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QUESTIONS IN WRITING

 

On the first sitting day of each fortnight, a complete Notice Paper is published containing all unanswered questions. On subsequent days, only new questions for the sitting are included in the Notice Paper. The full text of all unanswered questions is available at:

www.aph.gov.au/qiw

 

3 July 2019

         8    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of the $8.4 million from the Government’s Community Health and Hospitals Program promised during the 2019 federal election campaign to expand hospital care and dialysis services in Victor Harbor, South Australia: (a) when will the funds be released; and (b) when will the project (i) commence, and (ii) be completed.

      21    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Youth and Sport—

(1)         For each state and territory, and between: (a) 1 January and 31 December 2016; (b) 1 January and 31 December 2017; (c) 1 January and 31 December 2018; and (d) 1 January and 30 June 2019, (i) how many children were detained in a youth justice centre or detention facility, (ii) what is the breakdown of male and female children, and (iii) how many children were in detention while on remand.

(2)         In respect of (1) (i) and (iii) above, what proportion (as a percentage) of children identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

(3)         For each state and territory, what proportion (as a percentage) of the current female and male adult prison population, were detained as children.

      23    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of the $8.6 million promised from the Government’s Community Health and Hospitals Program to expand the emergency department at Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in South Australia: (a) when will the money be released; and (b) when will the project (i) commence, and (ii) be completed.

4 July 2019

      47    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants lodged an application for citizenship by conferral in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      48    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What total number of applications for citizenship by conferral (both primary and dependent) were on hand on 30 June in: (a) 2013; (b) 2014; (c) 2015; (d) 2016; (e) 2017; (f) 2018; and (g) 2019.

      49    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants were conferred citizenship in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      50    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants were refused citizenship by conferral in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      51    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What were the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, (f) 2017-18 and (g) 2018-19.

      52    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral that were on hand on 30 June in: (a) 2013; (b) 2014; (c) 2015; (d) 2016; (e) 2017: (f) 2018; and (g) 2019.

      53    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants conferred citizenship in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      54    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral that were refused in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      55    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      56    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral that were on hand on 30 June in: (a) 2013; (b) 2014; (c) 2015; (d) 2016; (e) 2017; (f) 2018; and (g) 2019.

      57    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants were conferred citizenship in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      58    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral that were refused in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      59    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What total number of applications for citizenship (both primary and dependent) lodged in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14: (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19 remain on hand.

      60    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship lodged in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19; that remain on hand.

      61    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship lodged in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19; that remain on hand.

      62    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What was the average number of days from lodgement to conferral for (primary and dependent) citizenship applications by conferral that were conferred in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      63    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral with the highest average number of days from lodgement to conferral for applications conferred in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      64    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral with the highest average number of days from lodgement to conferral for applications conferred in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      65    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What was the average number of days from lodgement to approval for (primary and dependent) citizenship applications by conferral that were approved in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      66    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries for (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral with the highest average number of days from lodgement to approval for applications approved in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      67    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral with the highest average number of days from lodgement to approval for applications approved in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      68    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What was the average number of days from approval to conferral for (primary and dependent) citizenship applications by conferral that were conferred in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      69    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten countries of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral with the highest average number of days from approval to conferral for applications conferred in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

      70    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—What are the top ten local government areas of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral with the highest average number of days from approval to conferral for applications conferred in: (a) 2012-13; (b) 2013-14; (c) 2014-15; (d) 2015-16; (e) 2016-17; (f) 2017-18; and (g) 2018-19.

22 July 2019

      72    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture—

(1)         Does the Government accept the recommendations of the Review of the Regulatory Capability and Culture of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Regulation of Live Animal Exports completed by Mr Philip Moss AM (the Moss Review).

(2)         Did the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources state in October 2018 that the Government had asked the department to implement the recommendations as quickly as practicable.

(3)         Does the Government support the establishment of an independent external entity known as the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to oversee the department in its role as regulator of live animal exports.

(4)         As an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports has been appointed, but the position has not yet been enacted through legislation, will the Government: (a) introduce legislation to establish the functions of the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports; and (b) request the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to undertake a review of the Government’s response to the Moss Review; if so, will the Government require the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports to complete the review before or after the position is secured through legislation.

      73    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         Is it a fact that: (a) the goods and services tax registration turnover threshold for not-for-profit organisations was $100,000 in 2000, and was subsequently increased to $150,000 from 1 July 2007; and (b) since that time, there has been no adjustment to the not-for-profit threshold; if so, what adverse effects does this create for small charities.

(2)         Does the Government intend to increase the not-for-profit threshold.

(3)         Will the Government proceed with indexing the not-for-profit threshold; if so, when; if not, why not.

      74    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment—Since 1 July 2015, has the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) entered into any arrangements to provide financing or other support for infrastructure projects or investments in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste or other Pacific island countries; if so, for each of those arrangements: (a) in which country was the project or investment; (b) on what date did EFIC enter into the financing or support arrangements; (c) what was the project or investment; (d) what was the total value of the project or investment; (e) what amount of financing or support was provided by EFIC; (f) what was the nature of the financing or other support provided by EFIC; (g) was EFIC’s financing provided through the commercial account or the national interest account; (h) was additional financing for the project or investment provided by the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP); and (i) did the AIFFP provide any grants for the project or investment.

      75    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         Is the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) a Commonwealth entity or company under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ; if so, what type of entity or company is it under the Act; if not, what type of entity or company is the AIFFP.

(2)         In respect of the AIFFP board referred to in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s supplementary submission to the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee inquiry into the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Support for Infrastructure Financing) Bill 2019: (a) what is the role of the AIFFP board; (b) what are the legislative, regulatory and administrative frameworks under which the board has been established and will operate; (c) who appoints board members; (d) what is the process for selecting board members; (e) what are the names, dates and terms of appointment of each board member; and (f) what remuneration is provided to board members.

(3)         How many staff are: (a) engaged on the AIFFP; and (b) anticipated to be engaged on the AIFFP at the end of 2019-20.

(4)         Who employs staff engaged on the AIFFP.

      76    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         Who makes decisions on whether the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) provides: (a) grants for infrastructure projects or investments; and (b) loans for infrastructure projects or investments.

(2)         What are the terms of the loans that the AIFPP will provide.

(3)         What interest rates will apply to AIFPP loans.

(4)         What sum of money is budgeted to meet operating expenses of the AIFFP in each year of the forward estimates.

(5)         How are the AIFFP’s operating expenses being funded.

(6)         Is the AIFFP expected to make a financial return on its loans business; if so, what is the anticipated level of return.

(7)         Has the Government provided any guidelines, directions, statement of expectations or other mandate concerning the AIFFP’s lending activities.

(8)         Have returns on the AIFFP’s lending activities been included in the Budget estimates; if so, what is the amount of estimated returns in each year of the forward estimates.

(9)         Will AIFFP loans be accounted for on the balance sheet of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT); if not, what entity’s balance sheet will support AIFFP loans.

(10)     Has the Government provided DFAT or other relevant entity with additional capital to support the AIFFP; if so: (a) what amount of capital was provided; and (b) on what date was the capital transacted.

(11)     What is the total size of the capital base that will support the AIFFP’s lending activities.

(12)     What will be the maximum total exposure or liability for the AIFFP’s lending activities.

(13)     What prudential standards and policies apply to the AIFFP’s financial exposures and risks.

(14)     How will the financial and administrative performance, management and affairs of the AIFFP be reported.

(15)     Will the AIFFP produce financial statements or will its activities be reported in the financial statements of DFAT or another entity.

      77    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         What functions and services will the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) provide in supporting the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).

(2)         Can details be provided of any contract, agreement or memorandum of understanding concerning the relationship between EFIC and the AIFFP.

(3)         Will EFIC be paid any fees for its support services to the AIFFP.

      78    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for International Development and the Pacific—In respect of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 2019 Annual Aid Evaluation Plan:

(1)         Which of the four strategic evaluations to be conducted in 2019 has been: (a) completed; and (b) published.

(2)         Which of the 44 program evaluations to be conducted in 2019 has been: (a) completed; and (b) published.

      79    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—For each year since 2014: (a) how many New Colombo Plan scholars and mobility students have been supported in total; and (b) what is the breakdown of the numbers of scholars and mobility students spending time in each of the New Colombo Plan host countries.

25 July 2019

      80    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         Which species in the Federal Electorate of Mayo (or adjacent waters) are on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act’s threatened species list.

(2)         For each of those species: (a) as a percentage, what are the species’ chances of extinction in the next ten years; (b) what steps have been taken to decrease the chance of extinction; (c) which species do not yet have an up-to-date recovery plan; and (d) for each species with no up-to-date recovery plan, when will there be a plan.

(3)         What steps have been taken to restore significant tracts of habitat in the Federal Electorate of Mayo.

              Ms Sharkie : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 81 to 82)—

(1)         As a percentage, and also displayed in map form, what are the predicted changes in rainfall across Australia in ten and twenty years for global emission pathways consistent with: (a) 1.5°C warming; (b) 2°C warming; and (c) business as usual emissions.

(2)         What impact is climate change expected to have upon agricultural production (expressed as a percentage change in total production value) in each state, territory and major food production areas in Australia under the scenarios given above.

(3)         What impact is climate change expected to have upon public health (by disability adjusted life year) in each state and territory under the scenarios given above.

      81    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

      82    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture.

      83    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of Contract Notice CN3610753 published on Austender on 15 July 2019, what economic analysis will be provided by MannNorth Pty Ltd.

      84    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of Contract Notice CN3611787 published on Austender on 17 July 2019: (a) what are the details of the market research to be provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting; (b) what subject matters will the market research cover; (c) what methodologies will be used in the market research; and (d) why has the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade commissioned this market research.

      85    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         Is it a fact that there is no difference in the effective tax incentive for businesses that choose to donate food to charities compared with those who choose to dump it; if so, why.

(2)         Does the Government consider it possible to incentivise an increase in food donations by businesses whilst also reducing food waste.

(3)         Has the Government considered an increase in the tax deduction for businesses that make food donations, or other changes that would incentivise food donations over food dumping; if so, what did the Government conclude; if not, why not.

(4)         Has the Government considered providing tax deductions for businesses that donate services related to food relief, such as, transportation, pallet hire, storage and refrigeration; if so, what did the Government conclude; if not, why not.

29 July 2019

      86    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—In respect of the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403), Pacific Labour scheme stream, for the financial year 2018-19, how many visas were granted by: (a) nationality; (b) occupation at ANZSCO 4 digit level; (c) the sponsoring employer’s industry subsector at ANZSIC 4 digit level; and (d) the sponsoring employer’s location at Statistical Area Level 4.

      87    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—In respect of the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403), Seasonal Worker Program stream, and any earlier visa subclasses used to implement the Seasonal Worker Program, for each of the financial years from 2013-14 to 2018-19, how many visas were granted by: (a) nationality; (b) occupation at ANZSCO 4 digit level; (c) the sponsoring employer’s industry subsector at ANZSIC 4 digit level; and (d) location of the sponsoring employer at Statistical Area Level 4.

      88    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In respect of paragraphs 4.37 and 4.38 of the  Australian National Audit Office Report No. 39, 2017-18: Naval Construction Programs—Mobilisation, Department of Defence : (a) were independently-verified funding requirements for the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programs developed; if so, were they provided to Government by Defence; if not, why not; and (b) in respect of the $5-6 billion offset required to accelerate the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programs, (i) what projects were cancelled, (ii) what projects were deferred or were subject to schedule changes, (iii) what projects received a reduction in scope or capability, and (iv) what projects received a reduction in funding provisions.

      89    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In respect of the Department of Defence’s Projects of Concern process, can the Minister provide a list of all Project of Concern summit meetings held with responsible Ministers since 7 September 2013 including: (a) date of summit meeting; (b) the Minister or Minsters attending; (c) Defence acquisition or sustainment projects reviewed; and (d) remediation actions arising from each summit.

      90    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In respect of the Department of Defence’s Projects of Concern process: (a) what are the principles that provide a basis to recommend that a project be placed on the list of Projects of Concern; (b) what are the principles that provide a basis to recommend that a project be removed from the list of Projects of Concern; (c) can the Minister provide the current list of Projects of Concern including, (i) the date the project became a Project of Concern, and (ii) the performance issue that warranted listing as a Project of Concern; (d) can the Minister provide the current list of Projects of Interest including, (i) the date the project became a Project of Interest, and (ii) the performance issue that warranted listing as a Project of Interest; and (e) can the Minister provide the current list of Sustainment Projects of Interest including, (i) the date the project became a Sustainment Project of Interest, and (ii) the performance issue that warranted listing as a Sustainment Project of Interest.

30 July 2019

      92    Ms Bird : To ask the Minister for Government Services—

(1)         By postcode (or if not available by postcode, for the electoral division of Cunningham or the Illawarra region) in the electoral division of Cunningham, what is the: (a) average processing time; (b) minimum processing time; and (c) maximum processing time, for the following payments, (i) Newstart, (ii) aged pension, (iii) carers payments, (iv) disability payments, and (v) Austudy.

(2)         How many applications in the electoral division of Cunningham or in the Illawarra region are processed in: (a) less than the average processing time; and (b) more than the average processing time.

      94    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Is it a fact that for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 March 2019, 86 per cent of patients who visited a general practitioner were bulk billed.

(2)         What percentage of patients who visited a general practitioner had all their visits bulk billed during: (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19.

      95    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         How many general practitioners in the electoral division of Mayo bulk bill.

(2)         What percentage of general practitioners bulk bill in: (a) the electoral division of Mayo; and (b) South Australia; and (c) Australia.

(3)         What percentage of patient consultations were bulk billed in: (a) the electoral division on Mayo; and (b) South Australia.

(4)         What is the average out of pocket cost for a standard consultation with a general practitioner in the electoral division of Mayo: (a) for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 March 2019; and (b) for the same period, excluding those patients who attended a bulk billing practice.

      96    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—

(1)         What percentage of registered home care providers disclosed their fees on the Department of Health’s My Aged Care website as at 1 July 2019.

(2)         Is it mandatory for all home care providers to disclose all fees to the department for the purposes of publication on the My Aged Care website.

(3)         What penalties, if any, has or will the department impose on providers that fail to disclose their fees for publication on the My Aged Care website.

(4)         What action is the department taking to ensure the information disclosed by providers is true and accurate.

      97    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—What is the: (a) national average management fee; (b) average management fee in South Australia; and (c) average management fee in the electoral division of Mayo for, (i) Level 1 home care packages, (ii) Level 2 home care packages, (iii) Level 3 home care packages, and (iv) Level 4 home care packages.

      99    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction—

(1)         Why has there been no government action, studies or funding in relation to in-service vehicle emissions testing in Australia since the last National In-Service Vehicle Emissions Study in 2009.

(2)         Does the Government currently track how Australia’s on-road fleet is performing in terms of emissions; if so, how, and is the data publicly available; if not, why not.

(3)         In respect of the Volkswagen emissions scandal: (a) what are and were the impacts upon government policy; and (b) what steps did the Government take in response.

(4)         Why are Australian vehicle emission (air pollution) standards and air pollution from vehicles increasingly lagging behind the European Union; and does this put Australia at risk of becoming a dumping ground for inferior technology; if not, why not.

(5)         Is it a fact that Australia intends to adopt Euro 6 vehicle emission (air pollution) standards (introduced in Europe in 2014-15) in 2027; if so, why is there a 13-year delay; if not, when does it intend to adopt Euro 6 standards.

(6)         Why is Australia waiting to introduce vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards, which have been adopted in around 80 per cent of overseas light vehicle markets, and does this mean that, as a consequence, Australian motorists are increasingly driving less fuel efficient vehicles and paying more in weekly fuel costs; if not, why not.

31 July 2019

    100    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services—

(1)         How will the $527.9 million funding to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability be allocated amongst government agencies.

(2)         What funding, if any, has been allocated to advocacy support services for the purposes of the Royal Commission; if funding has been allocated: (a) what is the breakdown for each state and territory; and (b) what funding has been allocated to, (i) individual advocacy; (ii) systemic advocacy for each state and territory, and (iii) systemic advocacy at a national level.

1 August 2019

              Mr Hill : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 102 to 104)—In respect of the Prime Minister’s requirement that all electorate and personal staff of a minister or parliamentary secretary obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 2 security clearance:

(1)         Are either of the two staff members of a minister or parliamentary secretary who failed to obtain or maintain a security clearance between 1 July 2015 and 12 June 2019: (a) currently serving on the staff of a minister or parliamentary secretary; or (b) currently serving as a Member of the House of Representatives.

(2)         How many staff members of a minister or parliamentary secretary sought to obtain a security clearance after 1 July 2015 but withdrew their application before 12 June 2019, and of those staff members, how many are: (a) currently serving on the staff of a minister or parliamentary secretary; or (b) currently serving as a Member of the House of Representatives.

(3)         How many prospective staff members of a minister or parliamentary secretary sought to obtain a security clearance after 1 July 2015 but withdrew their application before 12 June 2019, and of those prospective staff members, how many are: (a) currently serving on the staff of a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary or (b) currently serving as a Member of the House of Representatives.

(4)         How many staff members of a minister or Parliamentary Secretary sought to obtain a security clearance after 1 July 2015 but did not obtain a clearance before 12 June 2019, and of those staff members, how many are: (a) currently serving on the staff of a minister or parliamentary secretary; or (b) currently serving as a Member of the House of Representatives.

