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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

 

19 September 2019

    201    Dr Haines : To ask the Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government—In respect of the announcement that Australia has achieved a record bulk-billing rate of 86.2 per cent: 

(1)         What is the bulk-billing rate in the electoral division of Indi.

(2)         How many percentage points below the national average is the bulk-billing rate in Indi.

(3)         What proportion of patients in the electoral division of Indi pays out-of-pocket costs when they visit the GP.

(4)         What actions is the Government taking to increase the bulk-billing rate in parts of rural and regional Australia where it lags behind the national average.

(5)         Does the Government have a timeline for achieving parity in the bulk-billing rate between metropolitan and rural, regional and remote areas.

(6)         What actions is the Government taking to address the maldistribution of medical practitioners between metropolitan and rural, regional and remote areas.

5 March 2020

              Mr Leeser : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 330 to 346)—Since 4 January 2012 when the Human Rights Parliamentary Scrutiny Act 2011 commenced:

(1)         How many officers in your department have worked on human rights compatibility statements.

(2)         How many human rights compatibility statements have been issued.

(3)         What is the APS level of staff who have worked on these statements and what is the salary range of each of those levels.

(4)         Approximately how many hours of staff time has been spent preparing compatibility statements and responding to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

(5)         What is the estimated cost to your department of producing compatibility statements, over the period January 2012 to present.

(6)         What is the estimated annual cost of producing human rights compatibility statements.

(7)         On how many occasions has the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights sought a response from your department about the human rights compatibility statements prepared by your department.

(8)         On how many occasions has this resulted in changes to the legislation presented by your department, and can details be provided of any changes that have been made.

    330    Mr Leeser : To ask the Prime Minister.

24 August 2020

    397    Ms Stanley : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         What consideration has been given to supporting small business in the electoral division of Werriwa, such as a successful wedding photography business which is currently facing $200,000 of losses this financial year and more in the coming financial year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(2)         When will the Government provide a road map for struggling small businesses like this so they can make plans for their future both financial and emotional.

(3)         When can my constituents expect certainty so that small businesses can have a future.

    423    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Further to the answer to question in writing No. 125:

(1)         What were the technical issues which delayed the uploading of the vendor details in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s contract database.

(2)         Have these technical issues caused delays in the reporting of any other of the department’s contracts in AusTender in the period since 1 January 2019; if so, for the period since 1 January 2019, how many other departmental contracts have been reported in AusTender more than 42 days after being entered into due to these technical issues.

(3)         Did the department provide the Minister or the Minister’s office with a draft response to question in writing No. 125; if so, on what date did the department provide the draft response to the Minister or the Minister’s office.

27 August 2020

    428    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With respect to Contract Notice CN3679400 published on AusTender on 11 May 2020 and further to the Minister’s response to question in writing No. 361:

(1)         What communications material is Apparent Communications Pty Ltd providing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under this contract.

(2)         To what program, measure, activity or function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does the communications material provided under this contract relate.

(3)         Why does Contract Notice CN3679400 state that the category of goods or services provided under this contract is personnel recruitment if the contract relates to communications material.

(4)         Why does Contract Notice CN3679400 state that the description of goods or services provided under this contract is personnel recruitment if the contract relates to communications material.

6 October 2020

    430    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs—

(1)         What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants lodged an application for citizenship by conferral in 2019-20.

(2)         What total number of applications for citizenship by conferral (both primary and dependent) were on-hand on 30 June 2020.

(3)         What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants were conferred citizenship in 2019-20.

(4)         What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants were refused citizenship by conferral in 2019-20.

(5)         What total number of applications for citizenship by conferral (both primary and dependent): (a) were lodged prior to 2012-13; (b) were lodged in 2012-13; (c) were lodged in 2013-14; (d) were lodged in 2014-15; (e) were lodged in 2015-16; (f) were lodged in 2016-17; (g) were lodged in 2017-18; (h) were lodged in 2018-19; (i) were lodged in 2019-20; and (j) remain on-hand.

(6)         What total number of applications for citizenship by conferral (both primary and dependent): (a) were approved prior to 2012-13; (b) were approved in 2012-13; (c) were approved in 2013-14; (d) were approved in 2014-15; (e) were approved in 2015-16; (f) were approved in 2016-17; (g) were approved in 2017-18; (h) were approved in 2018-19; (i) were approved in 2019-20; and (j) remain on-hand.

(7)         What was the average number of days from lodgement to conferral for (primary and dependent) citizenship applications by conferral conferred in 2019-20.

(8)         What was the average number of days from lodgement to approval for (primary and dependent) citizenship applications by conferral approved in 2019-20.

(9)         What was the average number of days from approval to conferral for (primary and dependent) citizenship applications by conferral conferred in 2019-20.

(10)     What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral whose citizenship was conferred in 2019-20 were conferred citizenship: (a) at a local government ceremony; (b) at a departmental ceremony; (c) at an online ceremony presided over by a department official; (d) at an online ceremony presided over by a Member of Parliament or Senator; (e) at an online ceremony presided over by local government; or (f) were not required to attend a ceremony and whose citizenship was conferred on approval.

(11)     What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral whose citizenship was conferred in 2020-21 to date were conferred citizenship: (a) at a local government ceremony; (b) at a departmental ceremony; (c) at an online ceremony presided over by a department official; (d) at an online ceremony presided over by a Member of Parliament or Senator; (e) at an online ceremony presided over by local government; or (f) were not required to attend a ceremony and whose citizenship was conferred on approval.

(12)     What are the residential postcodes of those (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral, where conferral was conducted via an online ceremony presided over by a Member of Parliament or Senator, in: (a) 2019-20; and (b) 2020-21 to date.

(13)     In respect of online citizenship ceremonies: (a) which Members of Parliament and Senators have presided over online citizenship ceremonies; (b) how many online citizenship ceremonies has each Member of Parliament and Senator presided over; and (c) on how many (primary and dependent) applicants has each Member of Parliament and Senator conferred citizenship in online ceremonies to date.

(14)     What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral, reside in each state and territory, whose applications had been approved but not conferred on: (a) 30 June 2020; and (b) 31 August 2020.

(15)     What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral, reside in postcodes 3156, 3171, 3172, 3173, 3174, 3175, 3177, 3802, 3803, 3804, and 3805, whose applications had been approved, but not conferred on: (a) 30 June 2020 and (b) 31 August 2020.

(16)     What total number of (primary and dependent) applicants for citizenship by conferral residing in postcodes 3156, 3171, 3172, 3173, 3174, 3175, 3177, 3802, 3803, 3804, and 3805 had their citizenship conferred in an online ceremony presided over by a departmental official in each month of 2020 to date.

    432    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1)         For how many days has Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert been detained and imprisoned in Iran.

(2)         Since Dr Moore-Gilbert’s detention: (a) how many times has the Australian Government made representations to the Iranian Government to seek her release; and (b) can those representations be described.

(3)         Has the Australian Government made representations to the Iranian Government to seek Dr Moore-Gilbert’s transfer to more humane facilities; if so, what was the Iranian Government’s response.

(4)         Does the Australian Government have an official policy position on dealing with countries that engage in ‘hostage diplomacy’; if so, can that policy be described.

    433    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of Contract Notice CN3717789 published on AusTender on 16 September 2020:

(1)         What information services is Newgate Communications Pty Ltd providing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under this contract.

(2)         To what program, measure, activity or function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do these information services relate.

(3)         On what date was this contract entered into.

(4)         How many days after entering into this contract did the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade report details of the contract on AusTender.

(5)         Did publication of this contract notice on AusTender on 16 September 2020 comply with paragraph 7.18 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules which requires relevant entities to report contracts within 42 days of entering into them; if not, why did the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade fail to comply with paragraph 7.18.

7 October 2020

    434    Mr Zappia : To ask the Minister for Government Services—In respect of the Child Support Agency:

(1)         How many families have child support payments which have fallen due and payment has been received by the agency but not yet transferred to the receiving family.

(2)         What is the total sum of payments held by the agency and what proportion is past the due date for transfer to the recipient: (a) presently; and (b) five years ago.

(3)         What is the reason for any delay in transferring payments to recipients and what actions, if any, are being taken to reduce any delays.

    435    Ms Steggall : To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)         What is the legal advice on which the Government relies for imposing the cap on international arrivals of Australian citizens, including the zero cap on arrivals of Victorian residents.

(2)         Can the Prime Minister advise on other jurisdictions that have implemented similar measures to restrict inbound travel to their own citizens.

19 October 2020

    437    Mr Hill : To ask the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts—In respect of the Report on industry self-regulation of commercial electronic messages, the Do Not Call Register and the Integrated Public Number Database by the Australian Communications and Media Authority which advised that businesses had been attempting to register their numbers on the Do Not Call Register (DNCR):

(1)         How many businesses have attempted to register on the DNCR in each of the previous four financial years.

(2)         How many business numbers have been registered and then removed from the DNCR in each of the previous four financial years.

27 October 2020

    438    Mr Hill : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the Treasury publication Recent Impacts on Australia’s Population , and in particular, figure 2 which provides a forecast/projection of net overseas migration for each financial year to 2030-31:

(1)         Can a detailed breakdown be provided of the forecast/projection for each financial year to 2030-31 into the component parts (both arrivals and departures) as used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Catalogue 3412.

(2)         What, if any, underlying assumptions and visa propensities were used to develop these forecasts/projections.

(3)         If such a breakdown is not available, can detailed advice be provided on how the forecasts/projections were developed.

(4)         Drawing on Treasury’s forecasts/projections of net overseas migration, can the correlating estimates of the stock of temporary entrants in Australia be provided for each major temporary entry grouping in the temporary entry stock statistics provided on data.gov.au as at end June and end December of each year until 2031, assuming no change to the current migration and humanitarian program ceilings.

(5)         Assuming no change to the migration and humanitarian program ceilings, can the Treasurer confirm if the Treasury forecasts/projections of net overseas migration to 2030-31 would require the overall stock of temporary entrants in Australia by 2031 to be well in excess of 3 million.

(6)         Given current trends in refusal of asylum seeker applications and current rates at which unsuccessful asylum seekers are being removed from Australia, can Treasury’s forecast/projection of the stock of unsuccessful asylum seekers in Australia be provided for each year until 2031 (the vast majority of whom would be counted as part of Australia’s estimated resident population).

    439    Ms McBride : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         What funds will the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network receive to establish headspace Wyong.

(2)         When will these funds be received.

(3)         Has a location been identified for headspace Wyong.

(4)         When will headspace Wyong commence services.

29 October 2020

    440    Ms Templeman : To ask the Minister for Health—

(1)         Are funds available to Wentworth Healthcare Limited, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, to establish a headspace in Hawkesbury.

(2)         When will these funds be received.

(3)         How much will be received.

(4)         Has a location been identified for headspace Hawkesbury.

(5)         When will headspace Hawkesbury commence services.

10 November 2020

    441    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Treasurer—When will the Government release the final report of the Retirement Income Review announced on 27 September 2019 and presented to the Government on 30 June 2020.

              Ms Sharkie : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 442 to 443)—When will the Government release the Productivity Commission’s report into mental health announced in November 2018 and presented to the Government on 30 June 2020.

    442    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Treasurer.

    443    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Health.

    444    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme—When will the Government provide a response to the independent review into NDIS Commission oversight and the death of Ann-Marie Smith, prepared by the Hon Alan Robertson SC and released on 4 September 2020.

    445    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families and Social Services—When will the Government provide a response to the First Interim Report of the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme April 2020 released in May 2020.

    446    Ms McBride : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development—

(1)         What amount of funding was allocated to roads in the electoral division of Dobell in the 2020-21 Budget.

(2)         What projects will be funded from this amount.

(3)         When will work commence on these projects.

(4)         What amount of funding was allocated to roads in the electoral division of Robertson in the 2020-21 Budget.

(5)         What projects will be funded from this amount.

(6)         When will work commence on these projects.

(7)         What criteria were used to determine the allocation of these funds in these two electoral divisions.

              Mr Katter : To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. 447 to 450)—

(1)         Why is fruit being left to rot on the ground in far north Queensland when there are 20,000 people in the area on the Jobseeker allowance.

(2)         Does the Minister agree that the privatisation of social welfare job allocation has been a disaster.

(3)         Will the Government take steps to: (a) return the function of social welfare job allocation to Services Australia personnel; (b) utilise cyclone damaged, and vacated holiday resorts as quarantine hubs for incoming foreign workers; and (c) remove mandatory quarantine for incoming workers from Vanuatu and Samoa, where there is no COVID-19 transmission.

    447    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

    448    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

    449    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

    450    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister for Government Services.

    451    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—For each of the following contract notices published on AusTender during 2020 under the category ‘Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications’, what components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade procuring: (a) CN3724728; (b) CN3721282; (c) CN3702378; (d) CN3702378-A1; (e) CN3717335; (f) CN3706615; (g) CN3701564; (h) CN3698034; (i) CN3698035; (j) CN3698036; (k) CN3693576; (l) CN3692450; (m) CN3687969; (n) CN3682682; (o) CN3681998; (p) CN3681994; (q) CN3678714; (r) CN3678403; (s) CN3677404; (t) CN3673395; (u) CN3672653; (v) CN3663527; (w) CN3660110; (x) CN3660109; and (y) CN3658440.

    452    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) Bushfire Recovery grant program: 

(1)         When did the Government decide to establish the DFAT Bushfire Recovery grant program.

(2)         Is the DFAT Bushfire Recovery grant program still open; if not, when did it close.

(3)         Are there separate streams of DFAT Bushfire Recovery grants; if so, what are these separate streams.

(4)         What are the purposes of the DFAT Bushfire Recovery grant program and of each stream.

(5)         How much funding was allocated for the DFAT Bushfire Recovery grants, including for each stream.

(6)         Did DFAT develop grant opportunity guidelines for the DFAT Bushfire Recovery grant program as required by paragraph 4.4 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017; if so, when were the guidelines completed; if not, why not.

(7)         Did DFAT make the guidelines publicly available on GrantConnect as required by paragraph 5.2 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017; if so, when were the guidelines made available on GrantConnect; if not, why not.

(8)         Did the guidelines include eligibility and selection criteria; if so, what were the eligibility and selection criteria; if not, why not.

(9)         How many applications has DFAT received for DFAT Bushfire Recovery grants: (a) in total; and (b) broken down for each stream.

(10)     How many DFAT Bushfire Recovery grants have been awarded: (a) in total; and (b) broken down by each stream.

(11)     What is the value of DFAT Bushfire Recovery grants awarded: (a) in total; and (b) broken down by each stream.

(12)     Were decisions to award grants approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs; if not, who was the approver.

(13)     Were any grants approved for applications which were not assessed by DFAT officers as fully meeting the assessment or selection criteria; if so, what are the details of those grants.

(14)     Have each of the grants awarded under the Bushfire Recovery grant program been fully acquitted in accordance with grant agreements; if not, why not.

11 November 2020

    453    Dr Freelander : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of my previous correspondence with the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health seeking their support to establish a Shepherd Centre of Excellence in the electoral division of Macarthur to service deaf and hearing impaired children: why is it that the Government can’t find $2.5 million in their budget to establish desperately needed early intervention services for 200 deaf and hearing impaired children across south-west Sydney.

    454    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—For each of the following contract notices published on AusTender on 6 November 2020 under the category ‘Management advisory services,’ what management advisory services is Codarra Advanced Systems Pty Ltd providing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the relevant contract, and to what program, measure, activity or function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do these management advisory services relate: (a) CN3728306; (b) CN3728307; (c) CN3728308; (d) CN3728309 (e) CN3728310; (f) CN3728311; (g) CN3728312; (h) CN3728313; and (i) CN3728314.

    455    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of contract notices CN3728306, CN3728307, CN3728308, CN3728309, CN3728310, CN3728311, CN3728312, CN3728313 and CN3728314 published on AusTender on 6 November 2020:

(1)         Are these contracts with Codarra Advanced Systems Pty Ltd related to one another; if so, how are the contracts related to one another.

