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Notice given 22 August 2006

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.