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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

 

13 May 2014

              Mr Danby : To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 137 to 154)—On (a) how many occasions, and (b) what date(s), has the Minister met with Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd chief executive Mr Nick Di Girolamo, and can the Minister provide the nature of each meeting.

    140    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

30 September 2014

    483    Dr Leigh : To ask the Prime Minister—How many staff have been made redundant (both voluntarily and involuntarily) from the Australian Public Service since 7 September 2013, and what is the breakdown of these redundancies by department/agency.

1 October 2014

    488    Dr Leigh : To ask the Prime Minister—How many public servants were employed per capita in the Australian Public Service in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09, (d) 2009-10, (e) 2010-11, (f) 2011-12, (g) 2012-13, and (h) 2013-14.

4 December 2014

    680    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training—

(1)         Will the Government immediately review the changes to the Community Support Programme, announced in the 2014-15 budget, which will cut funding to valuable fundamental family day care services.

(2)         Will the Minister acknowledge that family day care services significantly rely on this funding to provide affordable fees and services to families living in rural and regional Australia.

(3)         Will the Minister acknowledge that if the proposed eligibility criterion is enforced there will be increased fees, with facilities facing closure and in turn, parents not having the capacity to remain in the workforce and meet the repayments on their home.

12 May 2015

    776    Mr Thomson : To ask the Treasurer—Has the Treasury or any Government agency investigated the property scheme established by the Australian Investments and Migration Service in Singapore to help foreign buyers get around the provisions of the Foreign Investments and Takeovers Act 1975 which prevent non-Australian residents acquiring existing Australian real estate; if so, what was the result of the investigation; if not, will he or the appropriate Government agency undertake an investigation.

    784    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the Future Desktop Initiative, (a) what is the total cost, (b) how many workstations will be upgraded, and (c) how many employees will have access to the new platform.

23 June 2015

    819    Dr Leigh : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         In respect of the budget proposal to extend the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to imported digital products and services, can the Government explain why the purchase of a DVD box set of a television program through Amazon GST is exempt under the Low Value Threshold, when the same purchase in digital format from a service like Netflix is not.

(2)         Will sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb be included in the net of digital service providers now expected to collect and remit GST.

(3)         In respect of the 2015-16 Budget Papers stating that the introduction of this measure would result in a revenue gain of $350 million over four years, what assumptions did The Treasury use in the costings process to arrive at this revenue figure.

(4)         What data or modelling is this revenue estimate based on concerning the volume of goods and services currently being imported GST free.

(5)         How many companies providing digital products and services are estimated to become liable to collect GST as a result of this change.

(6)         Did The Treasury or the Government consult with significant international providers of digital products and services before introducing this measure; if so, which ones.

(7)         How will the Government collect GST from the offshore companies which are captured by this measure.

(8)         What enforcement mechanisms will exist for offshore companies which fail to meet their GST obligations under this new measure.

(9)         What is the estimated compliance cost for the Australian Taxation Office in enforcing this measure.

(10)     Why was 1 July 2017 chosen as the start date.

17 August 2015

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 904 to 921)—In respect of office space leased or owned by the Minister’s department(s), (a) where are these offices located, (b) how much space (in square metres) is each office, (c) how much of this space is currently unused, and of this, what is the cost of (i) rent per month, (ii) utilities, including electricity and/or gas, telephone and internet, (iii) office furniture and/or hired equipment, including artwork and plants, and (iv) any other associated services.

    919    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 958 to 975)—What sum was spent by the Minister’s department(s) on media monitoring and associated services in 2014-15.

    973    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 994 to 1011)—What sum was spent by the Minister’s department(s) on advertising and associated services in 2014-15, and what policy areas did this relate to.

    999    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1012 to 1029)—What sum did the Minister’s department spend in 2014-15 on the purchase and/or lease of (a) food and beverage equipment, and (b) exercise equipment, for staff in the (i) Minister’s office, and (ii) departmental office(s).

  1014    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1066 to 1083)—What sum did the Minister’s department spend in 2014-15 on (a) office refurbishment, and when and where did this occur, and (b) the purchase and/or lease of office furniture.

  1081    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1188 to 1221)—In 2014-15, what sum was spent on replacing lost, stolen or misplaced equipment of Ministerial staff, and what goods were replaced.

  1200    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1201    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1202    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1222 to 1239)—

(1)         In 2014-15, what sum was spent on (a) domestic travel, and (b) international travel, for departmental staff.

(2)         Of this, (a) on what dates, and to what locations, did the Minister travel, (b) how many departmental staff accompanied the Minister on this travel, and (c) for what purpose was the travel.

  1227    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1292 to 1325)—In 2014-15, (a) what sum was spent on training for Ministerial staff, (b) on what date(s), and at what location(s), did the training occur, and (c) what outcomes were achieved.

  1304    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1305    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1306    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1317    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1326 to 1343)—In respect of departmental costs for media events and photo opportunities in 2014-15, what (a) date was each event held, (b) location was each event held at, (c) sum was spent on each event, (d) announcement and/or issue did the event relate to, and (e) was the expenditure for.

  1331    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1344 to 1377)—In respect of ministerial costs for media events and photo opportunities in 2014-15, what (a) date was each event held, (b) location was each event held at, (c) sum was spent on each event, (d) announcement and/or issue did the event relate to, and (e) was the expenditure for.

  1356    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1357    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1358    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1378 to 1395)—Did the Minister’s department host any conferences in 2014-15; if so (a) on what date(s) did each conference occur, and at what location(s), (b) what total sum was spent on each conference, and of this, what sum was spent on (i) meals and accommodation, and what are the details, (ii) travel, and what are the details, and (iii) social events, and what are the details, and (c) what outcomes were achieved at each conference.

  1383    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1396 to 1429)—Did the Minister host any conferences in 2014-15; if so (a) on what date(s) did each conference occur, and at what location(s), (b) what total sum was spent on each conference, and of this, what sum was spent on (i) meals and accommodation, and what are the details, (ii) travel, and what are the details, and (iii) social events, and what are the details, and (c) what outcomes were achieved at each conference.

  1397    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

  1399    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Development.

  1408    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1409    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1410    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1424    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1430 to 1447)—In respect of catering and hospitality by the Minister’s department in 2014-15, (a) what total sum was spent, (b) for what functions was the catering and hospitality, (c) on what date(s) did each function occur, and at what location(s), and (d) for each function, what sum was spent on (i) meals, (ii) drinks, (iii) hospitality staff, and (iv) other costs.

  1441    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1448 to 1481)—In respect of catering and hospitality by the Minister in 2014-15, (a) what total sum was spent, (b) for what functions was the catering and hospitality, (c) on what date(s) did each function occur, and at what location(s), and (d) for each function, what sum was spent on (i) meals, (ii) drinks, (iii) hospitality staff, and (iv) other costs.

  1460    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1461    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1462    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

7 September 2015

  1510    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Australian Government contingent that visited Torres Strait communities in Far North Queensland in August 2015, (a) what are the (i) names, and (ii) roles, of each attendee, (b) what was the full itinerary of activities, and (c) what was the total cost to his department including (i) flights, (ii) accommodation, (iii) ground transport, (iv) meals, and (v) miscellaneous expenses.

8 September 2015

  1518    Mr A. S. Burke : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Will the Minister provide a full list of all properties that comprise the Defence estate; if so, (a) for each property, can the Minister provide the details such as its (i) name, and (ii) location, and (b) which properties are (i) deemed to be ‘surplus’ Defence land and property holdings, and (ii) currently undergoing divestment processes and what is the expected timeframe for each.

13 October 2015

  1650    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the $10,839,069.90 tender to UGL Limited for refurbishments to the Newcastle Australian Taxation Office at 279 King Street (CN2660372), (a) what is the purpose of these upgrades, (b) what is the scale and scope of works to be provided, (c) why was the sum of the contract amended from $478,979.60 to $10,839,069.90, (d) how does this work complement previous refurbishments to the premises completed in June 2010, valued at more than $5 million dollars, (e) what was included in these previous works, and (f) what is the total cost of the refurbishment including (i) design and construction, (ii) furniture and equipment, (iii) project management, and (iv) all other.

  1651    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the $10,839,069.90 tender to UGL Limited for refurbishments of the Newcastle Australian Taxation Office at 279 King Street (CN2660372), (a) how many staff presently work in the King Street office, (b) how many staff in the King Street office were made redundant between 7 September 2013 and 13 October 2015, (c) does the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) anticipate that (i) more staff will be located in the King Street office following the refurbishment; if so, how many, and (ii) staff will be relocated from any other ATO office to the King Street office following the refurbishment; if so, how many, (d) will staff from any other Commonwealth department(s) be located within the King Street office; if so (i) what department(s), and (ii) what roles will they perform, (e) will staff from any other businesses or agencies, other than a Commonwealth department, be located within the King Street office; if so, (i) what businesses or agencies, and (ii) what services will they provide, and (f) does the ATO anticipate that there will be any unused capacity in the King Street office following the refurbishment.

  1652    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the expression of interest for the provision of office space for the Australian Taxation Office in Newcastle (ATM ID: EOI 14.17), (a) why were the existing premises considered the most suitable location, and (b) what other locations were considered and why were these other locations not preferred.

  1653    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the lease for premises for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in Newcastle (CN849022), (a) what conditions, if any, were subject to this building lease, and (b) was this building lease the only one considered by the ATO; if not, what other building lease(s) were considered.

  1660    Ms McGowan : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the obligation of Australian employers to pay employee superannuation entitlements under the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992 , (a) what steps are in place to ensure employer compliance with superannuation entitlements to employees, particularly small employers, (b) how can employees best report non-payment of their superannuation entitlements, (c) what is an acceptable timeframe for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to respond to employee concerns about non-payment of their superannuation entitlements, (d) what resources and investigative powers does the ATO have to audit employers (particularly small employers) to ensure that they are complying with their superannuation payment obligations, (e) is the regime for ensuring tax compliance (payments to the state) by small business stronger than the regime for ensuring compliance with superannuation payments to their employees, and (f) what resources are available to employees whose employer declares bankruptcy or ceases operation to ensure that they are not out of pocket chasing up their relatively small (but significant to the employee affected) superannuation entitlements.

  1661    Ms McGowan : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         How many employers went out of business in 2014-15 with unpaid superannuation entitlements to employees.

(2)         What was the range of these individual employee figures that went unpaid and what sum was the total employee superannuation that disappeared with these firms’ operations.

(3)         What proportion of unpaid superannuation entitlements was recovered in 2014-15 from employers who ceased operations leaving unpaid superannuation on their books.

(4)         Has his department identified how the superannuation compliance regime can be improved; if so, how can it be improved; if not, why not.

(5)         How many employers were charged the penalty fee for non-compliance with their superannuation obligations in 2014-15.

(6)         Is the sum of penalty fees charged for non-compliance with superannuation obligations dispersed into general revenue or is it directed towards improving compliance and collection of entitlements.

15 October 2015

  1662    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the changes to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to assume the Indigenous Affairs and Women portfolios on 18 September 2013, will his department provide an itemised account of all costs associated, including (a) signage, (b) stationery, including business cards and letterheads, (c) web design and IT services, (d) vehicular signage and painting, and (e) marketing materials, including logos, pamphlets, and audio-visual materials such as DVDs.

  1688    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for International Development and the Pacific—In respect of his appointment on 21 September 2015, will he provide an itemised account of all associated costs, including (a) signage, (b) stationery, including business cards and letterheads, (c) web design and IT services, (d) vehicular signage and painting, and (e) marketing materials, including logos, pamphlets, and audio-visual materials such as DVDs.

  1707    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government—In respect of his appointment on 21 September 2015, will he provide an itemised account of all associated costs, including (a) signage, (b) stationery, including business cards and letterheads, (c) web design and IT services, (d) vehicular signage and painting, and (e) marketing materials, including logos, pamphlets, and audio-visual materials such as DVDs.

  1736    Mr Perrett : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—Will the Minister provide the mandatory retirement dates for all of the judges currently sitting in the (a) Federal Court of Australia, (b) Federal Circuit Court of Australia, (c) Family Court of Australia, and (d) High Court of Australia.

22 October 2015

  1746    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the coloured circulating $2 coins announced on 19 April 2015 as part of the Royal Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program, (a) how many coins were in the initial distribution, (b) on what date were the coins due to enter circulation, (c) when were the coins distributed to the banks, (d) were all of the coins delivered to the banks as

intended, (e) what is the name of the security company that was employed to deliver the coins to the banks, and (f) has there been an investigation into how some of the coins were seen advertised for sale on the internet for grossly inflated prices prior to the official announcement on 19 April; if so, when will the results of that investigation be made public.

  1747    Ms McGowan : To ask the Minister for Health—Further to her answer to my question without notice on multipurpose health services (House Hansard , 13 October 2015, page 25 to 26), in stating that the review was well and truly underway, (a) on what date did the review commence, (b) who is conducting the review, by (i) name, and (ii) position, (c) what are the terms of reference for the review (if any), and (d) on what date will the review be completed and available for release.

10 November 2015

  1755    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the Smartraveller launch on 2 November 2015, can she provide an itemised account of all costs including but not limited to, (a) agents’ fees, (b) travel allowances, (c) accommodation, and (d) per diem allowances for (i) Les Hill’s patronage of the event, and (ii) any other celebrities.

  1756    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the Smartraveller launch on 2 November 2015, can she provide an itemised account of expenditure including but not limited to, (a) catering, (b) accommodation, (c) venue hire, and (d) travel expenses for (i) Ministerial, and (ii) departmental staff.

  1759    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—In respect of (a) Ministerial staff, and (b) departmental staff, Cabcharge cards lost during 2014-15, (i) what replacement costs were incurred, and (ii) were any charges made on these prior to the provider being alerted; if so, what sum, when, and for what.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1778 to 1795)—Can the Minister provide an itemised account of departmental and agency taxi service expenditure for 2014-15.

  1781    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1832 to 1849)—What sum did the department and agencies within the Minister’s portfolio spend on the supply of alcoholic beverages in 2014-15, and for what purpose(s) was the alcohol purchased.

  1835    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

  1843    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1850 to 1885)—What sum was spent on replenishing the Minister’s drinks cabinet in 2014-15, on what date were such purchases made, and what was purchased.

  1854    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government.

  1857    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

  1861    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1862    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1863    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1873    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Aged Care.

  1874    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Sport.

  1875    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Rural Health.

  1876    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

  1878    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Defence Materiel.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1886 to 1921)—In respect of global roaming costs for Ministerial staff on information and communications technology devices since 8 September 2013, can the Minister provide an itemised list of costs incurred, including but not limited to (a) date of use, (b) call or data type, (c) location of use, (d) length or size of the call or download, and (e) cost per call or data download.

  1893    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

  1897    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1898    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1899    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1909    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Aged Care.

  1910    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Sport.

  1911    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Rural Health.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1922 to 1939)—In respect of global roaming costs for departmental and agency staff on information and communications technology devices since 8 September 2013, can the Minister provide an itemised list of costs incurred, including but not limited to (a) date of use, (b) call or data type, (c) location of use, (d) length or size of the call or download, and (e) cost per call or data download.

  1925    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

  1933    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 1940 to 1975)—In respect of the departmental and agency venue hire in 2014-15, (a) what total sum was spent, (b) what functions were these hires for, and (c) on what dates were these functions held.

  1944    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government.

  1947    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

  1949    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

  1950    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Justice.

  1951    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1952    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1953    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer.

  1963    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Aged Care.

  1964    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Sport.

  1965    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Rural Health.

  1966    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

  1968    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Defence Materiel.

  1994    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the $69,000.00 tender to Workspace Commercial Furniture (CN3042072) for office equipment, (a) what type of equipment was purchased, (b) how many units were procured, and (c) for which departmental offices was this equipment purchased.

11 November 2015

  2007    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications—

(1)         Can the Minister’s department provide an itemised account of costs associated with National Broadband Network (NBN) advertising and marketing campaigns since 18 September 2013, including (a) the media outlets which listed/broadcast the advertisements, and (b) on which dates and at which times these were seen.

(2)         What is the target audience for each campaign and was it determined by market research; if so, can the Minister’s department provide a copy of this research.

(3)         Has the Minister’s department undertaken any studies to determine whether this advertising is reaching its intended audience; if so, (a) when were they undertaken, and (b) what were the results.

(4)         Can the Minister’s department provide an itemised account of costs associated with marketing and promotional material for these campaigns, including (a) what promotional material was procured, (b) where the material was distributed, and (c) the aim of the material.

(5)         Can an image or description of the material be provided.

(6)         Can the Minister’s department provide an itemised account of costs associated with rebranding the agency from NBN Co Limited to nbn TM , including but not limited to (a) graphic design, and (b) market research.

(7)         Can the Minister’s department provide a list of promotional nbn TM material procured in 2014-15.

(8)         What costs were associated with the disposal of branded NBN Co Limited material.

  2012    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Can her department provide an itemised account of costs associated with advertising and marketing campaigns for the awareness of issues relating to the use of the drug Ice, such as the National Ice Taskforce and health campaigns, including (a) the media outlets which listed/broadcast the advertisements, and (b) on which dates and at which times these were seen.

(2)         What is the target audience for each campaign and was it determined by market research; if so, can her department provide a copy of this research.

(3)         Has her department undertaken any studies to determine whether this advertising is reaching its intended audience; if so, (a) when were they undertaken, and (b) what were the results.

(4)         Can her department provide an itemised account of costs associated with marketing and promotional material for these campaigns, including (a) what promotional material was procured, (b) where the material was distributed, and (c) the aim of the material.

(5)         Can an image or description of the material be provided.

  2015    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for the Environment—

(1)         Can his department provide an itemised account of costs associated with advertising and marketing campaigns for the Green Army, including (a) the media outlets which listed/broadcast the advertisements, and (b) on which dates and at which times these were seen.

(2)         What is the target audience for each campaign and was it determined by market research; if so, can his department provide a copy of this research.

(3)         Has his department undertaken any studies to determine whether this advertising is reaching its intended audience; if so, (a) when were they undertaken, and (b) what were the results.

(4)         Can his department provide an itemised account of costs associated with marketing and promotional material for these campaigns, including (a) what promotional material was procured, (b) where the material was distributed, and (c) the aim of the material.

(5)         Can an image or description of the material be provided.

  2020    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)         Can his department provide an itemised account of costs associated with advertising and marketing campaigns for cyber security initiatives, including (a) the media outlets which listed/broadcast the advertisements, and (b) on which dates and at which times these were seen.

(2)         What is the target audience for each campaign and was it determined by market research; if so, can his department provide a copy of this research.

(3)         Has his department undertaken any studies to determine whether this advertising is reaching its intended audience; if so, (a) when were they undertaken, and (b) what were the results.

(4)         Can his department provide an itemised account of costs associated with marketing and promotional material for these campaigns, including (a) what promotional material was procured, (b) where the material was distributed, and (c) the aim of the material.

(5)         Can an image or description of the material be provided.

  2021    Mr Conroy : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         Can his department provide an itemised account of costs associated with advertising and marketing campaigns for the 2015 Intergenerational Report, including (a) the media outlets which listed/broadcast the advertisements, and (b) on which dates and at which times these were seen.

(2)         What is the target audience for each campaign and was it determined by market research; if so, can his department provide a copy of this research.

(3)         Has his department undertaken any studies to determine whether this advertising is reaching its intended audience; if so, (a) when were they undertaken, and (b) what were the results.

(4)         Can his department provide an itemised account of costs associated with marketing and promotional material for these campaigns, including (a) what promotional material was procured, (b) where the material was distributed, and (c) the aim of the material.

(5)         Can an image or description of the material be provided.

23 November 2015

              Mr Conroy : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 2047 to 2064)—

(1)         Has the Minister established an Advisory Council; if not, why not.

(2)         If the Minister has established an Advisory Council, (a) on what date, (b) who are the members, (c) what are its functions and purpose (mission/charter), (d) how often has it met and what were the outcomes, (e) for each meeting, will the Minister’s department provide the following, the (i) date, (ii) name of the host city/town, (iii) attendance record, (iv) venue and why it was chosen, (v) details of allowances paid to Advisory Council members for expenses, including but not limited to travel and accommodation, (vi) itemised details of hospitality and catering, including but not limited to the cost of meals, beverages and any other costs associated with food and beverages, and (f) has the Minister’s department provided any equipment to Advisory Council members, including but not limited to (i) business cards, (ii) personalised pens and stationery, (iii) mobile phones, (iv) laptops, (v) tablet devices, and (vi) email addresses; if so, can an itemised breakdown of these costs be provided.

  2047    Mr Conroy : To ask the Prime Minister.

  2048    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Development.

  2058    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

  2071    Ms Brodtmann : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For each electoral division as at 30 September 2015, and as contained in the final pay figures for the quarter ended 30 September 2015 within the Defence People Group of the Minister’s department, what was the (a) personnel headcount for (i) the Navy, (ii) the Army, (iii) the Air Force, (iv) civilians, and (v) Reserves, and (b) number of civilians (i) on fixed-term contracts, and (ii) employed part-time.

24 November 2015

  2093    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 1444 (House Hansard , 22 October 2015, pages 12325 to 12331), in respect of the $2,555.60 cost for stakeholder relationships with Cambodia immigration officials, held in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory on 22 September 2014, (a) what was the (i) nature, and (ii) purpose, of this function, (b) how many people attended, (c) what were the (i) names, and (ii) roles, of those who attended, (d) what was the venue, (e) can a copy of the menu be provided, (f) can an invoice or itemised list of (i) food, (ii) drinks, and (iii) other costs, be provided, and (g) what was the outcome.

  2094    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—Further to his answer to question in writing No. 1444 (House Hansard , 22 October 2015, pages 12325 to 12331), in respect of the $2,775.96 cost for stakeholder relationships with the Cambodia Refugee Status Determination study tour, held in Canberra and Sydney on 22 October 2014, (a) what was the (i) nature, and (ii) purpose, of this function, (b) how many people attended, (c) what were the (i) names, and (ii) roles, of those who attended, (d) what was the venue, (e) can a copy of the menu be provided, (f) can an invoice or itemised list of (i) food, (ii) drinks, and (iii) other costs, be provided, and (g) what was the outcome.

  2103    Mr Zappia : To ask the Treasurer—Did the Foreign Investment Review Board have any role in respect of the leasing of the Port of Darwin; if so, (a) what was its role, and (b) did it provide any advice to the Government about the lease.

  2108    Mr Baldwin : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In respect of the perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contaminant emanating from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown, (a) when did the (i) Minister, and (ii) Department of Defence, first become aware of the presence of the PFOS leakage from the Base, (b) when did the Department of Defence first become aware that PFOS is a dangerous chemical, (c) what actions (i) have been taken, and (ii) will be taken in the future, to detect the levels of PFOS in Defence Personnel who have served at the Base, (d) has the Department of Defence taken action to stop the flow of PFOS from the base; if not, (i) when will action be taken, and (ii) what program of actions/works will be taken to contain the PFOS at the base, and (e) does the Department of Defence have immunity from the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority in respect of its power to take compliance action against the Department of Defence under threat of penalty prosecution, to cease the discharge of contaminated water from the Base to surrounding areas, in line with Defence policy, dated June 2014, that PFOS must not be released into the natural environment under any circumstances.

3 December 2015

  2126    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Development—

(1)         How is slot access to Sydney Airport from New South Wales regional communities (‘regional slots’) regulated under the Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 .

(2)         What guarantees are there that additional regional slots can be accessed during peak periods of operation at Sydney Airport.

(3)         How does existing legislation permit the regaining of regional slots where regional slots have been lost due to the statutory period of non-subscription.

(4)         What mechanisms under existing legislation allow additional regional slots into Sydney Airport from (a) 6am to 11am, and (b) 3pm to 8pm, for flights between Sydney Airport and (i) Tamworth, (ii) Armidale, (iii) Lismore, (iv) Ballina, (v) Taree, (vi) Albury, (vii) Port Macquarie, (viii) Coffs Harbour, (ix) Dubbo, (x) Orange, (xi) Wagga Wagga, and (xii) Broken Hill.

2 February 2016

  2129    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Justice—How many requests for Australian Government non-financial assistance from the Department of Defence were made to Emergency Management Australia individually by each state and territory in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, (e) 2012-13, (f) 2013-14, and (g) 2014-15.

  2130    Mr Katter : To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)         Will the Prime Minister acknowledge that although councils in regional areas are regularly securing funding for road repairs and upgrades, in many cases the contract for tender is being passed on to big corporations in the city who neither need nor want this work.

(2)         Will the Prime Minister acknowledge that after works are initially completed by these corporations, the local councils are footed with additional cost as work is below standard, often due to a lack of local knowledge.

(3)         Will the Government consider immediately implementing a policy by which local businesses and contractors are given first priority to works in the area in order to assist with the economic development and growth in these regional areas.

  2131    Ms Parke : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—

(1)         Is it a fact that there are refugees, who are in the process of applying for Australian citizenship, who are experiencing delays of up to one year after sitting, or passing, the citizenship test.

(2)         Is it a fact that there are refugees, primarily among those who arrived by boat, who have had their application approved, yet have had their invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony revoked at the last minute; if so, (a) why, and (b) is there a specific policy or intention to delay the grant of citizenship to such people.

3 February 2016

  2135    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of reports to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of adverse events following immunisation, what action does the TGA take beyond registering the event on a database.

  2136    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—In respect of the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources advising that a brief of evidence concerning Serana Pty Ltd was submitted to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) on 9 April 2015, and that an additional brief of evidence has not been sought by the CDPP on this matter, why has the CDPP been unable to make a recommendation on this matter in the last 10 months. 

4 February 2016

  2137    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Affairs—

(1)         Has the Minister been briefed on the extent of the relationship between the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Corporations (ORIC), Mr Anthony Beven, and the former Chief Executive Officer of Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), Mr Steven Mavrigiannakis.

(2)         What role will Mr Beven play in (a) the conduct of the current investigation by the ORIC into the GAC and related entities, and (b) assessing the report that is prepared following the investigation.

(3)         What period of time will be examined in this investigation.

(4)         In light of the perception of a conflict of interest because of Mr Beven’s alleged relationship with Mr Mavrigiannakis, will the Minister direct Mr Beven to not involve himself in any way in the investigation or the subsequent report; if not, why not.

8 February 2016

  2138    Mr Danby : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of a recent media report ‘Syria returnee Mehmet Biber warns of homegrown attacks’ by Ms Rachel Olding ( Sydney Morning Herald , 31 January 2016), what is his reason for not charging Mr Mehmet Biber with a terrorism offence under the Criminal Code Act 1995 , now that Mr Biber has returned to Australia from fighting in Syria.

  2139    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills—In 2014-15, (a) how many entities were recipients of vocational education and training payments by the Government, (b) what total sum of funding was provided by the Government to those entities, and (c) what sum was each entity paid.

11 February 2016

  2140    Mr Ferguson : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—

(1)         For the calendar year (a) 2013, (b) 2014, and (c) 2015, (i) what number of Ministerial interventions were finalised by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and (ii) what number of intervention decisions were made each month.

(2)         For the same period, (a) what number of Ministerial interventions were finalised by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and (b) what number of intervention decisions were made each month.

(3)         For the same period, what was the average length of time between applications for Ministerial intervention being submitted to the office of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and being finalised.

(4)         For the same period, what was the average length of time between applications for Ministerial intervention being submitted to the office of the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and being finalised.

  2141    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the Review of the 2006-2011 Wildlife Conservation Plan referred to in the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 6), does his department have information on the changes in the numbers of the 37 species of migratory shorebirds in the calendar year (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009, (e) 2010, and (f) 2011; if not, (i) why not, and (ii) when will he obtain such information; if so, (i) why was it not included in the plan, and (ii) will he make it publicly available.

  2142    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—What public accountability is there to determine the success of the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015), in respect of changes to Australian shorebird numbers.

  2143    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 6), what achievements from the previous plan have been built upon.

  2144    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the definition of nationally important habitat provided in the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 11), as regularly supporting 2000 migratory shorebirds or 15 migratory shorebird species, and given the decline in shorebird numbers in recent years, will he review the criteria to consider less demanding alternatives such as 500 migratory shorebirds or 10 species.

  2145    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the importance of the Yellow Sea as a major staging area referred to in the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 14), what representations, if any, have been made by the Government or his department to the governments in the Yellow Sea region responsible for the reclamation projects which are occurring or are in the planning stage.

  2146    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the industrialisation of harvesting methods in China and the impacts on shorebird areas referred to in the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 17), what representations, if any, have been made by the Government or his department to the governments in this region responsible for the reclamation projects.

  2147    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 20), will the negotiations between the Australian, Chinese and South Korean governments occur at the Ministerial level; if not, at what level will they occur.

  2148    Mr Thomson : To ask the Minister for the Environment—In respect of the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (August 2015, page 27), what change in numbers of Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper led to them being listed as critically endangered under the the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , and therefore being ineligible for inclusion in the plan.

