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James Price Point

17 Aug 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17):  My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Senator Conroy. I ask about the recent sightings of one adult and three baby bilbies at the site of the proposed James Price Point gas hub, which is prime habitat for the bilby. Bilbies are acknowledged as a vulnerable species by both the WA and federal governments, yet Woodside has begun clearing on this site. Does the uncontrolled clearing through this area contravene the government's own bilby recovery plan, and has the minister asked his department to consider this evidence in light of that recovery plan and the EPBC approvals process?

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17):  My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Senator Conroy. I ask about the recent sightings of one adult and three baby bilbies at the site of the proposed James Price Point gas hub, which is prime habitat for the bilby. Bilbies are acknowledged as a vulnerable species by both the WA and federal governments, yet Woodside has begun clearing on this site. Does the uncontrolled clearing through this area contravene the government's own bilby recovery plan, and has the minister asked his department to consider this evidence in light of that recovery plan and the EPBC approvals process?

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Workplace Relations

23 Jun 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17):  My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. I refer to the fact that Fair Work Australia has recently accepted that community sector workers are underpaid on the basis of gender. The tribunal called for submissions from the parties before making a final decision and has encouraged parties to negotiate. I would like to ask: what is the government doing now to engage in a genuine, meaningful way with this process?

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17):  My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. I refer to the fact that Fair Work Australia has recently accepted that community sector workers are underpaid on the basis of gender. The tribunal called for submissions from the parties before making a final decision and has encouraged parties to negotiate. I would like to ask: what is the government doing now to engage in a genuine, meaningful way with this process?

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ATM and EFTPOS Fees

15 Jun 2011

 ATM and EFTPOS Fees - (Question No. 587) Senator Siewert  asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 8 April 2011:

 ATM and EFTPOS Fees - (Question No. 587)

Senator Siewert  asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 8 April 2011:

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Live Animal Exports

14 Jun 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:33):  My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:33):  My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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Indigenous Health

21 Mar 2011

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Arbib. I ask today about alcohol related harm and abuse in Alice Springs. Firstly, is it true that there has in fact been a decrease in the incidence of violent crime in Alice Springs since the introduction of alcohol supply reduction measures in 2006? Secondly, what changes have there been in alcohol related hospital admissions since the introduction of those initial alco-hol supply reduction measures?

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Arbib. I ask today about alcohol related harm and abuse in Alice Springs. Firstly, is it true that there has in fact been a decrease in the incidence of violent crime in Alice Springs since the introduction of alcohol supply reduction measures in 2006? Secondly, what changes have there been in alcohol related hospital admissions since the introduction of those initial alco-hol supply reduction measures?

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Tillegra Dam (Question No. 221)

01 Mar 2011

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 26 November 2010:(1) Is the Minister aware of the proposal for the Tillegra Dam, north of the New South Wales city of Newcastle.

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 26 November 2010:
(1) Is the Minister aware of the proposal for the Tillegra Dam, north of the New South Wales city of Newcastle.

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Coal Seam Gas Industry (Question No. 210)

01 Mar 2011

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

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Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way (Question No. 194)

01 Mar 2011

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 11 November 2010: With reference to Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way, Lots 812 and 813 which have been identified by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland, as one of its upcoming significant development applications: Is the Minister aware of this development; if so:

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 11 November 2010: With reference to Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way, Lots 812 and 813 which have been identified by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland, as one of its upcoming significant development applications: Is the Minister aware of this development; if so:

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Liquid Assets Waiting Test

14 Feb 2011

Liquid Assets Waiting Test Senate Hansard, Thursday 10 February 2011Senator SIEWERT (2.20 pm)—My question is to the minister who is representing the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare. As part of the stimulus package, the government agreed to double the liquid asset threshold for relevant payments and remove the liquid assets waiting period for a period of two years, until 31 March 2011.

Liquid Assets Waiting Test

Senate Hansard, Thursday 10 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT (2.20 pm)—My question is to the minister who is representing the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare. As part of the stimulus package, the government agreed to double the liquid asset threshold for relevant payments and remove the liquid assets waiting period for a period of two years, until 31 March 2011.

