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Notice given 30 October 2012

2395  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

(1) Did the ABC close down the TV Arts unit resulting in the loss of approximately 16 positions.

(2) How does the ABC identify programs as ‘specialist’.

(3) How does the ABC conduct research to make decisions about Radio National in relation to attracting younger audiences.

(4) To what extent is the ABC willing to lose older audiences to attract younger audiences.

(5) How many temporary, or not permanent, positions currently exist in the ABC, listed by: (a) division; (b) classification; and (c) type (including casual, specified task contract, Run of Show contract and fixed-term contract positions).

(6) How many temporary positions were created in the 2012-13 financial year, to date.

(7) For the 2012-13 financial year, to date, can a breakdown be provided by ABC band classification detailing the percentage of new positions created in each ABC Division that are permanent.

(8) What percentage of permanent positions created during the 2012-13 financial year, to date, were the result of making temporary staff permanent.

(9) Can a breakdown be provided of ongoing and non-ongoing staff currently employed in each ABC band classification.

(10) For 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, what is the average: (a) length of casual employment, listed by ABC Division; and (b) length of contract employment, listed by department.

(11) Did the ABC obtain a contract with The One Umbrella to provide labour in the Content Services Division; and is the ABC paying an average of 30 dollars per hour to the company.

(12) What tender process was undertaken for the procurement of services from The One Umbrella; and is the same process undertaken to hire labour from other companies.

(13) What other labour hire companies and recruitment and contract agencies has the ABC engaged to provide labour services for ABC work in the past 5 years, broken down by ABC Division and by year.

(14) How much money has been spent over the past 5 years on temporary staff arrangements through external hire companies.

(15) How many staff employed through labour hire agreements are currently undertaking work in each ABC Division.

(16) What is the average period of time these external employees are working in the ABC, broken down by ABC Division.

(17) Will the ABC publish a strategy, as recommended by the Environment and Communications References Committee, outlining how it can meet its obligations under the ABC Charter; if so, when.

(18) What is the process by which the ABC considers airing matters on Media Watch that relate to the ABC, in particular, to whom at the ABC are the matters referred for approval.

(19) What is the process by which the ABC considers publishing articles about the ABC on The Drum , in particular, to whom at the ABC are they referred for approval.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2399-2446)—Since 1 July 2010, have any electorate-by-electorate dissections for actual or potential Government programs, initiatives or decisions been prepared by departments, agencies or authorities within the Minister’s portfolio; if so, for each dissection: (a) what has been its purpose; (b) what resources have been used; (c) who requested it; (d) to whom has it been circulated; and (e) can a copy be provided.

2402 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

2403 Minister representing the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

2404 Minister representing the Minister for the Arts

2406 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

2445 Minister for Sport

2446 Minister for Multicultural Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 5 November 2012 )