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Notice given 27 February 2008

303  Senator Kemp: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Can a coordinated time series be provided of all expenditure, grants and membership subscriptions, made by every government department and agency to the United Nations (UN), UN agencies and UN-associated entities (including peacekeeping operations) for the past 4 financial years, indicating the expenditures made by each department and agency and the UN agency or association that received it (including all regular budget, extra-budgetary and peacekeeping expenditure).

304  Senator Kemp: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Can a coordinated table be provided of all expenditure, grants and membership subscriptions, made by every government department and agency to the United Nations (UN), UN agencies and UN-associated entities (including peacekeeping operations) for the past financial year, indicating the expenditures made by each department and agency and the UN agency or association that received it (including all regular budget, extra-budgetary and peacekeeping expenditure).

305  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—With reference to the reduction of the Government vehicle fleet by 1 500 vehicles since 2001:

(1) How was this reduction achieved.

(2) Are efforts being made to achieve further reductions; if so, what are these efforts.

306  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware of reports that the organs of executed prisoners in China are removed without their knowledge or consent and used for transplant purposes.

(2) What information does the Minister have on the validity of these reports.

(3) Has the Government investigated whether any Australian citizens have received organ transplants from executed prisoners in China; if so, what were the findings from this investigation; if not, why not.

(4) Has the Government investigated whether Australians are involved in overseas commercial organ transplant activities; if so, what were the findings from this investigation; if not, why not.

 

 (5) What current laws regulate the involvement of Australians in commercial organ transplant activities in Australia and overseas.

307  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the recent letter in the Australian Doctor magazine that reports that some medical practices are refusing to perform pap smears.

(2) What information is available on the prevalence of medical practitioners or medical practices refusing to provide services to patients requesting them, including the nature of the services.

(3) What information is available on the reasons that medical practitioners or medical practices may be refusing to provide services to patients requesting them.

(4) Does the Government intend to investigate why some medical practitioners or medical practices may be refusing to perform particular services; if not, why not.

(5) What are the legal requirements for medical practices and individual medical practitioners with regard to providing access to medical services.

(6) What processes, if any, does the Government require medical practitioners receiving government funds to put in place to ensure that their patients have access to comprehensive medical care.

308  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—Can the following details be provided for each of the compensation payments made to Australian veterans since 1996: (a) the date of the payment; (b) the payment amount; (c) the nature of the compensable injury; (d) the legislative vehicle through which payment was effected; (e) whether the case was the subject of appeal and the out of that appeal; and (f) the cost of legal services associated with the case.

309  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—By medical speciality, does the Government have data on districts of workforce shortage; if so, is Sale in Victoria a district of workforce shortage for specialist paediatrics.

310  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—

(1) What research, if any, is being conducted on deep groundwater mapping in Australia.

(2) What does the Government understand to be the capacity for deep groundwater to provide fresh water supplies for agriculture and urban use in Australia.

(3) Since 2003, what amount of funding has the Government provided for projects to lower the water table as a form of salinity mitigation.

(4) Is it the case that drainage projects to lower the water table are now considered largely ineffective.

(5) (a) What salinity mitigation strategy is considered most effective; and (b) what assessment has been made of the extent, from this form of salinity mitigation, of: (i) dehydration of soils, and (ii) damage to the health of soils.

 

 (6) (a) What research has been conducted on degraded agricultural soil mapping; and (b) what assessment has been made of the extent in compacted and/or degraded soils of: (i) loss of carbon, (ii) loss of microbes and nutrients, (iii) the reduction in the capacity for water storage, (iv) the reduction in the seepage of fresh water from soil into surface dams and river systems, (v) the reduction in deep soil water percolation, (vi) increases in surface runoff from precipitation, and (vii) salination, as caused by the concentration of soil by the lateral flow of water through degraded soil.

(7) What research is being conducted into the science of soil health.

(8) What involvement does the department have with Healthy Soils Australia.

311  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education—

(1) (a) What percentage of long day care centres participate in the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System; and (b) of these long day care centres, what percentage undertake a self study of their quality on a yearly basis.

(2) What percentage of long day care centres that submit self-study reports to the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) have their reports independently validated by a member of the NCAC.

(3) (a) What is the average time that elapses between the submission of a self-study report and its independent validation; and (b) what is the longest recorded time that has elapsed between these stages.

(4) Of the self-study reports that have been submitted for validation for long day care centres, what percentage of validations do not agree with the reports.

(5) What percentage of long day care centres: (a) do not end up accredited; and (b) receive at least a standard level of quality across all quality areas.

(6) Are centres obliged to show parents the results of validation visits.

(7) Are results of self studies and validations available on the Internet to assist parents in choosing a centre.

(8) (a) What percentage of centres have failed to meet a standard level of quality across all levels on more than one occasion, that is, they have repeatedly failed to meet the standards; and (b) are any of these centres still operating.

