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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1646

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, 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 appointment 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’ 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 Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

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

(2)   Nine vacancies remain to be filled by ministerial appointments. One being for a new director of the Snowy Hydro Limited board, another being for a new Chairperson for the Low Emissions Technology Development Fund and the remaining 7 are for the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (including the chairperson of this board).

(3)   No grants have been approved for Resources and Energy.

(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.