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Notice given 6 August 2012

1989  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—For each of the following financial years, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12:

(1) When was the due date for submissions to the Commonwealth Grants Commission in relation to goods and services tax (GST).

 

 (2) When did the Tasmanian Government provide its submission.

(3) Can a list be provided detailing each occasion, including the date, location and who was present, when the Commonwealth Grants Commission, in relation to GST, met with: (a) the Premier of Tasmania; (b) Tasmanian Government ministers; and (c) Tasmanian Government public servants.

1990  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill 2012:

(1) Was the General Manager of Fair Work Australia consulted at any time during the development of the legislation; if so: can details be provided, including dates, times and who consulted with the General Manager, i.e. the department, the Minister and/or the Minister’s office.

(2) Was the General Manager of Fair Work Australia aware of the Government’s intention to amend the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 prior to the Minister’s announcement; if so, can details be provided.

(3) Has the bill address the concerns that the General Manager of Fair Work Australia expressed in a press release dated 7 May 2012; if so, how have these concerns been abated; if not, why not.

2000  Senator Wright: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development—

(1) Has the Indigenous Opportunities Policy achieved an increase in the number of Indigenous Australians trained and employed through the Government contracting process; if so:

(a) can statistical data and evidence that clearly shows growth in Indigenous training and employment since the inception of the Indigenous Opportunities Policy in 2003 be provided; and

(b) how is any such increase in Indigenous training and employment a direct result of the policy.

(2) Has the Indigenous Opportunity Policy resulted in an increase in the level of involvement of Indigenous businesses in the delivery of goods and services under Australian Government contracts; if so:

(a) what number of Indigenous businesses are currently involved in the delivery of goods and services under Australian Government contracts; and

(b) what number of Indigenous businesses were involved in the delivery of goods and services under Australian Government contracts in 2003, and also over the past 5 years.

(3) Given the department has stated that agencies to which the Indigenous Opportunities Policy applies ‘will need to strengthen their procurement policies and processes to accord with the … policy’, of how has this transpired and can an explanation be provided, by way of example, how this policy is operating so as to improve employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

(4) Can examples be provided of how the exemption from compliance with the mandatory procurement requirement for small or medium enterprises (those with at least 50 per cent Indigenous ownership),  is operating and whether it is enabling Government agencies to contract directly with those Indigenous enterprises.

 

 (5) Has a review of the operation of the Indigenous Opportunities Policy and/or the exemption for Indigenous enterprises been undertaken; if not, when will a such review be undertaken.