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Notice given 22 September 2011

*1243  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) How many hours of the Western Australian Football League (WAFL) has the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) broadcast in each of the following financial years and what was the production cost in each year:

(a) 2007-08;

(b) 2008-09;

(c) 2009-10; and

(d) 2010-11.

(2) How many hours of WAFL does the ABC plan to broadcast in each of the following financial years and what is the projected cost in each year:

(a) 2011-12;

(b) 2012-13; and

(c) 2013-14.

(3) Does the ABC have any formal plans to reduce the hours of broadcast of WAFL football.

(4) Does the ABC have any formal plans to stop the live telecast of WAFL games.

(5) If the ABC has no formal plans to reduce hours or stop live broadcasts, what discussions have occurred at management level about potential changes to WAFL broadcasting.

(6) What sporting events played in Western Australia, apart from the WAFL, does the ABC currently telecast on a regular basis.

(7) What local Western Australian sports will be broadcast by ABC television if WAFL is no longer broadcast live.

 

 (8) How many hours of programming has the ABC produced in Western Australia in each of the following financial years and what was the production cost in each year:

(a) 2007-08;

(b) 2008-09;

(c) 2009-10; and

(d) 2010-11.

(9) How many hours of programming does the ABC expect to produce in Western Australia in each of the following financial years and what is the projected cost in each year:

(a) 2011-12;

(b) 2012-13; and

(c) 2013-14.

*1244  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What was the department’s total expenditure on advertising in the 2010-11 financial year, and what was the program breakdown for this expenditure.

*1245  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What was of the department’s total expenditure on travel for the 2010-11 financial year, and of this, what sum was spent on:

(a) first class air travel;

(b) business class air travel;

(c) economy class air travel;

(d) international air travel; and

(e) domestic air travel.

*1246  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What was the department’s total expenditure on hospitality and entertainment for the 2010-11 financial year, and of this, what sum was used for entertainment provided:

(a) overseas;

(b) within Australia; and

(c) in conjunction with the United Nations Security Council bid.

*1247  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What was:

(a) the department’s total expenditure for the 2010-11 financial year on:

(i) information and computer technology,

(ii) consultancies,

(iii) external accounting,

(iv) external auditing,

(v) external legal services, and

(vi) membership and grants paid to affiliate organisations; and

(b) for each category in (a), what was the program breakdown of this expenditure.

 

 *1248  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In regard to curable blindness in the Asia-Pacific region:

(a) since 24 November 2007, what sum of money has the Australian Government spent on addressing this condition; and

(b) what countries are receiving Australian Government assistance to address this condition.

*1249  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In regard to training eye health professionals, including ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses, since 24 November 2007, what sum has been spent to support local surgical capacity in the Asia-Pacific region.

*1250  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Since 24 November 2007, how many cataract surgeries have been performed in the Asia-Pacific region.

*1251  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—How many eye clinics have been established in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the Avoidable Blindness Initiative.

*1252  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Since 24 November 2007, what amount of funding has been spent on eye screening of primary school children (ages 5 to 12 years) in the Asia-Pacific region.

*1253  Senator Birmingham: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) How many programs are there within the department.

(2) Can a breakdown be provided over the forward estimates of each program, including:

(a) program title;

(b) program summary;

(c) whether the program is ongoing, lapsing or terminating;

(d) administered and departmental costs; and

(e) program staffing numbers and location.

(3) Are there any cross-portfolio programs within the department; if so:

(a) what are the titles of these cross-portfolio programs and what departments/agencies are involved; and

(b) what is the expenditure breakdown of the cross-portfolio programs (e.g. administered and departmental costs).

*1254  Senator Birmingham: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In regard to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (AMCA):

(1) How many divisions are there within the ACMA and what are their names.

(2) How many staff are there in each of these divisions and where is each division located.

(3) How many office locations are there within the ACMA and where is each located.

(4) What is the size of each of these offices and are they leased or owned.

(5) If the office is rented, what is the amount and what is the breakdown of rent per square metre.

 

 (6) What is the value of the buildings owned and what is the depreciation of those buildings.

*1255  Senator Birmingham: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In regard to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA):

(1) What is ACMA’s total expenditure for the 2010-11 financial year on:

(a) advertising;

(b) travel (including a breakdown of business versus economy and domestic versus international);

(c) hospitality and entertainment;

(d) information and communications technology;

(e) consultancy;

(f) education/training to staff;

(g) external accounting;

(h) external auditing;

(i) external legal; and

(j) memberships or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

(2) Can a breakdown of the expenditure in (1) be provided for each division within the ACMA on:

(a) advertising;

(b) travel (including a breakdown of business versus economy and domestic versus international);

(c) hospitality and entertainment;

(d) information and communications technology;

(e) consultancy;

(f) education/training to staff;

(g) external accounting;

(h) external auditing;

(i) external legal; and

(j) memberships or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

(3) Within each divisional area, can a breakdown of expenditure be provided, for each Executive Manager on:

(a) advertising;

(b) travel (including a breakdown of business versus economy and domestic versus international);

(c) hospitality and entertainment;

(d) information and communications technology;

(e) consultancy;

(f) education/training to staff;

(g) external accounting;

(h) external auditing;

(i) external legal; and

(j) memberships or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

*1256  Senator Birmingham: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) How many programs are there within the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

 

 (2) Can a breakdown be provided over the forward estimates of each program including:

(a) program title;

(b) program summary;

(c) whether the program is ongoing, lapsing or terminating;

(d) administered and departmental costs; and

(e) program staffing numbers and location.

(3) Are there any cross-portfolio programs within ACMA; if so:

(a) what are the titles of these cross-portfolio programs and what departments/agencies are involved; and

(b) what is the expenditure breakdown of the cross-portfolio programs (e.g. administered and departmental costs).

*1257  Senator Birmingham: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) Within the department, how many divisions are there and what are their names.

(2) How many staff are there in each of these divisions and where is each division located.

(3) How many office locations are there within the department and where is each located.

(4) What is the size of each of these offices and are they leased or owned.

(5) If the office is rented, what is the amount and what is the breakdown of rent per square metre.

(6) What is the value of the buildings owned and what is the depreciation of those buildings.

*1258  Senator Birmingham: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) Can details be provided on total expenditure for the 2010-11 financial year for the department on:

(a) advertising;

(b) travel (including a breakdown of business vesus economy and domestic versus international);

(c) hospitality and entertainment;

(d) information and communications technology;

(e) consultancy;

(f) education/training to staff;

(g) external accounting;

(h) external auditing;

(i) external legal; and

(j) memberships or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

(2) Can a breakdown of the expenditure in (1) be provided for each departmental group within the department on :

(a) advertising;

(b) travel (including a breakdown of business versus economy and domestic versus international);

(c) hospitality and entertainment;

(d) information and communications technology;

 

 (e) consultancy;

(f) education/training to staff;

(g) external accounting;

(h) external auditing;

(i) external legal; and

(j) memberships or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

(3) Within each divisional area, can a breakdown of expenditure be provided, for each Assistant Secretary on:

(a) advertising;

(b) travel (including a breakdown of business versus economy and domestic versus international);

(c) hospitality and entertainment;

(d) information and communications technology;

(e) consultancy;

(f) education/training to staff;

(g) external accounting;

(h) external auditing;

(i) external legal; and

(j) memberships or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

*1259  Senator Ryan: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—

(1) In regard to Small Business Division: Budget:

(a) for each year of the forward estimates please provide:

(i) departmental expenditure; and

(ii) administered program expenditure.

(b) within the department, what is the division’s total budget for the 2011-12 financial year and what component of this is:

(a) departmental expenditure; and

(b) administered expenditure.

(2) In regard to Small Business Division: Staff:

(a) what is the total staff headcount in the division;

(b) what is the total equivalent full-time staff in the division;

(c) can details be provided of each location where staff members of the division work;

(d) can a breakdown be provided of staff in the division by APS classification, including APS levels 1-6, EL levels and SES levels;

(e) how many staff are currently working on contract for the division;

(f) how many contract staff were engaged by the division in the 2010-11 financial year;

(g) can details be provided of the value of contracts for engaging staff for the division;

(h) for each branch in the division, please provide:

(i) number of staff allocated and APS level,

(ii) number of departmental-provided mobile telephones and the total budgeted cost for these for the 2011-2012 financial year, and

(iii) budgeted amount for travel allowance for the 2011-12 financial year.

 

 (i) what is the division’s annual budget for recruiting;

(j) what is the division’s annual budget for personal development/staff coaching and development/training /workshops and like services.

 (3) In regard to Small Business Division: Facilities:

(a) the 2009-10 Annual report listed 44 departmental office locations across Australia, and 3 around the world; can details be provided of each current office location used by the department, domestic and international;

(b) for each facility, domestic and international, can details be provided of:

(i) which offices are solely used by the Small Business Division of the department and which are used for other purposes, and

(ii) for those offices that are used for other purposes, please specify what the facilities are used for.

(c) for each facility used by the division, can the following details be provided:

(i) location,

(ii) whether the facility is owned by the department, or rented,

(iii) at what cost the facility is rented each year,

(iv) floor space (sq m) occupied by the division,

(v) small space occupied by other departmental divisions, and

(vi) the number of staff at each location and division staff work in.

