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                                 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

                                         QUESTIONS
                                                  AND
                                           ANSWERS
                                                  No. 74

                                  TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER 2004



(The Questions and Answers Paper published for the first sitting day in each week will contain, by number and
title, all unanswered questions, together with questions to which answers have been received on the previous
sitting and any new questions. On subsequent days, new questions are printed, as are questions to which answers
were received the previous day. Consequently the full text of any question will be printed only twice: when
notice is given; and, when answered.)



                                         Notice given on date shown
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          Publication of Questions                           Answer to be lodged by

Q&A No. 69 (Including Question Nos 1231 to 1241)                 20 October 2004

Q&A No. 70 (Including Question Nos 1242 to 1302)                 21 October 2004

Q&A No. 71 (Including Question Nos 1303 to 1470)                 26 October 2004

Q&A No. 72 (Including Question Nos 1471 to 1552)                 27 October 2004

Q&A No. 73 (Including Question Nos 1553 to 1814)                 28 October 2004

Q&A No. 74 (Including Question Nos 1815 to 1851)                23 November 2004
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                                                          (Paper No. 65)

*1207 EDUCATION—PAS PROGRAM—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Minister for Community Services,
      Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth representing the Minister for
      Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

       (1)    (a)    Has the funding for the successful PAS program been cut?

              (b)    If so, is this funding cut due to the increase in teachers’ salaries?

              (c)    If this is not the reason, what is the government’s reason for cutting the PAS funding?

Answer—

       (1)    (a)    No.

              (b) to (c) Not applicable.


*1208 ATTORNEY GENERAL—PLEA BARGAINING—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Minister for Justice, and
      Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
      Environment—

       (1)    (a)    How much plea bargaining is done in New South Wales?

              (b)    What is the percentage of cases in which there is a plea bargain?

       (2)    Do people on parole have the same access to social services as other members of the community?

       (3)    (a)    Has there been any studies of the outcomes of people on parole in terms of social indices such as
                     employment, children’s truancy etc?

              (b)    If so, what are they?

       Answer—

       (1)    The parameters underlying charge bargaining in NSW are fully set out in the 2002 report by the former
              Governor General The Hon Gordon Samuels AC CVO QC, a copy of which may readily be obtained
              from the Attorney General’s Department.

       (2) and (3) These questions should be directed to the Minister for Justice.


*1209 HEALTH—RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN LIGHTNING RIDGE—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Special
      Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
      the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

       (1)    What studies have been done on respiratory disease in Lightning Ridge?

       (2)    (a)    Is there an increased incidence of silicosis among opal miners?

              (b)    If this is unknown, is there an abnormally high use of respiratory support drugs and appliances in
                     the Lightning Ridge area?

       (3)    What liaison procedures exist between Health and other departments to look at issues such as this?

       Answer—
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      I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
      Member’s question is:

      (1) to (2) I refer the Honourable Member to my answer provided during the Estimates Committee Hearing on 14
              September 2004.

      (3)    Liaison between Health and other agencies generally depends on the context of the issues being
             examined.

             Occupational health issues would generally fall under the jurisdiction of New South Wales WorkCover
             and initial liaison would occur at an officer-to-officer level with broader based working groups
             established if required.

             New South Wales Health also liases with the Department of Environment and Conservation regarding
             issues such as this through an existing Strategic Liaison Committee.


*1210 HEALTH—YOUTH SMOKING —Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Special Minister of State, Minister for
      Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
      representing the Minister for Health—

      (1)    Is the delay in New South Wales releasing its figures on youth smoking delaying the release of the
             national figures?

      (2)    Why haven’t the New South Wales figures on youth smoking been released?

      (3)    Has the derisory amounts spent on tobacco control and quit campaigns led to poor results?

      (4)    Have the poor results made it harder to yield to the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and further
             delay implementation of smoke-free pubs and clubs?

      Answer—

      I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
      Member’s question is:

      (1) to (3) Three national reports on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs have been approved by the
              Commonwealth with a release date to be determined.

               New South Wales Health will shortly release a report entitled ‘The health behaviours of secondary
               students in New South Wales 2002’. The report details young peoples’ knowledge, attitudes and
               behaviours such as smoking, alcohol, drug consumption, and sun protection and is based on data from
               the Australian Secondary School Alcohol and Drug Survey.

               The report shows good results in regard to youth smoking with the number of students in New South
               Wales who report to have smoked ‘within the last week’ decreasing from 18% in 1999 to 13% in 2002.
               Amongst boys this rate has dropped from 17% to 12% and amongst girls from 19% to 15%.

      (3)    Questions relating to the implementation of smoke-free pubs and clubs should be directed to the Hon
             Frank Sartor MP, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer).


*1211 ROADS—CAMPBELLTOWN ROADS—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Minister for Transport Services,
      Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
      Roads and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    How many people have been killed in accidents at the corner of Campbelltown and Old Campbelltown
             Roads?
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      (2)    Will the risk at this intersection increase when trucks serving the Redox Chemical Storage plant gear up?

      (3)    What plans are there to put in traffic lights at this intersection?

      Answer—

      (1)    There is one fatal accident recorded at this intersection in the last 5 years. This occurred on 1 August
             2004.

      (2)    I am advised the report did not identify that there would be significant traffic impact on the intersection of
             Campbelltown and Old Campbelltown Roads or an increase in road safety concerns at this intersection.

      (3)    The Roads and Traffic Authority is currently investigating the feasibility of installing traffic signals at the
             intersection in question.


*1212 HEALTH—PSYCHOLOGISTS IN NEW SOUTH WALES—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Special Minister
      of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the
      Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

      (1)    Is the Minister aware that the British National Health Service (NHS) has expanded its clinical psychology
             workforce from 780 in the 1980s to 4,896 FTEs (full time equivalents), which is approximately 1 per
             10,000 population, and that the Scottish NHS set a ratio of 1:5000?

      (2)    (a)    How many FTE psychologists are there in New South Wales?

             (b)    What is this as a ratio to the New South Wales population served by NSW Health?

             (c)    Why is the New South Wales number so low?

      (3)    (a)    Are there any plans by NSW Health to expand the number of psychologists to help with the
                    chronic shortage of mental health professionals?

             (b)    If so, what are those plans?

             (c)    If not, why not?

      Answer—

      I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
      Member’s question is:

      (1) and (2)   (a) to (c) I am advised that NSW Health is aware of the 1980s data cited by Dr Chesterfield-
                    Evans. The precise figure for psychologists in New South Wales is not known as psychologists are
                    currently counted amongst all allied health professions. NSW Health bases its estimate of the
                    psychology labor force by extrapolating data from the NSW Psychologists Registration Board. In
                    2001 approximately 6000 psychologists were registered in New South Wales. At that time about
                    700 psychologists were employed in NSW Health, a ratio of approximately 1:8,500 – a
                    significantly more favourable figure than that cited in the British data.

      (2)    (a) to (c) NSW Health acknowledges that clinical psychology contributes important knowledge and skills
             that complement mental health service development and is examining approaches to increasing the
             number of psychologists working in mental health. A NSW Psychologists Task Force is currently
             preparing a submission to NSW Health on improving effectiveness and efficiencies in the provision of
             clinical psychology services in the New South Wales mental health workforce.

*1213 PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—FIRE BLIGHT—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Minister for Primary
      Industries—
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     (1)   What is the risk of fire blight to orchardists in New South Wales?

     (2)   What is the government doing to stop New Zealand fire blight?

     Answer—

     (1)   The apple and pear industry in New South Wales has an estimated farm gate value of $70 million.
           Economic studies estimate that if introduced into Australia, fire blight could lead to production losses of
           20% for apples and 50% for pears.

     (2)   Biosecurity Australia has proposed that New Zealand apples may enter Australia under strict quarantine
           conditions.

           The NSW Department of Primary Industries has vigorously opposed the draft Import Risk Assessment
           and has made several submissions to the Australian Government. The NSW Department of Primary
           Industries will continue to oppose the introduction of New Zealand apples.


*1214 MINERAL RESOURCES—LIGHTNING RIDGE—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Minister for Primary
      Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

     (1)   What is the composition of the opal bearing layers in Lightning Ridge?

     (2)   What studies have been done on respiratory disease in Lightning Ridge?

     (3)   Is there an increased incidence of silicosis?

     (4)   What education has been done on opal miners to lessen the incidence of silicosis?

     (5)   Why is there no tendering for exploration of mining permits for opal mining in Lightning Ridge?

     (6)   (a)    What restrictions or regulations are there for landholders against opal miners dumping spoil on (i)
                  land?

           (b)    How is this enforced?

     (7)   (a)    Does the spoil of opal mining have a high salt content?

           (b)    Has there been an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on opal mining spoil?

           (c)    If so, what is the effect of the huge mounds of waste dumped on land adjacent to mines?

           (d)    If not, why not?

     (8)   (a)    What regulations relate to miners vacating workings and leaving abandoned holes, caverns or
                  earthworks?

           (b)    Is there danger of accident or subsidence from abandoned workings?

           (c)    What responsibility do miners have for these workings?

           (d)    How are these enforced?

     Answer—

     (1)   In the Lightning Ridge area, the opal-bearing zones occur within a sequence of sedimentary rocks
           consisting of sandstones, claystones, siltstones and minor laminite (thinly interbedded sandstone and
           claystone). The opal generally occurs within claystone lenses. These lenses are commonly referred to by
           opal miners as “levels” and the claystone itself, as “opal dirt”.
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(2)    There have been no health surveillance campaigns conducted at Lightning Ridge specifically targeting
       silica dust exposure.

       Respirable dust sampling and analysis has been conducted in Lightning Ridge by Departmental field
       officers when in the opinion of the officer, opal miners are at risk of exposure to a hazardous substance.

       The Lightning Ridge Safety Awareness Course provides information on gasses, dust and noise, including
       diesel particulates.

(3)    I am advised that the Far West Area Health Service at Broken Hill has reviewed records over the past 5
       years and found no instance of silicosis being reported at Lightning Ridge. This survey is supported by
       local records, which I am advised indicate no known incidents of silicosis.

(4)    The Mine Safety Operations Unit of the Department of Primary Industries – Mineral Resources division
       conducts safety awareness courses and mine operator workshops during the year. The safety awareness
       course is mandatory for individuals who lodge an application for an opal claim. The mine operators’
       course focuses on risk assessment and risk control.

       To date 4,070 persons have attended the Lightning Ridge Safety Awareness Course.

       The Lightning Ridge Opal Miners Safety Guidelines makes reference to silica, hazard management and
       ventilation of workings.

(5)    Exploration is very much a speculative activity at Lightning Ridge and the majority of prospecting titles
       do not lead to any significant opal finds. The prospecting titles are short term to encourage rapid turnover
       of ground. In the circumstances of low discovery rates and rapid turnover of ground, I am advised it
       would be very difficult to administer any tendering system for exploration or mining permits at Lightning
       Ridge.

(6)    (a)    The Mining Act 1992 provides for restrictions and regulations covering the dumping of spoil or
              opal dirt.

              Opal miners are only allowed to conduct opal mining activity within the boundaries of their 50m x
              50m mineral claims. Communal 2-hectare mineral claims can be held by Mining Associations for
              the purpose of dumping opal dirt in a controlled fashion.

       (b)    If miners dump spoil illegally, they may lose their mineral claims for breach of conditions and or
              be fined under the penalty provisions of the Mining Act 1992.

(7)    (a)    Opal mining spoil is commonly referred to in the industry as mullock. The Department has
              completed two known mullock sampling and analysis events at Lightning Ridge. In April 1998 7
              mullock samples were collected from Mehi, approximately 65kms north of Lightning Ridge. I am
              advised results indicated a medium to high salinity. In October 1999, one composite mullock
              sample was collected from 17 separate community mullock dumps around the Lightning Ridge
              area for assessment for a suite of chemical analytes which included salinity. I am advised results
              indicated that salinity ranged from non-saline to extremely saline, averaging highly saline.

       (b)    No.

       (c)    See 7 (b)

       (d)    The provisions of the Mining Act 1992 regulate the dumping of opal spoil on land. Any breaches
              of these provisions can result in the cancellation of a mineral claim or the implementation of
              penalty fines under the Mining Act 1992.

              The Department considers its current mullock management strategy strikes a balance between
              statutory requirements, environmental responsibility, and providing miners with a realistic and
              cost-effective incentive against illegal mullock dumping, thereby maintaining the integrity of
              buffer zones surrounding opal mining areas and minimising environmental harm.
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       (8)    (a)    The conditions imposed on mineral claims require a holder of a mineral claim to ensure that all
                     abandoned shafts and excavations must be filled in or rendered safe to the satisfaction of, the
                     Mining Registrar, an Inspector of Mines, a Mine Safety Officer or an Environmental Officer.

              (b)    In some cases a potentially hazardous situation may arise on abandoned workings (even if
                     apparently correctly rehabilitated at the time of abandonment) and this would be drawn to the
                     Department’s attention by inspection by the Department’s officers or notifications by third parties.
                     In these cases the matter is rectified as soon as possible by the Department.

              (c)    The claim holder is responsible for rehabilitation prior to relinquishment of the claim.

              (d)    Conditions imposed on a mineral claim require the holder to lodge a security deposit with the
                     mining registrar for the purpose of ensuring the fulfilment of the obligations under the mineral
                     claim.

                     If the claim holder fails to fulfil any one or more of such obligations, such part of any security may
                     be forfeited.


*1215 HEALTH—SMOKING ADVERTISEMENT—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Special Minister of State,
      Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
      representing the Minister for Health—

       (1)    Is the Minister aware that the August edition of “Hotel News” published by the New South Wales branch
              of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) contains an A4 size advertisement for “Tally-Ho” tobacco
              rolling papers with the caption “Licked by Millions”?

       (2)    (a)    Is this advertisement a breach of section 15 of the Tobacco Advertising Act which prohibits
                     advertising cigarette papers in publications such as this magazine?

              (b)    If so, will the Minister for Health prosecute the AHA for publishing this advertisement for a
                     tobacco product in their magazine?

       (3)    (a)    Does this advertisement demonstrate a conflict of interest in banning smoking inside pubs and
                     clubs for occupational health and safety purposes?

              (b)    Will the Minister remove the Australian Hotel Association from the Joint Working Group?

       Answer—

       I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
       member’s question is:

       (1)    Yes.

       (2)    (a) and (b) The Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 is the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth
                      Department of Health and Aging. As such it is not appropriate for me to comment.

       (3)    (a) and (b) Questions relating to the implementation of the smoke free pubs and clubs should be directed
                       to the Hon Frank Sartor MP, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer).


*1216 ATTORNEY GENERAL—ASBESTOS DISEASES FOUNDATION—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the
      Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
      Minister for the Environment—

       (1)    What is the government responsibility to asbestos victims?
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      (2)    (a)      Has the Government assisted the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia in its action against
                      James Hardie for apparently misleading conduct in attempting to avoid its obligations to victims of
                      asbestos disease?

             (b)      If so, how?

             (c)      If not, why not?

      (3)    Does the Government’s law and order agenda focus on small individuals, and not to powerful corporate
             bodies?

      (4)    Why won’t the Government introduce corporate manslaughter legislation?

      Answer—

      (1)    The New South Wales Government is concerned to ensure that all victims of asbestos related diseases
             receive the compensation they are entitled to. The New South Wales Government established the Dust
             Diseases Tribunal in 1989 to expedite claims for dust related illnesses. The Tribunal is the only specialist
             tribunal in Australia devoted to the resolution of dust related claims.

      (2)    The New South Wales Government established and funded the Special Commission of Inquiry into the
             establishment of the Medical Research and Compensation Foundation (MRCF) by the James Hardie
             group to determine the facts behind the apparent shortfall in funds of the MRCF.

      (3)    The Government focuses on improving access to the law for all victims of crime and on ensuring that
             there are appropriate penalties in place to reflect the seriousness with which the community and the
             Government view criminal behaviour. The Government does this irrespective of who the offender is.

      (4)    The question of the creation of a new offence and penalty regime for workplace deaths has been the
             subject of detailed consideration by a working party chaired by Professor Ron McCallum under the
             auspices of the portfolio of the Minister for Industrial Relations.

*1217 TRANSPORT SERVICES—BUNDANOON TRAIN SERVICES—Mrs Forsythe asked the Minister for
      Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    Given the statement made by the Transport Minister that referred to residents in the Southern Highlands
             as “millionaire stockbrokers’ now can low income earners and seriously ill people access the Quest for
             Life Centre at Bundanoon following the axing of essential transport services to and from the village?

      (2)    Are there any plans to reinstate the afternoon train service to Bundanoon on Fridays and Mondays, as
             these are the intake days at the Quest for Life Centre, enabling people who are seriously to be admitted to
             the Centre at the appropriate time?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      (1)    The Minister for Transport Services did not make this statement.

