General

questions-on-notice

Sale of Christmas Island Resort

25 Mar 2011

Question No. 372 Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government on 24 January 2011:To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General-With reference to the sale of the former Christmas Island Resort Pty Ltd (the casino) by the Receiver and Liquidators to Soft Star Pty Ltd on 5 May 2000:(1) What properties are currently owned by Asia Pacific Space Centre (APSC), Soft Star Pty Ltd or Mr David Kwon as a result of that sale.(2) What leases or freehold titles apply to the properties identified in paragraph (1).

Question No. 372

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government on 24 January 2011:
To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General-With reference to the sale of the former Christmas Island Resort Pty Ltd (the casino) by the Receiver and Liquidators to Soft Star Pty Ltd on 5 May 2000:

(1) What properties are currently owned by Asia Pacific Space Centre (APSC), Soft Star Pty Ltd or Mr David Kwon as a result of that sale.

(2) What leases or freehold titles apply to the properties identified in paragraph (1).

questions-on-notice

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

25 Mar 2011

Question No. 327Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:With reference to Austrade and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA):(1) In order for Australia to comply with the current draft of the ACTA, will any changes be required to any domestic intellectual property (IP) laws, regulations or delegations.

Question No. 327

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:

With reference to Austrade and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA):

(1) In order for Australia to comply with the current draft of the ACTA, will any changes be required to any domestic intellectual property (IP) laws, regulations or delegations.

questions-on-notice

Dalai Lama in Australia

25 Mar 2011

Question No. 333Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:With reference to the visit to Australia by His Holiness the Dalai Lama which is scheduled for some time around the middle of 2011: (1) Will the Minister meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he is in Australia.

Question No. 333

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:

With reference to the visit to Australia by His Holiness the Dalai Lama which is scheduled for some time around the middle of 2011:
(1) Will the Minister meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he is in Australia.

speeches-in-parliament

Australian Information Commissioner

20 Feb 2011

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (6.15 pm)-I will probably pick up in more or less the same vein as Senator Cormann. People by now are probably quite well aware of the issue that is at stake here, and that is what we do when the executive and one of the chambers of parliament disagree about whether it is in the public interest that particular material be tabled and put into the public domain. We have processes under freedom of information legislation that apply to journalists or members of the general public who are seeking to get information, but what happens when one of the chambers of the parliament is seeking information and a minister of the Crown decides that it is not appropriate for it to be handed over? At the moment the remedies that the parliament can pursue are actually quite severe. In Victoria, for example, ministers have been prevented from entering the chamber and it has become a bit of a debacle.

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (6.15 pm)-

I will probably pick up in more or less the same vein as Senator Cormann. People by now are probably quite well aware of the issue that is at stake here, and that is what we do when the executive and one of the chambers of parliament disagree about whether it is in the public interest that particular material be tabled and put into the public domain. We have processes under freedom of information legislation that apply to journalists or members of the general public who are seeking to get information, but what happens when one of the chambers of the parliament is seeking information and a minister of the Crown decides that it is not appropriate for it to be handed over? At the moment the remedies that the parliament can pursue are actually quite severe. In Victoria, for example, ministers have been prevented from entering the chamber and it has become a bit of a debacle.

questions-on-notice

International Product Stewardship Summit speaker sponsor

18 Feb 2011

Senate Question No.318 Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in writing, on 6 December 2010:With reference to the International Product Stewardship Summit, scheduled to be held in Sydney from 9 November to 10 November 2010, being organised by the Global Product Stewardship Council of which the department is listed as an ‘international speaker sponsor':(1) What is the cost of the department's sponsorship.(2) Is the sponsorship for a particular speaker; if so, who is the speaker.(3) What amount of sponsorship was initially sought for the conference and who requested it.(4) When was the funding approved.

Senate Question No.318

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in writing, on 6 December 2010:

With reference to the International Product Stewardship Summit, scheduled to be held in Sydney from 9 November to 10 November 2010, being organised by the Global Product Stewardship Council of which the department is listed as an ‘international speaker sponsor':
(1) What is the cost of the department's sponsorship.
(2) Is the sponsorship for a particular speaker; if so, who is the speaker.
(3) What amount of sponsorship was initially sought for the conference and who requested it.
(4) When was the funding approved.

estimates

National Security Legislation Monitor - update at January 2011

28 Jan 2011

Department of the Prime Minister and CabinetSupplementary Budget Estimates 18-21 October 2010Dr McCarthy-The National Security Legislation Monitor will need to be someone with a strong background in national security issues, a person of highstanding. It is a part-time role, as you know, Senator. That is the reason why we were not required to advertise in the same way as for Public Service positionsmore generally. The view was that a good field of candidates would be able to be developed for consideration.Senator LUDLAM-How many did you shortlist and subsequently interview?Dr McCarthy-I do not have that information in front of me.Senator LUDLAM-Is that something you are able to provide for us?Dr McCarthy-I can take that question on notice.Answer:The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Attorney-General's Department developed an nitial list of 30 possible candidates.In consultation with the former Cabinet Secretary, Senator the Hon Joseph Ludwig, this was ultimately reduced to a short-list of seven. These candidates were invited to submit an application to the National Security Adviser. A list of those individuals interested in being considered for the position was subsequently provided to the Prime Minister. The Government has approached a preferred candidate and negotiations on the appointment are underway. Once those negotiations have concluded, the Government will consult with the Opposition on the proposed appointment, in accordance with the legislative requirements.
 

