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QUESTIONS IN WRITING

 

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Questions unanswered

 

Nos 1-13, 15-23, 25-101.

 

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.

  *102    Mr Hill : To ask the Prime Minister.

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

  *104    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance.

  *105    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—For each South Australian federal electoral division, how many people receive a home care package at: (a) Level 1; (b) Level 2; (c) Level 3; and (d) Level 4.

  *106    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians—For each South Australian 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.

  *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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives