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Notice given 20 August 2012

2029  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012, how many: (a) permanent uniformed staff, both part-time and full-time; and (b) civilian staff, both part-time and full-time, were in each of the service areas (i.e. army, navy, and air force).

2030  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many uniformed full-time, permanent personnel were recruited to each of the service areas (i.e. army, navy and air force).

2031  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many: (a) uniformed staff; and (b) civilian staff, resigned from each of the service areas (i.e. army, navy and air force).

(2) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many: (a) uniformed staff; and (b) civilian staff, were made redundant or accepted severance packages in each of the service areas.

2032  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many temporary civilian positions, both full-time and part-time, were created in the department, in the Defence Materiel Organisation and in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

2033  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many temporary civilian positions, including part-time, existed in the department, in the Defence Materiel Organisation and in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

2034  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many civilian employees, including full-time and part-time, were employed on contract and at what levels of remuneration.

2035  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what was the average cost in recruiting each new uniformed person into each of the service areas (i.e. army, navy and air force).

2036  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—What was the total expenditure on recruiting for the period 1 January to 30 June 2012.

2037  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how much was paid to the Australian Defence Force prime recruiting agency for the provision of services.

2038  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Provisional Savings and Costs - Gross SRP Stream Savings’ for: (a) information and communications technology; (b) inventory; (c) logistics; (d) non-equipment procurement; (e) Reserves; (f) shared services; and (g) workforce.

 

 2039  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Provisional Savings and Costs - SRP Stream Costs’ for: (a) information and communications technology; (b) inventory; (c) smart maintenance; (d) logistic; (e) non-equipment procurement; (f) preparedness and personnel and operating costs; (g) Reserves; (h) shared services; (i) workforce; and (j) Mortimer implementation.

2040  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Provisional Savings and Costs - SRP Stream Net Savings’ for: (a) information and communications technology; (b) inventory; (c) smart maintenance; (d) logistic; (e) non-equipment procurement; (f) preparedness and personnel and operating costs; (g) Reserves; (h) shared services; and (i) workforce.

2041  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program ‘Other Savings’ for the following areas: (a) zero based budgeting review; (b) minor capital program; (c) facilities program; (d) administrative; and (e) productivity.

2042  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications’:

(1) As at 30 June 2012, how many uniformed personnel, full-time and part-time, were employed.

(2) As at 30 June 2011 and 1 January 2012, how many uniformed personnel were employed on the projects.

2043  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’:

(1) As at 30 June 2012, how many civilian personnel, full-time and part-time, were employed in implementing the White Paper initiatives.

(2) As at 1 January and 30 June 2012: (a) how many civilian personnel were employed; and (b) in what programs.

2044  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’: For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many uniformed personnel, including full-time and part-time, were employed in implementing the White Paper initiatives.

2045  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’: For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what reduction was made in the number of personnel, including full-time and part-time, employed in implementing: (a) efficiency improvements; (b) civilianisation; and (c) support productivity improvements.

 

 2046  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’: As at 30 June 2012, what increase or reduction has there been in civilian personnel, full-time and part-time, employed in the department and in the Defence Materiel Organisation since 1 July 2008.

2047  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many personnel, including full-time and part-time, were employed as Australian Public Service staff or contractors.

2048  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many Australian Public Service staff or contractors, including full-time and part-time, were employed on White Paper/SRP initiatives.

2049  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what reduction has there been in the number of Australian Public Service staff or contractors employed in implementing: (a) efficiency improvements; (b) civilianisation; (c) support productivity improvements; and (d) contractor conversion (reduction to contractors).

2050  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: As at 30 June 2012, what increase or reduction has there been in full-time and part-time Australian Public Service staff or contractors employed since 1 July 2008.

2051  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012:

(1) Which submarines in the Royal Australian Navy fleet were fully operational ready for tasking with a full crew complement and capable of completing Unit Ready Days and Tasking Ready Days.

(2) How many actual sea going fully operational days were achieved by each submarine.

2052  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence— 

(1) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012: (a) which submarines in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet were non-operational; and (b) for each submarine that was non-operational, what was the reason for its non-operational status.

(2) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, which submarines in the RAN fleet were: (a) fully operational and ready to respond to ‘war like’ situations; and (b) for what periods.

(3) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what was the cost of: (a) maintaining; (b) operating; and (c) upgrading, the six submarines.

(4) What were the crewing complements for each of the six submarines for each month in the period 1 January to 30 June 2012.

 

 2053  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012: (a) how many fully qualified personnel are ‘Dolphin Qualified’ and permanently employed in the Royal Australian Navy to operate submarines; and (b) how many ‘Dolphin Qualified’ personnel were tasked with other duties and what were these duties.

2054  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many personnel fully completed training courses and became ‘Dolphin Qualified’ and eligible to serve on submarines.

2055  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, how many personnel completed training courses and became ‘Perisher Qualified’ and eligible to command a submarine.

2056  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012, how many Royal Australian Navy personnel were ‘Perisher Qualified’ and eligible to command a submarine.

2057  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, which submarines were undergoing maintenance/refit programs and for what length of time.

2058  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012:

(1) Which naval vessels were fully operational with a full crew complement.

(2) Which naval vessels were not fully operationally ready for immediate tasking.

(3) For each naval vessel that was non-operationally ready, what was the reason for its non-operational status.

(4) What were the operational strengths on all naval vessels of the: (a) engineering officers and sailors; and (b) non-engineering officers and sailors.

2059  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Given that video communications are integrated into robots, soldiers and unmanned aerial vehicles, and network-centric warfare is becoming the organising principle of war fighting, and frontline demands for bandwidth are rising at a rapid rate: For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what did the Australian Defence Force do and how much did it spend on: (a) establishing a network-centric warfare capability; and (b) addressing the issue of increased bandwidth.

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2060-2062)— 

(1) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, for each agency within the responsibility of the Minister, how much was spent on media monitoring.

(2) As at 1 January and 30 June 2012: (a) how many staff, uniformed and civilian, full-time and part-time, were employed in public relations and/or the media in the department or each agency within the responsibility of the Minister; (b) what were the position levels of these staff; and (c) how many of these staff were: (i) permanent, (ii) temporary, or (iii) contractors.

2060 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2061 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2062 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

 

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2063-2065)—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, for each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary: (a) what communications programs were undertaken or were planned to be undertaken; and (b) what was the total spend in each communications program.

2063 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2064 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2065 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2066-2068)—

(1) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012: (a) what was the hospitality spend for each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) for each hospitality event, can the following details be provided: (i) the date, (ii) the location, (iii) the purpose, (iv) the cost, and (v) the number of attendees.

(2) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, can details be provided of the total hospitality spend for the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

2066 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2067 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2068 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2069-2071)—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, in regard to the department and each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) How many freedom of information (FOI) requests were received.

(2) How many FOI requests were granted or denied.

(3) How many conclusive certificates were issued in relation to FOI requests.

2069 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2070 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2071 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2072-2074)—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012:

(1) (a) Did the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary travel overseas on official business; if so: (i) to what destination, (ii) for what duration, and (iii) for what purpose; and (b) what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(2) (a) Which departmental and uniformed personnel accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for those personnel, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

(3) (a) Apart from ministerial staff and uniformed and civilian departmental personnel, who else accompanied the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary on each trip; and (b) for each of these people, what was the total cost of: (i) travel, (ii) accommodation, and (iii) any other expenses.

2072 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2073 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2074 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

 

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2075-2077)—For each portfolio/agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) How many reviews are currently being undertaken in the portfolio/agency or affecting the portfolio/agency.

(2) What was the commencement date of each review.

(3) When will each review conclude.

(4) (a) Which reviews were completed in the period 1 November 2007 to 30 June 2012; and (b) when will the Government respond to the each of these reviews.

(5) As at 30 June 2012, what was the cost of each of these reviews.

2075 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2076 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2077 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

2078  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012:

(1) With reference to the acquisition of the first 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft: (a) what is the expected expenditure on the acquisition; and (b) what is to be supplied as equipment, supporting systems, weapons, services or infrastructure to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

(2) When will these first 14 F-35 JSF aircraft: (a) be delivered; (b) become fully operational; and (c) what is the estimated through-life support and operating costs for these aircraft over an expected 30 year period of operation.

(3) When will the remaining 86 F-35 JSF be purchased (as referenced in the Defence White Paper 2009 , p. 78, paragraph 9.60, ‘The Government has decided that it will acquire around 100 F-35 JSF, along with supporting systems and weapons. The first stage of this acquisition will acquire three operational squadrons comprising not fewer than 72 aircraft’).

(4) With reference to the acquisition of the remaining 86 F-35 JSF aircraft: (a) what is the expected expenditure on the acquisition; (b) what will be supplied as equipment, supporting systems, weapons, services or infrastructure to the ADF; (c) when will the aircraft be delivered; (d) when will they become fully operational; (e) where will the JSF squadrons be based, and when; and (e) what is the estimated through-life support and operating costs over an expected 30 year period of operation.

(5) What savings would be made by cancelling the purchase of 24 F-35 JSF aircraft and purchasing 24 Super Hornets.

2079  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012:

(1) Is it still planned to acquire 12 submarines as per the White Paper direction ‘the Government takes the view that our future strategic circumstances necessitate a substantially expanded submarine fleet of 12 boats in order to sustain a force at sea’ ( Defence White Paper 2009 , p. 64, paragraph 8.40).

(2) What plans and strategies are in place to man the 12 future submarines given the great difficulty, in 2011-12, of manning and operating the current fleet of submarines.

 

 (3) What is the expected cost of acquiring 12 future submarines, over the next: (a) 12 months; (b) 5 years; (c) 10 years; and (d) 15 years.

(4) What funding has been provided to assist in the planning for the 12 future submarines.

(5) When is it expected that the first pass approval will be provided to advance the purchase of the 12 future submarines.

(6) What are the expected through-life support and operating costs of a fleet of 12 future submarines over a 30 year operating period.

(7) When is it envisaged that the first of the 12 future submarines will be launched and fully operational.

(8) What is the expected cost per year of maintaining and operating the existing 6 Collins Class submarines until they are de-commissioned, broken down by year until 2025.

(9) What is the specific phasing-out program for the existing Collins Class submarines.

2080  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Strategic Reform Program (SRP):

(1) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012: (a) where specifically have the provisional savings of the forecasted total been made under the SRP; (b) can a detailed explanation be provided of where these savings have been realised; and (c) what one-off savings been made.

 (2) As at 30 June 2012, what workforce savings, both in personnel reductions and dollar savings, per area as specified in the Budget Audit Review, have resulted where the gaps to average performance have been: (a) improved and realized; and (b) reduced to zero.

2081  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, what productivity improvement savings have been made by the department and by the Defence Materiel Organisation.

2082  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012: (a) what savings have been made in reducing the cost of combat capability through the use of Reserves and deployable contractors; and (b) have any one-off savings been made; if so, where were these savings found.

2083  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012: (a) what specific productivity improvement savings have been made in Smart Sustainment reform; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

2084  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012: (a) what specific savings, over the period 2010 to 2019, have been made in the implementation of Smart Maintenance techniques; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

2085  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012: (a) of the savings expected over the period 2010 to 2019, what specific savings have been made in the optimising of inventory holdings and the introduction of more efficient management techniques; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

 

 2086  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012: (a) of the savings expected over the period 2010 to 2019, what specific savings have been made in Storage and Distribution (Logistics) Reform where the adoption of automated technologies and improved business practices ensure cost effectiveness and efficiency; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

2087  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2012:

(1) From which areas of expenditure will the enhanced force protection measures be made.

(2) What specific programs will be cut or deferred to meet this cost.

(3) Why did the Government cease disclosing deferrals in expenditure in the 2008-09 Budget which has continued through to the 2012-13 Budget.

(4) (a) What are the specific deferrals in expenditure since 2008-09; and (b) why have these deferrals been made.

(5) What percentage increase, if any, will be made to enable future capital equipment initiatives over the forward estimates period.

(6) As it is not clear in the 2012-13 Budget, what specific projects are planned for approval in 2012-13.

(7) (a) What programs in 2012-13 will now have to be resourced through absorbed costs; and (b) what programs have been cancelled or deferred to enable these costs to be absorbed.

(8) Of the $20.6 billion worth of savings under the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) it appears that $4.6 billion of this involves the re-allocation of funds and is not a savings item at all - how can this claim of savings be made when it is in fact a reallocation of funds.

