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Notice given 28 June 2006

2118  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Airservices Australia contract with the Government of the Solomon Islands, between 1998 and 2003:

(1) When and how did the Minister become aware of irregularities in contract payments made to the Government of the Solomon Islands.

(2) Was there an Airservices Australia investigation into the administration of this contract; if so:

(a) who conducted this investigation;

(b) what did the investigation discover;

(c) what recommendations resulted from the investigation;

(d) were payments to the Government of the Solomon Islands discontinued after the investigation; if so, why were these payments discontinued; and

(e) have the financial procedures within Airservices Australia been amended or varied as a result of this investigation.


 (3) Has any action commenced, or will any be undertaken, to recover funds from the Government of the Solomon Islands.

(4) When did the Minister initiate an investigation by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) into the administration of this contract.

(5) When is the ANAO investigation expected to be completed.

(6) What are the reporting arrangements between Airservices Australia and the Government concerning Airservices Australia contracts.

(7) Is Airservices Australia obliged to report contracts above a certain value; if so, what is the disclosure threshold.

(8) What is the extent of departmental oversight of Airservices Australia contracts.

(9) What section of the department is responsible for Airservices Australia.