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Notice given 26 September 2006

2506  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) With reference to the answer to part 2 (b) of question on notice no. 2040 (Senate Hansard 17 August 2006, p. 147), can the Minister confirm that the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is not able to access any information relating to the number of applications received since January 2002 for a permit to import marine worms into Australia.

(2) Have all files relating to the above import applications been destroyed; if so, who made the decision to destroy the files; if not, where are the files currently held.

(3) With reference to the answer to part 3 (d) of question on notice no. 2040, can the Minister confirm that AQIS does not hold information on: (a) the number of shipments of marine worms entering Australia on import permits; and (b) when those shipments were cleared by AQIS.

(4) Have all files relating to the above imports been destroyed; if so, who made the decision to destroy the files; if not where are the files currently held.

2507  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the answer to part (1) of question on notice no. 2045 (Senate Hansard, 17 August 2006, p. 148)

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Biological Unit within the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) has always had standard procedures and practices for processing applications for import permits.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the report Compensation for detriment caused by defective administration claim by Marnic World Wide Pty Ltd states that, prior to March or April 2003, AQIS usually sought advice from Biosecurity Australia (BA) informally by way of a telephone call, email or a visit to the relevant BA officer’s desk.

(3) (a) Prior to March 2003, did the standard procedures and practices include telephone, email or personal contact: (b) if so: (i) how were the details of both telephone conversations and personal contact recorded, and (ii) where are these records held; and (b) if not: what was the basis for the answer to question on notice no. 2045.

(4) If telephone, e-mail or personal contact were not part of the standard procedures and practices for processing applications for import permits, do the findings contained in the report Compensation for detriment caused by defective administration claim by Marnic World Wide Pty Ltd identify ongoing breaches of the standard procedures and practices for processing applications for import permits by AQIS officers.

2508  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2051 (Senate Hansard , 7 September 2006, p. 98) and internal audits into functions within the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service carried out in the financial years 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-06:

(1) On what dates in those financial years were audits initiated.

 

 (2) On what dates were each of the audits completed.

(3) (a) What was the cause of each audit; (b) how many of these audits were scheduled; and (c) how many were unscheduled.

(4) (a) How many recommendations resulted from each audit; and (b) in each case, what were those recommendations.

(5) Which recommendations: (a) were implemented; (b) are yet to be implemented; and (c) will not be implemented.

(6) Where recommendations from any of the audits have not, or will not be implemented: (a) on what basis was each recommendation rejected; (b) in each case who made the decision to reject the recommendation; (c) what advice was provided to the Minister, or the Minister’s office, about the rejection of each of the recommendations; (d) when was that advice provided to the Minister, or the Minister’s office; and (e) when did the Minister, or the Minister’s office, provide a response to that advice.

2509  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that, on 25 July 2003 Marnic World Wide Pty Ltd (Marnic) sought a change to the list of competent authorities contained in its import permit 200307292.

(2) Did Marnic seek to add the Indonesia Trade and Industry Department to the above list.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that, at the time of the above request, the only Indonesian agency on the Biosecurity Australia approved list was the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries - Laboratory of Quality Control and Fish Inspection.

2510  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2044 (Senate Hansard , 17 August 2006, p 148):

(1) When in April 2004 did the Biological Unit of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service commence the development of additional work instructions for: (a) application assessments; and (b) the exchange of information with: (i) clients, and (ii) Biosecurity Australia.

(2) (a) When were the above work instructions completed; and (b) when did they take effect.

2511  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence given by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) to the Senate Rural Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 25 May 2006 (Committee Hansard p. 44) relating to import permits and the statement that ‘We would ask Biosecurity Australia for advice on that. I think we are moving to a much more formal system for managing the form of request, but it would have always been in writing.’:

(1) When did the Minister become aware that this claim is contradicted in the report Compensation for detriment caused by defective administration claim by Marnic World Wide Pty Ltd which states that prior to March or April 2003, AQIS usually sought advice from Biosecurity Australia (BA) informally by telephone, email or a visit to the relevant BA officer’s desk.

(2) Which of the above two claims is correct.