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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
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Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence and the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

With reference to Senator Minchin’s letter to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, dated 1 February 2008, can the following information be provided prior to each round of Estimates and for Additional Estimates by 13 February 2008:

(1) (a)   What appointments have been made by the Government (through Executive Council, Cabinet and ministers) to statutory authorities, executive agencies and advisory boards within the Minister’s portfolio; and (b) for each appointment, what are the respective appointee’s credentials.

(2)   How many vacancies remain to be filled by ministerial (including Cabinet and Executive Council) appointments.

(3)   What grants have been approved by the Minister from within the Minister’s portfolio.

(4)   What requests have been submitted to the Department of Finance and Deregulation to move funds within the Minister’s portfolio.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s questions:

(1) (a)   and (b) Senator the Hon Chris Evans as Minister representing the Prime Minister in the Senate will respond on my behalf.

(2)   Vacancies which remain to be filled by Ministerial appointments within the Defence portfolio, as at 8 April 2008:

(a)   Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Council - two vacancies remain to be filled.

(b)   Royal Australian Air Force Veterans Residence Trust Fund - a single vacancy remains to be filled.

(c)   Defence Housing Australia (DHA) - the position of DHA Chairperson has not been permanently filled.

(d)   Australian Military Court - all of the part-time (up to eight) Military Judge positions are vacant.

(3)   As at 22 April 2008 the following grants have been approved by the Minister for Defence since 24 November 2007:

(a)   The Australian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

(b)   The International Institute for Strategic Studies - Asia for its Asia Seminar Series.

(c)   The International Institute for Strategic Studies - Asia for the 2008 Shangri-La Dialogue.

(d)   The International Institute for Strategic Studies - Asia for the 2009 Shangri-La Dialogue.

(e)   Murdoch University for Public Lecture Series on Emerging Security Threats.

(f)   The Royal United Services Institute of Australia.

(4)   Senator the Hon Nick Sherry as Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation in the Senate will respond on my behalf.

The honourable Senator is welcome to attend Estimates hearings in future and request the information sought in this Question on Notice.