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Notice given 29 November 2006

2873  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Given that it has been considered appropriate on page 249 of the department’s annual report for 2005-06 to quote from the Podger report into the learning culture of schools and training establishments in the Australian Defence Force, why has the report not been made public.

(2) What are the ‘shortfalls’ referred to on page 249 of the annual report.

2875  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Table 5.3 on page 253 of the department’s annual report for 2005-06: (a) of the 14 complaints of unprofessional and unethical conduct against the Service Police, what was the: (i) substance of the complaint in each case, and (ii) outcome of each investigation; (b) what was the outcome of the investigation into the 14 complaints on victimisation/threats/intimidation; (c) what were the outcomes of the 16 complaints of denial of natural justice; and (d) what disciplinary action was taken in each of the above investigations.

2876  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) What was the nature and purpose of each deployment of an investigative team to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

(2) What was the outcome of each investigation.

(3) What other investigative forces including those at the state level were used, and, in each case, for what reason.

2877  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Table 5.7 on page 259 of the department’s annual report for 2005-06: (a) what was the categorisation of investigations undertaken by the Service Police in the 1222 cases on hand for the Army as at 30 June 2006; (b) what percentage in each category resulted in the offence being proven; and (c) what disciplinary measures resulted.

2878  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to Chart 5.10 and 5.11 on pages 268 and 269 of the department’s annual report for 2005-06 relating to unacceptable behaviour: (a) why is the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) significatly over represented in comparison with the other services; and (b) why are complaints increasing in the Royal Australian Air Force.

 

 (2) With reference to the RAN, what is the categorisation of unacceptable behaviour complaints, as shown in Chart 5.10. on page 268 of the annual report.

2879  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many of the 447 fraud investigations resulted in: (a) criminal action; (b) disciplinary action; or (c) administrative action.

(2) By type, what was the categorisation of all proven fraud cases.

(3) How many offenders were: (a) dismissed; (b) demoted; and/or (c) fined.

(4) (a) Why is the level of recovery so poor; and (b) what action is being undertaken to increase it.

(5) What proportion of fraud investigations were commenced as a result of: (a) denunciations; and (b) routine checking and audit processes.

(6) By value, what was the range and distribution of all proven fraud cases.

2880  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to the department’s advertising budget, what was the purpose of: (a) $23 035 paid to Newspoll for polling; (b) $10 000 paid to the Southern Football League; and (c) $749 591 to Universal McCann for educational features.

(2) For the 2005-06 financial year, what was the total sum paid to: (a) HMA Blaze; and (b) each other advertising agency by name.

(3) What is the process by which: (a) advertising agents are chosen; and (b) work is distributed between them.

2881  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Table 4.16 on page 243 of the department’s annual report for 2005-06, is the dramatic downturn in incapacity cases reflected in Military Compensation Rehabilitation Scheme/Military Rehabilitation Compensation Scheme claims and payments; if so: (a) to what extent; and (b) with what savings.

2883  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to Defence Material Organisation revenue shown at Table 2.1 on pages 81 and 82 of the department’ annual report for 2005-06, what was the purpose and intent of the anticipated revenue from foreign governments.

(2) With reference to Air 5402 (air refuelling), what was the critical aspect of the contract negotiated that caused delay to the project.

(3) With reference to the four performance bonuses paid, averaging $37 736: (a) what was the value of each payment; (b) on which projects did each of the recipients work; (c) what are the specific provisions of each Australian Workplace Agreement which provided such a generous outcome; and (d) what was the salary of each recipient.

2884  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many Australian Defence Force personnel have served overseas in: (a) East Timor; (b) Afghanistan; (c) Iraq; and (d) the Solomon Islands.

(2) For each of those deployments: by percentage and disability category, how many personnel are now in receipt of, or have received, disability compensation; and of those: (a) how many are still serving; and (b) how many have been discharged as medically unfit.

 

 (3) How many from each deployment are now in receipt of: (a) a totally and permanently incapacitated pension; or (b) incapacity pay as being unable to work.

(4) For all personnel who have served in the above deployments: (a) how many have entitlement to the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and the Military Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 1989 combined; and (b) how many have access only to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2005 .

2885  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) How many laptop computers are currently in use by the department; and (b) of those, how many are: (i) owned by the department, and (ii) leased from the department’s outsourced provider.

(2) What is the annual cost to the department for the provision of laptop computers.

(3) What is the process of gaining access to the use of laptop computers.

(4) As at 30 October 2006, how many laptop computers were in storage, otherwise not being used, or awaiting maintenance.

(5) For each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date, how many laptop computers have been lost.

(6) (a) How many departmental staff and Australian Defence Force personnel have a laptop on issue as well as a dedicated desk top Personal Computer; and (b) how many laptops are of the dockable type.

(7) How many laptops are currently allocated to ministerial offices.

(8) Was Brigadier Cosson issued with a laptop computer for her inquiry into the bungled return of Private Kovco’s body; if not: (a) was one requested and declined; and (b) what was the reason for declining the laptop.

(9) Can answers also be provided to paragraphs (1) to (6) in relation to the Defence Material Organisation.

2886  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) What is the current price of a middy of light beer at both the officer’s mess and the sergeants’ mess at each Australian Defence Force (ADF) base in Australia.

(2) What was the total value of alcohol supplied by all messes in Australia for the 2005-06 financial year.

(3) For each of the ADF messes, what is the total: (a) gross cost; and (b) level of cost recovery excluding the value of the premises.

2887  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) For the 2006-07 financial year to date: (a) how many recruits have signed up with the Australian Defence Force, by service, from each overseas country; and (b) what amount has been spent on recruitment in each of the source countries.

(2) (a) What evaluation has been conducted on the recruitment program developed to attract young people to the defence services; (b) what were the findings; (c) what was the final development cost; (d) how much has been spent since initial acquisition on further development; and (e) how much has been spent supporting the program.

 

 2888  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Supporting Young Carers Project:

(1) Has an evaluation been made of the effectiveness of this program; if so, can the report of the evaluation be provided.

(2) Has an assessment been made of the extent to which the $500 000 in annual funding is meeting demand; if so, can details be provided.

(3) Is it the case that there is only one state in Australia that has been able to employ a full-time worker to implement the project.

(4) Has the effectiveness of the project been compromised in other states where funding limits young carer workers to 1 or 2 days of paid work.

(5) Given that the focus of the project is on young carers who are at risk of not completing secondary education or the vocational equivalent, has the Government assessed the needs of: (a) the 19-year to 25-year old age group; (b) the under 10-year old age group; and (c) those whose parents have a drug or alcohol dependency; if so, can details be provided.

(6) Does the Government have data on the number of young carers who have already disengaged from education because of their caring role; if so, can that data be provided.

(7) Does the Government consider it desirable to provide young carers with a support program that provides direct assessment plans to carers and their families that include counselling, information, respite, individual support such as case management and other programs tailored for young people; if so, what action is being taken to provide such a program.

2889  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) With reference to the $1.45 million grant under the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) program for the La Perouse community: (a) how much money will be spent on: (i) new housing stock, (ii) housing repairs, (iii) infrastructural works, including sewerage, (iv) the remuneration and expenses of the project manager, and (v) other items/services (please specify); and (b) has the department engaged a project manager to oversee the NAHS program; if so, on what date was the project manager appointed.

(2) What actions/repairs have been taken since the department received the environmental impact study (EIS) on La Perouse including: (a) the date of the action/repair; and (b) the cost of the action/ repair.

(3) Are the costs of the repairs, undertaken as a result of the EIS, being funded from the $1.45 million grant or a separate pool of funding.

(4) Has the department remedied all the environmental health issues that were raised in the EIS.

(5) Does the department intend to offer another grant of NAHS funding to the La Perouse community in addition to the $1.45 million; if so, when will that offer be made.

(6) At the time that NAHS was transferred from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission to the department, was any amount of NAHS funding allocated for the La Perouse community; if so, what amount was allocated.

 

 (7) Has the La Perouse community ever been allocated $4.5 million of NAHS funding in the time that the department has been responsible for the program.

2890  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) For each of the years 2005 and 2006 to date: (a) how many Indigenous children were/are enrolled in Multi-Functional Aboriginal Child-care Services (MACS); and (b) can a breakdown be provided of those figures by state and territory.

(2) For each of the years 2005 and 2006 to date: (a) how many Indigenous children were/are enrolled in Aboriginal playgroups; and (b) can a breakdown be provided of those figures by state and territory.

(3) For each of the financial years 2000-01 to 2006-07 to date, how much funding was allocated and expended to: (a) MACS; and (b) Aboriginal playgroups.

(4) For each of the financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07 to date, can a list be provided of the bodies, including their location, that have ceased receiving MACS or Aboriginal playgroup funding.

(5) For each of the financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07 to date, can a list be provided of the bodies, including their location, that have begun receiving MACS or Aboriginal playground funding.

(6) Given that the 2004 census of child care services found that there were no MACS or Aboriginal playgroups in the Australian Capital Territory, was that still the case in: (a) 2005; and (b) 2006.

(7) Can the Minister confirm that funding to MACS in the western Sydney suburbs has ceased; if so: (a) when did funding cease; and (b) what child care services are now available to Indigenous children in the western suburbs of Sydney.

Senator Milne: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2891-2892)—

(1) Have officials of the department met representatives of the Russian state-owned nuclear fuel maker Techsnabexport (Tenex); if so, in the case of each meeting: (a) what were the names of the departmental officials; (b) what were the names of the people they met; (c) what was the date of the meeting; and (d) can details be provided of the topics discussed.

(2) Have officials of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) met representatives of Tenex; if so, in the case of each meeting: (a) what were the names of the ASNO officials; (b) what were the names of the people they met; (c) what was the date of the meeting; and (d) can details be provided of the topics discussed.

(3) Have members of the Government met representatives of Tenex; if so, in the case of each meeting: (a) what were the names of the Australian Government officials; (b) what were the names of the people they met; (c) what was the date of the meeting; and (d) can details be provided of the topics discussed.

(4) With reference to the above meetings: (a) who initiated them; (b) how; and (c) when.

(5) What undertakings, if any, did representatives of Tenex give to: (a) officials of the department; (b) officials of ASNO; and (c) members of the Government.

 

 (6) What undertakings, if any, were given to representatives of Tenex by: (a) officials of the department; (b) officials of ASNO; and (c) members of the Government.

(7) Have further meetings with representatives of Tenex or the Government of the Russian Federation been scheduled; if so, can details be provided.

2891 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

2892 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

2893  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the decision by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on 25 November 2006 to suspend Transair’s air operator’s certificate under section 30DC of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 on the grounds the operator had engaged, may be engaging and was likely to engage in conduct constituting, contributing to, or resulting in, a serious and imminent risk to air safety:

(1) Is the Minister aware that a CASA spokesperson, Mr Peter Gibson, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s PM program on 27 November 2006, that the information that prompted the suspension was ‘new information, information which literally only came to light in the last few days. So in no way does it relate to the accident at Lockhart River’.

(2) Is this statement accurate.

2894  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Human Services—With reference to the practice of providing, at the end of answers to questions on notice, the number of hours and the cost involved in producing the answer:

(1) Why was this practice instituted.

(2) Why did question on notice no. 1981 (Senate Hansard , p. 97) notice of which was given on 7 June 2006 and answered on 7 November 2006, allegedly cost approximately $62.21 per hour to answer, while question on notice no. 2002 (Senate Hansard , p. 101) asked and answered on the same days allegedly cost $32.94 per hour.

(3) Why is there no consistency in the hourly rate and the cost of producing these answers.

(4) What methodology is used to calculate the number of hours and the cost involved in producing answers to questions on notice.

(5) Can a copy be supplied of the written instructions to staff detailing the methodology to be applied in determining the cost of producing answers to questions on notice; if not, why not.

(6) Can an itemised account consistent with a methodology to justify the claimed costs in producing the answers to questions on notice 1981 and 2002 be provided; if not, why not.