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Notice given 29 November 2006

2877  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to Table 5.7 on page 259 of the department’s annual report for 2005-06: (a) what was the categorisation of investigations undertaken by the Service Police in the 1222 cases on hand for the Army as at 30 June 2006; (b) what percentage in each category resulted in the offence being proven; and (c) what disciplinary measures resulted.

2884  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many Australian Defence Force personnel have served overseas in: (a) East Timor; (b) Afghanistan; (c) Iraq; and (d) the Solomon Islands.

(2) For each of those deployments: by percentage and disability category, how many personnel are now in receipt of, or have received, disability compensation; and of those: (a) how many are still serving; and (b) how many have been discharged as medically unfit.

(3) How many from each deployment are now in receipt of: (a) a totally and permanently incapacitated pension; or (b) incapacity pay as being unable to work.

(4) For all personnel who have served in the above deployments: (a) how many have entitlement to the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and the Military Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 1989 combined; and (b) how many have access only to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2005 .

2893  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the decision by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on 25 November 2006 to suspend Transair’s air operator’s certificate under section 30DC of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 on the grounds the operator had engaged, may be engaging and was likely to engage in conduct constituting, contributing to, or resulting in, a serious and imminent risk to air safety:


 (1) Is the Minister aware that a CASA spokesperson, Mr Peter Gibson, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s PM program on 27 November 2006, that the information that prompted the suspension was ‘new information, information which literally only came to light in the last few days. So in no way does it relate to the accident at Lockhart River’.

(2) Is this statement accurate.

2894  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Human Services—With reference to the practice of providing, at the end of answers to questions on notice, the number of hours and the cost involved in producing the answer:

(1) Why was this practice instituted.

(2) Why did question on notice no. 1981 (Senate Hansard , p. 97) notice of which was given on 7 June 2006 and answered on 7 November 2006, allegedly cost approximately $62.21 per hour to answer, while question on notice no. 2002 (Senate Hansard , p. 101) asked and answered on the same days allegedly cost $32.94 per hour.

(3) Why is there no consistency in the hourly rate and the cost of producing these answers.

(4) What methodology is used to calculate the number of hours and the cost involved in producing answers to questions on notice.

(5) Can a copy be supplied of the written instructions to staff detailing the methodology to be applied in determining the cost of producing answers to questions on notice; if not, why not.

(6) Can an itemised account consistent with a methodology to justify the claimed costs in producing the answers to questions on notice 1981 and 2002 be provided; if not, why not.