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Notice given 16 June 2006

2034  Senator Wong: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education—With reference to the New Apprenticeship Incentive Program: for each year since 1996, how much has the department paid to Hanssen Pty Ltd (ABN 93 058 600 427), broken down by category of incentive paid.

2035  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) As part of his assessment of a claim for damages lodged by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd, on how many occasions has Mr Ross Dalton sought advice from the Department of Finance and Administration.

(2) In each case: (a) when was the request for advice made; (b) what was the nature of the request; (c) when was the advice received; and (d) what was the nature of the advice.

2036  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) As part of his assessment of a claim for damages lodged by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd on how many occasions has Mr Ross Dalton sought legal advice.

(2) In each case: (a) from whom was the advice sought; (b) when was the request for advice made; (c) what was the nature of the request; (d) when was the advice received; and (e) what was the nature of the advice.

2037  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) As part of his assessment of a claim for damages lodged by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd, on how many occasions has Mr Ross Dalton sought accounting or business advice.

(2) In each case: (a) from whom was the advice sought; (b) when was the request for advice made; (c) what was the nature of the request; (d) when was the advice received; and (e) what was the nature of the advice.

2038  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 15):

(1) On what date did the department’s legal advisors write to Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd seeking the provision of documents from the company which would set out the basis of its claim for damages.

(2) On what date were those documents provided to the department.

(3) On what date were those documents provided to Mr Ross Dalton.

(4) Did the material provided to Mr Dalton differ from that he relied upon to prepare his first report on this claim, that found there had been defective administration by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

(5) Has the provision of this additional material expanded the facts that need to be agreed before an assessment of compensation can be made.

 

 2039  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 16-17):

(1) On what date did Marnic Pty Ltd provide the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) with correspondence between the company and AQIS relating to the application for, and issuing of, permission to import marine worms.

(2) On what date did AQIS institute changes to its procedures that mean applicants could no longer ring AQIS officers to seek information without being informed they had to lodge applications at that time so proper records could be kept.

(3) How were these administrative changes communicated to AQIS officers.

(4) If these changed administrative arrangements were communicated to AQIS officers in writing, what was the date of the communication and who authorised the communication.

2040  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Does the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) maintains a single file that holds all documents relating to applications to import marine worms; if not, how are documents relating to applications for the importation of marine worms held.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that since January 2002 a number of applications have been lodged with AQIS seeking a permit to import marine worms; if so: (a) how many applications seeking permits to import marine worms have been lodged since January 2002; and (b) how many of these applications have been approved.

(3) In each case: (a) when was the application received; (b) when was the application approved; (c) what protocols were attached to the permit; and (d) how many shipments were imported pursuant to the permit and in the case of each shipment when was it cleared by AQIS.

2041  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) As part of his investigation of a claim by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd for compensation did Mr Ross Dalton interview officers of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service; if so, what are the names and positions of these officers.

(2) As part of his investigation of a claim by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd for compensation did Mr Ross Dalton interview officers of Biosecurity Australia; if so, what are the names and positions of these officers.

(3) In relation to each of the above interviews, how were the interviews conducted and where are the records of interview held.

2042  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) As part of his assessment of a claim for damages lodged by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd, has Mr Ross Dalton sought any advice in relation to how a claim for compensation relating to non-financial damage associated with stress, pain or suffering might be assessed; if so: (a) from whom was the advice sought; (b) when was the advice sought; (c) what was the nature of the request for advice; (d) when was the advice received; and (e) what was the nature of the advice provided.

(2) If Mr Dalton has not sought advice of this nature in relation to the Marnic claim, why not.

2043  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) In relation to permits issued to import veterinary therapeutics, food and laboratory material, what guidelines govern the period for which permits are current.

(2) Have permits been issued that are current for a period greater than 2 years; if so, what is the scientific or administrative basis for the decision to issue permits that are current for a period greater than 2 years.

(3) In relation to the permit issued to Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd to import marine worms, on what scientific or administrative grounds was that permit issued for 2 years.

(4) Who determined that the Marnic permit should be issued for 2 years.

2044  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 29):

(1) On what date did the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) commence a review of the approach taken by its biological unit in relation to the assessment of import permit applications.

(2) (a) Who initiated that review; (b)  who undertook the review; (c)  when was the review completed; (d) who authorised the implementation of the recommendations; (e) on what date did the implementation commence; and (f) can a copy of the review report be provided; if not, why not.

(3) On what date was the Minister or his office: (a) informed of the proposed review; (b) provided with advice of the review outcome; and (c) provided with advice relating to the implementation of the review recommendations.

(4) Has more than one review of the biological unit been undertaken since January 2002; if so, for each review: (a) on what date did it commence; (b) who undertook the review; (c) when was the review completed; (d) who authorised the implementation of the recommendations; (e) on what date did the implementation commence; and (f) can a copy of each review report be provided; if not, why not.

(5) In each case, on what date was the Minister or his office: (a) informed of the proposed review; (b) provided with advice of the review outcome; and (c) provided with advice relating to the implementation of the review recommendations.

2045  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 29):

(1) On what date did the biological unit in Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) first recognise that it did not have a standard procedure for processing applications for import permits.

 

 (2) If the above weakness in the assessment process was identified prior to the problems exposed by the application to import marine worms lodged by Worldwide Marnic Pty Ltd, what events led AQIS to the view there were problems with its assessment procedures.

(3) How were these problems first identified and who identified them.

2046  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 29): can the Minister confirm evidence by Dr Clegg that at the time of the assessment of an application from Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd to import marine worms the assessment process was satisfactory, but the documentation of that assessment process was unsatisfactory.

2047  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 29):

(1) Can the Minister confirm evidence from Dr Clegg that prior to the compensation claim lodged by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd there were no arrangements in place to ensure new staff coming into the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) biological unit knew how to process an import permit application or when they should refer information to Biosecurity Australia or when they should seek advice from officers in the department in relation to an application.

(2) When and how did AQIS first become aware of these flaws in its training arrangements.

2048  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 29):

(1) How many areas within the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service have ISO accreditation.

(2) In each case, when was accreditation sought and when was accreditation approved.

2049  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 29): (a) when did the method of updating Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service training manuals change; (b) what procedures for updating manuals were used prior to this change; and (c) what was the nature of the change in the updating process referred to by Dr Clegg.

2050  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 30):

(1) Can the Minister confirm evidence from Dr Clegg that procedures were put in place in 2003 that required Biosecurity Australia to be contacted in relation to all import permit applications where existing import conditions did not exist; if so: (a) when in 2003 was that requirement formalised; (b) when in 2003 did that requirement come into effect; and (c) how was that new requirement communicated to Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service staff.

(2) Who approved the amended procedures.

2051  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Since the 1999-2000 financial year, by year, how many internal audits of functions performed by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) have been undertaken.

(2) In each case: (a) who initiated the audit; (b) when did the audit commence; (c) who undertook the audit; (d) when was the audit completed; and (e) what was the result of the audit.

(3) If external consultants were engaged: (a) what was the name of the consultant; (b) what was the cost; and (c) was the consultancy gained through a select or open tender process.

(4) Since the 1999-2000 financial year, by year, how many external audits of functions performed by AQIS have been undertaken.

(5) In each case: (a) who initiated the audit; (b) when did the audit commence; (c) who undertook the audit; (d) when was the audit completed; and (e) what was the result of the audit.

(6) If external consultants were engaged: (a) what was the name of the consultant; (b) what was the cost; and (c) was the consultancy gained through a select or open tender process.

2052  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Since the 2001-02 financial year, by year: (a) how many applications for permits to import veterinary therapeutics, laboratory materials and food were received by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service; and (b) how many of these applications: (i) were approved, and (ii) were rejected.

(2) In relation to the approved applications: (a) what number were covered by an existing protocol; (b) what number required the variation to an existing protocol; and (c) what number required the development of a new protocol.

(3) Were all conditions relating to approved permits recorded on the ICON database, including where a varied or new protocol was required.

(4) How many of the above permits granted were subjected to a review in the context of the compensation claim by Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd.

2053  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 31):

(1) Does the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service’s ICON database contain advice on protocols for the importation of marine worms.

(2) When was this information first placed on the ICON database.

(3) On how many occasions have details of protocols relating to the importation of marine worms been varied.

(4) In relation to each variation: (a) when was the information varied; (b) who authorised the variation; and (c) what was the nature of the variation.

 

 2054  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by Ms Gordon from the department to the Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 31) that

…when we get an application for an import permit and…there are not a set of conditions that immediately are able to be applied or that mean there are questions that need to be raised. We would ask Biosecurity Australia for advice on that. I think we are now moving to a much more formal system for managing the form of request, but it would have always have been in writing...:

(1) When did the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) seek advice from Biosecurity Australia following the application from Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd for a permit to import marine worms.

(2) Consistent with Ms Gordon’s evidence, was that request for advice in writing.

(3) On how many occasions did AQIS communicate in writing, including e-mail and facsimile, with Biosecurity Australia in relation to the Marnic application and, in each case: (a) what was the nature of the written communication; and (b) when did the communication take place and when.

2055  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Wth reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 31):

(1) (a) When was the Executive Director of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service advised of problems with the process surrounding the issuing of a permit to Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd; (b) in what form was the advice provided; and (c) who provided the advice.

(2) (a) When did the Executive Director direct staff to review other applications similar to that lodged by Marnic; (b) what was the form of that direction; and (c) when was it issued.

(3) How many reviews were undertaken in response to that direction and, in each case: (a) what was the form of the review; (b) when was the review commenced; (c) when was the review completed; and (d) how were the results of the review recorded.

(4) How and when were the results of each review reported to the Executive Director.

(5) If the review was reported in writing, in each case: (a) what was the date of the report; and (b) who signed it off.

(6) If the review was not reported in writing, why not and how was it reported.

2056  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) (a) When was the Minister, or his office advised of the problems with the permit granted to Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd for the importation of marine worms; and (b) how was the Minister or his office advised.

(2) (a) When was the Minister, or his office advised that the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service was undertaking a review of related permits; and (b) how was the Minister or his office advised.

(3) (a) When was the Minister, or his office advised of the outcome of the review; and (b) how was the Minister or his office advised.

 

 2057  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can the Minister confirm that all import permits issued by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service for veterinary therapeutics, laboratory material and food on or before 1 April 2004 were issued for a period of 2 years only.

2058  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by Dr Clegg of the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 32): Can a copy of the list of permit applications to which Dr Clegg referred be provided; if not, why not.

2059  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by Dr Clegg of the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 32):

(1) Can a list be provided of the work groups to which Dr Clegg referred; if not, why not.

(2) How many permits did each work group review.

(3) How many of the permits reviewed did not have any paper records of the assessment process and the process of issuing the permit.

(4) Where there were no paper records, in each case: (a) when was the permit application lodged; (b) what was the nature of the material for which a permit was sought; (c) when was the permit issued; and (d) what was the life of the permit.

2060  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 35) that

…we would advise clients if we thought the import permits that they held were subject to change because we had a different set of advices…:

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) advises clients if it believes permits held by those clients are subject to change in these circumstances.

(2) Since 1 April 2004, on how many occasions has AQIS been required to provide such advice to a client and, in each case: (a) when was this advice provided; (b) what was the nature of the permit subject to the advice; and (c) what action followed the provision of the advice.

2061  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 37):

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service commenced a project looking at work processes in relation to the assessment of import permit applications before the problems with the permit issued to Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd came to light.

(2) When did the project commence and who initiated it.

 

 (3) In relation to the above project, when was the requirement that assessments of permit applications, or variations of permits, be referred to Biosecurity Australia introduced.

2062  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that: (a) Marnic Worldwide Pty Ltd sought a change in the list of competent authorities contained in its import permit 200315640 in July 2003; and (b) the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service amended the permit in response to the request.

(2) Was this application to vary the above permit referred to Biosecurity Australia for advice: (a) if so: (i) in what form was the referral made, (ii) when was the referral made, and (iii) when, and in what form, did Biosecurity Australia respond; and (b) if not, why not.

2063  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the department to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee estimates hearings on 25 May 2006 ( Hansard , RRA&T 37): When did the internal review of the experience of individual assessors, and the database and information recorded in relation to applications for import permits, commence and conclude.

2064  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) What is meant by ‘the commonsense test in litigation’.

(2) Does this commonsense test include a cost-benefit analysis.

(3) Do all cases involving the department pass the commonsense test in litigation.

(4) To date since 2001, what is the total amount spent by the department on litigation involving HMAS Melbourne .

2065  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Is the department handling the claims for compensation by former sailors of HMAS Melbourne in a fair-minded and compassionate manner.

(2) Given criticism of the department for its steadfast opposition to claims for compensation by former service personnel, is any consideration being given to reviewing this opposition as a way of achieving savings in litigation and costs.

(3) Does the litigation directorate of the department oppose all cases as a matter of course with a standard approach of proceeding to litigation resulting in increased costs.

2066  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Has provision been made in future estimates for ongoing HMAS  Melbourne and HMAS Voyager litigation; if so, how much has been budgeted.

(2) Has the department provided any advice on whether the introduction of a mediation scheme similar to that used for HMAS Voyager claimants would be appropriate for HMAS Melbourne claimants.

(3) What cost savings would a mediation scheme offer over the current litigation approach.

 

 2067  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) What is the current status of the World Heritage nomination of the Dampier Rock Art Precinct in Western Australia.

(2) Was a commitment made by the Western Australian Minister for the Environment to provide the Commonwealth with assistance in the preparation of the nomination.

(3) Has that assistance been provided; if so, when; if not, will the Minister seek the assistance of the Western Australian Government as previously agreed.

2068  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—Can details be provided of the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States of America, Canada and Ireland in May 2006 including: (a) the date of departure from Australia; (b) a detailed itinerary including all official meetings; (c) details of departmental officers, including name and role, who accompanied the Prime Minister; (d) details of personal staff, including name and role, who accompanied the Prime Minister; (e) details of family members who accompanied the Prime Minister; (f) details of other persons, including name and role, who accompanied the Prime Minister; and (g) the date of return to Australia.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2069-2070)—

(1) Can details be provided of all costs associated with the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States of America, Canada and Ireland in May 2006, disaggregated to show costs including: (a) transport: (b) accommodation; (c) food; (d) beverages; (e) security; and (f) other specified costs.

(2) Can details be provided of costs associated with all: (a) personal staff; (b) departmental staff; (c) family members; and (d) other persons who accompanied the Prime Minister on this visit.

2069 Minister representing the Prime Minister

2070 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

2071  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States of America, Canada and Ireland in May 2006: Can details be provided of the accommodation for each night, including:

(a) the name and address of the accommodation;

(b) the number of rooms or suites booked for: (i) the Prime Minister, and (ii) other members of the Prime Minister’s party;

(c) the cost of accommodation for: (i) the Prime Minister, and (ii) other members of the Prime Minister’s party; and

(d) the cost of: (i) food, (ii) beverages, and (iii) other specified items, for: ( a ) the Prime Minister, and ( b ) other members of the Prime Minister’s party.

2072  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to the Prime Minister’s statement on 8 September 2004 announcing measures to assist the community to better prepare for bushfires:

(1) By year, what quantum of funding has been: (a) allocated to the Bushfire Mitigation Fund for the life of the fund; and (b) expended.

 

 (2) Can details be provided of all grants made under the Bushfire Mitigation Fund, including: (a) grant recipient; (b) quantum of funding; (c) description of bushfire mitigation work; (d) date of commencement of work; (e) date of completion of work; and (f) electorate(s).

(3) Can an outline of the Bushfire Mitigation Fund assessment procedures be provided.

(4) By year, what quantum of funding has been: (a) allocated to the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre; and (b) expended.

(5) (a) By year, what quantum of funding has been: (i) allocated to ‘a Bushfire Awareness and Preparedness Day’, and (ii) expended; and (b) how has the funding been expended.

(6) What day is Bushfire Awareness and Preparedness Day.

2073  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Regional Airport Funding Program, can the following details be provide:

(1) The quantum of available funding, by year for the life of the program.

(2) The quantum of allocated funding, by year.

(3) Details of airports that have received funding, including the quantum of funding and nature of funded works, by airport.

2074  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) For each of the regional airports listed below, are: (a) passenger screening; and (b) baggage screening, systems in place.

(i) Hobart Airport, (ii) Alice Springs Airport, (iii) Townsville Airport, (iv) Newcastle (Williamtown) Airport, (v) Broome Airport, (vi) aunceston Airport, (vii) Norfolk Island Airport, (vii) Hamilton (viii) Island Airport, (iix)Port Hedland Airport, (ix) Ayers Rock Airport, (x) Christmas Island Airport, (xii) Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport, (xii) Ballina Airport, (xiii) Coffs Harbour Airport, (xiv) Maroochydore Airport, (xvii) Proserpine Airport, (xviii) Devonport Airport, (xx) Kalgoorlie Airport, (xxi) Kununurra Airport, (xxii) Rockhampton Airport, (xxiii) Gove Airport, (xxiv) Karratha Airport, (xxv) Mackay Airport, (xxvi) Mount Isa Airport, (xxvii) Burnie Airport, (xxviii) Groote Eylandt Airport, (xxx) Mildura Airport, (xxxi) Newman Airport, (xxxii) Paraburdoo Airport, and (xxxiii) Weipa Airport.

(2) For those airports without passenger and baggage screening systems in place, can the Minister advise of any plan to introduce such aviation security enhancements.

2075  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the letter from the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Mr Bruce Byron, to ‘all Australian pilots’ on 16 June 2006:

(1) Can the Minister confirm Mr Byron is aware of examples of pilots who have ‘abandoned the final stage of an instrument approach and transferred to visual reference too early’.

(2) In each case, what action has Mr Byron and/or CASA taken.

(3) If no action has been taken, why not.

 

 (4) How many copies of Mr Byron’s letter have been issued.

(5) What is the cost of this exercise.

2076  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can details be provided of all costs associated with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) corporate and public relations since the 2002-03 financial year, by financial year.

(2) For each financial year since 2002-03, what was number, classification and related salary band of CASA staff engaged in corporate and public relations activities.

2077  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Can details be provided of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s expenditure on media monitoring since the 2002-03 financial, by financial year.

2078  Senator Murray: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) What costs would be incurred and what ramifications are there if the administration of the Medicare Levy surcharge was adjusted to ensure that it affects or is calculated for same sex couple on the same basis as mixed sex couples.

(2) In view of the Prime Minister’s statements in favour of ending discriminatory provisions, does the government intend to address this deficiency.