(5)         How many prospective staff members of a minister or parliamentary secretary sought to obtain a security clearance after 1 July 2015 but did not obtain a clearance before 12 June 2019, and of those prospective staff members, how many are: (a) currently serving on the staff of a minister or parliamentary secretary; or (b) currently serving as a Member of the House of Representatives.

    103    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

    107    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—For each South Australian federal electoral division, how many people are waiting for a citizenship application to be finalised.

    108    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—For each South Australian federal electoral division, how many National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants have: (a) sought a review and are awaiting an outcome; and (b) have been accepted as an NDIS participant but are awaiting a planning meeting.

    109    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Government Services—For each South Australian federal electoral division: (a) how many people are in receipt of a disability support pension; and  (b) what proportion of disability support pension applications were approved in, (i) 2017-18, and (ii) 2018-19.

    110    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With respect to paragraph 110 and footnote 26 of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) publication Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific - Implementation Design : (a) what is the Australian Private Sector Mobilisation Climate Fund; (b) who is designing this fund; (c) what will be its functions and objectives; (d) what are the arrangements with the Asian Development Bank for implementation of this fund; (e) how much funding will be provided by DFAT in each year of the forward estimates; and (f) has this funding been provided as a new budget measure; if not, what existing programs are being used to provide this funding.

    111    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—In South Australia, how many people were waiting for a citizenship application to be finalised as at 30 June 2013.

    112    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Why does the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (ANZFSC) fail to prescribe a minimum level of juice content for cider.

(2)         On what basis does Australia justify a deviation from comparable international jurisdictions which do include such minimum standards.

(3)         What steps is the Government taking to: (a) rectify the omission of a specified minimum level of juice content for cider, and when can it be expected that this issue will be resolved; and (b) improve the quality of consumer information required about the ingredients in cider products, for example, fruit content and the country of origin.

(4)         Is the Government aware that cider producers find it difficult to identify the rules that apply to cider, and that despite their similarities many of the rules are inconsistent to those that apply to grape wine.

(5)         What steps has the Government taken to simplify these rules.

(6)         How is the definition for cider in the legislation governing the wine equalisation tax consistent with the definition of cider in the ANZFSC.

(7)         Will the Government commission a comprehensive review into the regulation of cider; if not, why not.

    113    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Is the Minister aware that in 2013 an estimated 36,000 tonnes of apple juice concentrate was imported from China, and this apple juice concentrate ended up in some Australian apple juice and cider.

(2)         For each year from 2015 to 2018, can figures be provided on the amount of apple juice concentrate that was imported from: (a) China; and (b) Europe.

(3)         For each of the past 10 years, can figures be provided on the change in dollar value per tonne of locally grown apples that are used to make cider or apple juice.

(4)         Is the Government able to provide figures which provide an indication of changes in the size and composition of the apple industry in Australia over the past 15 years.

(5)         How many companies in Australia have been fined or issued notice warnings for misleading labelling juice products over the past 10 years; and can details be provided of those cases.

(6)         What mandatory and enforceable regulations does the Government have to protect consumers in relation to fruit juice contents labelling.

    114    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         In which Indo-Pacific countries did the Government relinquish its licences to shortwave radio frequencies, and: (a) for each shortwave radio frequency by country, which country, if any, took over the licences for each of those frequencies; and (b) what was the cost for maintaining the licences for those frequencies in, (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17, and (iii) 2017-18.

(2)         What was the departmental advice regarding the relinquishment of shortwave radio licences across the Indo-Pacific.

(3)         In the context of the Pacific ‘step up’, does the Government now seek to obtain licences for shortwave radio frequencies across the Indo-Pacific; if so, in which countries; if not, why not.

(4)         Has the department now advised the Minister to re-obtain such licences; if not, why not.

    115    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         Does Australian analysis of Pacific Island nations conclude that climate change is the central common security concern that they face; if not: (a) why not; and (b) what does it conclude instead.

(2)         Why has Australia not emphasised climate change mitigation and adaptation as the dominant theme in its approach to development aid to the Pacific, and does it have an intention to do so; if not, why not.

9 September 2019

              Mr Watts : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. *116 to *117)—

(1)         Is the Government currently in negotiations with Uruguay on the development of an International Social Security Agreement (ISSA) for the mutual recognition of pensions.

(2)         When was your department’s most recent advice to the Government on the development of an ISSA for the mutual recognition of pensions between Australia and Uruguay.

(3)         Can an update be provided on your department’s most recent advice to the Government on the development of an ISSA for the mutual recognition of pensions between Uruguay and Australia.

(4)         What is the current status of the ISSA for the mutual recognition of pensions between Uruguay and Australia.

(5)         What is the Government’s timeline of completion of an ISSA for the mutual recognition of pensions between Uruguay and Australia.

(6)         When was the last time the Government updated the public on the status of the development of an ISSA for the mutual recognition of pensions between Uruguay and Australia.

  *116    Mr Watts : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  *117    Mr Watts : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services.

  *118    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—

(1)         As at 1 July 2019, how many National Disability Insurance Scheme participants are awaiting the outcome of a review in: (a) the electoral division of Mayo; (b) South Australia; and (c) Australia.

(2)         Of the participants listed in (1)(a), (b) and (c) how many participants are under 7 years of age.

  *119    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—

(1)         As at 1 July 2019, how many National Disability Insurance Scheme participants have been accepted as a participant but are awaiting a planning meeting in: (a) the electoral division of Mayo; (b) South Australia; and (c) Australia.

(2)         Of the participants listed in (1)(a), (b) and (c) how many participants are under 7 years of age.

  *120    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—At the time of the release of the 2016 Defence White Paper and the accompanying 2016 Integrated Investment Program , for each of the projects listed in tables 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the 2016 Integrated Investment Program , what were the scheduled years of: (a) first pass approval; (b) second pass approval; (c) initial materiel release; (d) initial operational capability; (e) final operational capability; and (f) investment value.

