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12 May 2009

MR CIOBO: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. *686 - *691)—In respect of the Government’s funding of organisations and projects between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009: (a) which organisations and projects based in the Moncrieff electorate received funding from the Minister’s department; (b) what sum of funding did each organisation and project receive; and (c) for what purpose was each funding commitment made.

* 686  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

* 687  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing.

* 688  MR CIOBO: To ask the Attorney-General.

* 689  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services.

* 690  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Water.

* 691  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change.

* 692  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for the Status of Women—

(1) Is it a fact that 47,919 homes will be repaired under the $400 million allocated for social housing repairs in the $42 billion stimulus package; if so, how did the Government calculate the number of homes requiring repairs.

(2) Will she release to the public, advice to the Government from State and Territory governments supporting that 47,919 homes require repairs.

(3) What will be the average cost of repairs to the 38,000 homes undergoing minor repair work.

(4) How many of the 47,919 homes undergoing repairs are currently uninhabitable.

(5) What is the time frame for undertaking the minor and substantial repairs.

(6) Will the Government enter into contractual arrangements with the States and Territories to define cost caps and deadlines for the repairs.

(7) Will any of the repair work be contracted direct by the Government with tradespeople; if so, how many repair jobs and in what areas of Australia.

* 693  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—In respect of the $250 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program announced to the Australian Council of Local Government on 18 November 2008, as at  (a) 1 February 2009, (b) 15 February 2009, (c) 1 March 2009, and (d) 15 March 2009, how many (i) councils had received approvals for expenditure, (ii) public announcements had been made advising specific details of these approvals, (iii) funding agreements relating to these approvals had been completed, and (iv) payments had been made to the councils in accordance with these agreements.

* 694  MRS MARKUS: To ask the Minister for Veterans' Affairs—

(1) Does the Government plan to change the current arrangements for Veterans’ Home Care.

(2) Will the fees for Veterans’ Home Care be increased in 2009 or 2010.

(3) Will Veterans’ Home Care be merged with the Home and Community Care program.

* 695  MRS MARKUS: To ask the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel—

(1) Are ex- service organisations entitled to access Australian Defence Force (ADF) bases to assist personnel during the transition from defence to civilian life.

(2) What information, or referral to ex-service organisations, is made available to ADF personnel upon discharge.

(3)  Who determines whether ADF personnel can speak with ex-service organisations on ADF bases.

* 696  MR PYNE: To ask the Minister for Education—How many of the schools successful in securing funding under each round of the National Computers in Schools Program have (a) had the computers delivered, and (b) commenced using the computers in the classroom.

* 697  MR PYNE: To ask the Minister for Education—In respect of the National Action Plan on Literacy and Numeracy—

(1)  Which literacy and numeracy programs delivered until 2008 have been evaluated under the Plan.

(2) Has the consultation process for the Plan concluded; if so, (a) who was consulted, (b) on what dates were they consulted, (c) how were they consulted, and (d) what is the outcome of the consultations; if not, to 12 May 2009, (e) who was consulted, (f) on what dates were they consulted, (g) how were they consulted, and (h) what is the outcome of the consultations.

(3) Which programs have been be redirected into the Plan for 2009.

(4) What guidelines have been provided to Federal, State and Territory officials responsible for literacy and numeracy programs to facilitate the Plan.

* 698  MR PYNE: To ask the Minister for Education—In respect of the ‘Bradley Review’ (Australian Government, Review of Australian Higher Education , December 2008), and the series of six roundtables that she announced on 4 February 2009: (a) who (i) was invited to, and (ii) attended, the roundtable discussions; (b) on what dates and in what locations did the roundtables occur; (c) what was the cost of each roundtable; (d) will the participants meet again on this topic; and (e) when will the Government respond to the review and the findings of the roundtables; and (f) will the response be made publicly available.

* 699  MR PYNE: To ask the Minister for Education—In respect of the Building the Education Revolution Program, and the Government’s announcement on 3 February 2009 that its $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan is to support up to 90,000 Australian jobs over the next two years: (a) from 2008-10, how many of those jobs will be (i) created, and (ii) supported, as a result of the program; and (b) does her department have specific performance indicators or expectations for these jobs; if so, what are the details.

