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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1645


Senator Minchin asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, 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 Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The answer to the honourable senator’s questions is as follows:

(1)   Senator the Hon Chris Evans as Minister representing the Prime Minister in the Senate will respond on my behalf to this question.

(2)   Vacancies which remain to be filled by Ministerial appointments within the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Portfolio as at 18 February 2008 are as follows:

Name of Committee/Board

Vacancies Occurring

Innovation Australia

Automotive Committee

Information Technology and Telecommunications Committee

Venture Capital Committee.

One vacancy

One vacancy

One vacancy

CSIRO Board

One vacancy

ANSTO Board

One vacancy

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Committee (NCRIS)

One vacancy

Cooperative Research Centres Committee

One vacancy

(3)   The grants below have been approved by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research as at 18 February 2008. The Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy has not approved any grants. The following grants were made under the International Science Linkages French-Australian Science and Technology Program.

Organisation

Project Title

The University of Western Australia

Lüders-like Deformation Behaviour of Near-equiatomic NiTi Shape Memory Alloys

The University of Melbourne

Objective risk evaluation and decision making for large systems

The Australian National University

Star polyphiles: 3D polycontinuous mesophases

The Australian National University

Control of light in periodic photonic structures: from waveguides to cavities

University of Tasmania

Integrated simulation tools for the bio-economic assessment of renewable resource systems

The Australian National University

Planning Approaches and Software Verification

Monash University

Thermal and photopolymerization of thermosets and blends, their nanocomposites and thermoplastic blends

The Australian National University

Transient Stability of Power Systems

The University of Melbourne

In Situ prevention of bone metastasis by functionalized multilayered capsules

Griffith University

Collaboration between chemists and physicists to study Van der Waals interactions for analysis of novel nano-materials

University of Adelaide

The evolution and domestication of equids, using ancient DNA analyses

University of New South Wales

Microwell production for selective deposition of proteins and cells using honeycomb structured porous films prepared by breathfigures

University of Newcastle

Networks, graphs and communications (Réseaux, graphes et communications)

(4)   Senator the Hon Nick Sherry as Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation in the Senate will respond on my behalf to this question. The honourable senator is welcome to attend Estimates hearings in future and request the information sought in this Question on Notice.