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Notice given 2 November 2012

2503  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister for Finance and Deregulation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 7 November 2012 )— 

(1) What are the costings for all measures linked to the Minerals Resource Rent Tax, on an underlying cash basis and a fiscal basis, over each of the forward estimates to 2015-16, including:

(a) superannuation guarantee increase from 9 per cent to 12 per cent;

(b) low income government superannuation contribution ($500 tax rebate);

(c) higher superannuation caps for people aged 50 or more with a superannuation balance of less than $500 000;

(d) instant asset write-off for small business ($5 000 threshold);

(e) phasing down interest withholding tax on financial institutions;

(f) Regional Infrastructure Fund;

(g) expanding the definition of exploration to include geothermal energy;

(h) supplementary income support for low-income earners;

(i) an increase in the rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A;

(j) tax loss carry-back;

(k) Minerals Resource Rent Tax - adoption of recommendations of the Policy Transition Group;

(l) accelerated depreciation on motor vehicles ($5 000 upfront deduction);

(m) resource exploration refundable tax offset; and

(n) Minerals Resource Rent Tax - Exemption Threshold increase.

(2) If any of the above matters are not being proceeded with, can a statement to that effect be provided.

Senator Cash: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2504-2507)—

(1) Have Sri Lankan authorities, including the Sri Lankan Navy, ever informed Australian officials of illegal boats arriving in or on their way to Australia; if so, can details be provided including but not limited to: the date, time, method and nature of communication, the agency/agencies notified and any action taken by the agency/agencies notified.

(2) Have Sri Lankan authorities ever expressed a view that a boat or boats, of which the authorities may have informed Australian officials, should be returned to Sri Lanka, or that the authorities would be willing to aid in the return of the boat/s; if so, can details be provided including but not limited to: the date, time, method and nature of communication, the agency/agencies notified and any action taken by the agency/agencies notified.

(3) Did the Minister, Minister’s office or any agency instruct the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to intercept any boat before it entered Australian waters; if so, can details be provided including but not limited to: the date, time, method and nature of communication, the agency/agencies notified and any action taken by the agency/agencies notified.

2505 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

2510  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) Are there plans to publish a full suite of electoral reports on the department’s website; if so, when and what data will be included; if not, why not.

(2) Does the department prepare electorate-level reports for ministers; if so: (a) what data is included in the reports; (b) how often is this updated; (c) why is this material not publicly available; and (d) can copies of the latest reports be provided.

(3) Has electoral-specific data been used by the current Government in any grants scheme since November 2007.

2512  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) Can a list be provided of all discretionary grants, including ad hoc and one-off grants, since November 2007, including details of the recipients, intended use and which locations have benefited from the grants.

(2) How many reports have been commissioned by the Government in the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio since November 2007.

(3) For each report, can details be provided of: (a) the dates on which it was commissioned, handed to Government and publically released; (b) the terms of reference; and (c) where relevant, the committee members involved.

(4) For each report: (a) how much did the report cost; (b) how many departmental staff were involved and at what level; (c) what is the current status of each report; and (d) when is the Government intending to provide a response.

2513  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1) What is the status of each election commitment within the portfolio.

(2) Can details be provided of which election commitments are not on track, including: (a) why; (b) what are the implications; and (c) where relevant, the revised implementation date.