* 700  MR PYNE: To ask the Minister for Education—In respect of the Government’s Building the Education Revolution Program and guidelines, and the application by Sunrise Christian Schools (SCS) for separate funding for each of its campuses under the initiative—

( 1) Is she aware that the SCS has sought special consideration in relation to its application under the Program.

(2) Did her office receive a phone call from SCS regarding the guidelines for 2009; if so, (a) what advice was given to the school, particularly in respect of the guidelines, and (b) was there further communication between her department and SCS.

(3)  If there was further communication: (a) on what date/s did it occur; (b) what further advice was given by her department to the SCS; (c) is she aware that the SCS has five distinct schools that operate under the one administrative umbrella; and (d) will she consider the SCS’s case; if not, why not.

(4) Why are multi-campus schools collectively treated as a single school under the guidelines for the Program, when previous program guidelines (Investing in Our Schools, for example) treated each campus as a single school.

(5) How many (a) multi-campus schools, and (b) campuses, exist in Australia.

* 701  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) What role, if any, did the Australian Federal Police or Australian Public Service have in dealing with the death that took place at Sydney Airport on 22 March 2009.

(2) Were officers of the above services on site or on scene at the time of this incident, and what actions did they take then or subsequently.

* 702  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) H ow many conferences have been held and how many students have been hosted at the Australian Police College since its temporary relocation to the School of Artillery site at North Head, Sydney.

(2)  When did the College commence operations at the temporary site.

(3) Is it still the Government’s intention to build a new college on the original site at Spring Cove, Sydney; if so, what is the current estimate of costs for this construction.

* 703  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—

(1)  What discussions has he, his staff, or officers of his department had with the Australian Federal Police and others about the environmental impact of the proposed new Australian Police College at Spring Cove, Sydney.

(2) Is he confident that a big new development will have no adverse impact on the environment, especially the penguin colony.

(3) When will he form a view on the impact of this development on the environmental amenity of the site.

* 704  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) What is the estimated of cost of recent improvements to army building housing at the Artillery Museum at North Head, Sydney.

(2) Does he plan to relocate the Artillery Museum at North Head, Sydney, to Puckapunyal, Victoria; if so, (a) what is the proposed timeframe, (b) has a business case been prepared, (c) what are the visitor number estimates, and (d) how many museum volunteers does the Government expect might be available to help run the museum.

* 705  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—

(1)  Is he aware that the New South Wales (NSW) Government is planning to sell, for development, a parcel of bushland in Amourin Street in North Manly, Sydney, which has for many years formed part of Quarry Park.

(2) Is he aware that this park, including the bushland that the NSW Government is proposing to sell, is listed with the NSW Heritage Council.

(3) Has the Government had any discussions with the NSW Government about the presence of rare or threatened species on this site.

(4) What steps can and will he take to ensure that this sale is not contrary to any Commonwealth law, regulation or policy.

(5) Are there any instances of the Commonwealth purchasing land for environmental purposes; if so, what are the details.

(6) Will the Government consider obtaining this land for permanent inclusion in the park.

* 706  MR CIOBO: To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Member for Robertson attending anger management counselling sessions: (a) what measures has he, his personal staff or his department taken to ensure the Member attends the sessions; (b) what assurance has he received from the Member that she will attend the sessions; (c) how many sessions has the Member attended from 11 June 2008, to 12 May 2009; (d) what was the duration of each session; (e) what is the outcome of the sessions; and (f) is the Government meeting the cost of the sessions; if so, what is the total monetary cost of the sessions to 12 May 2009.

* 707  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Housing—What has been the total cost of the media advertising campaign for the First Home Owner Grant Boost; and have State and Territory governments contributed towards any of these costs; if so, what sum of money has each State and Territory government contributed.

* 708  MR BEVIS: To ask the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel—In the calendar year (a) 2007 and (b) 2008, how many Australian Defence Force applications were rejected because the applicants had diabetes.

