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Notice given 13 November 2008

789  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—Was the Australian Taxation Office consulted in relation to the: (a) definition of ‘tourist activity’ for the purposes of the amendments to the Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and related bills; if so, when did the consultations begin; and (b) drafting of regulations pursuant to the legislative changes; if so, when did the consultations begin.

793  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—With reference to the 2008-09 Budget estimates hearing of the Economics Committee:

(1) In regard to the answer to question BI41, a figure was given of $109 622.93 for the grand total of year-to-date payments as at 14 July 2008: is there an update on this figure; if so: (a) what is it; and (b) what amount of this figure accrues to each of: (i) Professor Alan Hughes, (ii) Professor Richard Lester, and (iii) Professor Stan Metcalf.

(2) In regard to the answer to question BI43: (a) what extra funding has been provided to the cooperative research centre (CRC) for Australian Weed Management for its extension until 31 December 2008; (b) has the CRC for Innovative Dairy Products accepted the offer of an extension until 31 December 2009; if so, how much money has been allocated for this extension; and (c) has the CRC for Tropical Savannas Management accepted an offer of extension to their Commonwealth Agreement until 31 December 2009; if so, how much extra funding has been provided.

(3) In regard to the answer to question BI47: (a) on what basis has the exact yearly grant been calculated for each Business Enterprise Centre (BEC); and (b) how much will be allocated to each of the 36 BECs.

(4) In regard to the answers to questions BI50 and BI53: (a) is it asserted that the Small Business Field Officer program did not provide the services referred to in BI53 as business planning advice on loans and banking products, simple marketing plans, legal and accounting services, leasing guidance, staff training programs, and programs that cater for the needs of women, please specify in relation to each one; and (b) do the BECs simply refer clients to lawyers, accountants and professionals in the various areas or do they provide the specific advice.

(5) In regard to the answer to question BI54: has the department undertaken any analysis or investigation as part of determining the exact grant given to each BEC.

(6) In regard to the answer to question BI55: was an analysis or investigation conducted or undertaken by the department to determine whether the BEC program would be effective; if so, what were they.

 

 (7) In regard to the answer to question BI69: (a) which certificates and professional, educational and vocational qualifications and certifications will be required as part of the funding agreement; and (b) will the department be undertaking an audit of each BEC as to the level of qualification of all officers.

795  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Water—

(1) With reference to the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: has a Regulatory Impact Statement been undertaken or provided.

(2) With reference to Professor Ian Plimer’s letter to the editor published on page 17 of The Australian of 21 October 2008:

(a) does the Government agree with Professor Plimer’s analysis; if so, why; if not, why not;

(b) does the Government agree that Australia acting in isolation would be deeply problematic for the economy;

(c) does the Government consider that it is acting on greenhouse gases in isolation; if not: (i) what other countries are deemed to be acting in consort with Australia, (ii) what schemes are they operating under, and (iii) how do they compare with the proposed Australian scheme;

(d) if the Government is acting on greenhouse gases in isolation or relative isolation: which countries might be influenced by Australia’s actions;

(e) does the Government have a list of countries that will be motivated to follow suit because of Australia’s leadership with its proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme;

(f) has the Government given consideration to the number or major emitters; if so, which ones would need to participate in a global scheme before Australia moves ahead with its own Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme;

(g) will Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme have any specific remedial or beneficial impact to save Australian icons such as the Great Barrier Reef; if so, how, and is there any evidence to support this view;

(h) in regard to the list of 2 500 scientists who are asserted to endorse the reports of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): (i) has the Government been made aware of this list by the IPCC Secretariat; if so, can a copy of the list be provided, and (ii) is this list publicly available; if not: what has the Government done to satisfy itself as to the veracity of the claim;

(i) on what basis was a 20 per cent total proportion of permits available for trade exposed companies set, if it was based on environmental, economic or other considerations please specify which; and

(j) if Australia reduces its carbon emissions to zero, will it have zero impact on the climate.

(3) With reference to answers to questions on notice nos 561-563 (Senate Hansard , 4 September 2008, p. 4633), and in particular, the paper used in the various reports:

(a) does the department agree that elemental chlorine-free paper has less impact on the environment that totally chlorine-free paper;

 

 (b) in regard to the answer in (11)(c)(i): on what basis did the printer assess that the two Australian-made options are of lower quality;

(c) was this based on environmental considerations or production/presentation considerations; and

(d) was the final report printed on Australian-made paper; if not, from where was the paper sourced.

796  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—With reference to the vacancy on the Prime Minister’s Science and Engineering Innovation Council as at February 2008: has that position been filled; if so, by whom and on what basis/consideration.

797  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In the period 1 April to 30 September 2008:

(1) Was there a reduction in uniformed staffing numbers as a result of the efficiency dividend and/or other budget cuts in the army, navy or air force; if so, where and at what level.

(2) Was there a reduction in civilian staffing numbers as a result of the efficiency dividend and/or other budget cuts in the army, navy or air force; if so, where and at what level.

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 800-801)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister:

(1) (a) In the period 1 April to 30 September 2008, what discussions or meetings were conducted regarding the Government’s ‘Razor Gang Mk II’; and (b) has the razor gang indicated any cuts or savings to be made by the department or agency.

(2) (a) What special accounts does the agency currently hold; (b) as at 30 September 2008, how much is in these accounts; (c) does the agency use the interest from these accounts to fund ongoing operations; and (d) has the razor gang given any indication about the future of these accounts.

800 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

801 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 20 November 2008 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 808-809)—

(1) For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister, in the period 1 April to 30 September 2008: (a) what was the department’s hospitality spend; and (b) for each departmental hospitality event, can the following details be provided: (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

(2) (a) For the office of the Minister, what was the total hospitality spend in the period 1 April to 30 September 2008; and (b) for each hospitality event in the office, can the following details be provided: (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

808 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

809 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 20 November 2008 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 810-811)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister, what appointments to boards or committees were made in the period 1 April to 30 September 2008.

810 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

 

 811 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 20 November 2008 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 812-813)—For the period 1 April to 30 September 2008:

(1) (a) Did the Minister or associated Parliamentary Secretary travel overseas on official business; if so: (i) to what destination, (ii) for what duration, and (iii) for what purpose; and (b) what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(2) (a) Which ministerial staff accompanied the Minister or associated Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) for these staff, what was the cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(3) (a) Which departmental officers accompanied the Minister or associated Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for these officers, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(4) (a) Apart from ministerial staff and departmental officers, who else accompanied the Minister or associated Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for each of these people, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

812 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

813 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 20 November 2008 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 814-815)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister, in the period 1 April to 30 September 2008:

(1) Did the department or agency receive any advice on how to respond to freedom of information (FOI) requests.

(2) How many FOI requests has the department or agency received.

(3) How many FOI requests have been granted or denied.

(4) How many conclusive certificates have been issued in relation to FOI requests.

814 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

815 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 20 November 2008 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 820-821)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) How many reviews are currently being undertaken in the portfolio/agency or affecting the portfolio/agency.

(2) What was the commencement date of each review.

(3) When will each review be concluded.

(4) (a) Which reviews were completed in the period 1 April to 30 September 2008; and (b) when will the Government respond to the each of these reviews.

(5) As at 30 September 2008, what has been the cost of each of these reviews.

820 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

821 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 20 November 2008 )