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Notice given 29 May 2009

*1607  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1374 and the significant falls in staffing levels of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) since November 2007, including the reduction in total staff numbers from 761 to 591 and task force staffing levels from 52 to 19:

(1) What has been the operational impact of these reduced staffing levels.

(2) How many major investigations were being undertaken on: (a) 23 November 2007; and (b) 1 March 2009.

(3) How many task forces were operating on: (a) 23 November 2007; and (b) 1 March 2009.

(4) Have any investigations been abandoned or delayed due to staffing availability.

(5) What administrative or other services have been reduced due to declining staffing levels.

(6) Given that the annual staffing level for the 2009-10 financial year will be 505, down from 526 for the 2008-09 financial year, where will staffing cuts be made.

(7) Can the ACC absorb the loss of another 21 staff without a detrimental impact on operational activities to combat organised and other crimes.

*1608  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the relationship between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Grains Council of Australia (GCA):

(1) Is the Minister aware of the current arrangements for membership of the GCA.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd, a plant breeder, is a member of the GCA.

 

 (3) Does the Minister consider that it is appropriate that commercial entities can become members of the GCA, which in turn then has a role in advising the GRDC on its investment decisions.

(4) (a) Does the Minister consider that the ongoing relationship between the GRDC and the GCA is appropriate; and (b) is there any potential for a conflict of interest in this arrangement.

(5) How much does the GRDC contribute, directly or indirectly, to the GCA.

(6) What proportion of GCA revenues are provided by GRDC contributions.

*1609  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister for Human Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1388 (Senate Hansard , 14 May 2009, p. 2982), concerning the promised Medicare office in Belmont, Western Australia: (a) why is the Belmont office only under ‘active consideration’ when it was a 2007 election promise and the Rudd Government is halfway through its term of office; (b) when will a commitment on timing be made; (c) will the office be opened before the next election; and (d) why has the delay occurred.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1610-*1645)—

(1) Can a list be provided, by agency, of all infrastructure and/or capital works projects that fall under the responsibility of an agency within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2) For each of the projects in (1) above:

(a) when was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

(b) if applicable, what program is it funded through;

(c) what is its total expected cost;

(d) what was its original budget;

(e) what is its current budget;

(f) what is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

(g) what is the total state government contribution to its cost;

(h) if applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

(i) what was the expected start date of construction;

(j) what is the expected completion date;

(k) (i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(l) is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

(m) why was the project funded; and

(n) what cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved.

*1610 Minister representing the Prime Minister

*1611 Minister representing the Minister for Education

*1612 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 1 June 2009 )

*1613 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 1 June 2009 )

*1614 Minister representing the Treasurer

 

 *1615 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

*1616 Special Minister of State

*1617 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

*1618 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

*1619 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

*1620 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

*1621 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

*1622 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

*1623 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

*1624 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

*1625 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

*1626 Minister for Climate Change and Water

*1627 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

*1628 Minister representing the Attorney-General

*1629 Minister for Human Services

*1630 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

*1631 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

*1632 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

*1633 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

*1634 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer

*1635 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs

*1636 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

*1637 Minister representing the Minister for Housing

*1638 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women

*1639 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 1 June 2009 )

*1640 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 1 June 2009 )

*1641 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy

*1642 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law

*1643 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 1 June 2009 )

*1644 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Education on 1 June 2009 )

*1645 Minister representing the Minister for Sport ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 1 June 2009 )