  *121    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In respect of the 2016 Defence White Paper and the accompanying 2016 Integrated Investment Program , for each of the projects listed in tables 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the 2016 Integrated Investment Program , what are the current scheduled years of: (a) first pass approval; (b) second pass approval; (c) initial materiel release; (d) initial operational capability; (e) final operational capability; and (f) investment value.

  *122    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—In respect of the Pacific Labour Scheme Budget estimates published on page 105 of the 2017-18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook , in making the revenue estimates for the Department of Home Affairs how many Pacific Labour Scheme participants were assumed to pay visa charges to the department in: (a) 2018-19; (b) 2019-20; and (c) 2020-21.

  *123    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the Pacific Labour Scheme Budget estimates published on page 105 of the 2017-18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook , in making the revenue estimates for the Australian Taxation Office how many Pacific Labour Scheme participants were assumed to be earning income in Australia in: (a) 2018-19; (b) 2019-20; and (f) 2020-21.

  *124    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the Pacific Labour Scheme Budget estimates published on page 105 of the 2017-18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook :

(1)         In making the revenue estimates for the Department of Home Affairs how many Pacific Labour Scheme participants were assumed to pay visa charges to the department in: (a) 2018-19; (b) 2019-20; and (c) 2020-21.

(2)         In making the revenue estimates for the Australian Taxation Office how many Pacific Labour Scheme participants were assumed to be earning income in Australia in: (a) 2018-19; (b) 2019-20; and (c) 2020-21.

  *125    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of Contract Notice CN3611787 published on Austender on 17 July 2019: (a) what date was this contract entered into; (b) was this contract reported on Austender within 42 days of being entered into as required under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules; if not, (i) why not, and (ii) was this a breach of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules; (c) was the contract entered into during the caretaker period prior to the federal election of 18 May 2019; if so, does the contract involve implementing or entrenching a policy, program or administrative structure which is politically contentious; if not, why not; and (d) did the contract, or the decision to obtain the services to be delivered under the contract, require ministerial approval; if so, when was ministerial approval provided and by which minister.

  *126    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of Contract Notice CN3617410 published on Austender on 6 August 2019: (a) what are the details of the market research to be provided by Taylor Nelson Sofres; (b) what subject matters will the market research cover; (c) what methodologies will be used in the market research; and (d) why has the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade commissioned this market research.

  *127    Mr Gosling : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development—In respect of the $492 million promised during the 2019 federal election campaign for Roads of Strategic Importance in the Northern Territory comprising $162 million for the Alice Springs to Darwin corridor, $160 million for the Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridor, $70 million for the Northern Territory component of the $270 million Tennant Creek to Townsville corridor upgrade, $60 million for the Adelaide River to Wadeye corridor upgrade, and $40 million for the Northern Territory component of the $110 million investment in the Newman to Katherine corridor upgrade, for each project:  (a) when will the money be released; and (b) when will the project, (i) commence, and (ii) be completed.

  *128    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Youth and Sport—In respect of the $5.85 million promised during the 2019 federal election campaign for sporting ground upgrades at Malak Oval, Fannie Bay Oval, Bagot Oval, Rinaldi Park, Gray Oval and for the Hellenic Athletic Club: (a) have the funds been released to the grant recipient; if not, why not and when will the funding be released; and (b) when will the projects be completed.

  *129    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for Indigenous Australians—In respect of the $10 million promised during the 2019 federal election campaign for a 70 bed homelessness hostel in Darwin: (a) have the funds been released to the grant recipient; if not, why not and when will the funding be released; and (b) when will the projects be completed.

  *130    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of the $14 million promised during the 2019 federal election campaign for an adult mental health centre at Royal Darwin Hospital: (a) have the funds been released to the grant recipient; if not, why not and when will the funding be released; and (b) when will the projects be completed.

  *131    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—

(1)         Is it a fact that the national package queue for home care packages grew from 88,000 in June 2017 to 108,000 in March 2018, to 121,000 in June 2018 and to 128,000 in December 2018.

(2)         What number of the approximately 128,000 people waiting to receive their approved level of home care packages reside in the electoral division of Solomon, and of these, how many: (a) have been approved for Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 packages; and (b) are on an interim home care package and awaiting their approved package level.

(3)         What is the average waiting time for the receipt of approved levels of home care package applications in: (a) Australia; (b) the Northern Territory; and (c) the electoral division of Solomon.

  *132    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         Which species in the Northern Territory (or adjacent waters) are on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act’s threatened species list.

(2)         For each of those species: (a) as a percentage, what are the species’ chances of extinction in the next ten years; (b) what steps have been taken to decrease the chance of extinction; (c) which species do not yet have an up-to-date recovery plan; and (d) for each species with no up-to-date recovery plan, when will there be a plan.

(3)         What steps have been taken to restore significant tracts of habitat in the Northern Territory.

  *133    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for Government Services—

(1)         By postcode (or if not available by postcode, for the electoral division of Solomon or the Greater Darwin Region) in the electoral division of Solomon, what is the: (a) average processing time; (b) minimum processing time; and (c) maximum processing time, for the following payments, (i) Newstart, (ii) aged pension, (iii) carers payments, (iv) disability payments, and (v) Austudy.

(2)         How many applications in the electoral division of Solomon or in the Greater Darwin region are processed in: (a) less than the average processing time; and (b) more than the average processing time.

  *134    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         How many general practitioners in the electoral division of Solomon bulk bill.

(2)         What percentage of general practitioners bulk bill in: (a) the electoral division of Solomon; and (b) Northern Territory; and (c) Australia.

(3)         What percentage of patient consultations were bulk billed in: (a) the electoral division of Solomon; and (b) Northern Territory.

(4)         What is the average out of pocket cost for a standard consultation with a general practitioner in the electoral division of Solomon: (a) for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 March 2019; and (b) for the same period, excluding those patients who attended a bulk billing practice.

  *135    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—What is the: (a) national average management fee; (b) average management fee in the Northern Territory; and (c) average management fee in the electoral division of Solomon for, (i) Level 1 home care packages, (ii) Level 2 home care packages, (iii) Level 3 home care packages, and (iv) Level 4 home care packages.

  *136    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—For each Northern Territory federal electoral division: (a) how many people are awaiting a home care package at their approved level; and (b) what is the longest period that any of those people have been waiting.

  *137    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—For each Northern Territory federal electoral division, how many people are waiting for a citizenship application to be finalised.

  *138    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—For each Northern Territory federal electoral division, how many National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants have: (a) sought a review and are awaiting an outcome; and (b) have been accepted as an NDIS participant but are awaiting a planning meeting.

  *139    Mr Gosling : To ask the Minister for Government Services—For each Northern Territory federal electoral division: (a) how many people are in receipt of a disability support pension; and (b) what proportion of disability support pension applications were approved in, (i) 2017-18, and (ii) 2018-19.

  *140    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services—

(1)         In respect of recommendation 2 of the Final Report of the Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence, what steps has the Government taken to implement the agreed COAG recommendation from 2009 that all educational data sets including school attendance records should be shared between all states and territories.

(2)         In respect of recommendation 4 of the report: (a) what steps has the Government taken to adopt three to five year funding agreements as the standard for welfare-related services and programs; and (b) does the Government agree that this type of funding certainty would reduce recurrent staff retention problems facing these services and programs.

(3)         In respect of recommendation 15 of the report, has the Government considered changing the point at which single parents move to Newstart Allowance, specifically, from when their youngest child turns eight to when their youngest child turns twelve; if so, what were its conclusions; if not, why not.

  *141    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the statement on page 11 of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade publication Australian Aid Budget Summary 2019-20 that the Government is spending $300 million over four years to 2020 to deliver climate and disaster resilient low carbon growth in the Pacific region: (a) how much of this $300 million was spent in: (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17, (iii) 2017-18, and (iv) 2018-19; and  (b) how much has been spent in 2019-20 to date.

  *142    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the statement on page 11 of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade publication Australian Aid Budget Summary 2019-20 that the Government is spending $300 million over four years to 2020 to deliver climate and disaster resilient low carbon growth in the Pacific region, for each year from 2015-16 to 2018-19 and for 2019-20 to date: (a) can details be provided of each individual project or initiative funded under this measure; (b) what sum of money was spent on each project; (c) in which country or countries is each project located; (d) what was the period of time over which each project was in operation;  and (e) what were the outcomes achieved from each project or initiative.

  *143    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the 13 August 2019 joint media release ‘Stepping up Climate Resilience in the Pacific’ which said the Government would provide $500 million from existing aid funds for Pacific renewable energy, climate change and disaster resilience over five years from 2020: (a) in which financial years will this $500 million be provided; (b) how much has been allocated for each financial year; (c) does this $500 million include any funds from the $300 million budgeted for Pacific climate and disaster resilient growth over the four years to 2020 as outlined on page 11 of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade publication Australian Aid Budget Summary 2019-20 ; if so, how much of the $300 million has been moved from the four years to 2020 to the five years from 2020; and (d) given that the $500 million will come from existing aid funds, (i) how much will planned aid expenditure for countries in regions other than the Pacific be reduced to accommodate the $500 million commitment, (ii) which countries will see reductions, (iii) how much will planned aid expenditure through global, multilateral or regional channels be reduced to accommodate the $500 million commitment, (iv) which global, multilateral or regional channels will see reductions, (v) how much will planned aid expenditure for Pacific countries on investment priorities other than renewable energy, climate change and disaster resilience be reduced to accommodate the $500 million commitment, and (vi) which other investment priorities will see reductions.

  *144    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Would there be less need for Australia to assist Pacific countries in adapting to climate change in coming years if the Government did more to avoid climate change by increasing Australia’s emissions reduction targets.

  *145    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development—

(1)         Is it a fact that the Government announced a review of the Land Transport Network Determination on 15 December 2017.

(2)         Has the review concluded; if not, why has there been such delay.

(3)         In which quarter of which year does the Government expect to undertake a new determination.

(4)         In its review of the determination, has the Government considered including any or all of: (a) Victor Harbor Road; (b) Main South Road; (c) Hog Bay Road; (d) Playford Highway; and (e) the Southern Expressway; if so, what did it conclude for each road; if not, why not.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. *146 to *147)—In respect of Contract Notice CN3621772 published on Austender on 22 August 2019 by the Department of the Environment and Energy: (a) what are ‘conscious conversations’; (b) what skills are taught in Conscious Conversations Training; and (c) who will take part in the training being provided under this contract.

  *146    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

  *147    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction.

  *148    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         In respect of Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) specific listing applications since 1 January 2013, what is the: (a) average; (b) median; (c) longest; and (d) shortest time between the receipt by government of applications for specific listing as a DGR in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and provision of final advice by Treasury (or another department if it is involved) to a minister about whether or not the application should be declined or agreed to.

(2)         For any DGR specific listing applications that had been submitted twice (or more than twice) because the first application was not or could not be decided (such as because the Government entered into caretaker mode), what was the timeframe starting from the day the first application was received, and ending on the day the final advice on the last application was provided to a minister to be declined or agreed to.

(3)         As at 1 September 2019, how many: (a) DGR specific listing applications were pending final advice being provided to a minister; and (b) full time equivalent staff were employed in the unit in Treasury that deals with DGR specific listing applications.

(4)         What administrative rules, guidelines, practices or precedents (including internal administrative rules, guidelines, practices or precedents) relating to DGR specific listing applications exist, including guidelines about timeframes in which final advice must be provided to a minister.

(5)         If administrative rules, guidelines, practices or precedents of the type referred to in (4) exist, are they ‘operational information’, within the meaning of Subsection 8A(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 .

(6)         In respect of paragraph 8(2)(j) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 , which provides that operational information must be published on an agency’s website: (a) does Treasury hold operational information about the handling of DGR specific listing applications; (b) at what URL on the Treasury website is that information currently located; and (c) if that information is not currently located on the Treasury website, why not.

(7)         During the caretaker period prior to each of the 2013, 2016 and 2019 federal elections: (a) how many entities were advised that they would need to resubmit their applications for DGR specific listing after the election; (b) why were they so advised; (c) what were the names of those entities, and on what dates were they so advised; and (d) how many of those entities subsequently resubmitted their applications.

(8)         Since 1 January 2013, has any entity that has applied for DGR specific listing been advised twice (or more than twice) that they would need to resubmit their application following a federal election; if so: (a) what are the names of those entities; and (b) on what dates where they so advised.

(9)         Against what criteria does the Treasury provide advice to a minister about whether or not an entity should be specifically listed as a DGR, and is such criteria publically available; if not, can the criteria be provided.

(10)     Does Treasury specifically include or exclude any criteria from consideration in its assessment of whether or not an entity should be specifically listed as a DGR (for example, the cost to revenue); if so: (a) what are each of the criteria that are specifically included or excluded; and (b) why are they included or excluded.

(11)     What process is currently available for an organisation to track the progress of their DGR specific listing application.

(12)     Is merits review available for organisations whose applications for DGR specific listing are declined; if not, why not.

(13)     Are DGR specific listing decisions currently based entirely on the merits of an entity seeking DGR specific listing; if not, why not.

(14)     Will the Government undertake a review of the DGR specific listing application process; if not, why not; if so, will this review be published; if not, why not.

  *149    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel—

(1)         Has the Government of the United States of America (US) returned to the Australian Government the US$3.3 million, previously held on trust for the purposes of constructing an education centre in Washington DC on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation; if not, why not.

(2)         Has the Australian Government received interest payments since the funds were transferred to the US Government in 2013; if so, what is the total amount received; if not, why not.

  *150    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—

(1)         In 2017 did the National Disability Insurance Agency introduce a National Review Team (NRT) to address delays in completing reviews.

(2)         How many full time equivalent staff comprised the NRT as at: (a) 1 January 2018; (b) 1 July 2018; (c) 1 January 2019; and (d) 1 July 2019.

(3)         Are staff allocated to conduct reviews from participants in specific states and territories; if so, can a breakdown be provided of staff for each state and territory; if not, how are staff allocated.

  *151    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—

(1)         How many reviews for assistive technology were lodged in each state and territory during: (a) 2016; (b) 2017; (c) 2018; and (d) 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019.

(2)         What is the average waiting time in days for a review of assistive technology between lodging an application for review and a final determination of the review by the National Review Team.

(3)         Of the reviews that were finalised in the timeframes referred to in (1), how many were: (a) confirmed; (b) varied; and (c) set aside and another decision substituted.

  *152    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—

(1)         How many reviews for plan allowances, excluding assistive technology, were lodged in each state and territory during: (a) 2016; (b) 2017; (c) 2018; and (d) 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019.

(2)         What is the average waiting time in days for a review of plan allowances, excluding assistive technology, between lodging an application for review and a final determination of the review by the National Review Team.

(3)         Of the reviews that were finalised in the timeframes referred to in (1), how many were: (a) confirmed; (b) varied; and (c) set aside and another decision substituted.

  *153    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         What steps has the Government taken to incorporate into its planning of 2019 diplomatic activities the fact that 26 September, the day on which the Serpukhov-15 incident occurred in 1983 and Colonel Stanislav Petrov saved the world from catastrophe, is now the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

(2)         Has the Government expressed a view on the 2013 General Assembly resolution that made 26 September the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

(3)         How important is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in the Government’s overall vision of progress towards a nuclear weapons-free world.

(4)         Is the Government aware of the High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament that will take place at United Nations headquarters in New York on that day; if so: (a) how highly does it prioritise the meeting; (b) how will the Government ensure that Australia is represented at the most senior possible level at that meeting; and (c) has the Government considered representation at ministerial level; if so, what did it conclude and why.

(5)         What steps has the Government taken to give a higher profile to the issue of nuclear risk reduction.

(6)         What importance does the Government give to the issue of: (a) nuclear risk reduction, and (b) the possibility of accidental nuclear war.

(7)         What further steps will the Government take to: (a) give greater diplomatic profile to this potentially existential issue; and (b) promote nuclear risk reduction measures including, (i) no-first-use of nuclear weapons, (ii) de-alerting (beyond the support provided in the General Assembly), (iii) improved ‘mil-to-mil’ communication, and (iv) other measures.

(8)         To what extent does the Government agree with the consensus amongst nuclear weapons experts that, with the exception of the Cuban missile crisis, the likelihood of a nuclear war is currently the highest it has ever been.

  *154    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance—In respect of Australian National Audit Office report, Government Advertising: June 2015 to April 2019 :

(1)         When will the Government implement recommendation 1 of the report.

(2)         If there is no scheduled implementation of recommendation 1, why not.

(3)         Why is the Government’s response to recommendation 1, ‘Noted’ rather than ‘Agreed’.

(4)         When will the Government implement recommendation 3 of the report.

(5)         If there is no scheduled implementation of recommendation 3, why not.

(6)         What part of recommendation 3 does the Government not agree with.

  *155    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts—

(1)         Is the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) the sole agency relied on by the Commonwealth to investigate, assess and set exposure limits and standards with respect to the roll-out of 5G.

(2)         How is the membership of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council (RHSAC), the Radiation Health Committee (RHC), and the Nuclear Safety Committee (NSC) that advise the Chief Executive Office of ARPANSA decided.

(3)         How is the Government satisfied that the advice provided to the RHSAC, RHC, NSC and ARPANSA is: (a) independent of commercial interests; and (b) based on peer-reviewed scientific research.

(4)         In respect of the 2017 article in The New Daily  in which ARPANSA health services assistant director Dr Ken Karipidis was reported stating the agency had recommended further research into 5G networks, particularly for frequencies above 6 GHz: (a) has that research been undertaken; if not, why not; if so, what were the findings of that research; (b) has there been any action to address the gap in Australian standards on compliance assessment of base stations and devices operating beyond 6 GHz; and (c) since 2017 has there been any further research conducted into the health effects of 5G and/or whether cell phone radiation could be a possible or probable carcinogen; if so, is that research publicly available, and what did it conclude.

(5)         Has ARPANSA, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, or the Department of Communications and the Arts instigated any public education campaigns to address community concerns about the safety of 5G; if not, why not; if so, what do those campaigns involve.

  *156    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         In respect of the Minister’s announcement in April 2019 to equip every Men’s Shed in Australia with a portable defibrillator: (a) has the Government commenced a survey of Men’s Sheds to determine how many require a portable defibrillator; (b) if the survey has not commenced, when will it commence; and (c) if the survey has been completed, can a breakdown be provided of the number of Men’s Sheds in each state and territory that have an identified need for a portable defibrillator.

(2)         Can a timeline be provided for: (a) the completion of the survey; (b) any subsequent grant application process that the Men’s Sheds must complete, if any; (c) the intended date of notification of successful applicants; and (d) the intended date of distribution of the portable defibrillators to the successful applicants.

(3)         Of the announced $2 million in funding, what proportion of the funds is to be allocated to: (a) the purchase of the defibrillator machines; and (b) the management of the survey and/or grant application process.

(4)         How did the Government determine which company or organisation will supply the portable defibrillator machines.

(5)         Will the Government expand the scheme to ensure Men’s Sheds that have already purchased a portable defibrillator are able to be reimbursed by the Government.

  *157    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of the Review of National Arrangements for the Protection and Management of Identity Information commissioned in 2018 by the Department of Home Affairs: (a) has the report been presented to the Government; if not, what is the reason for the delay; (b) if the report has been presented, when will it be made public; and (c) if the report is not going to be made public, what are the reasons for keeping it confidential.

  *158    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) submission in November 2018 to the Review of National Arrangements for the Protection and Management of Identity Information commissioned by the Department of Home Affairs:

(1)         How will the Government respond to ACCC’s recommendation that telecommunication companies and the Australian Communications and Media Authority should re-examine phone porting regulations and systems to ensure there is a more robust and secure process in place.

(2)         If the Government will not act on the recommendation to tighten phone porting security processes, why not.

(3)         If the Government has decided to act on the recommendation to tighten phone porting security processes, what actions will be taken and what is the timeline for their implementation.

(4)         Will the Government take up the ACCC’s recommendation that there be larger penalties for businesses that fail to secure data; if so, what action will be taken and what is the timeline for implementation of that action; if not, why not.

(5)         Will the Government act on the ACCC’s recommendation to improve protections against personal information mail theft; if so, what action will be taken and what is the timeline for implementation of that action; if not, why not.

(6)         Will the Government act on the ACCC’s recommendation to discourage identity verification via biographical information; if so, what action will be taken and what is the timeline for implementation of that action; if not, why not.

(7)         Will the Government act on the ACCC’s recommendation to improve resources for victim care providers; if so, what action will be taken and what is the timeline for implementation of that action; if not, why not.

(8)         How much is the Government spending over the forward estimates on consumer education on phone porting.

(9)         Will the Government act on the ACCC’s recommendation to provide more support or funding for consumer education; if so, what action will be taken and what is the timeline for implementation of that action; if not, why not.

              Ms Sharkie : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. *159 to *160)—In respect of the 2018 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report Targeting scams: Report of the ACCC :

(1)         What is the Government doing to ensure Australia’s banking and financial services sector, information technology sector and telecommunications sector: (a) are proactively preventing their systems from being exploited by scammers; (b) have systems in place to compensate their customers for scam activities using their platforms; and (c) are penalised for not adequately protecting their customers from scammers exploiting their platforms.

(2)         Will the Government consider advocating that the Australian Banking Association strengthen the Banking Code of Practice 2019: (a) so that it includes active commitments regarding keeping customer accounts safe and secure, such as a commitment to alert customers if banks detect a suspicious transaction; if not, why not; and (b) to list victims of crime as a category of vulnerable customers that Australian banks should take extra care with; if not why not.

(3)         Is it a fact that in 2018: (a) Scamwatch received over 177,000 scam reports with $107 million in financial loss; and (b) the Australian Tax Office (ATO) received 114,625 reports of ATO impersonation scams with over $2.8 million in reported losses.

(4)         Is it a fact that: (a) the Department of Human Services received 6506 reports about government impersonation scams with $1.3 million in reported losses; and (b) in 2019 the ACCC reported the average losses to NBN scams were more than $110,000 for every month between January and May.

(5)         Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2019, has the Government actively prosecuted Australian-based perpetrators of scam activities using the relevant sections under the Criminal Code (for example impersonation of a Commonwealth official offences; financial information offences; identity offences or telecommunication offences); if so, how many prosecutions were successful and what range of penalties were imposed; if not, why not.

(6)         Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2019, has the Attorney-General’s Department used: (a) extradition processes; (b) mutual assistance processes with overseas law enforcement agencies; or (c) police-to-police assistance to pursue internationally-based perpetrators of frauds and scams; if so, how many attempts were made in respect of (a), (b) and (c), and what was their level of success; if not, why not.

  *159    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Home Affairs.

  *160    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Attorney-General.

  *161    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—With respect to the Kainaki II Declaration for Urgent Climate Change Action Now adopted by leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu from 13 to 16 August 2019: 

(1)         Did the Prime Minister agree to the declaration; if so, did the Prime Minister express any reservations or exceptions to any elements of the declaration, and what were these.

(2)         Does the Prime Minister agree that: (a) Pacific Island nations are facing a climate change crisis; and (b) the prosperity and security of Pacific nations can only safely exist if the international community pursues efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

(3)         Will the Government adopt emissions reduction targets consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

(4)         Does the Prime Minister agree that the international community should continue efforts towards mobilising global climate finance commitments of US$100 billion a year by 2020 from a variety of sources, including the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund.

(5)         Will the Government contribute towards the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                             CLARESSA SURTEES

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives