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Notice given 5 February 2013

2735  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Can the Minister clarify:

(a) whether negotiations are underway to allow United States of America (US) stores or outlets to sell retail products to US personnel stationed at Australian bases; and

(b) what arrangements, including customs, taxation and quarantine requirements, would be necessary in order for US stores or outlets to be permitted to sell retail products to US personnel stationed at Australian bases.

2736  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Given that, in 2006, over $4 million worth of stock from Australian Defence Force warehouses managed by the TenixToll consortium went missing, including weaponry, ammunition and furniture:

(1) Has the office of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force sought advice from Joint Logistics Command in relation to the management of the department’s warehouses under the Defence Integrated Distribution Services contract; if so, what action, if any, has this advice prompted.

(2) What other steps has the office taken to apprise itself of information about both the management of the warehouses during the relevant periods and the likely destination of missing stock.

(3) Will an audit or investigation occur; if not, why not; if so, will the investigation:

(a) cover an assessment of why the department is not pursuing its contractual rights against the TenixToll consortium to be reimbursed $4 million as advised by the Australian Government Solicitor; and

(b) seek to assess and publish precisely what stock has gone missing; and

(c) cover an assessment of the background, timing and intention of the insertion of ‘amendment 69’, which replaced financial liability provisions with ‘further discussion provisions’.

2737  Senator Bushby: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—Can the Minister provide a monetary figure and percentage breakdown of total domestic travel, detailing the proportion of that travel undertaken with Virgin Australia or Qantas, by each of the following groups during the 2012 calendar year: (a) senators; (b) senators’ staff; (c) members; (d) members’ staff; (e) shadow ministers; (f) shadow ministers’ staff; (g) senators and members travelling for committee work; and (h) senators’ and members’ staff travelling for committee work.

2738  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) How many neonicotinoid pesticides are registered for use in Australia, and can a list be provided detailing on which crops each is registered for use.

(2) Is the department aware of the finding by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that the neonicotinoid pesticide Imidacloprid poses an ‘unacceptable danger to bees feeding on flowering crops’.

(3) In light of this ruling, will the department review the registered uses for Imidacloprid in Australia; if not, why not.

(4) Is the department aware of the growing body of peer-reviewed evidence demonstrating that neonicotinoid pesticides are significantly contributing to bee decline in Europe and the United States of America, and what steps has the department taken to review these studies.

(5) Has the department: (a) obtained; and (b) reviewed, studies by the companies producing neonicotinoid chemicals, who claim that they have research proving the safety of neonicotinoid products for bees, and has the department made any effort to make such research publically available.

(6) Given the EFSA findings that there is a widespread lack of information, and that current regulations contain ‘major weaknesses’, will the department review Australia’s regulations in regard to neonicotinoid pesticides; if not, why not.

(7) Is the department aware of, or actively researching, effective and safe alternatives for the main neonicotinoid pesticides used in Australia.