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Notice given 25 July 2011

844  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Can the department:

(1) Confirm its statement that a total of 182 Australian soldiers deployed to Afghanistan have been wounded.

(2) Confirm that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has accepted 2200 claims from wounded and injured soldiers, compensating 920 of them.

(3) Confirm whether or not it was aware of the number of injured and wounded soldiers who have received compensation from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, prior to them being published in an article which appeared in the West Australian newspaper on 16 July 2011.

(4) Explain the discrepancy in numbers of wounded Australian soldiers publicly stated, compared with the number of:

(a) wounded soldiers compensated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and

(b) injured soldiers compensated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

(5) Disclose the number of soldiers who were wounded or injured in Afghanistan who are currently still serving in the Defence system.

(6) Disclose the number of wounded and injured soldiers whose claims for assistance have been made through Centrelink.

(7) Provide a detailed breakdown of the types of wounds and injuries sustained by soldiers in Afghanistan who have received compensation through the Department Veterans’ Affairs.

 

 (8) Provide a detailed listing of the types of treatment and support offered to wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

(9) Explain why it does not yet centrally collect and analyse injuries suffered by soldiers on deployments (including injuries lodged with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs,) despite having said it would move to do this back in 2004.

847  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations—

(1) With reference to all staff at Fair Work Australia:

(a) Have travel entitlements been accessed for a spouse of a member of Fair Work Australia; if so, can a full breakdown be provided, including the name of the officer at Fair Work Australia, the travel details and the cost as well as the business need for the travel.

(b) What is the total travel cost for the 2010-11 financial year at Fair Work Australia, and can a breakdown of travel be provided including dates, locations and reason for travel including the name of the person travelling.

(c) Can details be provided for the business reason each time an associate has travelled with a Commissioner, Vice or Deputy President or the President.

(2) With reference to all staff at the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC):

(a) Have travel entitlements been accessed for a spouse of any officers at the ABCC or the Commissioner; if so, can a full breakdown be provided, including the name of the officer at the ABCC, the travel details and the cost as well as the business need for the travel.

(b) What is the total travel cost for the 2010-11 financial year at the ABCC, and can a breakdown of travel be provided including dates, locations and reason for travel including the name of the person travelling.

(c) Can details be provided for the business reason each time an associate has travelled with an officer.

892  Senator Rhiannon: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—In regard to the $16 million in funding that Australia has pledged to South Sudan, will any of the money be allocated for:

(1) Better governance of the country’s natural resources, including resource management institutions at a state and local level.

(2) Helping communities manage mining interests on their land.

(3) Helping Australia’s Southern Sudanese diaspora to return to South Sudan to contribute to building the new country.

(4) Can an indication be given of how much funding will be allocated to each of the above matters given consideration.