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Notice given 15 August 2003

1794  Senator Greig: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—In relation to the 2003-04 Budget measure to abolish the financial supplement loan:

(1) What is the age and family profile of those individuals who have taken up the option of the financial supplement loan.

(2) What proportion of those who take up the loan do not repay in full.

(3) What is the average total loan repayment amount that is not repaid.

(4) What are the main reasons given for taking up the loan.

(5) What are the main reasons for the lack of repayment for the loan.

(6) What other measures has Centrelink or the department considered to recover the loans that are not repaid.

(7) Has any evaluation been undertaken to assess whether the financial supplement loan has led to more students remaining in study.

(8) What other options will students have to pay for large sum items, such as text books, should the financial supplement loan be abolished.

(9) Which groups were consulted prior to the decision to abolish the loan.

1795  Senator Greig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Did the Australian Federal Police (AFP) ever receive a complaint about the investigation of theft from the Managing Director of Wylkian Pty Ltd, Mr Harold Upton; if so: (a) what was the period of time that elapsed between the complaint being lodged and the complaint being investigated; (b) what was the nature and outcome of the complaint; (c) what was the amount that Mr Upton alleged was stolen from his business; and (d) who conducted the investigation on behalf of the AFP.

(2) Is that investigation considered to be open or closed and for what reasons is it considered as such.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that part of the complaint from Mr Upton included an allegation that certain cheques were stolen from his business; if so: (a) can the Minister confirm whether the investigating officer ascertained whether the cheques were banked and if so, by whom; and (b) can the Minister confirm whether the identity of the person who banked the cheques and or the account holder, were ever ascertained; if not, why not.

(4) Is the Minister satisfied with the conduct of the AFP in this matter.

1796  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can the Minster confirm that the department is preparing to sell a parcel of 130 hectares of land at Maribyrnong in Victoria. 

(2) Has the land been assessed for rare and endangered species; if so, what were the findings of that assessment.

(3) Is there any contamination on the site; if so: (a) what is the extent of the contamination; and (b) what is the recommended method of addressing the contamination issues.

(4) Has the land been offered to the local shire council for purchase; if so, at what price; if not, why not.

(5) (a) What is the assessed value of the land; (b) who conducted the valuation; and (c) when.