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Notice given 10 September 2012

Senator Humphries: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2146-2153)—In regard to each department and agency within the Minister’s responsibility:

(1) Has there been a reduction in the number of plants in departmental and agency offices; if so: (a) by what percentage; (b) on what date did it come into effect; (c) what was the reason for the reduction; and (d) how much will each department and agency save as a result.

(2) What is the budget for the facilities management branch (or equivalent) in the: (a) 2011-12; and (b) 2012-13 financial years.

(3) What is the name of the organisation contracted to supply plants to departmental and agency offices.

(4) If a reduction in the number of office plants has taken place, when was the contracted organisation first made aware of the decision.

(5) Were staff consulted regarding a possible reduction in plants prior to it taking place.

(6) Have any complaints been registered from staff in relation to reductions in office plants.

2149 Minister for Foreign Affairs

2153 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer

2154  Senator Back: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness—With reference to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), the legislative framework that covers the export of live animals from Australia to other countries, and to questions asked during the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Estimates Committee Hansard , 31 May 2012, pp. 98-99): Is the Minister aware of any other commodity or product exported from Australia that imposes onto the exporter the entire responsibility for the performance of the product, through to the end consumer.