22 February 2016

              Ms Claydon : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 2150 to 2167)—

(1)         What programs administered by the department or agencies in the Minister’s portfolio exist in the electoral division of Newcastle for which community organisations, businesses or individuals can apply for Commonwealth funding.

(2)         What is the purpose of each program.

(3)         Which area is responsible for allocating funding.

(4)         Is each program advertised; if so, (a) what print and other media outlets have been used, and (b) were these paid advertisements.

(5)         For (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, and (c) 2015-16, (i) how many community organisations, businesses and individuals (in the electoral division of Newcastle) received funding, (ii) what sum was allocated to each recipient, and (iii) can the Minister provide the names and addresses of each recipient.

  2150    Ms Claydon : To ask the Prime Minister.

  2151    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Development.

  2152    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  2153    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

  2154    Ms Claydon : To ask the Treasurer.

  2155    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance.

  2156    Ms Claydon : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

  2157    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

  2158    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

  2159    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for the Environment.

  2160    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Health.

  2161    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence.

  2162    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

  2163    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications.

  2164    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment.

  2165    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Social Services.

  2166    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister for Human Services.

  2167    Ms Claydon : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training.

  2168    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Development—

(1)         Following the expiry of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016, what work has been done to develop an ongoing National Cycling Strategy.

(2)         What national targets will be set for cycling participation levels post 2016.

(3)         What support will be provided by the Government to the Australian Bicycle Council beyond 31 December 2016.

(4)         What work is being done to improve national consistency in (a) a national minimum passing distance, (b) regulating use of bicycles on footpaths, and (c) strategic city planning that includes active transport corridors.

  2169    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Tourism and International Education—What policies and programs are in place to support active tourism, including support for rail trails for cyclists and walkers.

25 February 2016

  2170    Ms MacTiernan : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of the allocation of $14.804 million for national aerial firefighting in the 2014-15 Budget and the 2015-16 Budget, what is the detailed breakdown of expenditure for each of these years.

2 March 2016

  2171    Mr Albanese : To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—(a) Is the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) aware of concerns of residents living near ARTC tracks in inner city Sydney in respect of increased noise from trains in recent years, (b) does the ARTC have a program similar to the NSW Freight Noise Attenuation Program that could provide relief to residents living close to NSW Government owned freight lines; if so, what are the details and eligibility criteria, if not, will the ARTC put such a program in place, and (c) if the ARTC will not put such a program in place, what are the circumstances that entitle residents impacted by freight trains on NSW tracks to relief while residents impacted by freight trains on ARTC tracks are not.

  2172    Mr Thomson : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources—(a) has his attention been drawn to reports the super trawler Geelong Star caught a protected whale shark in its nets on 11 February 2016, (b) can he explain why a statement issued by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) about this incident did not mention that the animal was lifted onto the trawler’s deck, and (c) will he take action to allay community concern about this incident by having AFMA release the video footage of the incident, which it has so far not done on the grounds that the footage is commercial-in-confidence.

3 March 2016

  2173    Mr Ferguson : To ask the Minister for Health—In respect of the reported health patterns of the Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2016 (a) have population studies been undertaken to analyse the risk and level of treatment for Indigenous populations around cardiovascular risk factors, (b) is there a lack of data on adverse reactions to certain cardiovascular disease prevention medications for Indigenous Australians, if so, and given the younger nature of our Indigenous population and the Heart Foundation’s Aboriginal Health statistics, what are the potential impacts of lower screening thresholds, (c) in respect of research pointing to some medications having a higher proclivity for negative outcomes amongst Indigenous populations, is the Government considering improved data collection relating to possible side effects of medication upon Indigenous Australians, (d) is the Government aware of the US Food and Drug Administration’s 1998 final rule on Investigational New Drug Applications and New Drug Applications (Demographic Rule) mandating that pharmaceutical firms monitor and report on differing drug impacts on distinct ethnic groups, and (e) in respect of the Demographic Rule, is there a Government role for the distribution of information to the community given the possible conflict of interest confronting pharmaceutical companies who obtain the majority of such information.

15 March 2016

*2174   Mr Christensen : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training—In respect of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia anti-bullying program funded by the Government; (a) which Queensland schools are participating in the program, and (b) are Queensland schools identified on the Safe Schools Coalition Australia website, if not, why not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives