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Notice given 15 June 2006

2018  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister for Ageing—With reference to the Minister’s overseas travel, since being appointed to the Senate, can the following details be provided:

(1) What was the purpose of each trip.

(2) (a) Was the Minister accompanied on any trip by a family member, relative, friend or other person; and (b) what was the cost to the taxpayer, if applicable, of this person’s travel, accommodation and any other charges incurred that were met by the taxpayer.

(3) On what dates and for what duration was each trip.

(4) For each visit: (a) what was the destination; (b) what hotels and other paid accommodation were stayed in; (c) what was overall cost to the taxpayer; and (d) can a copy of the report on the trip be provided.

 

 2019  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Growing Regions Conference in July 2006, to be hosted by the department: will the conference tour to Beaudesert Shire on 28 July 2006 include: (a) a journey on the Regional Partnerships-funded Beaudesert Rail; if not why not; and (b) an inspection of the Dairy Regional Assistance Program-funded Beaudesert Polocrosse Field; if not, why not.

2020  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Growing Regions Conference in July 2006, to be hosted by the department, can the following details be provided: (a) the disaggregated costs associated with the conference; and (b) the details of conference funding sourced from sponsors, including the sponsor’s name and the sum provided.

2021  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the departmental document ‘ Sponsorship Prospectus, Growing Regions Conference, Brisbane Hilton Hotel, 25-27 July 2006’: How many sponsors have been secured by the department in each of the following sponsorship categories: (a) platinum; (b) gold; (c) silver; (d) bronze; (e) official conference dinner; (f) conference proceedings; (g) hypothetical session; (h) debate forum; (i) casual conference dinner; (j) concurrent sessions; (k) program/handbook; (l) keynote speaker; (m) plenary speaker; (n) welcome reception; (o) pocket program; (p) lunch; (q) morning or afternoon tea; and (r) satchel sponsors. 

2022  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the Growing Regions Conference in July 2006, to be hosted by the Department of Transport and Regional Services:

(1) Are the Bureau of Rural Sciences, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation conference sponsors.

(2) Can details be provided of all related financial and in-kind support.

2023  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Growing Regions Conference in July 2006, to be hosted by the Department of Transport and Regional Services:

(1) Is the Minister’s department a conference sponsor.

(2) Can details be provided of all related financial and in-kind support.

2024  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the announcement on 13 June 2006 that Airservices Australia has signed a cooperation agreement for commercial business development with German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung: can the following details be provided for the DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung contract and all other contracts entered into by Airservices Australia (either directly or through a subsidiary body) to provide products or services outside of Australia: (a) parties to the contract; (b) description of tender process; (c) date the contract was signed; (d) term of the contract, including date of commencement; (e) projected income, including revisions, by financial year; (f) actual income, by financial year.

 

 2025  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the failure on 14 June 2006 of a flight data computer at the Melbourne traffic control centre causing the grounding of flights in Southern Australia.

(1) How many flights were airborne in the Melbourne Flight Information Region at the time of the failure.

(2) How many flights were delayed due to the failure.

(3) How many passengers were affected by the failure.

(4) Was there compensation or waiver of fees and charges to any airline; if so, can details be provided.

(5) Was compensation made to any passenger affected by the failure.

2026  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—For each of the following financial years: (1) 2003-04; (2) 2004-05; and (3) 2005-06, how many staff in the department have been or are currently in receipt of remuneration packages in the following bands: (a) $150 000 - $249 999; (b) $250 000 - $349 999; (c) $350 000 - $449 999; (d) $450 000 - $499 999; (e) $500 000 - $549 999; (f) $550 000 - $599 999; (g) $600 000 - $649 999; (h) $650 000 - $699 000; and (i) $700 000 and above.

2027  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—For each of the following financial years: (1) 2003-04; (2) 2004-05; and (3) 2005-06, how many staff in Civil Aviation Safety Authority have been or are currently in receipt of remuneration packages in the following bands: (a) $150 000 - $249 999; (b) $250 000 - $349 999; (c) $350 000 - $449 999; (d) $450 000 - $499 999; (e) $500 000 - $549 999; (f) $550 000 - $599 999; (g) $600 000 - $649 999; (h) $650 000 - $699 000; and (i) $700 000 and above.

2028  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—For each of the following financial years: (1) 2003-04; (2) 2004-05; and (3) 2005-06, how many staff in Airservices Australia have been or are currently in receipt of remuneration packages in the following bands: (a) $150 000 - $249 999; (b) $250 000 - $349 999; (c) $350 000 - $449 999; (d) $450 000 - $499 999; (e) $500 000 - $549 999; (f) $550 000 - $599 999; (g) $600 000 - $649 999; (h) $650 000 - $699 000; and (i) $700 000 and above.

2029  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to evidence given by the Department of Defence in relation to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into the alleged assault of Lt Commander Robin Fahy: (a) when was that complaint made; (b) by whom was it made; (c) who first received the complaint; (e) what record was made of the complaint; and (f) what investigation was made into the complaint, and by whom.

(2) (a) Who made the decision to refer the complaint to the AFP; (b) on what date was the decision made; and (c) what record exists of that referral.

(3) On how many occasions has the AFP interviewed members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on this matter, and on what dates.

(4) Has the AFP interviewed members of Delta Squadron and other classmates of Lt Commander Fahy; if so (a) how many; and (b) with what outcome.

(5) What action, if any, was taken by the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) as a result of the complaint and the referral to the AFP.

 

 (6) Has the AFP sought and obtained any documents from defence and/or the ADFA; if so: (a) what documents were sought; and (b) which have been provided.

(7) If access to documents has been refused by defence, on what grounds was refusal made.

(8) (a) In how many files are papers held relating to the assault and the specific complaint; (b) in whose possession are they; and (c) has the Chief of Navy or his staff ever had access to them.

(9) Which ADF and ADFA officers have been managing the relationship with the AFP on its investigation since the inquiry’s inception

(10) (a) What support was given to the AFP by the ADF during their investigation; and (b) how many officers and others have made written statements to the AFP.

(11) In addition to the AFP inquiry, what investigation has been conducted by the ADF, ADFA or the department into the complaint.

(12) Was the assault subject of the complaint part of the Grey inquiry into behaviour of cadets at ADFA at the same time; if so, what further investigations were undertaken.

(13) Has departmental comment or evidence on the complaint of assault at the ADFA ever been sought by the Defence Ombudsman; if so: (a) when; and (b) what advice and material was provided to the Ombudsman.

2030  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to an article in the Australian of 15 June 2006, entitled ‘Delay to payout on chopper disaster’:

 (1) Can the Minister advise whether the Commonwealth is legally required to demand that compensation be returned if an award of damages is made against a third party.

(2) To what extent, if any, would the damages payment by the United States (US) company affect any pension that is being received by the widows of the Black Hawk helicopter crew.

(3) Has the multi-million dollar US out-of-court settlement been delayed as reported in the Australian ; if so (a) over what timeframe has the payout been delayed; and (b) is this the result of any decision or action taken by the Australian Government; if so, why.

(4) When does the Commonwealth expect to make a decision in relation to repayments of compensation or cessation of pensions.

2031  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to evidence given by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner, Mr Keelty, at the estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislaton Committee in October 2005, in relation to the suspension of Mr Gerard Fletcher for ‘administrative issues’:

(1) Is it the case that Mr Fletcher was advised on 14 December 2005 that he would be returned to work on 3 January 2006, but that he should await further advice before entering the workplace; if so, why.

(2) Was Mr Fletcher dismissed for ‘administrative issues’; if not, why was he dismissed.

 

 (3) Is it the case that Mr Fletcher was stood down in early January 2006 and told it was because he failed to accept the findings of an AFP investigation and that these findings demonstrated that he was not suitable to remain as a member of the AFP; if so: (a) who in the AFP conducted the investigations; (b) what were the findings; and (c) what was the procedure whereby Mr Fletcher failed to accept the findings of the investigation.

(4) How many AFP officer-hours have been spent so far on this matter.

(5) Was Mr Fletcher provided with the report of the investigation; if not, why not.

(6) Has Mr Fletcher now taken a case of unfair dismissal to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC).

(7) Has a date been set for a new AIRC hearing.

(8) On what grounds were adjournments of the previously scheduled hearings sought by the AFP.

(9) Why was this case not referred at any stage to the Federal Police Disciplinary Tribunal.

(10) (a) What recourse do AFP officers have to seek an independent and unbiased consideration of their cases, other than the AIRC or the Federal Court, prior to dismissal from the AFP; (b) if there is no recourse to such a procedure, why is this the case; (c) if there is such a procedure, why was it not offered to Mr Fletcher; and (d) what protection is there for AFP officers against corrupt practices within the AFP that can lead to unfair dismissal. 

(11) (a) How many cases of unfair dismissal of AFP personnel have been brought before the AIRC and the Federal Court; and (b) what is the cost of defending these cases.

(12) (a) In how many instances over the past 10 years have AFP officers been awarded unfair dismissal costs; and (b) what is the total cost of such action.

Senator Hutchins: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2032-2033)—With reference to the coronial inquest into the death of journalist Mr Brian Peters in East Timor in October 1975, and testimony by investigating officers of the New South Wales Homicide Squad to that inquest that cooperation has not been forthcoming from the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

(1) Is the Minister aware of any requests for mutual assistance for New South Wales Homicide Squad investigating officers to travel to East Timor and interview witnesses and conduct an examination of remains.

(2) What steps are being taken to facilitate these requests.

(3) Why has there been a delay in the facilitation of these requests.

(4) What mutual assistance agreements exist between East Timor and Australia.

(5) If no formal agreements exist, what other mechanisms are available to facilitate mutual assistance.

2032 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

2033 Minister for Justice and Customs