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Notice given 17 May 2012

1849  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to forecasts made by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM):

(1) For the first 3 months of 2012, did BoM forecast:

(a) that most of eastern Australia, including all of Victoria and New South Wales, would exceed the median maximum temperature;

(b) that only a small part of south-Western Australia bordering the Indian Ocean would have a significantly lower than average maximum temperature;

(c) that minimum temperatures across all of northern Australia and Western Australia would be higher than average;

(d) that all of South Australia, more than half of Queensland and Victoria, and approximately half of New South Wales would have below average rainfall; and

(e) higher than average rainfall in Western Australia.

(2) For each of the above paragraphs, from (a) to (e), what do the actual recordings now indicate.

1853  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Did AusAID: (a) undertake a direct investigation of the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC); (b) refer the concerns about the Palestinian UAWC to any intelligence agency; and (c) seek the advice of any intelligence agency about the alleged activities of the Palestinian UAWC.

(2) How did AusAID determine that no employees or officials of the Palestinian UAWC have links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

(3) Were the background checks of staff and officials of the Palestinian UAWC, to ensure they were not associated with PFLP, undertaken by: (a) AusAID; and (b) an intelligence organisation.

(4) What due diligence processes does AusAID require of its fellow agencies and organisations working in such environments.