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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
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Ms Burke asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 18 March 2003:

(1) How many ministerial statements have been made in the years 1996 to 2003.

(2) In respect of each ministerial statement: (a) what was the name and portfolio of the Minister who made it, (b) on what date was it made and (c) was it published.

(3) In respect to each ministerial statement that was published; (a) how many copies were printed, (b) what was the cost of publication and (c) what was the method of distribution of the printed material.


Mr Howard (Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am advised by my Department as follows.

(1) 95, noting that, when the same statement was also made or tabled in the other chamber on behalf of the responsible minister, it has not been counted twice. Statements made as part of the Budget have not been included.

(2) (a) and (b)

Minister

Portfolio

Subject

Date

Mr Abbott

Employment Services

Job Network: Service Performance

07/09/00

Employment and Workplace Relations

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry

20/08/02

Building and Construction Industry: Interim Task Force

26/09/02

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry

26/03/03

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry

27/03/03

Senator Alston

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Information Technology—Australia's Readiness for the Year 2000

22/09/99

Mr Anderson

Primary Industries and Energy

Overseas Agriculture, Resources and Energy Mission to Europe and Korea

31/03/98

Acting Prime Minister

Solomon Islands: Evacuation of Australian Nationals

08/06/00

Mr Costello

Treasury

Reform of Australian Financial System

02/09/97

Mr Downer

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Reform of the Treaty-Making Process

02/05/96

Paedophile Inquiry

29/05/96

Deaths of Australian-based Journalists in East Timor in 1975

27/06/96

Inhumane Weapons Convention

15/10/96

White Paper on Foreign and Trade Policy

28/08/97

Overseas Aid Program

18/11/97

Development Cooperation Program

02/12/98

East Timor: Deaths of Australian Based Journalists

16/02/99

Bougainville Peace Process

09/06/99

Development Cooperation Program

09/12/99

Australia's Development Cooperation Program: 10th Annual Report

29/11/00

Trade Outcomes and Objectives Statement 2001

03/04/01

East Timor

15/05/02

Foreign Affairs: Iraq

17/09/02

Australia's Development Cooperation Program

24/09/02

Mr Fischer

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

19/11/96

Trade Policy, Outcomes and Objectives

05/02/97

Trade Outcomes and Objectives

04/03/98

Trade Outcomes and Objectives Statement

10/02/99

Senator Herron

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Torres Strait: Helicopter Crash

08/05/96

Senator Hill

Defence

Defence Update 2003

03/03/03

Environment

Sydney Hailstorm

13/05/99

1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1

27/05/99

Environment—Bushcare2

08/12/99

National Greenhouse Strategy—2000 Progress Report3

06/12/00

Mr Hockey

Treasury

Fire Doors

23/03/99

Census of Population and Housing—2001

06/04/00

Mr Howard

Prime Minister

Tragedy at Port Arthur

01/05/96

Gun Control

06/05/96

Defence Helicopter Tragedy at Townsville

17/06/96

Prime Minister: Visit to Indonesia and Japan and South Pacific

09/10/96

APEC Leader's Meeting

03/12/96

1996 Progress Report to the People

11/12/96

Australian Oceans Policy

03/03/97

Small Business Deregulation Task Force—Government Response—More Time for Business

24/03/97

Prime Minister—Visit to Singapore and China

15/05/97

Prime Minister—Visit to the UK and USA

27/08/97

Travel Allowance Payments: Member for Hume (Mr Sharp) and Member for Fadden (Mr Jull)—Resignations from the Ministry

24/09/97

Travel Allowance Payments (Further Information)

24/09/97

Travel Allowance Payments to Ministers

25/09/97

South Pacific Forum

02/10/97

CHOGM and Visit to Indonesia

19/11/97

Safeguarding the Future: Australia's Response to Climate Change

20/11/97

Constitutional Convention

02/03/98

National Reconciliation Week

27/05/98

East Timor: ADF Deployment

23/11/99

Defence 2000—Our Future Defence Force

06/12/00

Illegal Immigration: MV Tampa

29/08/01

Iraq

04/02/03

Iraq

14/05/03

Mr McGauran

Education, Science and Training

Maralinga: Nuclear Test Sites

25/03/03

Mr McLachlan

Defence

Defence Policy

Black Hawk Training Accident—Outcome of Report

6/03/97

Defence—Reform Program

30/09/97

Australia's Strategic Policy

02/12/97

Mr Moore

Defence

Defence Reform Program—Progress on Implementation

11/03/99

Dr Nelson

Education, Science and Training

Indigenous Education and Training Report 2001

14/11/02

Mr Reith

Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business

Junior Rates Inquiry

24/06/99

Workplace Relations and Small Business

Industry, Science and Technology—Standing Committee—Report on fair tradining—Government response

30/09/97

Mr Ruddock

Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Amnesty International—35th Anniversary

28/05/96

Management of the Migration Program

13/12/96

Immigration Detention Procedures

27/02/01

Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

Managing Migration

03/12/02

Mr Scott

Veterans' Affairs

Vietnam Veterans' Delegation to Vietnam

11/09/96

Health Policy for the Veteran Community in Rural and Remote Areas

16/10/96

Repatriation in Australia—80th Anniversary

07/04/98

Implementation of the Health Policy for the Veteran Community in Rural and Remote Areas

23/06/98

Visit to Sandakan

30/03/99

Mr Sharp

Transport and Regional Development

Aviation Safety Regulation

25/06/96

Seaview Commission Inquiry

08/10/96

Plane Safe Inquiry Report: Government Response

05/12/96

Mr Smith

Environment

Local Government

05/12/96

Mr Truss

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Natural Heritage Trust: Mid-Term Review

06/09/00

Mr Tuckey

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Fishing: Illegal Operators

07/06/01

Mr Williams

Attorney-General

New Format for Bills and Acts

01/05/96

Report on the Constitutional Convention

02/07/98

Dr Wooldridge

Health and Family Services

National Health and Medical Research Council

07/11/96

Immunisation Policy

25/02/97

National Indigenous Australians Sexual Health Strategy

26/03/97

Health and Aged Care

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Equipment

18/10/99

Ms Worth

Education, Science and Training

UNESCO General Conference

09/12/99

Mr Vaile

Trade

Visit to South America and Meetings of the Cairns Group and APEC

23/09/99

AFTA-CER Ministerial Meeting and Visits to Singapore and Japan

19/10/99

Trade Mission to the Gulf

14/03/00

Trade Outcomes and Objectives 2000

05/04/00

1Statement made by Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Heritage.

2 Statement made by Senator Minchin (Minister for Industry, Science and Resources) on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Heritage.

3 Statement made by Senator Campbell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and Manager of Government Business in the Senate) on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Heritage.

(2) (c) Ministerial Statements are incorporated into Hansard. Ministerial Statements may be, but are not always, made in relation to documents including published reports. The reports or other documents can originate from a wide range of agencies, depending on the subject matter, and are generally tabled in Parliament at the time of the relevant Ministerial Statement.

In relation to (3) (a), (b) & (c), taking into account the wide range of possible methods of publication and the time elapsed since some reports or documents were produced, I am not prepared to authorise the resources to compile the information requested. You may wish to note however, that the Guidelines on Presentation of Government Documents, Ministerial Statements and Government Responses to the Parliament, promulgated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, indicate that 306 copies are needed to cover the requirements for tabling Government documents in the Parliament, including for Members and Senators, the Parliamentary Library and the Press Gallery.