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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

 

Questions unanswered

 

Nos 140, 483, 488, 502, 573, 680, 688-690, 705-706, 718, 734, 766-776, 778, 781, 783-785, 788-789, 795, 799, 812, 817-819, 824, 826, 829, 834-837, 841-847, 849-852, 854-862, 864, 866-868, 870, 872-880, 882-886, 888, 890-891, 895-898, 900-909, 911-922, 924, 926-927, 929, 931-934, 936-937, 939-942, 944-945, 949-952, 954-960, 962-994, 996-1012, 1014, 1016-1017, 1020-1024, 1026, 1028-1032, 1034-1035, 1037-1062, 1064-1071, 1073-1085, 1087, 1089-1091, 1093-1100, 1102, 1104-1107, 1109-1110, 1112-1115, 1117-1120, 1122-1130, 1132, 1134-1137, 1139, 1141-1143, 1145-1152, 1154, 1156-1159, 1161-1162, 1164-1167, 1169-1170, 1172, 1174-1175, 1177, 1179-1189, 1193-1194, 1197-1204, 1208-1211, 1213-1214, 1217-1224, 1226-1227, 1229, 1231-1234, 1236, 1238-1241, 1243, 1245-1247, 1249-1256, 1258, 1260-1263, 1265-1266, 1268-1271, 1273-1276, 1278-1286, 1288, 1290-1293, 1295, 1297-1298, 1301-1308, 1312-1315, 1317-1318, 1320-1327, 1330-1340, 1343-1345, 1349-1350, 1353-1360, 1364-1367, 1369-1370, 1374-1383, 1385-1390, 1392-1393, 1395-1397, 1399, 1401-1402, 1405-1412, 1414, 1416-1419, 1422, 1424, 1426-1442, 1444-1449, 1453-1454, 1457-1464, 1466, 1468-1471, 1474, 1477-1483, 1485, 1487, 1489-1501, 1504-1515, 1518-1521, 1523-1538, 1540-1648.

 

13 October 2015

*1649   Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training—In respect of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website, (a) what is the cost of all activities associated with the website, including (i) research and development, (ii) advertising, and (iii) ongoing maintenance, and (b) how many times has the website been accessed as at 13 October 2015, and from where.

*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.

*1654   Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—In respect of the $533,000.00 tender to Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd (CN3293549) for Refurbishment of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Offices (a) what offices is this for, and (b) can the department provide an itemised schedule of works associated with the refurbishments.

*1655   Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 402 (House Hansard , 20 October 2014, page 11513), (a) can his department provide a description of the works undertaken at each location, and (b) what is the total cost of the refurbishment including (i) design and construction, (ii) furniture and equipment, (iii) project management, and (iv) all other, (c) how will these upgrades support the work of his department.

*1656   Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 402 (House Hansard , 20 October 2014, page 11513), (a) how many staff presently work in each office, (b) how many staff in each office were made redundant between 7 September 2013 and 13 October 2015, (c) does his department anticipate that (i) more staff will be located in each office following the refurbishment; if so, how many, and (ii) staff will be relocated from any other office within his department to any of these offices following the refurbishment; if so, how many, (d) will staff from any other Commonwealth department(s) be located within any of these offices; if so (i) what department(s), (ii) in which offices, and (iii) what roles will they perform, (e) will staff from any other businesses or agencies, other than a Commonwealth department, be located within any of these offices; if so, (i) what businesses or agencies, (ii) in which offices, and (iii) what services will they provide, and (f) does his department anticipate that there will be any unused capacity in any of these offices following the refurbishment.

*1657   Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—As at 30 September 2015, what sum of the Manufacturing Transition Programme funding had been allocated.

*1658   Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—As at 30 September 2015, what sum of the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme funding had been allocated.

*1659   Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—As at 30 September 2015, what sum of the Automotive Diversification Programme funding had been allocated.

*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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives