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Notice given 15 June 2011

688  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to a recent Four Corners program on Australia’s live cattle trade with Indonesia, on what dates did Four Corners :

(a) take film footage of Indonesian abattoirs; and

(b) view and come into possession of film footage taken by animal activists.

689  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—Did Centrelink contract with Ms S Foster of Sutton for $10 000 of ‘cosmetic services’ between June 2010 and June 2011 as per contract notice 351334:

(a) if so:

(i) what services were supplied,

(ii) what was the reason for this purchase,

(iii) who received the service,

(iv) what procurement method was chosen,

(v) if an open procurement method was chosen, did this entail an open approach to market and/or an open tender process,

(vi) if the requirement for these services was advertised, or published as a Request for Tender (RFT), can this be supplied,

(vii) were these services sought by Centrelink’s National Support Office,

(viii) what was the actual cost of the services supplied, and

 

 (ix) is Centrelink intending on purchasing any more such services; and

(b) if no ‘cosmetic services’ were purchased by Centrelink:

(i) what services were supplied as per contract notice 351334,

(ii) what was the reason for this purchase,

(iii) who received the service,

(iv) what procurement method was chosen,

(v) if an open procurement method was chosen, did this entail an open approach to market and/or an open tender process,

(vi) if the requirement for these services was advertised, or published as a RFT, can this be supplied,

(vii) were these services sought by Centrelink’s National Support Office,

(viii) what was the actual cost of the services supplied, and

(ix) is Centrelink intending on purchasing any more such services.

690  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—

(1) What contingency planning has been undertaken by the department to deal with the reduction in funding for heritage core tasks such as identifying heritage places and providing statutory protection advice.

(2) What full-time equivalent staff numbers are being considered in contingency planning by the department to deal with the reduction in funding for heritage.

(3) What number of National Heritage assessments is being considered for the 2011-12 financial year, given cuts in the department’s human and economic resources.

691  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—In regard to justice reinvestment:

(1) Has the department undertaken any research or analysis of international experiences, both government and non-government led, with justice reinvestment: if so, can the findings of any such research or analysis be provided.

(2) Has the department been in further contact with the Aboriginal Legal Service on the issue of justice reinvestment.

(3) Has the department analysed the successful pilot study in Newcastle that reduced re-offending to a minimum.

(4) Has the department any plans for further pilot studies in areas with high incarceration rates.

692  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—In regard to an explosive event conducted by Hokim Australia at their quarry on the Burrup Peninsula on the afternoon of 1 April 2011:

(1) Were there any commitments or guidelines for Hokim Australia similar to those used by Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Woodside Energy for the vibration effect of explosions on the surrounding rock art and terraces on the Burrup Peninsula or National Heritage listed area; if not, why not.

(2) Is the Minister aware that explosions such as the one that occurred at the Hokim quarry dislodge boulders on the Burrup; if not, will the Minister avail himself of this information.

 

 (3) If the answer to paragraph (1) above is no and the answer to paragraph (2) above is yes, what will the Minister do about these activities.

(4) Will the Minister impose explosive impact guidelines similar to those used by Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Woodside Energy on Hokim Australia; if not, why not.

693  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In regard to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

(1) How does the ABC propose to address the potential impact of the convergence of television, radio, phone and iPad platforms and the nationally legislated local content quota.

(2) Has the ABC reversed its decision to halve its bureau in the Middle East.

(3) What relationship does the ABC have with Associated Press Television News in terms of the sharing of technicians and producers.

(4) Why has Late Night Live been removed from Radio Australia’s schedule altogether rather than being aired at another time.

(5) Has the Department of Foreign Affairs or Trade or any minister in the present government or their senior staff expressed an opinion (formally or informally) to the ABC about any aspect of Late Night Live in the past 6 months.

(6) What criteria is used to determine which guest commentators are paid, under what circumstances and the amount. 

(7) Is there a financial relationship between the ABC and TuneIn.

(8) When did TuneIn begin to carry ABC content.

(9) Has the ABC supplied any content to TuneIn, or given permission for TuneIn to use ABC content.

(10) Is the ABC concerned that TuneIn carries ABC content along with advertising.

(11) Does the ABC pay for the Australia Traffic Network’s reports on the ABC.

694  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In regard to the petition dated 14 April 2010 from traditional owners of the Muckaty Land Trust regarding the boundary between the Northern Land Council (NLC) and the Central Land Council (CLC):

(1) Can the Minister confirm receipt of the petition.

(2) Did the NLC respond directly to the traditional owners that signed the petition. 

(3) Was the NLC contacted by the Minister or the department regarding this matter. 

(4) Was there any correspondence between the NLC and the CLC about this matter; if so, what was the content of those discussions.

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 695-696)—

(1) Why was the decision made to purchase both a multi-cam design from Crye and a licence to manufacture the garment.

(2) What opportunities did the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) provide for Australian companies to bid for this design work.

(3) Were Australian companies deemed as not being capable of designing this camouflage pattern.

 

 (4) Where will the fabric for the multi-cams be manufactured in Australia; if not in Australia, where will it be manufactured.

(5) Where will the uniforms be manufactured.

(6) (a) What will be/was the tender process to manufacture the uniforms;

(b) what was the process in DMO deciding to purchase the licences to manufacture the four Crye garments;

(c) was this expertise not available in Australia;

(d) what was the cost of purchasing these licences;

(e) what cost savings were realised in deciding to proceed with this particular contract; and

(f) how can the Government reconcile that Australian manufacturers were ready and able to supply world’s best practice in the design of this camouflage pattern and provide a significant sample for $70 000 compared to the $7.8 million that has been spent by the Government.

(7) What technical advice and independent expertise was undertaken by the Government before committing to this $7.8 million expenditure.

(8) How is this procurement on a value for money basis going to pay for itself many times over into the future, as stated by Dr Gumley on 30 May 2011.

(9) How many options were put to Government in relation to this procurement and what were they.

695 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

696 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 697-698)—In regard to Diggerworks:

(1) What is Diggerworks and where is it located.

(2) Who is its Officer in Charge and to whom does this person report.

(3) In relation to its current staffing:

(a) what is the number of civilian staff;

(b) what is the number of uniformed staff; 

(c) what is the level at which each of these staff are employed and the current total cost, including ‘on costs’, of employment; and

(d) which staff members have had direct battle field experience to assist them in making decisions that accurately reflect the views of our combatants in the field.

(4) What specific opportunities will Australian manufacturers have in tendering for clothing and associated kit that is suitable for equipping Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

(5) What place will the Report on Defective or Unsatisfactory Materials (RODUMS) have in the decision making processes with kit that is recommended for ADF.

(6) What current form of body armour protection is provided to Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

(7) How much was spent, and over what period, on modular combat body armour systems.

(8) How many sets of tiered body armour systems (TBAS) are currently being used by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

 

 (9) How many RODUMS have been received in relation to TBAS or parts thereof.

(10) What is the nature of these RODUMS.

697 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

698 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel