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Notice given 13 September 2001

3879  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Will the Government publicly release its response to the report of the Resources Working Party, Heritage: The Cinderella of Cultural Funding .

(2) Why has there been a 2-year delay in making this response.

(3) Has there been any resolution of the problem identified by the report about the lack of data on expenditure on cultural, including built heritage as opposed to natural heritage.

(4) Depending on the outcome of the sampling work being done for the next State of the Environment report, is it the Government’s intention to increase the level of funding where it is needed.

(5) Does the Government propose to review the impact of the National Competition Policy on Australia’s heritage; if not, why not.

(6) (a) Now that the National Museum of Australia has been established, when will the museum’s community outreach programs resume; and (b) what are the short-and long-term plans for the museum’s outreach programs.

(7) Relative to Commonwealth expenditure overall, how does the 2001-02 budget for cultural heritage compare with each of the previous four financial years.

(8) Does the department still intend to abolish the Heritage Collections Council; if so, which organisation will continue its work.

(9) (a) What was the rationale for the abolition of funding for Museums Australia by the Australia Council; and (b) is there a proposal to fund Museums Australia by other means; if so, how.

Senator Allison: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 3880-3896)—

(1) (a) When did the department last conduct an audit of heritage values in its properties; and (b) can that report be made available.

(2) Does the department have policies, protocols and/or guidelines for the protection of heritage values in its properties; if not, why not.

(3) (a) What is the budget for maintenance and conservation works in the department for the 2001-02 financial year; and (b) how does this compare with each of the previous four financial years.

(4) Which properties has the department sold over the past five years that have heritage values.

(5) Which of these are listed on the Register of the National Estate.

(6) Which of these have state government and local government protection.

(7) What are the department’s policy, protocol and/or guidelines for archiving documents.

(8) (a) Does the department have a collection of artworks and/or artefacts, including documents, of heritage value; (b) are these documented; and (c) is there a budget for acquisition or conservation of such work.

(9) Does the department use the National Culture-Leisure Industry Statistical Framework prepared by the Cultural Ministers’ Council in compiling data; if not, why not.

(10) For those services contracted out, what arrangements, guidelines and requirements are in place to safeguard records for archiving.

(11) (a) What, if any, historical guides and publications on heritage were prepared by the department in the 2000-01 financial year; and (b) what is the budget for this purpose in the 2001-02 financial year.

3880 Minister representing the Prime Minister

3881 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

3882 Minister representing the Treasurer

3883 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

3884 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

3885 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

3886 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

3887 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care

3888 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Administration

3889 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs

3890 Minister for Industry, Science and Resources

3891 Minister representing the Attorney-General

3892 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

3893 Minister representing the Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

3894 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

3895 Minister for Family and Community Services

3896 Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business