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Notice given 7 June 2006

1912  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) In each of the past five years, how many investigations have been conducted into complaints by Australian Defence Force (ADF) members against actions of other ADF members, by location and state.

(2) Of those investigations, how many have resulted in: (a) complaints substantiated but no decision to proceed with prosecution; and (b) prosecutions: (i) successful, and (ii) unsuccessful.

(3) How many of those complaints were for sexual harassment or criminal assault.

(4) What is the current state of the investigation made into the assault of Lt Commander Robyn Fahy, as referred to in Budget Estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on 1 June 2006.

(5) Does a file exist on this investigation; if so, what is its number and where is it located.


 (6) On how many occasions and on what dates has the Australian Federal Police (AFP) interviewed members of the ADF on this matter.

(7) Has the AFP interviewed members of Delta Squadron and other classmates of Lt Commander Fahy at the time the assault was alleged to have occurred; if so: (a) how many; and (b) what was the outcome of each interview.

(8) What are the current intentions for this investigation and when is it expected to be concluded.

1913  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What role is played by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in regulating the airworthiness of light sport aircraft.

(2) How do the new light sport aircraft rules announced on 23 December 2005 enhance the safety of light sport aircraft operators, passengers and other airspace users.

1914  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority investigated any complaints that sports and recreational aviation association-accredited flight instructors have issued instructions to pilots of Jabiru aircraft that contradict instructions by the manufacturer; if so, can the details be provided, including the outcome of each investigation.

1915  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Given the significant environmental damage being done by rabbits on Macquarie Island, what steps is the Government taking to eradicate these feral animals.

(2) Has the Government prepared and funded a program dedicated to eradicating rabbits and other feral species from Macquarie Island.

(3) How will the planned withdrawal of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) research station from Macquarie Island affect the capacity to manage feral species on the island.

(4) What effect will the closure of the AAD research station on Macquarie Island have on the protection of endemic flora and fauna from other potential impacts, including tourism and poachers.

1916  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Is the Minister aware that one third of the world’s human trafficking takes place in Asia and that 30 per cent of victims are children.

(2) What efforts, if any, are being made to combat the people trafficking in Asia, particularly where the victims are children.

(3) What provision is made in the current aid budget to combat this trafficking.

1917  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Can details be provided of the remuneration package of Australia’s Consul-General in Chicago, United States of America.


 1918  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—

(1) What has been the total itemised cost incurred as of June 2006 in support of the litigation and negotiation (including, but not limited to, legal fees, expert and consultant reports, translation, accommodation and transport expenses, miscellaneous fees and administration costs) involving: (a) Vivian Alvarez Solon; and (b) Cornelia Rau.

(2) What has been the total itemised cost of care for Ms Solon, both in the Philippines and in Australia, including, but not limited to, accommodation, medical care, food and clothing and other items, airfares and transport.