(9) When did unannounced spot checks of child care services commence.

(10) Since the commencement of these unannounced spot checks: (a) how many spot checks have been undertaken of: (i) long day care services, (ii) family day care services, and (iii) outside school hours services; and (b) for each of these service types, what percentage of services have undergone spot tests.

(11) What is the yearly target, as a number and/or a percentage, for spot checks for each of the following types of child care services: (a) long day care; (b) family day care; and (c) outside school hours services.

(12) What level of resources, including overall funding and the number of staff, is allocated for spot checks of child care services.

(13) What percentage of centres have failed a spot check.

 

 (14) Have any spot checks identified problems that might relate to licensing regulations; if so: (a) have licensing authorities been notified and what has been the outcome of these notifications; (b) what is the timeframe that services have for fixing the source of the spot check failure; (c) are the results of spot checks publicly available; if so, how do parents access them.

(15) What feedback has been received in relation to these spot checks.

(16) Are there plans to formally evaluate the spot check system; if so: (a) when; and (b) how, will the spot check system be evaluated.

(17) How was the 6 week timeframe for the unannounced validation visits decided upon.

(18) Are there any plans to evaluate the change to unannounced validation visits; if so: (a) when; and (b) how, will the unannounced validation visit system be evaluated.

(19) How many children with additional needs are currently accessing mainstream child care services.

(20) What data are available to the department on the number of children with additional care needs that are not accessing mainstream child care services or the In Home Care programme.

312  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women—

(1) What are the forward estimates for each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10 for funding the Women’s Safety Agenda.

(2) Will expenditure continue at the level of the forward estimates provided in May 2006.

(3) What percentage of the funds allocated to the Women’s Safety Agenda: (a) is directed towards working with perpetrators of violence; and (b) goes to preventing domestic violence as opposed to helping survivors after violence has occurred.

(4) Can a list be provided of the community-based organisations that have received grants as part of the Women’s Safety Agenda grants program and the amount of funding that they have received, disaggregated by state and year.

(5) For each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10, how much money is allocated to the grants for community-based organisations that are an element of the Women’s Safety Agenda.

(6) When does funding cease for the: (a) Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse; and (b) Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault.

(7) In relation to plans for the ‘Violence against Women - Australia Says No’ multimedia campaign, for the next 12 months: (a) when are advertisements scheduled to be run; (b) what other activities or products will be involved in the campaign; and (c) for these other activities or products, what is the schedule for these to be released.

(8) What percentage of the funds allocated to the Women’s Safety Agenda goes towards the Mensline telephone helpline.

(9) What percentage of calls to the Mensline telephone helpline deal with family violence as opposed to other issues.

 

 (10) Are conversations between callers to the helpline and counsellors recorded; if so: (a) do the recordings have unique identification numbers; and (b) are the recordings stored; if so, for how long.

(11) Does the Government provide any funding for the White Ribbon Campaign which urges men to speak out against violence against women.

(12) In relation to the ‘Domestic Violence - Crisis Payments to victims who remain in the home’ scheme: (a) how many women have accessed payments under the scheme; and (b) what is the total number of payments that have been provided to victims under the scheme.

313  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—With reference to submissions of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee’s inquiry into air safety and cabin air quality in the BAe 146 aircraft in 2000, revealing that fumes containing oil toxins such as tricresyl phosphate (TCP) have in the past leaked into the cabins of commercial aircraft, causing passenger and crew illness and to the committee’s recommendations that a national standard be set for checking and monitoring engine seals on all passenger commercial jet aircraft and also to the Government’s response that, for economic reasons, it would wait for this to be undertaken at an international level:

(1) Can information be provided whether such an international standard has been created; if not, will the Minister take steps to implement such a standard in Australia.

(2) Will the Minister consider funding a study to determine whether TCP is leaking into aircraft cabins.

(3) What investigation, if any, has been conducted into pilot, crew and passenger illnesses considered likely to be caused by TCP leaking into aircraft cabins.

(4) Is the Minister aware that the United States of America Academy of Scientists has recommended that aircraft interiors be regularly tested for neurotoxins such as TCP.

(5) (a) Is the Minister aware that the Australian and International Pilots Association is co-funding research with the Royal Australia Air Force at the University of Washington to develop a blood test for neurotoxins such as TCP; and (b) will this test be used in Australia; if so, when.

314  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—With reference to the lack of whale sightings in 2007 at Warrnambool, Victoria:

(1) Can the Minister rule out that seismic surveying in the area is responsible.

(2) Was this seismic surveying approved under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ; if so, under what conditions.

(3) Given the fact that the impacts of seismic surveying on whales are not fully understood and that the guidelines for survey activities are not yet complete or in operation, will the current seismic surveying of the coast of south west Victoria be halted.

 

 315  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How much has been spent by the Australian Government to date on establishing the proposed Australia-New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority (ANZTPA).

(2) Did the department undertake a risk assessment before commencing negotiations on the joint regulatory scheme for therapeutic products; if so, did the risk assessment consider the likelihood of the New Zealand Parliament refusing to pass the necessary enabling legislation.

(3) What action will be undertaken to analyse the issues raised by opponents of the joint agency in regard to regulatory complexity, the need for separate risk management processes for complementary healthcare products and concerns about increased costs to the community for complementary healthcare products.

(4) (a) What alternative options or models for harmonisation are under consideration; (b) what is the timeline for this new process; (c) what consultation processes will be undertaken; and (d) who will be involved.

(5) Will any new harmonisation model include governance and standards setting for complementary medicines that separates their risk management from much higher risk medicines.

(6) Under the proposed joint authority, would New Zealand have had to accept the obligations Australia faces as part of the free trade agreement with the United States of America, in particular, the requirement that generic pharmaceutical companies must notify drug manufacturers of their intention to enter the market with a low-cost copy of a branded drug.

(7) Is the department aware of any negative feedback regarding the stakeholder consultations held as part of the process for establishing the trans-Tasman regulator; if so, what is the nature of this feedback.

316  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the serious concerns raised by disability groups about the discriminatory practices of Virgin Blue in regard to air travel by people with disabilities.

(2) Are Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations intended to bar travellers with disabilities from travelling on planes.

(3) Is it the intention of CASA Regulation 14.1.2 that all air travellers with disabilities must be accompanied by an assisting person.

(4) Is it the intention of CASA regulations that all air travellers must, without assistance, reach for, pull down and secure overhead oxygen masks (including manipulating the straps), reach for and put on life jackets, manipulate the tapes and flaps on the front and back of the life jacket and evacuate from the aircraft in an emergency.

(5) Why do unaccompanied children, aged 5 years and above, meet the Virgin Blue independent travel criteria but people with disabilities do not.

(6) Do all children undertaking air travel have to travel with an assisting person.

 

 (7) Is it acceptable that Virgin Blue refuses to make clear how its independent travel criteria are put into operation or how they can be measured by staff or individuals.

(8) Is it acceptable that Virgin Blue requires people with a disability to buy a non-refundable ticket and that there is no guarantee that they will be able to board the flight until they arrive at the terminal.

(9) Is it acceptable that Virgin Blue can implement a policy that effectively excludes a whole segment of the community from using its services.

317  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) In regard to the introduction of 99-year leases in Aboriginal communities, is it the case that the agreements are written in English only and that local language translations are not made available to traditional owners.

(2) Is it the case that some, or many, traditional owners cannot read or understand English; if so, does the Minister accept that this means that some, or many, traditional owners do not understand the agreements they are signing.

(3) Is it the case that, as reported in an article in the Northern Territory News of 12 May 2007, ‘Confusion on Tiwi land deal’ (p. 14), some traditional owners of the Mantiyupwi community on the Tiwi Islands thought that they were signing a $50 ‘sitting fee’ form for their presence at a Tiwi Land Council meeting in May 2007 and not a 99-year lease; if so, how does the Minister respond to the signing of the lease in those circumstances.

318  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts or legislative instruments, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act or instrument was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 ;

(b)  Aged Care Act 1997 ;

(c)  Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 ;

(d)  Bankruptcy Act 1966 ;

(e)  Broadcasting Services Act 1992 ;

(f)  Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 ;

(g)  Corporations Act 2001 ;

(h)  Defence Act 1903 ;

(i)  Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990 ;

(j)  Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 ;

(k)  Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967 ;

(l)  Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 ;

(m)  Family Law Act 1975 ;

(n)  Financial Sector (Shareholdings) Act 1998 ;

(o)  Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 ;

(p)   Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulations 1989;

(q)  Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 ;

 

  (r)  Governor-General Act 1974 ;

(s)  Health Insurance Act 1973 ;

(t)  Higher Education Funding Act 1988 ;

(u)  Higher Education Support Act 2003 ;

(v)  Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ;

(w)  Insurance Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1991 ;

(x)  International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 ;

(y)  Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 ;

(z)  Judicial and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Allowances) Act 1984 ;

(aa)  Life Insurance Act 1995 ;

(ab ) Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 ;

(ac)   Migration Regulations 1994;

(ad)  Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 ;

(ae)   Military Superannuation and Benefits Trust Deed;

(af)  National Health Act 1953 ;

(ag)  Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 ;

(ah)  Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 ;

(ai)  Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 ;

(aj)  Pooled Development Funds Act 1992 ;

(ak)  Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 ;

(al)   Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/14: Members of Parliament—Travelling Allowance;

(am)   Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/18: Members of Parliament—Entitlements;

(an)  Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997 ;

(ao)  Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 ;

(ap)  Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 ;

(aq)  Social Security Act 1991 ;

(ar)  Superannuation Act 1976 ;

(as)  Superannuation Act 1990 ;

(at)  Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 ;

(au)  Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 ; and

(av)  Workplace Relations Act 1996 .

