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Notice given 1 August 2012

1976  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) How many individual taxpayers were affected by the incorrect printing of barcodes on business activity statement (BAS) forms.

(2) Have any other forms been printed incorrectly since November 2007; if so, what forms and how many taxpayers were affected.

(3) What is the total cost to the Government of the incorrect printing of barcodes on BAS forms.

(4) Has any estimate been made of the cost to taxpayers; if so, what is this estimate.

(5) (a) What action was taken to fix the problems that arose as a result of the incorrect printing of barcodes; and (b) what alternative solutions were considered.

(6) When were tax agents first notified of the problem with barcodes on BAS forms.

(7) When was Australia Post notified of the problem with barcodes on BAS forms.

(8) When was this notification communicated formally to all Australia Post outlets.

(9) How many BAS forms were processed before Australia Post was notified.

(10) What has been done regarding taxpayers who may have used, through no fault of their own, incorrect lodgement details.

(11) What internal process does the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have in place to ensure problems like this do not arise again.

(12) Have ATO processes been reviewed in the wake of the barcode problem.

(13) Will any taxpayer be penalised for late or incorrect lodgement of their BAS.

1977  Senator Humphries: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health—

(1) Is the Minister aware of newspaper reports, and a report from the Australian Capital Territory Auditor-General that records that up to 11 700 emergency department presentations in the Australian Capital Territory may have been manipulated between 2009 and 2012, so that the length of time patients spent in hospital and the timeliness of their treatment were altered.

(2) Has the Minister received any information that suggests false data may have been provided by the Australian Capital Territory Government; if so, what action has been taken.


 (3) Have any reward payments from any Council of Australian Governments agreements, or any other reward payments been made to the Australian Capital Territory based on data found to be false; if so: (a) how much and when were the payments made; and (b) what action has been taken.

(4) Will the Minister ask her department to conduct a review of funding provided to the Australian Capital Territory’s hospital system as a result of data found to be false; if not, why not.

(5) Has the Minister had any discussions with the Australian Capital Territory’s Minister for Health in relation to this matter; if so, can details of those discussions be provided.

1978  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the May 2010 Consultation Regulation Impact Statement on reducing emissions from non-road spark ignition engines and equipment :

(1) What action regarding the regulation of emissions from non-road spark ignition engines and equipment has occurred since the regulation impact statement (RIS) consultation period closed in July 2010.

(2) Was there to have been a ‘decision RIS’; if so, has this been completed and what has happened since; if not, why not.

(3) Based on a cost benefit analysis of options to manage emissions from selected non-road engines which was completed by McLennan Magasanik Associates in August 2008, is it reasonable to conclude that the delay: (a) to date has cost the health budget more than $400 million; if not, can an estimate be provided; and (b) is costing the economy $67 million a year in fuel costs and producing more than 170 000 tonnes in carbon emissions every year.

(4) Is it correct that industry peak bodies, representing manufacturers of outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers and marine outboard engines, have approached the Minister’s office on a number of occasions since 2009 seeking early implementation of small engine emissions standards that would bring Australia into line with standards already in place for up to 13 years in the United States of America, Europe, Japan, Canada, China and India.