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Supplementary Budget Estimates 18-21 October 2010

Dr McCarthy-The National Security Legislation Monitor will need to be someone with a strong background in national security issues, a person of high
standing. It is a part-time role, as you know, Senator. That is the reason why we were not required to advertise in the same way as for Public Service positions
more generally. The view was that a good field of candidates would be able to be developed for consideration.

Senator LUDLAM-How many did you shortlist and subsequently interview?

Dr McCarthy-I do not have that information in front of me.

Senator LUDLAM-Is that something you are able to provide for us?

Dr McCarthy-I can take that question on notice.

Answer:
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Attorney-General's Department developed an nitial list of 30 possible candidates.

In consultation with the former Cabinet Secretary, Senator the Hon Joseph Ludwig, this was ultimately reduced to a short-list of seven. These candidates were invited to submit an application to the National Security Adviser. A list of those individuals interested in being considered for the position was subsequently provided to the Prime Minister.

The Government has approached a preferred candidate and negotiations on the appointment are underway. Once those negotiations have concluded, the Government will consult with the Opposition on the proposed appointment, in accordance with the legislative requirements.


 

media-releases

NBNCo must be subject to Freedom of Information Act

18 Jan 2011

The Australian Greens will take action in the Senate to make the National Broadband Network Company subject to the Freedom of Information Act.Greens spokesperson for communications Senator Scott Ludlam said that it was unacceptable that a public enterprise investing approximately $27.5 billion of tax-payer's money would be exempt from the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.

The Australian Greens will take action in the Senate to make the National Broadband Network Company subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Greens spokesperson for communications Senator Scott Ludlam said that it was unacceptable that a public enterprise investing approximately $27.5 billion of tax-payer's money would be exempt from the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.

news-stories

Queensland Floods Appeal

11 Jan 2011

The tragic loss of life in the Queensland floods, as well as the shocking images of besieged cities, evacuated suburbs, homes and cars swept away and farms ruined, leaves us luckier Australians asking how we can help.
Please join with us in giving to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.From http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.htmlThe Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything. You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.At this time, the Queensland Government is inviting financial donations only. Unfortunately this appeal cannot accept donations of goods or services.

The tragic loss of life in the Queensland floods, as well as the shocking images of besieged cities, evacuated suburbs, homes and cars swept away and farms ruined, leaves us luckier Australians asking how we can help.

Please join with us in giving to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

From http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything. You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

At this time, the Queensland Government is inviting financial donations only. Unfortunately this appeal cannot accept donations of goods or services.

estimates

OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises

23 Dec 2010

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS QUESTION - (Supplementary Budget Estimates 20 October - 21 October)Senator Ludlam asked:Senator LUDLAM-Thank you. So you have two cases ongoing. Mr Colmer has attended a couple ofmeetings. This might be germane to the meetings that Mr Colmer has attended: what is the Australiangovernment's position on calls to strengthen the text of the guidelines for the current review of the OECDGuidelines for Multinational Enterprises? There are obviously calls from several society groups and somegovernments to strengthen the guidelines in regard to human rights; free, prior and informed consent; duediligence; supply chains; transparency; and disclosure, among other matters. Has the Australian governmentgot a formal position, have we put a draft text, or is there any documentary position that you can provide for usthat we are taking into these negotiations?

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS QUESTION - (Supplementary Budget Estimates 20 October - 21 October)

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-Thank you. So you have two cases ongoing. Mr Colmer has attended a couple of
meetings. This might be germane to the meetings that Mr Colmer has attended: what is the Australian
government's position on calls to strengthen the text of the guidelines for the current review of the OECD
Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises? There are obviously calls from several society groups and some
governments to strengthen the guidelines in regard to human rights; free, prior and informed consent; due
diligence; supply chains; transparency; and disclosure, among other matters. Has the Australian government
got a formal position, have we put a draft text, or is there any documentary position that you can provide for us
that we are taking into these negotiations?

estimates

Strengthening the Australian National Contact Point (NCP)

23 Dec 2010

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS QUESTION - (Supplementary Budget Estimates 20 October - 21 October)Senator Ludlam asked:Senator LUDLAM-There have been some calls, since the last time we spoke, about strengthening theinstitutional arrangements and independence of the Australian NCP. Is their a view within government-eitherwithin the department or with the minister-that this would be appropriate? I guess what I am asking is: are we happy with the situation as it is?Mr Di Giorgio-I think it is fair to say that our thinking on the position is that there is a process in the OECD at the moment around that. We are part of that process in considering how that may evolve. But it is not a settled position as such and so it is something that we would have to consider and brief and seek the opinionof government on.Senator LUDLAM-When does that review conclude? What can you tell us about the timing of that?Mr Di Giorgio-I would have to check and give you the facts on that. I know there are meetings happening this year and there is another one occurring, I believe, in December.Answer:

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS QUESTION - (Supplementary Budget Estimates 20 October - 21 October)
Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-There have been some calls, since the last time we spoke, about strengthening the
institutional arrangements and independence of the Australian NCP. Is their a view within government-either
within the department or with the minister-that this would be appropriate? I guess what I am asking is: are we happy with the situation as it is?

Mr Di Giorgio-I think it is fair to say that our thinking on the position is that there is a process in the OECD at the moment around that. We are part of that process in considering how that may evolve. But it is not a settled position as such and so it is something that we would have to consider and brief and seek the opinion
of government on.

Senator LUDLAM-When does that review conclude? What can you tell us about the timing of that?

Mr Di Giorgio-I would have to check and give you the facts on that. I know there are meetings happening this year and there is another one occurring, I believe, in December.

Answer:

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