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Notice given 3 December 2008

1050  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—

(1) How much money has been returned following underspends in programs in each portfolio for the 2007-08 financial year.

(2) How much depreciation funding has been used for recurrent spending by departments or agencies from December 2007 to June 2008.

(3) (a) How many policy proposals were costed by the Budget Group of the department for the 2008-09 Budget; and (b) what was the average length of time that was spent by officers in the Budget Group on costing each policy proposal for the 2008-09 Budget.

 

 (4) How much ‘time off in lieu’ was accrued by staff in the Budget Group of the department from 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2008.

(5) How much non-taxation revenue was collected from outside the general government sector in the 2007-08 financial year and then subsequently spent by departments or agencies under section 31 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 .

1051  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—

(1) Are departments and agencies required to seek the approval of the Minister to budget for an operating loss; if so: (a) which agencies did the Minister approve to budget for an operating loss for the 2007-08 financial year; and (b) for each agency, what was the reason for each operating loss.

(2) Has the Minister given approval for any agencies to budget for an operating loss for the 2008-09 financial year; if so, what was the reason for each of these agencies needing to budget for an operating loss.

(3) Did the Minister receive any requests for approval to budget for an operating loss that were not approved; if so, what were the reasons for these requests not being approved.

(4) Which departments or agencies had an operating loss in the 2007-08 financial year had not received approval to budget for an operating loss from the Minister.

(5) How many departments or agencies had an operating loss in the 2007-08 financial year and had requested approval to budget for an operating loss which was not approved by the Minister.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1052-1087)—

(1) Given that spending on individual programs is not reported in either the budget papers or annual reports, did any programs in the Minister’s portfolio:

(a) have underspends for the 2007-08 financial year; if so, for each underspend: (i) in what program did it fall, (ii) how much was the underspend, and (iii) what was the reason for the underspend; and

(b) have overspends for the 2007-08 financial year; if so, for each overspend: (i) in what program did it fall, (ii) how much was the overspend, and (iii) what was the reason for the overspend.

(2) Will any agencies and/or departments in the Minister’s portfolio return money in the 2008-09 Budget as a result of underspends for the 2007-08 financial year; if so, how much.

1057 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

1058 Special Minister of State

1064 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

1070 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1075 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

1078 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

 

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1088-1123)—

(1) (a) For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what funds has the Government committed to spend under regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (the Act) for each department and/or agency that operates under the Act in the Minister’s portfolio; and (b) how much of this commitment was approved: (i) at the department or agency level, and (ii) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(2) How much depreciation funding for each department or agency in the Minister’s portfolio: (a) was available as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.

1106 Minister representing the Attorney-General

1111 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs