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9 February 2011

* 177  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—In respect of the Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration’s report Ahead of the game: Blueprint for the reform of Australian Government administration (March 2010, page 44): (a) has recommendation 3.3 ‘Improve policy implementation’ been implemented; if so, what measures have been taken in this area to prevent a repeat of the policy implementation problems experienced with the Home Insulation Program, the Green Loans Program and the Building the Education Revolution program; and (b) has the Policy Implementation Network been formed; if so, has it met to consider lessons learned from the Home Insulation Program, the Green Loans Program and the Building the Education Revolution program; if so, what was the outcome.

* 178  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Under the NBN Co Limited’s planning, (a) how many homes will share a Gigabit capable Passive Optical Network fibre optic link, (b) what is the expected capacity of the link, and (c) what capacity per home does this translate to.

* 179  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In respect of the National Broadband Network (NBN), (a) what amount of data is anticipated to be downloaded per household per month, and (b) what are the current market prices for dedicated transit capacity to the Internet; and applying those prices, (i) what will be the monthly transit cost per household for the assumed amount of data downloaded per household, and (ii) given the number of households assumed to be connected to the NBN, what will be the total transit costs incurred.

* 180  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—What will be the NBN Co Limited’s lowest capacity Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC); what contention ratio will this imply; how many end users will be supplied by that CVC; and what capacity per end user does that equate to.

* 181  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—In respect of the Home Insulation and Green Loans programs, has an analysis and/or modelling been undertaken by or on behalf of the Government to examine the extent to which these programs (a) would reduce, or (b) have reduced, Australia’s carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions; if so, when and by whom, and will he provide a summary of the findings.

* 182  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Assistant Treasurer—In respect of the Government’s February 2010 commitment to extend tax deductible donation support to all volunteer bushfire brigades, (a) what progress has been made on this commitment, (b) what steps remain to be taken, and (c) by what date will the commitment be fulfilled.

* 183  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—In respect of the Home Insulation Program:

(1)  What is the Government doing: (a) about allegations of; and (b) to elicit information from residents about; fraudulent rebate claims by installers.

(2) What is the process by which claims of alleged fraud are considered.

(3) How many claims of alleged fraud have been (a) received and (b) investigated.

(4) Of those cases investigated, (a) how many have been completed, and what were the outcomes; and (b) what number resulted in prosecutions, and what were the outcomes.

(5) How many prosecutions are in train.

(6) In how many cases have steps been taken to seek restitution from fraudulent claimants, and what was the outcome including how many cases for restitution were successful, and the individual and total sums of restitution recovered.

(7) Throughout the entire process (ie, investigation, prosecution, restitution, etc) what information is provided to owners of premises who have made claims of fraud.

* 184  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the work that has been undertaken by Accenture with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) since 2003 (a) on the ATO’s Change Program, and (b) other than on the ATO’s Change Program: what contractual arrangements exist between Accenture and the ATO including the (i) scope of work, (ii) fee, (iii) nature and scope of variation or renegotiation of contracts, (iv) change in fee arrangements under variation or renegotiation, and (v) reconciliation of fees, and the amounts actually paid to Accenture.

 

 
 
 

B. C. WRIGHT

Clerk of the House of Representatives