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Notice given 19 October 2012

2384  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) What military and civilian response plans, if any, does the Australian Government have in place to respond to a nuclear attack against Australian territory.

(2) What such plans have been in place in the past.

(3) Will the Government release the sections of the Force Posture Review prepared along with the 2009 Defence White Paper that relate to the issue of attacks on Australian and joint Australia-United States (US) military and intelligence facilities in the event of major conflict between the US and China.

(4) What sites in Australia does the Government believe are likely nuclear targets in the event of major conflict.

(5) Does the presence of joint US military and intelligence facilities in Australia increase the risk of a nuclear attack against Australia.

(6) Does the presence of US nuclear-armed submarines in Australian waters and at Australian ports increase the risk of a nuclear attack against Australia.

(7) Does the Government have any casualty estimates resulting from nuclear attacks against Pine Gap and other facilities in Australia that are likely nuclear targets.

(8) How many designated burns beds would be available across Australia in the event of a nuclear attack against Australia.

(9) What general advice, if any, does the Government offer the Australian public in case of a nuclear attack against Australia.

(10) How would the Government attempt to protect medical and other emergency response workers from radiation effects in the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

(11) What research and preparations has the Government conducted on the effects of nuclear weapons on health and the environment.

(12) What are the likely effects of a regional nuclear war in South Asia on agricultural production in Australia.

(13) To what extent do the humanitarian and environmental effects of nuclear weapons inform Australia’s policies on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

(14) Will the Australian Government participate in the conference in Oslo in March 2013 on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

2386  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) In regard to the transition of National Indigenous Television (NITV) into the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), will NITV staff be paid at the same rate as SBS staff when the transition and probationary period is complete.

(2) How is SBS applying recent funding increases to equipment upgrades and increases in staffing levels in radio or operations areas.

(3) How many full-time equivalent staff are employed by SBS compared to casual or part-time staff.

(4) Has SBS introduced full in-program advertising breaks to programs on the SBS On Demand internet service.

(5) Was the On Demand service previously operating with a single advertisement before each program, and with no advertisements during the program.

(6) Did SBS make a public statement that it intended to insert advertising breaks into internet television programs.

(7) Do advertisers pay a smaller amount or nil payment for ‘play only’ advertisements, and a higher amount for each ‘click on the advertisement’ advertisement.

(8) How is the On Demand advertiser rate card calculated and what does SBS charge.

(9) Will SBS re-introduce the ‘skip advert’ button that was removed from the On Demand player.

(10) What percentage of total revenue does SBS expect to generate from forcing advertisement breaks into the On Demand service.

(11) In the 2011-12 financial year: (a) of the $46 million that was revenue generated from advertisements on SBS television, as articulated during the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, what percentage of advertisements were positioned between programs only; and (b) how much did SBS spend on local Australian television production and the commissioning of such programs.

(12) Did SBS lawyers check and approve ‘The Last Frontier’ program before it was aired.

(13) What interaction did management have with the SBS Ombudsman on ‘The Last Frontier’ matter.

(14) Is it usual for a utility to go directly to the head of SBS with a grievance and to lobby for an apology.

(15) What time frame does the SBS Ombudsman usually have to decide on such matters and how does that compare with the decision on ‘The Last Frontier’.

(16) Does Hydro Tasmania advertise on SBS; if so, what revenue does SBS generate from this.

(17) Did the SBS Ombudsman consult with others to provide a right-of-reply in relation to the Hydro Tasmania complaint.

(18) Will Dateline make available on its website the full interviews with Hydro Tasmania and the Sarawak companies, to enable viewers to be fully informed and make independent decisions in relation to the story.

2388  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Why has Australia not signed up to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, given that a number of countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom and United States are participants.

(2) Would an Australian company engaging the services of the Burmese military be viewed as in violation of Australia’s arms embargo.

(3) Has the Australian Government, through any agency, provided any funding to Asialink at the University of Melbourne for their Asialink Conversations or missions to Burma or for the Australia Myanmar Business Taskforce.

(4) Is Australia providing any financial or in-kind assistance to Australian businesses to invest or operate in Burma.

(5) What precisely is proposed by the Minister when Australia offering support ‘in establishing an investment regime’ in Burma is discussed.

(6) With reference to the Labour, Trade and Investment Delegation to Myanmar: (a) when is it scheduled to take place; (b) who will participate and from which corporations; and (c) with whom will the delegation meet.

(7) What is department’s budget in relation to Burma.

(8) What is the budget used to fund.

(9) Who implements the programs and what proportion of funding is allocated to each element.