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Notice given 30 November 2012

2645  Senator Macdonald: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the answers provided to question no. 81, taken on notice during the 2012-13 Supplementary Budget estimates hearing of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee:

(1) In how many countries are television signals broadcast using MPEG4 transmission.

(2) (a) How many Australian television broadcasting stations currently broadcast using MPEG4 transmission; and (b) for those stations not currently broadcasting in MPEG4, when are they likely to be in a position to do so, bearing in mind global trends.

(3) How many new televisions are currently being retailed in Australia that do not have the ability to receive MPEG4 signals, expressed as: (a) the total number; (b) a proportion of the available models; and (c) a percentage of total sets purchased.

(4) What does the Government estimate will be the cost, expressed per household and as a total national cost, to convert from MPEG2 to MPEG4 technologies.

(5) What is the cost per unit of MPEG2-compliant, departmental approved set top boxes.

2646  Senator Macdonald: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the answers provided to question no. 69, taken on notice during the 2012-13 Supplementary Budget estimates hearing of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee:

(1) How does an organisation obtain the classification of Remote Indigenous Media Organisation (RIMO), so that it can receive funding under the Indigenous Broadcasting Program.

(2) (a) Under what program does the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Media Association (TAIMA) receive its current grant of $310 000 for 2012-13; (b) what are the conditions of the grant; and (c) do the conditions require that TAIMA operate a radio station serving only the Townsville community.

(3) Which RIMO is providing radio broadcasting services in the Gulf of Carpentaria region, on Palm Island and in Indigenous communities between Townsville and Mt Isa, and between Townsville and Rockhampton, given that TAIMA Radio 4K1G is no longer providing their satellite service.

2647  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth—

(1) Is the Minister a Patron of the Mick Young Scholarship Trust.

(2) Did the Minister attend a fundraising dinner in Sydney, on 11 February 2011, with the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, Senator Wong, Mr Craig Emerson and other ministers called ‘Mick’s Big Nite Out’ to benefit the Trust; if so, is the Minister aware what profit was made.

(3) Is the Minister aware of any fundraising events held since ‘Mick’s Big Nite Out’ to benefit the Trust.

(4) Has the Trust decided to cease operations; if so: (a) when was the Minister informed; and (b) what reasons were given.

(5) Was the Minister aware that the Trust had an operating deficit of $367 000 in 2010 and $262 000 in 2011.

(6) Was the Minister aware of the Trust’s financial situation when he delivered the Mick Young Oration at Parliament House on 12 November 2011.

(7) When did the Minister become aware that the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) provided $50 000 in funding to the Trust during 2011.

(8) Why did TLISC provide $50 000 to an organisation that had an operating loss of $94 000 in 2010.

(9) What other donations were received by the Trust in 2011 and 2012.

(10) Will the balance of invested funds held by the Trust be transferred to the newly established TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarship Foundation; if so: (a) when was the Minister informed of this; (b) what amount will be transferred; and (c) how will this be allocated to: (i) administration, and (ii) scholarships.