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Notice given 25 September 2008

744  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) What is the Government’s action plan to help or protect Australian home owners from economic circumstances, similar to those in the United States of America, arising.

(2) Does the Government foresee the collapse of any Australian investment company in 2008.

Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 746-748)— With reference to the department and all agencies in the Minister’s portfolio:

(1) How many contracts has the department or agency engaged in for the provision of media services since November 2007.

(2) What was the total cost of these contracts.

(3) What work have the contractors engaged in specifically or what work do they expect to undertake.

(4) Was the contractor selected by tender; if so, was the tender select or open; if not, why not.

746 Minister representing the Prime Minister

747 Special Minister of State ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 3 December 2008 )

748 Minister for Climate Change and Water ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 29 October 2008 )

 

Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 750-751)—Since the Minister took office on 3 December 2007:

(1) (a) What overseas travel was undertaken by the Minister; (b) what was the purpose of the Minister’s travel; (c) when did the Minister depart Australia; and (d) when did the Minister return to Australia.

(2) (a) What staff travelled with the Minister; (b) what duties were they expected to perform while overseas; and (c) were they paid an allowance; if so, how much.

(3) For each trip to the United States of America: (a) with whom did the Minister conduct official meetings; and (b) what was the purpose of those meetings.

(4) (a) On how many of these trips was the Minister accompanied by a business delegation; and (b) can details be provided of any delegation accompanying the Minister.

(5) Who met the cost of travel and other expenses associated with each trip.

(6) What was the total of the travel and associated expenses that were met by the department in relation to: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s family; (c) the Minister’s staff; and (d) departmental and/or agency staff.

(7) What was the total cost, including but not necessarily limited to, fares, allowances, accommodation, hospitality, insurance and other costs, of the visit for: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s family; and (c) the Minister’s staff.

(8) What was the total cost, including but not necessarily limited to, fares, allowances, accommodation, hospitality, insurance and other costs, of the visit for each departmental and/or agency officer.

750 Minister representing the Prime Minister

751 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs