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1 December 2008

445  MR HOCKEY: To ask the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—

(1) Did he approve any departments and agencies to bud get for an operating loss in the 2007-08 financial year; if so, (i) which departments and agencies, and (ii) what reasons did each provide for the operating loss.

(2) Did any departments and agencies have an operating loss in the 2007-08 financial year that was not approved to budget by the (then) Minister for Finance and Administration; if so, (i) which departments and agencies, and (ii) what reasons did each provide for the operating loss.

(3) Has he approved any departments and agencies to budget for an operating loss in the 2008-09 financial year; if so, (i) which departments and agencies, and (ii) what reasons did each provide for needing to budget for an operating loss during this period.

(4) Has he not approved any requests from departments and agencies to budget for an operating loss in the 2008-09 financial year; if so, (i) which departments and agencies, and (ii) what were his reasons for not approving each request to operate at a loss during this period.

(5) For every Government portfolio in the 2007-08 financial year, what sum of money was returned to budget following underspends in programs.

(6) From December 2007 to June 2008, what sum of depreciation funding was used for recurrent spending by departments and agencies.

(7) For the 2008-09 Budget, how many policy proposals were costed by the Budget Group of his department; and what was the average length of time spent by Budget Group officers on costing each policy proposal for this period.

(8) From 1 January to 30  June 2008, how much time off in lieu was accrued by staff in the Budget Group of his department.

(9) I n the 2007-08 financial year, what sum of non-taxation revenue was collected from outside the general government sector, and then subsequently spent by departments and agencies under section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

(10) What decisions were too late for inclusion in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2008-09 ( MYEFO ) individual agency estimates and were instead included in the Contingency Reserve ( Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2008-09 , page 68).

(11) What is the effect on the Budget and Forward Estimates of economic parameter revisions received late in the preparation of the MYEFO 2008-09 ; and which were not available to be allocated to individual agencies or functions ( Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2008-09 , page 68).

(12) What provision has been made in the Contingency Reserve of the MYEFO 2008-09 for future increases in Australia’s official development assistance.

(13) Which events that were reasonably expected to affect the Budget Estimates were included in the Contingency Reserve in the MYEFO 2008-09 instead of being allocated to individual programs ( Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2008-09 , page 68); and what sum of money was allocated for each of these events.

(14) Is there any provision in the Contingency Reserve for any expenditure for the Commonwealth in relation to the emissions trading scheme; if so, what sum of money has been made available.

MR HOCKEY: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 446 - 469)—

(1)  Which agencies and departments in the Minister’s portfolio will return money to budget in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends in the 2007-08 financial year; and what sum of money will be returned to budget from these programs.

(2) From 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what sum of money has the Government committed to spending under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 for applicable departments and agencies under the Minister’s portfolio; and how much of this commitment was approved: (a) at the department and agency level; and (b) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(3) What sum of depreciation funding: (a) is available for each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent by each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent by each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.

461  MR HOCKEY: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change.

463  MR HOCKEY: To ask the Attorney-General.

464  MR HOCKEY: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services.