(9) Under the SRP: (a) why has the number of civilian employees to be cut been reduced from the forecast 3 125; and (b) what is the new figure.

2088  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012: (a) what ‘First Pass’ Project approvals; and (b) what ‘Second Pass’ Project approvals, have been made.

2089  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2012:

(1) (a) How many training days have been allocated to Reserves in each state and territory; and (b) what is the budget allocation to provide these training days.

(2) (a) How many training days were actually used by Reserves in each state and territory; and (b) what was the actual expenditure to provide these training days.

2090  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health—

(1) Can the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) explain the concept of ‘benchmarking’ and the role of ‘benchmarking’ products.

(2) Has IHPA received a presentation on ‘benchmarking’ from: (a) Healthcost Limited; or (b) the Managing Director of Healthcost Limited; if so, what was the cost of the presentation.

 

 (3) Is IHPA aware that the ‘benchmarking’ product presented to IHPA for sale was developed by Healthcost Limited and is listed on their website ( www.healthcost.co.uk ).

(4) Is IHPA aware that Healthcost Limited is a United Kingdom registered company and the sole supplier of Visasys Pty Ltd systems in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

(5) Is IHPA aware that a recent tender to undertake the processing of hospital data for the National Hospital Cost Data Collection, to be used by IHPA to derive the National Efficient Price of providing hospital services across Australian public hospitals, was awarded to Visasys Pty Ltd.

(6) What other contracts does Visasys Pty Ltd have with the Australian Government, and when were these contracts awarded.

(7) Since 2001, has Visasys Pty Ltd been a supplier of other products to the Australian Government; if so, can details of the contracts be provided, including the: (a) price; (b) product; (c) terms; and (d) duration.

(8) Who is the Director of IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section, on what date was this person appointed and when does their term expire.

(9) Does the current Director of IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section have any other directorships.

(10) Can the Minister confirm: (a) the type of relationship that exists between the Director of the IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section and a company called Healthcost Limited; and (b) whether the current Director was at any time associated with Visasys Pty Ltd; if so, can details be provided.

(11) Does IHPA require that Directors declare shareholdings in stakeholder agencies (such as Visasys Pty Ltd and Healthcost Limited); if so, can details be provided of the declarations made by the Director of IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section.

(12) What engagement has the Director of IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section had with the Queensland Department of Health, and can details be provided in relation to all formal contact between the parties since the Director’s appointment.

(13) With reference to the recent tender, awarded to Visasys Pty Ltd, to undertake the processing of hospital data for the National Hospital Cost Data Collection, can details be provided of: (a) any involvement by the Director of IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section in the process of IHPA awarding the contract; and (b) who drafted the tender on behalf of Visasys Pty Ltd.

(14) Can details be provided of any involvement by the Director of IHPA’s Hospital Costing Section in enabling Healthcost Limited and/or its Managing Director to give a presentation on ‘benchmarking’ and to offer a ‘benchmarking’ product developed by Healthcost Limited for sale to IHPA.

(15) How many staff does Visasys Pty Ltd directly employ, and what is the company’s market share in the provision of costing systems to major Australian hospitals.

2091  Senator Ronaldson: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Tourism—

(1) Did Tourism Australia have an official partnership with the Northern Trust Open for the 2012 PGA TOUR tournament held from 14 February to 19 February 2012.

 

 (2) Can the Minister and/or Tourism Australia confirm whether Tourism Australia VIPs participated in an exclusive clinic with a PGA TOUR professional during the tournament; if so: (a) at what location and on what date was the clinic held; (b) how many Tourism Australia VIPs participated in the clinic; and (c) what were the full names of the individuals who participated in the clinic.

(3) Were 18 Tourism Australia VIPs also involved in coordinating or participating in other events and promotions run by Tourism Australia at the Northern Trust Open; if so, can details of their involvement be provided.

(4) Was Tourism Australia responsible for the transport and accommodation of 18 Tourism Australia VIPs who participated in the clinic and/or coordinated or participated in other events and promotions run by Tourism Australia.

(5) What was the cost of travel, accommodation, food and other expenses for the Tourism Australia VIPs at this event.

(6) What was the additional cost, if any, of the exclusive clinic held between Tourism Australia VIPs and a PGA TOUR professional.