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Notice given 30 October 2012

2395  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

(1) Did the ABC close down the TV Arts unit resulting in the loss of approximately 16 positions.


 (2) How does the ABC identify programs as ‘specialist’.

(3) How does the ABC conduct research to make decisions about Radio National in relation to attracting younger audiences.

(4) To what extent is the ABC willing to lose older audiences to attract younger audiences.

(5) How many temporary, or not permanent, positions currently exist in the ABC, listed by: (a) division; (b) classification; and (c) type (including casual, specified task contract, Run of Show contract and fixed-term contract positions).

(6) How many temporary positions were created in the 2012-13 financial year, to date.

(7) For the 2012-13 financial year, to date, can a breakdown be provided by ABC band classification detailing the percentage of new positions created in each ABC Division that are permanent.

(8) What percentage of permanent positions created during the 2012-13 financial year, to date, were the result of making temporary staff permanent.

(9) Can a breakdown be provided of ongoing and non-ongoing staff currently employed in each ABC band classification.

(10) For 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, what is the average: (a) length of casual employment, listed by ABC Division; and (b) length of contract employment, listed by department.

(11) Did the ABC obtain a contract with The One Umbrella to provide labour in the Content Services Division; and is the ABC paying an average of 30 dollars per hour to the company.

(12) What tender process was undertaken for the procurement of services from The One Umbrella; and is the same process undertaken to hire labour from other companies.

(13) What other labour hire companies and recruitment and contract agencies has the ABC engaged to provide labour services for ABC work in the past 5 years, broken down by ABC Division and by year.

(14) How much money has been spent over the past 5 years on temporary staff arrangements through external hire companies.

(15) How many staff employed through labour hire agreements are currently undertaking work in each ABC Division.

(16) What is the average period of time these external employees are working in the ABC, broken down by ABC Division.

(17) Will the ABC publish a strategy, as recommended by the Environment and Communications References Committee, outlining how it can meet its obligations under the ABC Charter; if so, when.

(18) What is the process by which the ABC considers airing matters on Media Watch that relate to the ABC, in particular, to whom at the ABC are the matters referred for approval.

(19) What is the process by which the ABC considers publishing articles about the ABC on The Drum , in particular, to whom at the ABC are they referred for approval.


 2396  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research—

(1) Has the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) conducted any breath monitoring in Australia to determine radioactive body load and to provide an estimate of the cost of mandatory monitoring at 6-month intervals for every exposed worker.

(2) What was the fate of waste generated by ANSTO and any associated university laboratories in the generation of Uranium Hexafluouride (UF6).

(3) How much of the generated waste is stored and what is the associated cost to the taxpayer over the life of the material.

2397  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Human Services—With reference to questions asked during the 2012-13 Supplementary budget estimates hearing of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee held on 18 October 2012, relating to the arrangement between Telstra and the Government:

(1) Did the request for tender specifically ask for proposals relating to free rate mobile calls.

(2) Did the agreement with Telstra require Telstra to free rate calls from mobiles; if so, why.

(3) Was a consideration paid by the Government to Telstra to achieve the outcome of free rate calls from mobiles, and was this service part of the overall consideration.

(4) Were other mobile telecommunication providers asked to put forward proposals to provide free calls from mobile phones to the designated 1-800 numbers; if not, how does the Government determine whether it has achieved value for money.

(5) Was any price comparison performed across mobile telecommunication providers to determine whether encouraging low-income and disadvantaged Australians who are clients of the department to use Telstra services would result in an increase in their average phone bills; if not, why not.

(6) Does the Government believe that it has a duty of care to its clients in this regard.

(7) Did the Government take into account the fact that Telstra increased the costs of calls to services on 1-300 numbers from fixed phones, from 30 cents to 35 cents, as of 1 October 2012.

(8) Did the Government undertake any analysis on the average savings low-income or Government beneficiary users may make on mobile calls to key services that are free under this deal, as opposed to the increased costs they may bear from the prices Telstra charges for calling other key services.

(9) Was any cost benefit analysis performed; if so, what did it show.

(10) Did Telstra agree to free rate phone calls to the Kids Helpline; if not, why not.

(11) Did the Government consider it to be an important consideration whether or not clients could access the Kids Helpline as a free rate call from Telstra mobile phones.

(12) Did other mobile telecommunication providers offer a free rating for the Kids Helpline.


 (13) Has the Government received any correspondence from any Commissioner for Children expressing concern that Telstra would not free rate calls to this telephone service; if so, can a copy of the correspondence from the relevant Commissioner or Commissioners and the Government response be provided.

2398  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Sport—With reference to questions asked during the 2012-13 Supplementary budget estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, held on 16 October 2012:

(1) Was the person who resigned from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) when confronted with allegations of fraud 6 to 7 months ago also alleged to have taken items from the Australian Institute of Sport to use in their café; if so, what were the items.

(2) Have there been any complaints relating to: (a) bullying; and (b) inappropriate behaviour, at ASC since 1 January 2010; if so, in each instance: (i) what behaviour has been alleged, (ii) how many complainants have there been, (iii) have the complaints been upheld, (iv) what action has been taken as a result, including any treatment or counselling ordered, and (v) what itemised costs have been incurred by ASC in dealing with or addressing these cases of bullying or inappropriate behaviour.

(3) Has ASC used the services of Body Politics; if so: (a) what services were acquired; (b) when were they acquired; and (c) how much did the services cost.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2399-2446)—Since 1 July 2010, have any electorate-by-electorate dissections for actual or potential Government programs, initiatives or decisions been prepared by departments, agencies or authorities within the Minister’s portfolio; if so, for each dissection: (a) what has been its purpose; (b) what resources have been used; (c) who requested it; (d) to whom has it been circulated; and (e) can a copy be provided.

2399 Minister representing the Prime Minister

2400 Minister representing the Treasurer

2401 Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

2402 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

2403 Minister representing the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

2404 Minister representing the Minister for the Arts

2405 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

2406 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

2407 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

2408 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2409 Minister representing the Minister for Emergency Management

2410 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2411 Minister representing the Minister for Disability Reform

2412 Minister for Foreign Affairs

2413 Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

2414 Minister for Finance and Deregulation


 2415 Minister representing the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

2416 Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2417 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy

2418 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism

2419 Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness

2420 Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Innovation

2421 Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

2422 Minister representing the Minister for Health

2423 Minister representing the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation

2424 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

2425 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion

2426 Minister representing the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

2427 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business

2428 Minister representing the Minister for Housing

2429 Minister representing the Minister for Homelessness

2430 Minister for Human Services

2431 Minister representing the Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare

2432 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation

2433 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

2434 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

2435 Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Health

2436 Minister representing the Minister for Public Service and Integrity

2437 Minister representing the Special Minister of State

2438 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel

2439 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

2440 Minister representing the Minister for Justice

2441 Minister representing the Minister for Community Services

2442 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women

2443 Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development

2444 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer

2445 Minister for Sport

2446 Minister for Multicultural Affairs