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Notice given 19 June 2012

1888  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—  

(1) With reference to the committee of experts developing the new System of Environmental-Economic Accounting chaired by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), how much progress is being made in other countries towards improving measures of economic wellbeing.

(2) Why are environmental expenditure accounts for Australia no longer produced.

(3) Are there any plans for the ABS to produce multifactor productivity estimates that also include inputs of natural and environmental resources.

(4) Why has the ABS taken the view that subsoil assets do not exist until we find them, rather than regarding the asset as having always been there, thereby revising back the series when a new deposit is discovered.

(5) How does the ABS respond to claims by Professor John Quiggin that a productivity slowdown has not occurred as there was no significant productivity acceleration in the 1990s.

1889  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy—Will the Minister commit to delaying any declaration of Muckaty as the final location for the proposed nuclear waste site under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 until the matters pertaining to the nomination currently before the Federal Court of Australia are resolved.

1890  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—With reference to the answer to Senate question on notice no. 1791, does the Treasury modelling rely on the same assumptions used to forecast the creation of half a million new jobs, as announced by the Government in the 2011-12 Federal Budget.

1891  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) Will the Government work with Turkish and New Zealand authorities to accredit travel providers offering travel packages to Gallipoli in April 2015; if so, how.

(2) What advice does the Government currently provide to Australians wishing to travel to Gallipoli in 2015 in regard to travel planning.

(3) When does the Government expect to make an announcement about public consultation on the proposed lottery scheme for ticketing at the Anzac Centenary commemorations in Turkey in April 2015.

 

 1892  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) Will the Government work with French and other European authorities to accredit travel providers offering travel packages to the ‘Western Front’ for significant commemorations between July 2016 and November 2018; if so, how.

(2) What advice does the Government currently provide to Australians wishing to travel to Europe between 2016 and 2018, particularly the ‘Western Front’, in regard to travel planning.

(3) What constraints on attendance have been considered in relation to significant commemoration sites across northern France in advance of World War One centenary commemorations, in particular, will the Government be required to limit attendance at significant commemoration sites such as Villers-Brettoneux or the Menin Gate.

1893  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) Will the Minister confirm that the Government has established a sub-committee of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board, to seek and coordinate corporate sponsorship for the Anzac Centenary commemorations.

(2) Who are the members of the sub-committee and how often has it met.

(3) What fundraising target has the Government or the Advisory Board established for the sub-committee.

(4) Does the sub-committee have a series of projects it is requested to fund; if so, what are they.

(5) Has a request been made for the sub-committee to raise funds to offset the cost of commemoration activities in Australia or overseas; if so, for which activities and to what value.