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Notice given 20 November 2006

2811  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—

(1) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, how many tip-offs from the public were received by Centrelink involving alleged overpayments of benefits.

(2) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many tip-offs were received in relation to each of the different types of payment.

(3) Can a detailed description be provided of the procedure for investigating tip-offs from the public.

(4) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many tip-offs were there: (a) considered not to have enough information or to be frivolous and were not followed up; (b) reviewed and found to be incorrect or unsubstantiated, with no further action taken; (c) reviewed and found to be correct or substantiated, but no further action was taken; (d) reviewed and found to be correct or substantiated, and a payment was reduced; (e) reviewed and found to be correct or substantiated, and a payment was cancelled; and (f) reviewed and found to be correct or substantiated, and a payment was reduced or cancelled and the matter was referred to the relevant body for criminal conviction.

 

 (5) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, how many people have been convicted for fraud, following a tip-off from the public.

(6) Where an individual has received an overpayment, is the full amount of the overpayment raised as a debt to that individual in every case; if not: (a) is there a minimum amount that will be raised as a debt; and (b) is there discretion not to raise the full amount of the overpayment.

(7) If there is discretion in the amount to be raised as a debt following an overpayment, what are the factors that are considered in exercising that discretion.

(8) Where an individual has received an overpayment and is convicted for fraud, is the full amount of the overpayment raised as a debt to that individual in every case.

(9) For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, what is the total amount raised in debts as a result of overpayments.

2812  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to referrals for assessment and approval lodged in the 2005-06 financial year under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 :

(1) Of these referrals: (a) how many did the department recommend that the action was not controlled under the Act; and (b) did the Minister overturn any of these recommendations; if so, how many.

(2) Of these referrals: (a) how many did the department recommend that the action was controlled under the Act; and (b) did the Minister overturn any of these recommendations; if so, how many.

(3) Of the referrals that were determined to be controlled actions: (a) how many did the department recommend be approved without conditions under the Act; and (b) did the Minister overturn any of these recommendations; if so, how many.

(4) Of the referrals that were determined to be controlled actions: (a) how many did the department recommend be approved with conditions under the Act; and (b) did the Minister overturn any of these recommendations; if so, how many.

(5) Of the referrals that were determined to be controlled actions: (a) how many did the department recommend not be approved under the Act; and (b) did the Minister overturn any of these recommendations; if so, how many.

2813  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the decision by the Minister to settle the dispute over the Bald Hills wind farm on 4 August 2006:

(1) How much of the applicant’s legal fees did the Commonwealth agree to pay.

(2) What were the total legal fees directly incurred by the Commonwealth in relation to this matter.

(3) Has the Minister or the department previously agreed to pay the legal costs of another party in the settlement of a matter; if so: (a) how many times has this occurred; and (b) when has this occurred.

 

 2814  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Can a copy be provided of the air operators certificate under which Transair was operating the aircraft VH-TFU on 7 May 2005.

2815  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can details be provided of each air operators certificate (AOC) issued to Transair since 1 July 2001, including: (a) number; (b) date of issue; (c) period of validity; (d) listed aircraft permitted to conduct regular public transport; and (e) listed aircraft permitted to conduct charter operations.

(2) In each case, if the AOC is not effective, can the Minister advise whether the AOC is not effective due to expiry, suspension, cancellation or any other specified reason.

2816  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Did any representatives of Transair, the operators of the aircraft that crashed at Lockhart River in May 2005, attend the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s 3-day air safety summit held in Cairns in April 2005.