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Notice given 21 September 2011

1231  Senator Rhiannon: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Will a representative from AusAID or the Minister’s office be attending the Global Microcredit Summit in Spain in November 2011:

(a) if so, who will be attending the summit; and

(b) if not, why is there no representative attending and what plans are in place for the Minister or AusAID to engage in the outcomes and learnings from the summit.

 

 1232  Senator Rhiannon: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on 23 September 2011 )—

(1) What action has the department taken to ensure the Cawarra Women’s and Children’s Refuge Aboriginal Corporation in Penrith, Sydney, is able to continue providing culturally appropriate support services to Aboriginal women and children.

(2) What is the annual amount of funding provided to the corporation.

(3) Have there been any funding changes in the past 5 years that threaten the ability of the corporation to continue providing services to Aboriginal women and children; if so, what are those changes.

(4) Have there been any been any changes in regulations that threaten the ability of the corporation to continue; if so, what are those changes.

(5) Is the department aware that the corporation has been defunded by the New South Wales Government; if so, what are the reasons for such defunding.

(6) What action has the department taken to ensure the corporation:

(a) has had access to due process to clarify the validity of any identified problems in their operations and can details be provided of that due process and any resulting outcomes; and

(b) has been able to access help to address such identified problems and can details be provided of that help.

(7) Will the Minister commit to consulting with the corporation about:

(a) how it can help fulfil the Government’s Indigenous Family Safety Agenda by ensuring that additional supports are available for families in times of need or heightened vulnerability;

(b) the advice and support available to it from the department; and

(c) any funding options available to it to continue providing services to Indigenous women and children in the western suburbs area of Sydney.

1233  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare on 22 September 2011 )—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 899 (Senate, Hansard , 13 September 2011, p. 88), given that specific details of complaints were not sought, simply the nature of the complaint:

(a) can a list of the complaints be provided under broad categories such as sexual harassment, misuse of resources etc; and

(b) how many complaints were able to be resolved with payment or without payment etc.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1234- 1235)—With reference to the answer provided to question no. E414-07 taken on notice during the 2006-07 Budget estimates of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee, can an update of that answer be provided.

1234 Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

1235 Minister representing the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

 

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1236-1237)—For each program in the department and agencies that fall under the Minister’s portfolio:

(1) Is the program ongoing, lapsing or terminating.

(2) Can a breakdown of the expenditure be provided by administered and departmental costs.

(3) What are the program staffing numbers and the location of those staff.

(4) How many regulations are associated with the program.

(5) Can a list of those regulations be provided.

1236 Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

1237 Minister representing the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1238-1239)—For the department and each agency in the Minister’s portfolio, can details be provided of the location of all offices, and for each office:

(a) the address;

(b) whether the building is: (i) leased, or (ii) owned;

(c) the size;

(d) how many staff are based in the building;

(e) if leased, what is the cost of the lease;

(f) if owned, what is the value of the building; and

(g) if owned, what is the depreciation of the building.

1238 Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

1239 Minister representing the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

1240  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the answers provided to questions on notice nos 845 (Senate, Hansard , 24 August 2011, p. 127) and 1028 (Senate, Hansard , 13 September 2011, p. 92):

(1) What endeavours were made to answer these questions.

(2) Were staff asked if they had offered any direction or advice to Ministers on how to structure their media staff; if so, how many staff were asked and in each instance, what was the response.

(3) Question 845 was expressed in clear terms and should be answered. If the Prime Minister is not prepared to answer the question could an explanation be provided as to why. 

1241  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations—Are all aspects of the Fair Work Act 2009 working as intended; if not:

(a) what sections or aspects of the Act are not working as intended;

(b) what has the Government done to correct these areas; and

(c) how does the Government intend to correct any areas of concern.

 

 1242  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations—

(1) What preparatory work is being done by each of the following for the review of the Fair Work Act 2009 :

(a) the department;

(b) Fair Work Australia;

(c) Fair Work Ombudsman;

(d) Australian Building and Construction Commission; and

(e) Safe Work Australia.

(2) Will the review occur as foreshadowed in the Fair Work Act, as a review on the principles of the Act or as a review with separate terms of reference.

(3) Who will conduct the review, and will it be conducted independently.