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Notice given 18 January 2006

1480  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the statement by the former Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business on 18 September 2001, ‘The Government believes that Air New Zealand, as the owner of Ansett, bears heavy moral and legal responsibilities to meet Ansett employees’ entitlements. The board of Air New Zealand will be vigorously pursued’: (a) Can the Minister provide details of the Government’s vigorous pursuit of Air New Zealand; and (b) what outcomes can be attributed to this action.

1481  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education—With reference to the Australian Technical College, northern Tasmania:

(1) When did the Minister approve the winning consortium.

(2) When did the Minister receive the business plan for the college; and (b) when did he approve the plan.

(3) (a) When was the funding agreement signed; and (b) can a copy of the agreement be provided; if not, why not.

(4) To date, what funding has been provided to the college.

(5) By year, what funding is proposed to be provided to the college.

(6) Can details be provided of: (a) the college board membership; (b) the college sites for 2006 in Launceston and Burnie; (c) the proposed future sites for Launceston and Burnie; and (d) the training delivery model.

(7) By course, how many student places will be available in the first year of operation.

(8) When will the college invite enrolments.

(9) (a) When will the college commence teaching; and (b) if the college will not commence operation at the commencement of the school year 2006, why not.

1483  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the overseas trip by the Minister in January 2006:

(1) When did the Minister: (a) depart Australia; and (b) return to Australia.

(2) Who travelled with the Minister.

(3) Who met the cost of the participants’ travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(4) If the costs were met by the Minister’s department, can an itemised list of those costs be provided; if not, why not.

(5) What was the purpose of the Minister’s overseas travel.

(6) Can details be provided of any official engagements, including the date and time of each engagement.

1484  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services, Mr Michael Taylor:

(1) When was Mr Taylor appointed as Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

 

 (2) Did the Prime Minister approve Mr Taylor’s conditions of employment including: (a) a $680 payment per fortnight to cover ‘temporary’ accommodation arrangements in Canberra; and (b) payments up to $6 600 per annum for ‘reunion travel’ including airfares and taxi fares.

(3) For each of the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, what quantum of ‘temporary’ accommodation payments were paid to Mr Taylor.

(4) For each of the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, disaggregated to show airfares and taxi fares, what quantum of ‘reunion travel’ payments were paid to Mr Taylor.

(5) When was Mr Taylor appointed as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

(6) Did Mr Taylor enjoy equivalent conditions of employment during his tenure as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; if so, for each of the financial years 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, what quantum of: (a) ‘temporary’ accommodation payments; and (b) ‘reunion travel’ payments, were paid to Mr Taylor.

(7) Which other secretaries, if any, are in receipt of ‘temporary’ accommodation payments and ‘reunion travel’ payments as a condition of employment.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1487-1516)—

(1) What programs and/or grants administered by the department provide assistance to the people living in the federal electorate of Bass.

(2) When did the delivery of these programs and/or grants commence.

(3) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, what funding was provided through these programs and/or grants for the people of Bass.

(4) For the 2005-06 financial year, what funding has been appropriated for these programs and/or grants.

(5) For the 2005-06 financial year, what funding has been approved under these programs and/or grants to assist organisations and individuals in the electorate of Bass.

1487 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1490 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1492 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1493 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1494 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1495 Minister for Finance and Administration

1496 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1497 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

1498 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

1500 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1501 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1502 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1503 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 

 1504 Minister for Justice and Customs

1505 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

1506 Minister for the Arts and Sport

1507 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

1508 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

1509 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

1510 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

1512 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

1513 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1514 Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation

1515 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1516 Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1517-1546)—For each financial year since 2001-02, what grants or payments has the Minister’s department, or have agencies for which the Minister is responsible, made to City View Christian Church Inc. (formerly known as Crusade Centre Inc.) based in Launceston, Tasmania.

1517 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1518 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1521 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1522 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1523 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1524 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1525 Minister for Finance and Administration

1526 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1530 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1531 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1532 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1533 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1534 Minister for Justice and Customs

1535 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

1536 Minister for the Arts and Sport

1537 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

1538 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

1539 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

1540 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

1542 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

1543 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1544 Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation

1545 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1546 Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

 

 1547  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—What has been the total itemised cost (including, but not limited to, legal fees, expert and consultant reports, translation, accommodation and transport expenses, miscellaneous fees and administration costs) incurred to date in support of the litigation involving: (a) Robert Jocivic; (b) Ali Tastan; (c) Fatiah Tuncock; and (d) Shayan Badraie.

1548  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—

(1) What has been the total cost of accommodation, medical and other expenses for Robert Jocivic in Belgrade

(2) What has been the total cost of accommodation, medical and all other expenses for Ali Tastan, including all related travel.

(3) What has been the total cost of legal opinions regarding the Nystrom case and its consequences for those in detention and those already deported.

(4) What has been the total itemised cost (including, but not limited to, legal fees, expert and consultant reports, translation, accommodation and transport expenses, miscellaneous fees and administration costs) incurred to date in support of the litigation involving Mr Nystrom.

1549  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—

(1) Can a list be provided of the number of Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders in Australia, including a breakdown by state, local government area, gender, nationality and age.

(2) Can a list be provided of the numbers of TPV holders who have been refused a permanent visa after their original TPV has expired.