(2)         Are the services being provided under these contracts related; if so, how are the services related.

(3)         Why were these procurements conducted by limited tender rather than open tender.

(4)         Did these contracts arise as a result of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) dividing a procurement into separate parts; if so, why was the procurement divided into separate parts and did this comply with paragraph 9.5 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules; if not, why did DFAT enter nine contracts with Codarra Advanced Systems Pty Ltd with the same start and end dates, six of which had the same value of $56,872.20 and three of which had the same value of $63,786.36.

    456    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—For each of the following contract notices published on AusTender on 6 November 2020 under the category ‘Management advisory services,’ what management advisory services is Modis Staffing Pty Ltd providing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the relevant contract and to what program, measure, activity or function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do these management advisory services relate: (a) CN3728315; and (b) CN3728316.

    457    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of contract notice CN3728320 published on AusTender on 6 November 2020:

(1)         What management advisory services is Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu providing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under this contract.

(2)         To what program, measure, activity or function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do these management advisory services relate.

(3)         Noting that the contract notice refers to Standing Offer Notice SON3305648, what are the details of any business advisory services in respect of scoping studies and other reviews, commercial transactions, or other commercial activities which include review-based commercial and/or financial-based advice that are being provided by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu under this contract.

    458    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In respect of contract notice CN3728322 published on AusTender on 6 November 2020:

(1)         What management advisory services is Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu providing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under this contract.

(2)         To what program, measure, activity or function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do these management advisory services relate.

(3)         Noting that the contract notice refers to Standing Offer Notice SON3305648, what are the details of any business advisory services in respect of scoping studies and other reviews, commercial transactions, or other commercial activities which include review-based commercial and/or financial-based advice that are being provided by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu under this contract.

(4)         On what date did the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade enter this contract.

(5)         Did the publication of this contract notice on 6 November 2020 comply with paragraph 7.18 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules requiring relevant entities to report contracts on AusTender within 42 days of entering into a contract if they are above the reporting threshold; if not, why not.

12 November 2020

    459    Dr Freelander : To ask the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure—

(1)         How much money was allocated in the budget, for the creation of rail links for the new Western Sydney (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

(2)         Has the Government provided any funding to establish a rail link from the airport to the electoral division of Macarthur.

(3)         Can the Minister confirm that the $1.8 billion that the Government has invested in the Sydney Metro (Western Sydney Airport) project, is being funnelled only into the northern (St Mary’s) component of this rail link.

(4)         Is the Government intentionally only funding a rail link from the new Western Sydney Airport to the northern suburbs, to service the Liberal electoral division of Lindsay while ignoring Labor electorates in South Western Sydney.

(5)         Why did the Government’s highly politicised Western Sydney Cities Deal not provide for any tangible results for the people of South-West Sydney and the electoral division of Macarthur.

(6)         Given that a rail link from the new airport to the electoral division of Macarthur is earmarked as a priority project by Infrastructure Australia’s priority list, why is the Government continuing to ignore the advice of their own independent experts by failing to fund this vital link.

(7)         Why is the Minister continuing to ignore the findings of the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study , a report that his own Government commissioned.

(8)         As South West Sydney is growing exponentially—it is reported that the Camden Local Government Area alone (which lies, in part, in the electoral division of Macarthur) will grow by almost 130 per cent by 2036—why is the Government continuing to starve this rapidly growing area of desperately needed infrastructure.

(9)         Does the Minister acknowledge that a rail link from the new airport to the electoral division of Macarthur would service rapidly growing communities including Oran Park, Gregory Hills and Gledswood Hills; if so, why is the Government refusing to provide these suburbs with desperately needed infrastructure.

(10)     As the metro link that the Government will be providing from the airport to Liberal electorates is being touted as a ‘Jobmaker’ project, why is the Government refusing to fund similar projects that would create countless jobs and support local businesses in South-Western Sydney.

(11)     In respect of the Member for Hume’s claim that the budget will finally provide long-awaited funding for commuter carparking at Campbelltown Station, can the Minister explicitly identify where in the budget the Commonwealth has mentioned funding this development in Campbelltown.