(d) does the division use the international offices; if so, what for;

(e) what are the annual departmental costs of the international offices;

(f) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental costs of each of the international offices in $AUD;

(g) across all departmental facilities, how much office space (sq m) is used by the Small Business Division; and

(h) can a breakdown be provided of expenditure within the division for implementing new projects to which the government has committed (for example Small Business Dispute Resolution Tribunal).

(4) In regard to Small Business Division: Outsourcing:

(a) the 2009-10 annual report states that for the 2009-10 financial year, the department engaged in new outsourced consultancy contracts worth $4 642 758 (GST inclusive), as well as ongoing outsourced consultancy contracts valued at $2 287 456, combining these gives a total of $6 930 214 spent on outsourced contracts, can the department confirm this amount is correct;

(b) what amounts has the division budgeted for consulting contracts (new, ongoing and total) for the 2010-11 and 2012-13 financial years; and

(c) in the 2009-10 financial year, the department’s annual report outlines that $680 533 (9.8%) was spent on small business contracts; how much was spent in the 2010-11 financial year and what is budget for the: (a) 2011-12; and (b) 2012-13 financial years, and how many such contracts have been let.

 

 (5) In regard to Enterprise Connect Centres:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this project for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this project;

(c) can details be provided of the location of each Enterprise Connect Centre and the funding allocated to it (including costs such as lease, insurance, staff, maintenance and utilities);

(d) are these locations additional to those listed as the departmental office locations;

(e) please outline the office space (sq m) of each Enterprise Connect Centre;

(f) how many division staff and contract staff work at each Enterprise Connect Centre; and

(g) are these staff members of APS, and are they included in the department staff breakdown.

(6) In regard to Small Business Advisory Services (Business Enterprise Centres (BEC)):

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this project for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this project;

(c) can details be provided of the location of each BEC and the funding allocated to it (including costs such as lease, insurance, staff, maintenance and utilities);

(d) are these locations additional to those listed as departmental office locations;

(e) can the department outline the office space (sq m) of each BEC.

(f) how many division staff and contract staff work at each BEC; and

(g) are these staff members of APS, and are they included in the departmental staff breakdown.

(7) In regard to Small Business Support Line:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this project;

(c) how many staff and contract staff work on the small business support line;

(d) do the staff involved in this project all work from the office locations from which this project is run; and

(e) how many calls has the Support line received in each year since the project was launched.

(8) In regard to Business.gov.au:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering the business.gov.au website for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

 

 (b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

(c) from which departmental office is the program administered; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the website.

(9) In regard to Business Names Registration System:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering the Business Names registration system for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program; and

(c) from which departmental office is the program administered.

(10) In regard to Commercialisation Australia:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering Commercialisation Australia for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

(c) fromwhich office locations is the program run; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the program.

 (11) In regard to Australian Growth Partnerships (AGP):

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering the AGP for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

(c) from which office locations is the program run; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the program.

(12) In regard to Venture Capital Limited Partnerships:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

(c) from which office locations is the program run; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the program.

(13) In regard to Trade Measurement:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

(c) from which office locations is the program run; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the program.

(14) In regard to Supplier Access to Major Projects:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

 

 (c) from which office locations is the program run; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the program.

(15) In regard to National Measurement Services:

(a) what are the administrative costs borne by the department in administering this program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years;

(b) can a breakdown be provided of the departmental administrative expenditure for this program;

(c) from which office locations is the program run; and

(d) how many staff and contract staff work on the program.

*1260  Senator Ryan: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) In regard to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC):

(a) what is the total expenditure for the ACCC for the 2011-12 financial years and over the forward estimates;

(b) how much expenditure has the ACCC spent in the 2010-11 financial years on:

(i) advertising,

(ii) travel (include a breakdown: business, economy, domestic, international),

(iii) hospitality and entertainment,

(iv) information and communication technology,

(v) consultancy,

(vi) education/staff training,

(vii) external accounting,

(viii) external auditing,

(ix) external legal, and

(x) memberships of grants paid to affiliate organisations;

(c) how many staff does the ACCC employ at the following levels:

(i) senior executive service ACCC/AER members;

(ii) EL2;

(iii) EL1;

(iv) APS 6;

(v) APS 5;

(vi) APS 4;

(vii) APS 3;

(viii) APS 2;

(ix) APS 1; and

(x) Graduate;

(d) For each of the following ACCC building locations:

(i) 23 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra;

(ii) Level 7, Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney;

(iii) Level 35, The Tower, 360 Elisabeth Street, Melbourne;

(iv) Level 24, 400 George Street, Brisbane;

(v) Level 6, Central Plaza, 370 Flinders Mall, Townsville;

(vi) Third Floor, East Point Plaza, 233 Adelaide Terrace, Perth;

(vii) Level 2, ANZ House, 19 Grenfell Street, Adelaide;

 

 (viii) Level 8, National Mutual Centre, 9-11 Cavanagh Street, Darwin; and

(x) Third floor, AMP Building, 89 Collins Street, Hobart,

please specify:

(A) how many staff are employed at each location,

(B) what is the size of the ACCC office footprint in square metres,

(C) is the office leased or owned: (1) if leased, what is the rate per square metre, when will the rental lease expire, and how long is the lease agreement or (2) if owned, what is the value and the depreciation of each of the buildings owned.

(2) In regard to the Product Australia website:

(a) what expenditure is incurred providing and servicing this website; and

(b) how many ACCC and/or contracted staff administer the website.

(3) In regard to SCAMWatch:

(a) what expenditure is incurred providing and servicing this website; and

(b) how many ACCC and/or contracted staff administer the website.

(4) In regard to Product Recalls Australia:

(a) what expenditure is incurred providing and servicing this website; and

(b) how many ACCC and/or contracted staff administer the website.

(5) In regard to Infocentre:

(a) what expenditure is incurred providing and servicing the Infocentre;

(b) how many calls has the Infocentre received in the following financial years:

(a) 2007-08,

(b) 2008-09,

(c) 2009-10, and

(d) 2010-2011;

(c) how many ACCC and/or contracted staff administer the Infocentre Website; and

(d) where are these staff located.

(6) In regard to Australian Consumer Law (ACL) Awareness and Compliance:

(a) what expenditure is incurred this year and budgeted for in the forward estimates for ACL Awareness and Compliance;

(b) how many ACCC staff members are involved administering this measure; and

(c) where are these staff located.

(7) In regard to ACL Enforcement of Consumer Protection:

(a) what expenditure is incurred this year and in the forward estimates for the ACL Enforcement of Consumer Protection;

(b) how many ACCC staff members are involved administering this measure; and

(c) where are these staff located.

 

 (8) In regard to Australian Energy Regulator New Consumer Protection:

(a) what expenditure is incurred this year and budgeted for in the forward estimates for the Australian Energy Regulator New Consumer Protection;

(b) how many ACCC staff members are involved administering this measure; and

(c) where are these staff located.

(9) In regard to the Petrol Commissioner:

(a) what expenditure is incurred this year and budgeted for in the forward estimates for the Petrol Commissioner;

(b) how many ACCC staff members are involved administering this measure; and

(c) where are these staff located.

(10) In regard to National Broadband, Regulatory framework:

(a) what expenditure is incurred this year and budgeted for in the forward estimates for the National Broadband, Regulatory framework;

(b) how many ACCC staff members are involved administering this measure; and

(c) where are these staff located.

(11) In regard to Water for the Future, Driving Reform in the Murray Darling:

(a) what expenditure is incurred this year and budgeted for in the forward estimates for the Water for the Future, Driving Reform in the Murray Darling;

(b) how many ACCC staff members are involved administering this measure; and

(c) where are these staff located.

(12)  For each of the following programs/initiatives:

(a) Product Australia Website, SCAMWatch,

(b) Product Recalls Australia, Infocentre,

(c) ACL Awareness and Compliance,

(d) ACL Enforcement of Consumer Protection,

(e) Australian Energy Regulator New Consumer Protection,

(f) Water for the Future,

(g) Driving Reform in the Murray Darling,

(h) National Broadband, Regulatory framework, and

(i) Petrol Commissioner:

(i) what was the advertising expenditure in the 2010-11 financial year,

(ii) what was the travel expenditure in the 2010-11 financial year,

(iii) what was the hospitality and entertainment expenditure in the 2010-11 financial year, and

(iv) how much was spent on:

(A) consultancy,

(B) education and training to staff,

(C) external auditing,

(D) external accounting,

 

 (E) external legal, and

(F) membership or grants paid to affiliate organisations.

(13) How much did the ACCC spend on external legal services in the following financial years:

(a) 2006-07;

(b) 2007-08;

(c) 2008-09;

(d) 2009-10; and

(e) 2010-11.

(14) How much has the ACCC budgeted to spend on external legal services for the 2011-12 financial year.

*1261  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—In regard to the ban on seal products in Europe because of cruelty in the culling process:

(1) Are there any prohibitions on Australian companies selling seal products.

(2) Is the department aware of the sale of seal products in Australia, or of Australian businesses selling seal products elsewhere; if so, have any efforts been made to restrict the sale of such products in Australia or for businesses to be based here.

(3) Has Australia been involved in international discussions or expressed concern to Namibia about the operation of its seal culling.

*1262  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—

(1) Has the minister been briefed or had meetings with the Tasmanian Government or Department of Infrastructure regarding plans to widen the Brooker Highway in Hobart.

(2) Is the Minister otherwise aware of progression of planning to widen the Brooker Highway.

(3) Has the Minister received any application or request for help to implement plans to widen the Brooker Highway.