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Notice given 6 November 2012

2515  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations— 

(1) What briefing material is provided by the department to the Minister at the table for Senate estimates hearings.

(2) Does the department provide a briefing folder to the Minister at the table.

2528  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—What is the final, total cost of the Fair Work Act Review, and can a full breakdown be provided including all staff, travel and secretariat costs.

2530  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—What is the cost of the Minister’s intervention in the Fair Work Australia Modern Awards Review.

2532  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—Can full details be provided of the standard due-diligence that would usually take place for appointments to Fair Work Australia.

2543  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—In relation to Fair Work Australia (FWA):

(1) With reference to the financial reporting requirements of registered organisations, can details be provided of the number of organisations that have failed to comply with the legislative target dates for each year since 2008, including: (a) the names of each organisation; and (b) to what the target dates related.

(2) For the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years, can details be provided of the number of registered organisations that failed to provide an auditor’s report or statement referring specifically to the concise report as prescribed by section 265(3)(c) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (the Act), including: (a) when the failure occurred; (b) whether the registered organisation has been required to correct the record and provide such an auditor’s statement; if not, why not; and (c) the names of each organisation.

(3) For the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years, how many registered organisations have: (a) failed to provide a full report to their membership within 6 months of the financial year, over the past three years; and (b) failed to lodge with FWA the necessary documentation within 14 days of a general meeting.

(4) To the knowledge of FWA, how many registered organisations have failed to comply with subsection 254(2)(d) of the Act.

(5) If this information has been withheld by organisations: (a) why has FWA not demanded organisations provide completed records; and (b) does FWA simply request that requirements be met in the future without requiring that historical data be provided to both FWA and to the membership of the registered organisation.

(6) Given that subsection 237(1) of the Act requires certain steps if an individual grant or donation exceeds $1 000, has FWA sought historical data of registered organisations that are known not to have complied, in particular, matters in relation to United Voice Tasmania.