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Aboriginal Health Services (Question No. 14)

23 Nov 2010

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:(1)    Considering there is a $3.73 gap between what is paid for supply to a non-Indigenous client at an Approved Pharmacy ($6.42) and the amount paid for the same item to be supplied to a remote Aboriginal Health Service client ($2.69), what has been done to pay for the cost of dispensing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines at Aboriginal Health Services.

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:

(1)    Considering there is a $3.73 gap between what is paid for supply to a non-Indigenous client at an Approved Pharmacy ($6.42) and the amount paid for the same item to be supplied to a remote Aboriginal Health Service client ($2.69), what has been done to pay for the cost of dispensing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines at Aboriginal Health Services.

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Defence Land (Question No. 150)

22 Nov 2010

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 28 September 2010: With reference to the land bounded by Vale Road, Adelaide Street and Abernethy Road in Hazelmere, Western Australia, is the Minister aware of any plans to develop this land; if so:

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 28 September 2010: With reference to the land bounded by Vale Road, Adelaide Street and Abernethy Road in Hazelmere, Western Australia, is the Minister aware of any plans to develop this land; if so:

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Indigenous Employment

17 Nov 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.22 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Arbib, who also happens to be the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development. I would like to draw the minister’s attention to recent reports of Aboriginal workers renovating houses under SIHIP in Central Australia. Is the minister aware of claims that CDEP participants are being used in preference to providing real jobs for Aboriginal workers and that these CDEP workers have been underpaid, some have not been paid top up or some have had diminishing rates of top up? Is it a fact that some of these workers are in fact on the BasicsCard? If the minister is aware of this, what is the government doing about addressing the problems in this key infrastructure program?

Senator SIEWERT (2.22 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Arbib, who also happens to be the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development. I would like to draw the minister’s attention to recent reports of Aboriginal workers renovating houses under SIHIP in Central Australia. Is the minister aware of claims that CDEP participants are being used in preference to providing real jobs for Aboriginal workers and that these CDEP workers have been underpaid, some have not been paid top up or some have had diminishing rates of top up? Is it a fact that some of these workers are in fact on the BasicsCard? If the minister is aware of this, what is the government doing about addressing the problems in this key infrastructure program?

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Woodside Energy Ltd

15 Nov 2010

Woodside Energy Ltd (Question No. 12) Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:(1)    Why was approval given for Woodside Energy Ltd to carry out marine seismic and near-shore seismic refraction geotechnical surveys, starting on 25 May 2010, at Browse Basin and off the coast of James Price Point in the north-west of Western Australia, during the whale migration period when it is known that this area is one of the most significant humpback whale nurseries in the world.

Woodside Energy Ltd (Question No. 12) Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:
(1)    Why was approval given for Woodside Energy Ltd to carry out marine seismic and near-shore seismic refraction geotechnical surveys, starting on 25 May 2010, at Browse Basin and off the coast of James Price Point in the north-west of Western Australia, during the whale migration period when it is known that this area is one of the most significant humpback whale nurseries in the world.

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Pest and Weed Management

25 Oct 2010

(Question No. 15)  Senator Siewert asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 28 September 2010: With reference to the Government’s announcement of $15 million over 4 years from unallocated departmental funds to: ‘establish a comprehensive national applied research program to investigate and solve the most serious invasive plant problems across the most populated parts of Australia’; ‘bring together national experts, land managers and relevant stakeholders to develop improved understanding about the information required to effectively manage the risks associated with the most important invasive plants in forests, pastures and native vegetation’; and ‘ensure better coordination and information exchange between researchers, land managers and regulatory agencies for management of invasive species’:

(Question No. 15)  Senator Siewert asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 28 September 2010: With reference to the Government’s announcement of $15 million over 4 years from unallocated departmental funds to: ‘establish a comprehensive national applied research program to investigate and solve the most serious invasive plant problems across the most populated parts of Australia’; ‘bring together national experts, land managers and relevant stakeholders to develop improved understanding about the information required to effectively manage the risks associated with the most important invasive plants in forests, pastures and native vegetation’; and ‘ensure better coordination and information exchange between researchers, land managers and regulatory agencies for management of invasive species’:

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Northern Territory: Mandatory Leases

25 Oct 2010

(Question No. 2908) Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 24 June 2010:
(1) What criteria are used in the current government valuations of mandatory leases in the Northern Territory.

(Question No. 2908) Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 24 June 2010:


(1) What criteria are used in the current government valuations of mandatory leases in the Northern Territory.

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