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Notice given 25 January 2006

1563  Senator Conroy: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts commissioned a report by the Allen Consulting Group on the economic impact of the provision of multi-channelling and other services in the digital terrestrial spectrum.

(2) What was the cost of this consultancy.

(3) Will the Minister table in the Senate a copy of the report by Allen Consulting; if not, can the Minister explain why it will not be disclosed.

1565  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Does the Chief Financial Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) provide CASA’s monthly executive meeting with a list of staff who have failed to properly acquit their travel allowances and associated payments.

(2) What action is taken against officers who fail to properly acquit allowances and associated payments.

(3) Has CASA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) been named in these reports for failing to properly acquit travel allowances and associated payments; if so, can details be provided of: (a) the date of the report; (b) the nature of the CEO’s failure to properly acquit expenditure; (c) the date or dates of travel; (d) the places of travel; and (e) the cost of travel including: (i) airfares, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) other expenses by expense category.

(4) For each occasion on which the CEO has been named, can details be provided of: (a) action taken to ensure travel was acquitted; and (b) the date travel was properly acquitted.