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Notice given 31 May 2006

1841  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 283 (Senate Hansard , 7 March 2005, p. 204), which advised that the department was developing a joint lead agency action plan for the East Kimberley COAG trial site including ‘performance indicators to monitor the further outcomes of the trial’:

(1) When was the agreed plan finalised. 

(2) Can a copy of the plan be provided; if not, why not.

(3) (a) On what date were performance indicators to monitor the further outcomes of the trial finalised; and (b) can details of these performance indicators be provided, including relevant benchmarks and goals.

(4) If the Minister has abandoned the development of performance indicators for this trial: (a) why; and (b) when was this decision made. 

(5) If, contrary to the advice in question on notice no. 283, the East Kimberley COAG trial site is only being measured against overall COAG trial objectives, how is performance being measured with respect to each of these objectives.

(6) For each of the objectives, what progress has been made since the commencement of the department’s involvement in the East Kimberley trial site in 2002.

1842  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Did the former Minister, Mr Anderson, write to his Singaporean counterpart in September 2002 advising he was ‘keen to provide opportunities for Singapore Airlines to broaden and deepen its involvement in our market’.

(2) Has Singapore Airlines’ involvement in the Australian market broadened or deepened since September 2002; if so, how.

(3) Has Singapore asked the Government to reconsider the issue of Singapore Airlines’ access to the trans-Pacific route as part of the review of the Australia-Singapore Free Trade Agreement; if so: (a) when and how was that request made; and (b) how has the Government responded.

1843  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Which international air carriers have sought to expand services to Australia in each of the following financial years: (a) 2003-04; (b) 2004-05; (c) 2005-06; and (d) 2006-07 to date.

(2) In each case, how has the Government responded.

 

 1844  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) (a) What is the annual salary of the Consul-General in Chicago, Mr Bob Charles; and (b) how does this compare with the average salary for consuls-general.

(2) (a) How many staff has the Consulate General in Chicago; and (b) how does this compare to the average staff allocation for consulate generals.