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Notice given 19 December 2008

*1199  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) How many facilities have had their licences revoked because of serious risk since the introduction of the Aged Care Act 1997 .

(2) Can the names be provided of the two services who have had their licences revoked following findings by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency of serious risk since 1 July 2006.

(3) Since 1 July 2006, 37 services have had sanctions imposed on them because of serious risk findings by the agency: (a) can a list be provided of those 37 services; and (b) for each service, can a copy be provided of the review audit major findings - assessment information.

*1200  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to advertisements appearing in rural print media for the Farm Ready Reimbursement Grants providing $130 million over 4 years to primary producers and Indigenous land managers to attend approved courses to help them adapt and respond to the impacts of climate change:

(1) Why is a distinction drawn in the grants between primary producers and Indigenous land managers.

(2) Are non-Indigenous land mangers eligible for these grants if they are not primary producers.

(3) How is the $130 million allocated between primary producers and Indigenous land managers.

(4) (a) What criteria will be used to assess particular projects as worthy of a grant; and (b) will the same criteria be used to assess projects undertaken by primary producers and Indigenous land managers.

 

 *1201†  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy—

(1) Given the estimated $800 million in additional infrastructure investment required by Inpex Corporation as a result of the decision to process gas from the Browse Basin’s Ichthys gas field in Darwin rather than in Western Australia: (a) what will be the delay in commencement of Petroleum Resource Rent Tax payments from the Ichthys gas field as a result of this additional capital expenditure; and (b) what is the potential impact on Commonwealth revenue as a result of reduced petroleum resource rent tax flowing from the increase in project capital costs.

(2) Given the media release by the Minister on 26 September 2008 which stated that, ‘The Australian Government is pleased Inpex has taken the decision today on a site in Darwin for its proposed LNG plant utilising gas from the Ichthys gas field in Western Australia’, did the Minister consider the reduced returns for the community through Commonwealth royalties from this project; if so, did the Minister take all possible steps to maximise returns to the community by attempting to ensure that the processing of the Ichthys gas field took place in Western Australia; if not, why did the Minister fail to assess the return to the community of a major development project which he travelled to Darwin to announce.

Senator Cormann: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1202-*1203)—Given the estimated $800 million in additional infrastructure investment required by Inpex Corporation as a result of the decision to process gas from the Browse Basin’s Ichthys gas field in Darwin rather than in Western Australia:

(1) What will be the delay in commencement of Petroleum Resource Rent Tax payments from the Ichthys gas field as a result of this additional capital expenditure.

(2) What is the potential impact on Commonwealth revenue as a result of reduced petroleum resource rent tax flowing from the increase in project capital costs.

*1202 Minister representing the Treasurer

*1203 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 23 December 2008 )