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Notice given 9 November 2006

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2631-2650)—

(1) Has the department instituted an internal costing or cost recovery system; if so: (a) what was the reason for instituting this system; and (b) can details be provided of the costs associated with instituting this system.

(2) As at 30 September 2006: (a) how many staff are there at each Australian Public Service (APS) level (including executive and senior executive level staff) by business unit, division or branch; and (b) what is the average salary of staff at each APS level (including executive and senior executive level staff) by business unit, division or branch.

2631 Minister representing the Prime Minister

2637 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

2639 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2643 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

2644 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

2647 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

2649 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2651  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the decision to destroy the ancient forest in Weld River coupe WR15F:

(1) (a) What is the necessity for the planned deforestation; and (b) what alternatives are available.

(2) (a) What buffer will be kept between logging and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area; and (b) how will this be managed.

(3) (a) Does this buffer or lack thereof, accord with World Heritage respect and values; and (b) have World Heritage experts agreed with this; if so: (i) who are the experts, (ii) what is their complete advice, and (iii) when was it given.

(4) (a) What areas of the coupe will not be logged; (b) why; and (c) on whose advice.

(5) Will Gunns Limited be a receiver of wood products from the coupe; if so: what volume and percentage of the commercial wood will go to Gunns Limited.

 

 (6) Has the Minister inspected logging in the World Heritage value forests of the Weld; if so, when; if not, why not.

(7) Will the Minister, as part of his portfolio responsibilities, visit the Weld River coupe WR15F to ensure Tasmania’s World Heritage values are not contravened in any way while the current Minister is in office.

2652  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the cancellation of Transair’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on 24 October 2006 was not disclosed to the public until the opposition asked questions about the matter at the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee estimates hearing on 30 October 2006 (Committee Hansard , p 109).

(2) Why did CASA fail to disclose the cancellation of Transair’s AOC on 24 October 2006.

(3) Did CASA propose to keep the cancellation a secret until the expiry of the automatic stay period or a decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on an application to review the cancellation was made.

(4) Has CASA previously published notices of AOC suspensions and cancellations on its website; if so: (a) when did this policy change; and (b) why.

(5) Is it the case that disclosure of AOC suspensions and cancellations are in the public interest.

2655  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cancelled Transair’s air operator’s certificate on 24 October 2006 because the company failed to fulfil its obligations under an enforceable voluntary undertaking (EVU) entered into on 4 May 2006, and to respond to show cause notices issued on 14 August and 26 September 2006.

(2) Which of the seven undertakings listed in the EVU did Transair fail to fulfil.

(3) Why did not CASA apply to the Federal Court of Australia for an order under section 30DK(7) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 in relation to breaches of the terms of the EVU.