30 November 2020

  *460    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction—In respect of practical ways organisations can take real and meaningful action to reduce their carbon emissions:

(1)         What was the total number of air flights taken by employees of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources on official business during 2019-20.

(2)         What was the total distance of these flights.

(3)         What was the total cost of these flights.

(4)         What amount of greenhouse gas emissions was associated with this air travel by Departmental employees.

(5)         What amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with this air travel by Departmental employees was offset.

(6)         How do these levels of air travel, emissions and offsets compare with levels reported by the City of Sydney for its staff.

  *461    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction—In respect of practical ways organisations can take real and meaningful action to reduce their carbon emissions:

(1)         What was the total number of air flights taken by the Minister and members of the Minister’s staff on official business during 2019-20.

(2)         What was the total distance of these flights.

(3)         What was the total cost of these flights.

(4)         What amount of greenhouse gas emissions was associated with this air travel by the Minister and his staff.

(5)         What amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with this air travel by the Minister and his staff was offset.

(6)         How do these levels of air travel, emissions and offsets compare with levels reported by the City of Sydney for the Mayor and Councillors.

  *462    Mr Conroy : To ask the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology—In respect of contract notice CN3728820 published on AusTender on 10 November 2020:

(1)         What are the details of the education and training services to be provided to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources by Kirribilli Partners Pty Ltd under this contract.

(2)         Which departmental executives, managers or officers or which other individuals are taking part in this education and training.

(3)         Why was this contract awarded after a limited tender procurement process rather than by open tender.

  *463    Mr Hill : To ask the Treasurer—

(1)         Is the Treasurer aware that: (a) in 2019, a federal court ordered the winding up of Aviation 3030 Pty Ltd, a land banking scheme, in response to a case brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC); (b) in a recent investigation by Radio Free Asia, two individuals described by the presiding judge as nominee shareholders for the scheme’s director, Hakly Lao, were in fact daughters of one of Cambodia’s most notorious human rights abusing generals, Pol Saroeun, and records show that their shares were purchased at 0.005 per cent of the rate offered to retail investors, raising concerns that the scheme might have been misused as a vehicle for laundering illicit cash into Australia; and (c) a 2018 investigation by Al Jazeera found that another Hakly Lao-linked land banking scheme, the VKK Investments Unit Trust—that was also shut down at the request of ASIC last year—featured Cambodia’s controversial tax chief Kong Vibol as a major shareholder.

(2)         Given that two forcibly shuttered schemes linked to Hakly Lao have now been revealed as taking funds from Cambodian politically exposed persons, does the Government have any plans to direct ASIC, Austrac, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, or other appropriate bodies with investigative powers to establish the origin of the funds going into those schemes and the possibility that the schemes were being used for money laundering by Cambodia’s notoriously corrupt elite.

  *464    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management—In respect of the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, in particular recommendation 8.1 which stated that ‘Australian, state and territory governments should develop an Australian-based and registered national aerial firefighting capability’:

(1)         How is the Government going to honour its commitment to support this recommendation given it has only allocated an additional $11 million in the budget to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, to support fleet standing costs, taking the total to $26 million.

(2)         Given that since 2004 the Government has, by special agreement with the states and territories, funded the upfront costs of firefighting aircraft, why is the Government leaving it to the states and territories to work with industry to build an Australian-based aerial fire-fighting capacity.

(3)         What contribution will the Government make, if any, in developing an Australian-based aerial firefighting capacity.

  *465    Ms Sharkie : To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management—In respect of the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, in particular recommendation 6.2 which stated that ‘Australian, state and territory governments should establish a national register of fire and emergency services personnel, equipment and aerial assets’:

(1)         What resources will the Government contribute to this national register as part of its stated ‘support in principle’ for this recommendation.

(2)         Will the Government contribute resources to recommendation 6.1, that is, the assessment of the national capacity and capability of fire and emergency services, including aerial resources; if so, what will those resources entail; if not, why not.

(3)         Will the Government consider providing additional funding to sustain the national capacity and capability of fire and emergency services beyond aerial firefighting; if so, what funding is the Government considering; if not, why not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                             Claressa Surtees

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives