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Notice given 4 March 2003

1242  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—Given that: (a) the victims of the bombings that occurred in Bali on 12 October 2002 are victims of crime under Division 104 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 ; and (b) Article 12 of the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power provides that, where compensation is not available from the offender, the state should endeavour to provide financial compensation to victims of crime and their families: Does the Government intend to pay compensation to the victims of the Bali bombings.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1243-1245)—With reference to the recent provision of $52 million in guarantees to Incat;

(1) (a) What is the nature of the $52 million guarantee; and (b) what are the guarantee’s terms and conditions.

(2) Where is the money coming from.

(3) Why was the money provided.

(4) (a) Who sought the money; (b) when was the money sought; (c) what process was used to decide that the money should be provided; and (d) who made that decision.

(5) Have similar guarantees been provided to other companies in the past 12 months; if so, can a list be provided, including: (a) the name of the company; (b) the amount of money; (c) the terms of the guarantee; and (d) the reason for approving it.

(6) Have other companies applied unsuccessfully for similar guarantees in the past 12 months; if so, can a list be provided, including: (a) the name of the company; (b) the amount of money; and (c) the reasons for refusing it.

1243 Minister representing the Treasurer

1244 Minister for Defence

1245 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1246  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) What contributions does Australia make as an International Energy Agency (IEA) member country, including financial, provision of information, participation in programs and projects, provision of staff or other resources.

(2) What is the total annual cost of Australia’s participation in the IEA.

(3) (a) To which implementing agreements is Australia party; and (b) what is Australia’s contribution to each agreement.

(4) For each implementing agreement to which Australia is party, which other companies, institutions or organisations are involved, and what is their role.

1247  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With regard to the Building and Construction Industry Royal Commission: 

(1) What was the commission’s total expenditure on Commissioner Cole’s housing allowances, particularly: (a) rent; (b) furniture; (c) electricity; (d) mobile phone; (e) security installations at Commissioner Cole’s St Kilda residence; (f) security installations at Commissioner Cole’s private residences; (g) gardening around the St Kilda residence; and (h) cleaning of the St Kilda residence.

(2) What was the commission’s total expenditure on Commissioner Cole’s: (a) Comcar usage; (b) travelling allowances; and (c) living away from home allowance.

(3) What was the total amount spent by the Government in fees for the legal counsel of: (a) John Agius, SC; (b) Lionel Robberds, QC; (c) Nicholas Green, QC; (d) Richard Tracey, QC; (e) Andrew O’Sullivan; (f) Antoni Lucev; (g) Dr James Renwick; (h) Dr John Bishop; (i) Dr Matthew Collins; (j) Ian Neil; (k) Dr Stephen Donaghue; (l) Timothy Ginnane; and (m) Ronald Gipp.

(4) What was the commission’s total expenditure on living allowances for the abovementioned persons.

(5) What was the commission’s total expenditure on travelling allowances for the abovementioned persons.

(6) What was the commission’s final expenditure on: (a) employees; (b) contractors; (c) consultants; (d) legal and audit expenses; (e) document management; (f) information technology; (g) travel; (h) taxi and motor vehicle expenses; (i) security; (j) communications; (k) stationery and consumables; (l) other suppliers; (m) office accommodation; (n) residential accommodation; and (o) depreciation.

1248  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to a review, commissioned by the Commonwealth Government, which late in 2002 recommended that the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) be privatised:

(1) Has this report been analysed or considered by the Commonwealth Government; if so, have any recommendations been made.

(2) (a) Did the report include a full cost-benefit analysis of the proposed privatisation; and (b) what were these costings.

(3) What consultations had been undertaken with the residents of the islands who would be affected.

(4) Did the report include any consideration of the cross-cultural needs of the islands’ health services.

(5) Has any analysis been undertaken of the viability of a (private) health service in an area with a population below 2 000 providing a wide range of services, as does the IOTHS.

(6) What level of subsidy would the Commonwealth commit to ensure that the same levels of services are maintained as under the IOTHS, or would the Commonwealth allow a reduction of services to some minimal base level.

(7) How would private practice fees be determined and would they be capped to the same level as isolated areas on mainland Australia.