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Notice given 28 November 2006

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2839-2856)—With reference to the department and all agencies in the Minister’s portfolio:

(1) How many staff are engaged under a Certified Agreement (CA).

(2) How many staff are engaged under the provisions of an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA).

(3) Does the department or portfolio agency have any staff engaged under the provisions of a common law contract; if so: (a) by level, how many staff are under these contracts; and (b) for what reason has the department or agency determined that common law contracts are preferred employment instruments over either CAs or AWAs.

2839 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

2840 Minister representing the Treasurer

2841 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

2842 Minister for Finance and Administration

2843 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

2844 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

2845 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2846 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2847 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

2850 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

2851 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

2852 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2853 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2854 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

2856 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

 

 2870  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer given to question on notice W1 (o) asked during the 2006 Budget estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee:

(1) Of the 28 cases listed under military justice, six of which concern sexual harassment: (a) how long has each of those cases been active; (b) at what stage are proceedings with respect to mediation, court hearings, or negotiation; (c) how many await applicant responses or input; and (d) how are the remaining 22 categorised.

(2) Of the asbestos cases: (a) what is the age distribution of those from original date of lodgement; (b) how many cases are active with respect to court proceedings, mediation or negotiation; and (c) how many have already received disability compensation payments.

(3) Of the F III claims, how many of those cases have already received a compensation payment under the act of grace scheme administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

(4) With respect to those cases listed under ‘contract law’: (a) who are the claimants; (b) where known, what are the sums sought; (c) how long has each case been active; and (d) what is the current stage of the process in each case.

2871  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer given to question on notice W1 (o) asked during the 2006 Budget estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: (a) without identifying the claimant, of the eight cases listed for compensation under the heading of ‘military justice’: (i) what is the substance of each claim, and (ii) how long has each claim been active; and (b) of the eight cases listed under ‘medical’: (i) what is the nature of each claim for which payment is sought, and (ii) how long has each case been active.