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Notice given 3 December 2008

1050  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—

(1) How much money has been returned following underspends in programs in each portfolio for the 2007-08 financial year.

(2) How much depreciation funding has been used for recurrent spending by departments or agencies from December 2007 to June 2008.

(3) (a) How many policy proposals were costed by the Budget Group of the department for the 2008-09 Budget; and (b) what was the average length of time that was spent by officers in the Budget Group on costing each policy proposal for the 2008-09 Budget.

(4) How much ‘time off in lieu’ was accrued by staff in the Budget Group of the department from 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2008.

 

 (5) How much non-taxation revenue was collected from outside the general government sector in the 2007-08 financial year and then subsequently spent by departments or agencies under section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

1051  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—

(1) Are departments and agencies required to seek the approval of the Minister to budget for an operating loss; if so: (a) which agencies did the Minister approve to budget for an operating loss for the 2007-08 financial year; and (b) for each agency, what was the reason for each operating loss.

(2) Has the Minister given approval for any agencies to budget for an operating loss for the 2008-09 financial year; if so, what was the reason for each of these agencies needing to budget for an operating loss.

(3) Did the Minister receive any requests for approval to budget for an operating loss that were not approved; if so, what were the reasons for these requests not being approved.

(4) Which departments or agencies had an operating loss in the 2007-08 financial year had not received approval to budget for an operating loss from the Minister.

(5) How many departments or agencies had an operating loss in the 2007-08 financial year and had requested approval to budget for an operating loss which was not approved by the Minister.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1052-1087)—

(1) Given that spending on individual programs is not reported in either the budget papers or annual reports, did any programs in the Minister’s portfolio:

(a) have underspends for the 2007-08 financial year; if so, for each underspend: (i) in what program did it fall, (ii) how much was the underspend, and (iii) what was the reason for the underspend; and

(b) have overspends for the 2007-08 financial year; if so, for each overspend: (i) in what program did it fall, (ii) how much was the overspend, and (iii) what was the reason for the overspend.

(2) Will any agencies and/or departments in the Minister’s portfolio return money in the 2008-09 Budget as a result of underspends for the 2007-08 financial year; if so, how much.

1052 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1053 Minister representing the Minister for Education

1054 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1055 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

1056 Minister representing the Treasurer

1057 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

1058 Special Minister of State

1059 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1060 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1061 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1062 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

 

 1063 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

1064 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

1065 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

1066 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

1067 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

1068 Minister for Climate Change and Water

1069 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

1070 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1071 Minister for Human Services

1072 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1073 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

1074 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

1075 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

1076 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 6 January 2009 )

1077 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 6 January 2009 )

1078 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1079 Minister representing the Minister for Housing

1080 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women

1081 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 9 December 2008 )

1082 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 4 December 2008 )

1083 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy

1084 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 6 January 2009 )

1085 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

1086 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 9 December 2008 )

1087 Minister representing the Minister for Sport

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1088-1123)—

(1) (a) For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what funds has the Government committed to spend under regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (the Act) for each department and/or agency that operates under the Act in the Minister’s portfolio; and (b) how much of this commitment was approved: (i) at the department or agency level, and (ii) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(2) How much depreciation funding for each department or agency in the Minister’s portfolio: (a) was available as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.

 

 1088 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1089 Minister representing the Minister for Education

1090 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1091 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

1092 Minister representing the Treasurer

1093 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

1094 Special Minister of State

1095 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1096 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1098 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1099 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

1100 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

1101 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

1102 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

1103 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

1104 Minister for Climate Change and Water

1105 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

1106 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1107 Minister for Human Services

1108 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1109 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

1110 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

1111 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

1112 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 6 January 2009 )

1113 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 6 January 2009 )

1115 Minister representing the Minister for Housing

1116 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women

1117 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 9 December 2008 )

1119 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy

1120 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 6 January 2009 )

1121 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 14 January 2009 )

1122 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 9 December 2008 )

1123 Minister representing the Minister for Sport ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 14 January 2009 )

 

 1124  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—As at 2 December 2008, can a list be provided of:

(a) each appointment or reappointment made by the department to overseas ambassadorial posts since 1 December 2007; and

(b) each of the department’s overseas ambassadorial nominations where no formal appointment or reappointment has been made to overseas ambassadorial posts since 1 December 2007.

Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1125-1160)— As at 2 December 2008, can a list be provided of:

(a) each appointment or reappointment made by the department to any board, committee, formal advisory body, informal advisory body, domestic ambassadorial post, or any other Commonwealth body since 1 December 2007; and

(b) each nomination, where no formal appointment or reappointment has been made by the department to any board, committee, formal advisory body, informal advisory body, domestic ambassadorial post, or any other Commonwealth body since 1 December 2007.

1125 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1126 Minister representing the Minister for Education

1127 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

1128 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

1129 Minister representing the Treasurer

1130 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

1131 Special Minister of State

1132 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

1133 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

1134 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1135 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1136 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

1137 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

1138 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

1139 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

1140 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

1141 Minister for Climate Change and Water

1142 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

1143 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1144 Minister for Human Services

1145 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1146 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

1147 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

1148 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

1149 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer

 

 1150 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

1151 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

1152 Minister representing the Minister for Housing

1153 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women

1154 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 9 December 2008 )

1155 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 4 December 2008 )

1156 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy

1157 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law

1158 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

1159 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 9 December 2008 )

1160 Minister representing the Minister for Sport