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Notice given 17 August 2012

2024  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What processes were followed, and/or what criteria were used, to determine which regions or program line items will be affected by the 2012-13 Budget decision to defer the target spend on foreign aid, of 0.5 per cent of the Gross National Income, by one year.

(2) Why did the Government begin pursuing membership of the African Development Bank in the same year in which spending on foreign aid was deferred.

2025  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to AusAID funded scholarships to Australian educational institutions for overseas students from developing countries:

(1) What conditions must recipient students satisfy and what criteria are used to determine whether these conditions have been satisfied.

(2) Is there a requirement for students to work in their country of origin once the scholarship period is complete.

(3) What are the: (a) intended countries of origin for the 2012-13 scholarship intake; and (b) processes followed by AusAID in determining the countries from which students are selected.

2026  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What measures will AusAID take to ensure that the $5 million donation to the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust will be used in accordance with the AusAID Transparency Charter.

2027  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the formulation of the AusAID Civil Society Engagement Framework (CSEF):

(1) What analysis was undertaken by AusAID to ensure that the CSEF is compliant with Australia’s international and treaty obligations.

(2) What legal advice was sought and when.

(3) What consultation processes were undertaken with Australian and international government agencies.

2028  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the AusAID Civil Society Engagement Framework: (a) what investigations have been undertaken; and (b) what governance processes have been implemented by AusAID to ensure that civil society organisations in Australia and overseas are not encouraging or supporting separatist activities.