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QUESTIONS IN WRITING

 

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:

www.aph.gov.au/qiw

 

Questions unanswered

 

Nos 125, 153, 167, 199, 201, 243, 271, 279-295.

 

10 February 2020

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

(1)         Why did the Government cut funding to the Long-term Ecological Research Network (LTERN).

(2)         What was the cost of the LTERN to the Government in each of the financial years: (a) 2015-16; (b) 2016-17; and (c) 2017-18.

(3)         What was the benefit to environmental monitoring, bushfire management and bushfire recovery from the LTERN.

(4)         In light of the recent devastation caused to native Australian flora and fauna by the bushfires, will the Government be reinstating its funding for LTERN; if not, why not.

  *297    Mr Zappia : To ask the Prime Minister—Has the review by Mr David Tune AO PSM into the totally and permanently incapacitated pension been completed; if so: (a) when was it completed; and (b) when will it be released.

  *298    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the Environment—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 1177 from the 45th Parliament (House Hansard , 2 April 2019, page 1584), can an update be provided on the work towards a potential ban on domestic trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

  *299    Mr Zappia : To ask the Attorney-General—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 213 (House Hansard , 5 December 2019, page 7205):

(1)         What is the total floor area of the floor on which the High Court of Australia is located at the Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Adelaide.

(2)         Who occupies any remaining floor space of the 225 square metres referred to in the answer to part (2) of the question.

  *300    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 154 (House Hansard , 14 October 2019, page 4068), can the Minister provide an update to his response.

  *301    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the contract reported on AusTender under Contract Notice CN3627825:

(1)         Is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) a relevant entity for the purposes of paragraph 7.18 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

(2)         Was this contract valued at or above the reporting threshold for the purposes of paragraph 7.18 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

(3)         On what date did DFAT: (a) enter into this contract; and (b) report this contract on AusTender.

(4)         Was the date on which DFAT reported this contract on AusTender within 42 days of the date on which DFAT entered into this contract; if not, was this a breach of the requirement in paragraph 7.18 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules that relevant entities must report contracts on AusTender within 42 days of entering into a contract; if not, why not.

  *302    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction—In respect of Australia’s first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s interim NDC Registry on 9 November 2016, which provides that the target of a 26 to 28 per cent reduction below 2005 levels by 2030 is for an ‘absolute economy-wide emissions reduction by 2030, to be developed into an emissions budget covering the period 2021-2030’, what is the Australian Government’s emissions budget for the period 2021-2030.

  *303    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction—What does the Department of the Environment and Energy project Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions to be over the period 2021-2030.

  *304    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction—In respect of Article 4, paragraph 9 of the Paris Agreement and associated decisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties and Meetings of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, is Australia due to communicate a new or updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in 2020; if so, when in 2020 will the Government prepare and communicate a new or updated NDC; if not, by when is Australia due to communicate a new or updated NDC.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                             Claressa Surtees

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives