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Notice given 9 September 2011

1103  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister for Finance and Deregulation—Has the Commonwealth made or is it planning to make direct payments to local councils for road works, including the construction of bicycle paths with respect to the year ended:

(a) 30 June 2010;

(b) 30 June 2011; and

(c) 30 June 2012.

1104  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to the riots on Christmas Island in March 2011:

(1) How many people were identified as being organisers or participants in the riots and for each of those people identified:

(a)  how many were arrested as a result of taking part in these riots; and

(b) how many were charged with criminal offences as a result of taking part in these riots.

(2) In relation to each person charged with a criminal offence, how many:

(a) have been convicted of a criminal offence;

(b) have been found guilty of a criminal offence but not convicted;

(c) have been found not guilty of a criminal offence;

(d) have had any charges withdrawn or otherwise not proceeded with;

(e) are still awaiting the finalisation of criminal proceedings;

(f) have had asylum claims processed and determined in Australia; and

(g) are still awaiting determination of their asylum claims.

(3) In relation to each person charged with a criminal offence who have had asylum claims processed and determined in Australia, how many have been:

(a) accepted as asylum seekers;

(b) rejected as not being asylum seekers;

(c) rejected on character grounds not relating to the riots in March 2011; and

(d) rejected on character grounds relating to the riots in March 2011.

(4) In relation to each person charged with a criminal offence who are still awaiting determination of their asylum claims, how many are:

(a) currently in immigration detention on Christmas Island;

(b) currently within a detention centre in Australia;

(c) currently in community detention;

(d) currently settled in Australia; and

(e) no longer in Australia.

 

 1105  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer—With reference to an answer to a question without notice on taxation asked by Senator Payne in the Senate on 25 August 2011 and the Minister’s reply that ‘the ATO [Australian Taxation Office] had found a high level of noncompliance in relation to tax obligations by contractors in this industry’:

(1) What evidence is there of noncompliance of contractors in the building industry.

(2) How many cases have there been over the past year of non-compliance.

(3) Was this proposal made to the Government by the ATO or by the Minister’s office; if neither, which department put forward this policy.

(4) Was any analysis done on the additional level of red tape that these obligations will place on contractors; if so, what was the result of that analysis; if not, why not.

1106  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In relation to the temporary Pontville Detention Facility:

(1) When was the first approval provided prior to building work commencing.

(2) When was the tender for the project granted to Fairbrothers.

(3) When did the building work commence.

(4) Have workers been working extended shifts; if so, for how long and for how many days (specifying each).

(5) Was any assessment made on the impact on detainees of activities at the rifle range; if so, what did it disclose; if not, why not.

1108  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the answer to question no. 114 taken on notice during the 2011-12 Budget estimates hearings of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee in May 2011:

(1) If 331 tonnes of bait was used, is it correct to assume 212 tonnes of bait was destroyed on the island; if not, why not.

(2) Can details be provided on how was the bait destroyed.

(3) What was the cost of destroying the bait.

(4) What was the estimated cost of returning the unused or spoiled bait to Australia.

(5) On its return, why would the unused or spoiled bait need to go to landfill.