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Notice given 18 October 2006

Senator McLucas: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2576-2579)—With reference to applications for relief and/or assistance under the Cyclone Larry/Monica relief package:

(1) (a) How many applications were received; (b) how many were approved; and (c) what was the total funding approved for each application.

(2) Can a list be provided of the applications that were rejected and the reasons for each rejection.

2576 Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

2577 Minister for Finance and Administration

2578 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2579 Minister representing the Minister for Human Services

2580  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—For each of the financial years since 1996-97 to 2006-07 to date:

(1) What was the value of Wine Equalisation Tax refunded on behalf of the Tourist Refund Scheme.

(2) What was the total value of duty foregone attributable to duty-free imports, broken down by classification under the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (excluding classifications where the value of duty foregone is less than $1 million).

2582  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to each Australian Customs Service (ACS) vessel based at a port in northern Australia during the 2005-06 financial year that patrolled waters between the Australian coastline and the Indonesian archipelago:

(1) What was the name of the ACS vessel.

(2) At which port was the ACS vessel based.

(3) What amount of time did the ACS vessel spend patrolling those particular waters during that year (expressed in days).

 

 (4) How many illegal fishing vessels did the ACS vessel: (a) locate; (b) place under administrative seizure; and (c) apprehend.

2583  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to surveillance by Coastwatch for each of the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06:

(1) What was the number of hours flown by Coastwatch during flights over the waters between the Australian coastline and the Indonesian archipelago.

(2) (a) How many vessel sightings in the waters between the Australian coastline and the Indonesian archipelago were recorded by Coastwatch; and (b) in relation to those vessel sightings: (i) how many were referred for further action to another agency or another part of the Australian Customs Service, and (ii) can a list be provided of the names of the agencies and the number of referrals to each.

2584  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—For each of the financial years since 1996-97 to 2006-07 to date:

(1) What is the value of the goods and services tax (GST) refunded on behalf of the Tourism Refund Scheme.

(2) What is the total value of GST foregone attributable to duty-free imports, broken down by classification under the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (excluding classifications where the value of GST foregone is less than $1 million).

2585  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs—With reference to the Port Headland detention centre:

(1) What does the department intend to do with the centre.

(2) Has the department been approached by any community organisations regarding its future plans for the site.