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Notice given 8 June 2006

1919  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—

(1) Can details be provided of office holders of The Nationals, a political party registered under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 .

(2) Can details also be provided of any changes to office holders in the 2005-06 financial year, to date.

1920  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the Minister’s statement on 4 June 2006 that it is not unusual to send parliamentary secretaries to attend APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) ministerial meetings: can details be provided of all occasions on which Australia has been represented at an APEC ministerial meeting by a parliamentary secretary.

1921  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) Can details be provided of the parliamentary secretary’s trip to the June 2006 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Ministerial meeting in Vietnam, including:

(a) the Parliamentary Secretary’s date of departure from Australia;

(b) a detailed itinerary including all official meetings;

(c) details of departmental officers who accompanied the parliamentary secretary;

(d) details of other persons who accompanied the parliamentary secretary; and

(e) the parliamentary secretary’s date of return to Australia.

(2) What date did the Minister inform APEC officials that he would not attend the 12 th Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade.

1922  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—

(1) Can details be provided of all costs associated with the visit of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade to Vietnam in May-June 2006, disaggregated to show costs by category, including transport, accommodation, meals, security and other costs.

(2) Can details also be provided of costs associated with all personal and/or departmental staff and/or other persons who accompanied the parliamentary secretary on this visit.

 

 1923  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the Minister’s visit to Baghdad in February 2006:

(1) (a) What was the duration of the visit; (b) who travelled with the Minister; and (c) who did the Minister and/or his staff meet during this visit.

(2) Did the Minister and/or his staff contact representatives of the Australian wheat industry; if so: (a) who did the Minister and/or his staff contact; (b) when was this contact made; and (c) what was the purpose of the contact.

(3) What outcomes can be attributed to the visit.

(4) If there were commitments given by Iraqi authorities in relation to Australian wheat growers having access to the Iraqi market, what was the nature of those commitments and in what form were the commitments made.

1924  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) What representations have the Minister, Minister’s office and/or the department made to the Government of Iraq or its agencies on behalf of Wheat Australia.

(2) In each case: (a) when were the representations made; (b) who made the representations; (c) what was the nature of the representations; and (d) what outcomes can be attributed to the representations.

1925  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) When did the: (a) Minister; (b) Minister’s office; and (c) department, first become aware of difficulties in the negotiations between Wheat Australia and the Iraqi Grain Board for the sale of 350 000 tonnes of wheat.

(2) (a) What was the nature of these difficulties; and (b) how were they brought to the attention of the: (i) Minister, (ii) Minister’s office, and (iii) department.

(3) In relation to these difficulties: (a) what requests were received for assistance in the negotiations; (b) who received those requests; and (c) in each case, what was the response made to those requests for assistance, including action taken by the Minister and/or department.

1926  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) Can the Minister confirm a report in the Australian Financial Review of 19 May 2006 that neither he nor his office intervened in negotiations between the Iraqi Grain Board and Wheat Australia about a 350 000 tonne wheat tender.

(2) Can the Minister confirm a reported statement by his spokesperson that the commercial negotiations were a matter for the parties.

(3) Can the Minister confirm his statement reported in the Australian Financial Review of 23 May 2006 that the responsibility of the trade portfolio ‘is to open up markets for exporters but not to negotiate contracts on behalf of them’.

(4) Did the Minister and/or the his office and/or department have any contact with the Iraqi Grain Board in relation to the terms of the contract between the Iraqi Grain Board and Wheat Australia; if so: (a) what was the nature of that contact; (b) when was the contact made; (c) who made the contact; and (d) what outcomes can be attributed to the contact.

 

 1927  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) When did the: (a) Minister; (b) Minister’s office; and (c) department, become aware of the proposed price being negotiated by Wheat Australia and the Iraqi Grain Board for the sale of 350 000 tonnes Australian wheat.

(2) What discussions or other communications did the Minister, Minister’s office and/or the department have with representatives of the Australian wheat industry about the proposed contract price of the wheat.

(3) What action did the Minister, Minister’s office and/or the department take in response to these discussions or other communications.

(4) (a) When was this action taken; and (b) what outcomes can be attributed to it.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1928-1931)—

(1) Can details be provided of all costs associated with the Minister for Trade’s visit to Baghdad in February 2006, disaggregated by category, including transport, accommodation, meals, security and other costs.

(2) Can details also be provided of costs associated with all personal and/or departmental staff who accompanied the Minister for Trade on this visit.

1928 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1929 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1930 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

1931 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1932-1936)—

(1) Can details be provided of any occasions since October 1996 on which departments or agencies for which the Minister is responsible have engaged or otherwise sought to rely on the opinions or advice of clairvoyants.

(2) For each occasion, can details be provided of the circumstances and any associated payments.

1932 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1933 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1934 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1935 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1936 Minister for Justice and Customs

1937  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 29 May 2006 of Commonwealth Government support for Beaconsfield, Tasmania:

(1) Can details be provided of all mine-related workplace fatalities in Australia since October 1996, including the: (a) date of the fatality; (b) name of the mining company; (c) location of mining operation; (d) number of workers who died; and (e) cause of the fatality or fatalities.

(2) In relation to each of these mine-related workplace fatalities, can details also be provided of all related Commonwealth assistance measures. 

1938  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Can details be provided of all Commonwealth-funded state funerals since October 1996.

 

 (2) For each state funeral, can details be provided of the itemised cost to the Commonwealth.

1939  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—

(1) Can details be provided of all Centrelink offices closed since October 1996, including the date of closure, street address, post code and electorate.

