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Notice given 8 December 2006

2930  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the proposed clearing of regrowth rainforest at Field 28, North West Point on Christmas Island for phosphate mining:

(1) Does the proponent, Christmas Island Phosphates (CIP), have a permit to kill, injure, or relocate the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat; if so, can a copy be provided of this permit and any attendant conditions; if not, does the Minister intend to issue such a permit.

(2) If the Minister does not intend to issue such a permit, why not.

(3) Will the Minister use ministerial call-in powers to require CIP to refer this proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ; if not, why not.

2931  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the proposed clearing of regrowth rainforest at Field 28, North West Point on Christmas Island for phosphate mining:

(1) Is this activity exempt from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 as a consequence of the leases being approved prior to the Act coming into force.

(2) Did Christmas Island Phosphates/Phosphate Resources Limited have to notify the Minister of their plans which will impact on the critically-endangered Christmas Island pipistrelle bat.

 

 (3) Does the Minister have the power under the Act to declare this a controlled action; if so, does the Minister intend to declare this a controlled action; if not, why not.

2932  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the proposed clearing of regrowth rainforest at Field 28, North West Point on Christmas Island for phosphate mining:

(1) Is the Minister aware that Phosphate Resources Ltd is about to remove an estimated 90 per cent of the foraging habitat of the remaining population of the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat, which was listed as critically-endangered on the same day as the orange bellied parrot.

(2) Can the Minister identify what financial resources have been allocated to recovery efforts for the: (a) orange-bellied parrot; and (b) pipistrelle bat.

2933  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the proposed clearing of regrowth rainforest at Field 28, North West Point on Christmas Island for phosphate mining:

(1) Does the proposed mining: (a) impact on the recovery plan for the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat; if not, why not; and (b) contravene the recovery plan for the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat; if not, why not.

(2) Can a map be provided of the proposed mining area.

(3) Has Parks Australia formally approved mining in this area in the past; if so, can a copy be provided of the relevant approval documents, including any conditions attached to the approval.

(4) Does this approval contravene the recovery plan; if not, why not.

2934  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the proposed clearing of regrowth rainforest at Field 28, North West Point on Christmas Island for phosphate mining:

(1) Did Christmas Island Phosphates/Phosphate Resources Ltd (PRL) notify the Minister of their plans which will impact on the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat; if so, what action did the Minister take on receiving this notification; if not, what action will be taken against PRL.

(2) Will the Minister be declaring this area as critical habitat.

(3) What procedures apply when listing of a threatened species postdates the granting of a lease or some other right.

2936  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to inspections of occupational health and safety (OHS) in Commonwealth workplaces and workers covered under Commonwealth agreements:

(1) For each of the financial years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, by state and territory, what was the number of OHS: (a) inspections; (b) investigations; (c) fines; and (d) prosecutions.

(2) What administrative arrangements are currently in place for OHS regulation in Commonwealth workplaces and workers covered under Commonwealth agreements.

 

 2937  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the presentation by the Minister of a number of Jobs Career Future awards for excellence in Indigenous job services:

(1) Have any of the following successful organisations ceased receiving, or will they cease to receive, Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) funding as a result of the announcement by the Minister on 6 November 2006 to shut down all CDEPs in urban or major regional areas:

(a) Wagga Wagga CDEP, trading as Gannambarra Enterprises, which received the developing business opportunities award;

(b) Shoalhaven Community Development Aboriginal Corporation, trading as Koori Habitat, Nowra in New South Wales, which received the gaining employment for CDEP/Indigenous Employment Centres participants award;

(c) Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation, which received the gaining employment or establishing a commercially viable business award;

(d) Kalano Community Association Inc., which received the special partnerships award; and

(e) Central Queensland Indigenous Development, which received the outstanding achievement in commercial benefit award.

(2) Did any of these successful organisations know that they would have their CDEP funding cut in the week following the awards.

(3) On what date did/will the CDEP funding for the above organisations cease.

(4) Will the above organisations be able to continue all of their successful activities using the Structured Training and Employment Projects funds as provided under the new arrangements.

2938  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the cessation of Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) funding for organisations in urban and major regional cities, as announced by the Minister on 6 November 2006:

(1) Can a list be provided of the names of the organisations that will cease receiving CDEP funding as a result of this announcement.

(2) When will CDEP funding for those organisations cease.

(3) For the 2006-07 financial year, how much CDEP funding, including both operational and activities funding, was each organisation allocated.

(4) For the 2006-07 financial year, what is the total CDEP funding for those organisations.

(5) What will the funding be used for instead.

(6) Given that the announcement also provided that these organisations would have the opportunity to apply to be a Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP) brokerage service, will all the funding that is saved through the reduction of CDEP be spent on the expansion of STEP.

(7) What functions of CDEP will a STEP brokerage service not carry out.

2940  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Minister’s announcement on 12 September 2006 that the Government was reconsidering the Northern Territory permit system that applies to Aboriginal land and the discussion paper released by the Minister in early October 2006, which outlined several proposals for change to the permit system:

 

 (1) On what date: (a) did the Minister first request that the department investigate options for reform to the permit system; (b) was the Minister first briefed on the options for reform to the permit system; (c) did the Minister first request that the department prepare the discussion paper; (d) did the Minister see the first draft of the discussion paper; and (e) was the discussion paper first publicly released.

(2) How many departmental staff worked on the discussion paper.

(3) What documented research, evidence or consultations did the discussion paper draw on.

(4) Were any consultants engaged in the research for, or preparation of, the discussion paper; if so: (a) how long was the consultation period; and (b) what was the total cost of the consultancy.

(5) (a) To date, how many submissions have been received; and (b) will these submissions be made publicly available.

2941  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform of the World Health Organisation (WHO):

(1) When will the Government act on the recommendation made by the WHO in May 2006 that all medical studies that test treatments on humans, including the earliest studies, whether they involve patients or healthy volunteers, are registered at the beginning of the study with full disclosure of 20 key standardised points.

(2) If the Government does not intend to mandate registration, how does it intend to : (a) ensure transparency in medical research; and (b) fulfil ethical responsibilities to patients and study participants.

(3) Is the Government aware that the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, representing 11 prestigious medical journals, has instituted a policy whereby a scientific paper on clinical trial results cannot be published unless the trial has been recorded in a publicly-accessible registry at the trial’s outset.