* 709  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1)  Is she aware that her department conducted a phone survey on domestic violence during March 2009.

(2) How many people were surveyed.

(3) How many departmental staff were involved in conducting this survey.

(4) If the survey was not conducted by departmental staff, what sum of money did this survey cost the Government.

(5) What questions did the survey put to respondents.

(6) What was the purpose of the survey.

(7) Will another survey of this type be conducted; if so, will it ask whether it is acceptable for a person to criticize another person for domestic meals.

* 710  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—

(1)  Is he aware of media reports that the Minister for Home Affairs has given the ‘green light’ for the proposed new Australian Police College at Spring Cove, Sydney.

(2) Has he considered the environmental impact of this new building on this site; if so, what was the outcome.

(3) Has he considered the possibility of the Police College staying permanently at the School of Artillery, North Head, Sydney, where it is currently temporarily located.

(4) Has he or his department canvassed the option in part (3) with (a) the Australian Federal Police, (b) the Minister for Home Affairs, or (c) his department.

* 711  MRS HULL: To ask the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy—

(1) What involvement has the New South Wales (NSW ) Government had in enhancement funding for Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) recently provided by the Australian Government to some BECs of up to $330,000, including in Albury and Bathurst.

(2) What input has the NSW Government had in assessing and distributing enhancement funding for BECs.

(3) What were the criteria for determining what BECs would receive enhancement funding.

(4) What are the names of BECs that have not received enhancement funding.

(5) On what date were applications for enhancement funding first called for.

* 712  DR JENSEN: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—For every calendar year since 1990, (a) what number of Australian vertebrate animals have been collected by various government agencies for the purposes of scientific and other research, and (b) how many of these animals have died or been killed in this process.

* 713  DR JENSEN: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—Further to his answer to question No. 549 ( Hansard , 4 February 2009, page 525): did any former Federal governments commit to providing funding for the construction of Roe Highway Stage 8, west of the Kwinana Freeway in Western Australia; if so, (a) was funding allocated in any previous budgets; (b) what was the total sum of the funding; and (c) what has happened to that funding.

* 714  MR HAASE: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In respect of the frozen ABC Learning Centre shares, why has there been no communication with Centrelink regarding shareholders not receiving dividends, given this affects the calculation of their age pensions.

* 715  MR MELHAM: To ask the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—To date, what costs have been incurred by the Australian Building and Construction Commission in the case of Alfred vs Primmer SYG 1222 of 2007 in the Federal Magistrates Court for (a) solicitors, and (b) counsel.

* 716  MR MELHAM: To ask the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—Further to her answer to Question No. 333 ( Hansard , 21 October 2008, page 9844), what total costs have now been incurred by the Australian Building and Construction Commission in the case of Hadgkiss v CFMEU (NSW) , Lane and Casper , for (a) solicitors, and (b) counsel.

* 717  DR STONE: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of visa categories 176, 457, 475, 886, 487 and 887, for each category: (a) how many visas were issued from 1 July 2008 to 12 May 2009 for principal and secondary applicants; and (b) have principal applicants with occupations not on the Critical Skills List been processed since 1 January 2009; if so, (i) which of these visa categories are affected by the policy to give processing priority to occupations on the Critical Skills List, and (ii) does the policy on this matter vary according to whether the applicant is sponsored by a State or Territory government or by a relative; if so, how.

* 718  DR STONE: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1)  How many immigration cases are currently (a) subject to appeal before the (i) Migration Review Tribunal, (ii) Refuge Review Tribunal, and (iii) the Australian Courts, and (b) being assessed for a Ministerial Intervention.

(2) For what length of time has each case been at points (a) (i) to (iii) and (b) above.

* 719  DR STONE: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—How many people who are currently seeking asylum in Australia have previously sought asylum and been rejected.

* 720  MR TRUSS: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—Are subsidies under the Energy Efficient Homes Package Homeowner Insulation Program available to homeowners living in retirement under a long term lease agreement.

 
 
 

I. C. HARRIS

Clerk of the House of Representatives