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Notice given 22 August 2006

*2424  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice W1 relating to the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee Budget Estimates 2006-07:

(1) (a) Why was the third investigation into the death of Trooper Lawrence conducted by the same person who conducted the original investigation; and (b) what protocols exist, if any, on the need for subsequent inquiries in such matters to be conducted by a different and independent person who is more capable of making an objective assessment.

(2) (a) Does the Minister indorse this approach to subsequent inquiries; (b) can the Minister advise whether such a process is one whereby objectivity and independence are compromised; and (c) do the findings of the inquiry contradict those made by the Northern Territory coroner.

(3) Has the Northern Territory coroner been informed of the outcome of the third inquiry; if so, what was the coroner’s response given that his findings were directly contradicted.

*2425  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice W25 relating to the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee Budget estimates 2006-07:

(1) (a) On what grounds was the public servant dismissed on 10 March 2006; (b) who made that recommendation; and (c) who conducted the inquiry which led to that outcome.

(2) Did this person take any action in the Industrial Relations Commission for wrongful dismissal and as a result, was a settlement reached by way of payment to that person; if so: (a) what was the reason for that payment; (b) was the payment made in recognition that either the process or merit was found wanting; (c) on whose advice and approval was the payment made; and (d) from what part of the departmental budget specifically, or under what scheme, was the payment made.

(3) Does the fact that such a settlement and payment was made indicate the original investigation and recommendation was flawed; if so, what corrective action has been taken against those who so advised.

*2426  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the review of training establishments conducted by Mr A Podger:

(1) Was the review due to be completed by 30 June 2006; if so, why has it not yet been completed and published.

(2) What was the cost of the review.