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Notice given 26 February 2009

1305  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) As at 31 December 2008: (a) how many uniformed staff are there in each of the three service areas (i.e. army, navy and air force); and (b) how many civilian staff are there in each of the service areas.

(2) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, how many uniformed personnel were recruited to each of the service areas.

(3) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008: (a) how many uniformed staff resigned from each of the service areas; and (b) how many civilian staff resigned from each of the service areas.

(4) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, how many temporary civilian positions existed, or were created, in each of the service areas.

 

 (5) (a) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, how many civilian employees have been employed on contract; and (b) what is the average length of their employment period in each of the service areas.

1306  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, was there a reduction in uniformed staffing numbers as a result of the efficiency dividend and/or other budget cuts in the army, navy or air force; if so, where and at what level.

(2) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, was there a reduction in civilian staffing numbers as a result of the efficiency dividend and/or other budget cuts in the army, navy or air force; if so, where and at what level.

1307  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008: (a) which submarines in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet were: (i) fully operational with full crew compliments, and (ii) non-operational; and (b) for each submarine that was non-operational, what was the reason for its non-operational status.

(2) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, how many fully qualified personnel were permanently employed in the RAN to operate submarines.

1308  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008: (a) which frigates were fully operational with full crewing commitments; (b) of those frigates that were not operational, what were the reasons for their non-operational status; (c) what were the operational strengths of the engineering officers and sailors on the frigates; and (d) what were the operational strengths of non-engineering officers and sailors on the frigates.

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1309-1310)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) (a) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, what discussions or meetings were conducted regarding the Government’s ‘Razor Gang Mk II’; and (b) has the razor gang indicated any cuts or savings to be made by the department or agency.

(2) (a) What special accounts does the agency currently hold; (b) as at 31 December 2008, how much is in these accounts; (c) does the agency use the interest from these accounts to fund ongoing operations; and (d) has the razor gang given any indication about the future of these accounts.

1309 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1310 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1311-1312)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, how many programs were under spent.

(2) (a) As at 31 December 2008, what requests have been made to roll-over under spends to 2008-09; and (b) were these requests successful.

1311 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1312 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

 

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1313-1314)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, how much was spent on media monitoring.

(2) As at 31 December 2008: (a) how many staff are employed in public relations and/or the media in the department or agency; (b) what are the position levels of these staff; (c) what are the salary grades of these staff; and (d) how many of these staff are: (i) permanent, (ii) temporary, and (iii) contractors.

1313 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1314 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1315-1316)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008: (a) what communications programs were undertaken or were planned to be undertaken; and (b) what has been the total spend in each communications program.

1315 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1316 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1317-1318)—

(1) For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008: (a) what was the department’s hospitality spend; and (b) for each departmental hospitality event, can the following details be provided: (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

(2) (a) For the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what was the total hospitality spend in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008; and (b) for each hospitality event in the office, can the following details be provided: (i) date, (ii) location, (iii) purpose, and (iv) cost.

1317 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1318 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1319-1320)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, what appointments to boards or committees were made in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008.

1319 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1320 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1321-1322)—For the period 1 October to 31 December 2008:

(1) (a) Did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary travel overseas on official business; if so: (i) to what destination, (ii) for what duration, and (iii) for what purpose; and (b) what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

 

 (2) (a) Which ministerial staff accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) for these staff, what was the cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(3) (a) Which departmental officers accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for these officers, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(4) (a) Apart from ministerial staff and departmental officers, who else accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for each of these people, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

1321 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1322 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1323-1324)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008:

(1) Did the department or agency receive any advice on how to respond to freedom of information (FOI) requests.

(2) How many FOI requests has the department or agency received.

(3) How many FOI requests have been granted or denied.

(4) How many conclusive certificates have been issued in relation to FOI requests.

1323 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1324 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1325-1326)—As at 31 December 2008: (a) how many departmental liaison officers are allocated to each Minister and Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) what advice do they provide.

1325 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1326 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1327-1328)—In the period 1 October to 31 December 2008:

(1) What was the cost of the travel and expenses for the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary for Community Cabinet meetings.

(2) (a) How many ministerial staff and departmental officers travelled with the Minister for these Cabinet meetings; and (b) what was the total cost of this travel.

1327 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1328 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1329-1330)—For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) How many reviews are currently being undertaken in the portfolio/agency or affecting the portfolio/agency.

(2) What was the commencement date of each review.

(3) When will each review be concluded.

 

 (4) (a) Which reviews were completed in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008; and (b) when will the Government respond to the each of these reviews.

(5) As at 31 December 2008, what has been the cost of each of these reviews.

1329 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1330 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1331-1332)—

(1) For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, in the period 1 October to 31 December 2008, what programs or projects were cut, curtailed, postponed, delayed or terminated as part of the Government’s $10 billion ‘redirection of priorities’ program.

(2) For each program affected by the ‘redirection of priorities’ program, how much has been re-directed to ‘higher priority programs/projects’.

(3) What ‘higher priority programs/projects’ have benefited from cuts or savings made in ‘lower priority programs’.

(4) How much funding has been allocated to each of these ‘higher priority projects’.

1331 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

1332 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 2 March 2009 )

Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1335-1357)—

(1) How many communication campaigns were conducted by the department and/or its agencies for the 2008 calendar year.

(2) For each of the above campaigns:

(a) what was the name of the campaign;

(b) which department had the responsibility for the campaign;

(c) which agencies were short-listed and which were finally selected for:

(i) advertising creative,

(ii) public relations, and

(iii) market research;

(d) did the relevant Minister or any of that Minister’s personal staff take part in the decision to select the successful agency or agencies; if so, whom;

(e) can a breakdown be provided for:

(i) creative agency costs,

(ii) television placement costs,

(iii) print placement costs,

(iv) radio placement costs,

(v) mail outs, brochures and booklet costs,

(vi) Internet costs,

(vii) public relations agency costs, including additional costs for any activities undertaken by those agencies or their agents,

(viii) market research agency costs, and

(ix) the total cost of the campaign; and

 

 (f) what were the start and end dates for the airing of the electronic advertising components.

1335 Minister representing the Prime Minister ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1336 Minister representing the Minister for Education ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1337 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 2 March 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1338 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 2 March 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1339 Minister representing the Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1340 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1341 Special Minister of State ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1342 Minister representing the Minister for Trade ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1343 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1344 Minister representing the Minister for Defence ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1345 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1346 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1347 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

1348 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1349 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1350 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1351 Minister for Climate Change and Water ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1352 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

 

 1353 Minister representing the Attorney-General ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1354 Minister for Human Services ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1355 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1356 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )

1357 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 10 March 2009 )