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On the first sitting day of each fortnight, a complete Notice Paper is published containing all unanswered questions. On subsequent days, only new questions for the sitting are included in the Notice Paper. The full text of all unanswered questions is available at:


Questions unanswered


Nos 125, 153, 167, 199, 201, 243, 271, 280-305.


12 February 2020

  *306    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         What is the Government’s, most recent calendar year estimate of non-deliberate deaths wholly or partially caused by road vehicle pollution.

(2)         What is the Government’s best estimate of the decrease in annual deaths that would result from Australia adopting road vehicle emissions standards equivalent or approximately equivalent to road vehicle emission standards of: (a) the United States; and (b) Europe (Euro 6).

(3)         Has the Department of Health’s most recent advice been for or against improved road vehicle emissions standards, and can a summary of that advice be provided.

  *307    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         What was the cost to the Government of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) in the financial years: (a) 2016-17; (b) 2017-18; (c) 2018-19; and (d) 2019-20.

(2)         Why did the Government defund the NCCARF.

(3)         Given that in the Prime Minister’s address to the National Press Club on 29 January 2020, adaptation was identified as a priority in the Government’s approach to practical action on climate change, will the Government now re-establish the NCCARF; if not, why not; if so, can details of the funding be provided for over the forward estimates.

  *308    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the recommendations made in  OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Australia 2019 :

(1)         As per page 30 of the review, has the Government: (a) updated and implemented the National Waste Policy as part of a broader strategy on circular economy, with measurable targets; (b) expanded the scope and improved standardisation of national waste data; and (c) updated the 2010-11 Waste Account, integrating material flow analysis to monitor progress towards a circular economy; if not, why not.

(2)         As per page 42 of the review, has the Government: (a) updated the 1992 National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development with a plan for implementing the 2030 Agenda supported by time-bound quantitative targets; (b) used environmental-economic accounts in Budget documents; and (c) published regular environmental expenditure accounts in Australia; if not, why not.

(3)         As per page 53 of the review, has the Government: (a) developed legal mechanisms to facilitate and accelerate ratification of current and future amendments to the Stockholm Convention and ratification of the Minimata Convention; and (b) updated the National Pollutant Inventory to be in line with the Recommendation on Implementing Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers adopted by the OECD Council on 10 April 2018; if not, why not.

  *309    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Government Services—In respect of the recent bushfires:

(1)         What training, if any, was provided to employees and contractors of the Department of Human Services prior to the release of the Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance (and any subsequently updated grant guidelines), to ensure accurate payments were made by the department.

(2)         What training, if any, was provided to either Centrelink employees or private contractors to ensure a trauma informed approach to assisting individuals during the bushfires.

  *310    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Government Services—Did the Department of Human Services supplement Centrelink employee numbers for the purposes of responding to bushfires during the period 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 by engaging private contractors; if so: (a) how many private contractors were engaged in each state on a full time equivalent basis; (b) what labour hire company or companies were chosen by the department to provide additional staff to Centrelink; and (c) for each state, what was the cost to the department for engaging private contractors in Centrelink, and what was the total cost.

  *311    Ms Owens : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—In respect of the Government’s response to the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, released on 31 October 2019:

(1)         How many of the additional 10,000 Home Care Packages (HCP) announced in November 2019 are allocated to the Western Sydney Aged Care Planning Region (ACPR).

(2)         How many of these new HCPs have been allocated to the Western Sydney ACPR to date.

(3)         How many people in the Western Sydney ACPR (in general) and in the electoral division of Parramatta (specifically) are still waiting for their appropriate HCP.






                                                                             Claressa Surtees

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives