officer: (a) what was the office’s annual budget, establishment staffing level and actual staffing level; (b) what was the Chief Executive Officer’s travel, accommodation and other expenses; (c) what variations were made to the office budget including the cost category, the initial allocation and the revised allocation; and (d) what salaries were paid to, and travel, accommodation and other expenses incurred by officers other than the Chief Executive Officer, by category, and any variations to the level of funding for these cost categories.

1474  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Since the 2000-01 financial year, on how many occasions have family members accompanied the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on official trips.

(2) In each case:

(a) who travelled with the CEO,

(b) was the travel intrastate, interstate or international;

(c) if international: (i) when did the travel commence, (ii) what countries were visited, and (iii) when did the travel conclude;

(d) if interstate: (i) when did the travel commence, (ii) what was the state of origin, (iii) what states were visited, and (iv) when did the travel conclude;

(e) did CASA meet the: (i) cost of travel, (ii) cost of accommodation, and (iii) related costs, for family members; if so: what costs were met, who approved the funding, and was the Minister or his office informed prior to the travel.

1475  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) What rules apply to partners or family members of senior departmental officers, or senior officials employed in government agencies, travelling at government expense.

(2) What process is used to assess whether the travel costs of partners or family members of senior departmental officers or senior officials are met by the Government.

(3) (a) Who undertakes such an assessment; and (b) who approves funding for family travel.

1478  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Audit and Risk Committee:

(1) When was the committee established.

(2) Who initiated its establishment.

(3) Who has chaired the committee and, in each case, what were the terms of the appointment.

(4) Who has been appointed to the committee and, in each case: (a) what were the terms of the appointment; and (b) was the appointee a CASA employee, contractor or consultant; if a contractor or consultant, what was the name of the company that employed the appointee.

(5) What audits have been undertaken by the committee and, in each case: (a) who determined the audit would be undertaken; (b) when did the audit commence; (c) when was it completed; and (d) what was the outcome of the audit.

(6) In addition to the Audit and Risk Committee, what other audit processes are in place within CASA.

 

 (7) Since 1 January 2003, what audits have been undertaken using these other audit processes and, in each case: (a) who determined the audit would be undertaken; (b) when did the audit commence; (c) when was it completed; and (d) what was the outcome of the audit.

1479  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Did any meetings take place involving the former Minister, a member of the then Minister’s staff, the Member for Leichhardt and a representative of Aero Tropics and/or Transair Pty Ltd in the then Minister’s office in 2004 and/or 2005; if so: (a) for each meeting: (i) when did the meeting take place and who was in attendance, including officers from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and/or the department, and (ii) was the matter of action taken, or proposed to be taken, by CASA against Transair or any related company discussed; and (b) what action was taken by the then Minister, his staff, CASA or officers from the department following any of these meetings.