319  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 ; and

(b)  Social Security Act 1991 .

 

 320  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Aged Care Act 1997 ;

(b)  Health Insurance Act 1973 ; and

(c)  National Health Act 1953 .

321  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Pooled Development Funds Act 1992 was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008].

322  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008].

323  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008].

324  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts or legislative instruments, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act or legislative instrument was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Defence Act 1903 ;

(b)  Defence Force (Homes Loans Assistance) Act 1990 ;

(c)  Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 ; and

(d)   Military Superannuation and Benefits Trust Deed.

325  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967 ; and

(b)  International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 .

326  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 ;

(b)  Higher Education Funding Act 1988 ; and

(c)  Higher Education Support Act 2003 .

 

 327  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Bankruptcy Act 1966 ;

(b)  Family Law Act 1975 ;

(c)  Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 ;

(d)  Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 ;

(e)  Judicial and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Allowances) Act 1984 ;

(f)  Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 ; and

(g)  Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 .

328  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 or legislative instrument was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008].

329  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts or legislative instruments, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act or legislative instrument was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a ) Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 ;

(b)  Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 ;

(c)  Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 ;

(d)   Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/14: Members of Parliament—Travelling Allowance;

(e)   Remuneration Tribunal Determination 2006/18: Members of Parliament—Entitlements;

(f)  Superannuation Act 1976 ; and

(g)  Superannuation Act 1990 .

330  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Migration Regulations 1994 were amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008].

331  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 ;

(b)  Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 ; and

(c)  Workplace Relations Act 1996 .

332  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—What would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Governor-General Act 1974 was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008].

 

 333  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the following Acts, what would be the expected cost per annum, or the expected initial cost, if any, incurred by the Commonwealth if the Act was amended as set out in the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Bill 2007 [2008]:

(a)  Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 ; and

(b)  Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 .

334  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) Is it the case that the Natural History Unit (NHU) of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been closed down; if so: (a) why; (b) when was the decision made and by whom; (c) why has no announcement been made; (d) how will the work of the NHU now be undertaken; (e) for each of the past 10 years, what was the budget for the NHU; and (f) how much money will be ‘saved’ by the closure.

(2) (a) For each of the past 10 years, how much funding has the NHU received from other sources; and (b) of this amount, how much was received from international broadcasters for its programs.

(3) Will the international funding identified in paragraph (2) be lost when the NHU is closed.

335  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—With reference to reports quoting the Program Manager of the Clean Coal Centre at the International Energy Agency, Dr Geoffrey Morrison, that the majority of Australia’s coal-fired power stations are too old to be retro-fitted with clean coal technology:

(1) For each state, can a list be provided which indicates: (a) existing coal-fired power stations suitable for the retro-fitting of post-combustion capture (PCC) technology for carbon capture and storage (CCS); and (b) for each of these stations, its generating capacity.

(2) For each state, can a list be provided which indicates: (a) existing coal-fired power stations which are not suitable for retro-fitting PCC technology; and (b) for each of these stations, its generating capacity.

(3) What does current research indicate is possible for CCS by 2020.

(4) (a) To date, what amount has been spent by the Government on clean coal technology; and (b) over the next 5 years, what amount has been budgeted for this purpose.

336  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the former Minister’s advice, in July 2006, that she would consider releasing the KPMG report on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) funding, or a version of the report, following discussion with the ABC board of directors:

(1) Did the discussion with the ABC board take place; if so, when.

(2) Will the Minister now release the KPMG report; if not, why not.

337  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education—In regard to the development of a national Australian history curriculum:

(1) (a) What is the current process for developing the curriculum; and (b) how committed is the Minister to this process.

 

 (2) What is the rationale and vision behind the development of a national curriculum.

(3) (a) What is the Minister’s attitude towards consultation with state and territory education authorities on the curriculum; and (b) how will the consultation be achieved.

(4) (a) How important is it for history teachers to be involved in the process of developing the curriculum; and (b) how will this involvement be achieved.

(5) Given that the executive members of the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and its state affiliates are busy working teachers who represent other busy working teachers, how can it be made easier for them to participate in consultation and syllabus development.

(6) (a) In regard to both history and curriculum, how important is it to take into account the differing perspectives of states and territories; and (b) how will these differing perspectives be taken into account.

(7) Can a proposed timeline be provided for the development of the national curriculum.

338  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) Does the Government intend to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention; if so, what is the timetable for ratification.

(2) Will the Government provide additional resources to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority so that it can effect compliance with the convention.