(2) Can details be provided of all Centrelink offices downgraded since October 1996, including the date of downgrading, street address, post code and electorate.

1940  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—

(1) Can details be provided of all Medicare offices closed since October 1996, including the date of closure, street address, post code and electorate.

(2) Can details be provided of all Medicare offices downgraded since October 1996, including the date of downgrading, street address, post code and electorate.

1941  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—

(1) Can details be provided of all Child Support Agency offices closed since October 1996, including the date of closure, street address, post code and electorate.

(2) Can details be provided of all Child Support Agency offices downgraded since October 1996, including the date of downgrading, street address, post code and electorate.

1942  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—

(1) Can details be provided of all CRS Australia (formerly the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service) office closures since October 1996, including the date of closure, street address, post code and electorate.

(2) Can details be provided of all CRS Australia offices downgraded since October 1996, including the date of downgrading, street address, post code and electorate.

1943  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—

(1) Can details be provided of all Australian Taxation Offices (ATO) shopfronts closed since October 1996, including the date of closure, street address, post code and electorate.

(2) Can details be provided of all ATO shopfronts downgraded since October 1996, including the date of downgrading, street address, post code and electorate.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1944-1962)—

(1) Since October 1996, on how many occasions has a conclusive certificate been issued in relation to departments or agencies within the Minister’s portfolio exempting a document or documents from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI).

 

 (2) For each occasion: (a) what was the date; (b) what was the department or agency of which the FOI request was made; (c) what officer made the decision; (d) what was the document or documents excluded from disclosure pursuant to the certificate; and (e) was an appeal made against the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; if so, what was the case name and its outcome.

1944 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1945 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1946 Minister representing the Treasurer

1947 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1948 Minister for Finance and Administration

1949 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1950 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1951 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1952 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1953 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1954 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1955 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1956 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1957 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1958 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1959 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

1960 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

1961 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

1962 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1963  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the Round the Clock Medicare: Investing in After-Hours GP Services policy statement released in September 2004:

(1) Has the Government committed to provide operating subsidies up to $200 000 per year for 10 new after-hours general practice (GP) services in the 2005-06 financial year.

(2) What is the location of each of these new services.

(3) For each new service, can details be provided, including the date the service commenced, the total subsidy paid and whether the service is co-located with a public hospital.

(4) Did any service in receipt of an operating subsidy cease in the 2005-06 financial year; if so: (a) what was the location; and (b) why did the service cease.

(5) Has the government committed to subsidise 15 new after-hours GP services in 2006-07.

(6) (a) Can details be provided of the planned location of these services; and (b) for each service, what is the expected commencement date.

 

 (7) Has the Government committed to provide start-up grants of up to $200 000 over 2 years for up to 30 new after-hours GP services in the 2005-06 financial year.

(8) (a) What is the location of each of these new services; and (b) if the locations do not include those identified in the policy statement - Kallangur (Queensland), Tweed Heads (NSW), Ryde (NSW), Glenside (NSW) and Williamstown (Victoria) - and services in these locations have not received a promised $200 000 grant, why not.

(9) Can details be provided of each new service, including the date the service commenced, the quantum of the start-up grant and date of payment, and whether the service is co-located with a public hospital.

(10) Did any service in receipt of a start-up grant cease in the 2005-06 financial year; if so: (a) what was the location; and (b) why did the service cease.

(11) Has the Government committed to provide start-up grants for up to 30 new after-hours GP services in the 2006-07 financial year.

(12) (a) Can details be provided of the planned location of these services; and (b) for each service, what is the expected commencement date.

(13) Has the Government committed to provide up to 100 renewable supplementary grants of up to $50 000 a year for 2 years to established after hours services.

(14) How many grants were paid in the 2005-06 financial year. 

(15) For each grant: (a) what was the date that the grant was paid; (b) what is the quantum of the grant; and (c) what is the location of the established after-hours service.

(16) Did any service in receipt of a supplementary grant cease in the 2005-06 financial year; if so: (a) what was the location; and (b) why did the service cease.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1964-1982)—With reference to the Compensation for Detriment Caused by Defective Administration Scheme: for each department and agency for which the Minister is responsible, what is the total payment made under this scheme for each financial year since October 1996, by department and agency.

1964 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1965 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1966 Minister representing the Treasurer

1967 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1968 Minister for Finance and Administration

1969 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1970 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1971 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1972 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1973 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1974 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1975 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1976 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1977 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

 

 1978 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1979 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

1980 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

1981 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

1982 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1983  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) What is the quantum of act of grace payments approved under section 33 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 , by financial year, since the commencement of the Act.

(2) On what, if any, occasions has the Minister sought a report from an advisory committee under section 59 of the Act relating to an amount of more than $100 000.

1984  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) What is the quantum of debts waived under section 34 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 , by financial year, since the commencement of the Act.

(2) On what, if any, occasions has the Minister sought a report from an advisory committee under section 59 of the Act relating to an amount of more than $100 000.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1985-2003)—What is the quantum of payments made as settlements to claims for monetary compensation by the departments and agencies for which the Minister is responsible that are consistent with Legal Services Directions issued under section 55ZF of the Judiciary Act 1903 , by financial year, since the first Legal Services Directions were issued.

1985 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1986 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1987 Minister representing the Treasurer

1988 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1989 Minister for Finance and Administration

1990 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

1991 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1992 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1993 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1994 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

1995 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1996 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1997 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1998 Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1999 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2000 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2001 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

 

 2002 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

2003 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs