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Notice given 29 November 2006

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.

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 .

 

 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.

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.