      (2)    Bundanoon Station is currently serviced by five CityRail train services each way per day and six on
             weekends. For example:

                     Weekday CityRail services arrive from the City at Bundanoon at 6.18am, 11.18am, 6.03pm,
                      7.59pm and 8.37pm, and

                     Weekend CityRail services arrive from the City at Bundanoon at 5.13am, 10.08am, 11.38am,
                      1.38pm, 5.38pm and 7.38pm.

      In addition two Canberra – Sydney trains stop each day on prior request providing direct fast services to Sydney.
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      I am advised changes were made to CountryLink services from 3 May 2004 to introduce day return services
      between Sydney and Canberra.

      The day return rail services operate three times a week from Canberra to Sydney on Monday, Wednesday and
      Friday. Day return services from Sydney to Canberra operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

      Bundanoon is also currently serviced by CountryLink coach services and by the local bus company during
      weekdays.


*1218 TRANSPORT SERVICES—SAFETY OF STATE TRANSIT WORKERS—Ms Rhiannon asked the Minister
      for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    Was a State Transit Authority driver, Ms Sue Benson, raped by a passenger in 1997?

      (2)    Did Ms Benson allege that State Transit management threatened to sack her if she did not stop speaking
             about the incident?

      (3)    (a)      What assistance did State Transit management give to Ms Benson following this incident?

             (b)      Was the response provided by John Stott, Chief Executive of State Transit, appropriate to the
                      nature of the incident?

             (c)      If not, why not?

      (4)    (a)      Are STA workers prohibited by STA management from speaking to the management about safety
                      issues on the job?

             (b)      If so, why?

      (5)    Since the incident involving Ms Benson have any other STA workers been raped while at work?

      (6)    (a)      Since the start of 2003 how many STA workers have been assaulted on the job?

             (b)      What were the nature of these assaults?

             (c)      How many of the perpetrators have been charged?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      (1) to (4) Ms Rensen, a State Transit Bus Operator, reported that on 7 February 1992 she had been sexually
              assaulted by an unknown male passenger. No one has been charged with the offence. The incident
              referred to was the subject of an investigation and public report by the NSW Ombudsman following a
              referral from the then Minister for Transport.

             State Transit accepted the Ombudsman’s findings. Action taken to date includes:

                     The installation of video cameras on all 1,900 buses in the fleet,

                     The introduction of Bus Operator training which includes a Personal Safety Strategies component
                      (a more recently introduced Customer Service program in the training course has reduced the
                      incidence of assault for Bus Operators who have completed it by one third),

                     Improvements to Radio Room procedures,

                     The establishment of a position with responsibility for liaison between Police and State Transit on
                      Bus Operator Safety,
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                 Procedures are now integrated and published on the Business Management System for Safety
                  policies and systems to deal with incidents of sexual assault,

                 The establishment of a comprehensive and integrated database of safety incidents of all kinds,
                  including assaults, regularly reviewed by senior management,

                 Improvements to the bus radio system, including repositioning of base station towers to eliminate
                  black spots and the employment of a dedicated bus radio maintenance technician,

                 Progressive introduction of new radios,

                 Regular checks of radios for defects,

                 The establishment of a bus radio room at the Transport Management Centre with direct access to
                  the police radio room. Two extra staff have been employed at the radio room, including an extra
                  person at night,

                 The introduction of a safety plan, reviewed monthly by the Chief Executive and General
                  Managers,

                 The upgrading of the key safety management position to General Manager, with responsibility for
                  developing State Transit’s safety plan and monitoring of the plan's effectiveness,

                 The establishment of a permanent police safety liaison officer with responsibility for tracking
                  incidents and working with police to address safety issues as they arise. State Transit also has
                  access to broader police intelligence about trends on CityRail and private bus services which helps
                  it plan operations such as Operation Bus Stop,

                 Improved staff training on a range of safety issues, including effective use of the emergency button
                  and dealing with difficult passengers,

                 Improved duty of care procedures for staff following incidents, with written procedures relating to
                  the roles and responsibilities of inspectors, operations manager and depot managers in assault and
                  other situations, and

                 The provision of an appropriate counsellor through the Employee Assistance Program. The
                  Program has also been reviewed 3 times since 1997.

     (5)    There have been no further reported sexual assaults by passengers since the Ombudsman’s Report and
            subsequent improvements in driver safety.

     (6)    Since the beginning of 2003 there have been 391 recorded incidents against State Transit employees
            comprising:

                 134 physical assaults involving injury,

                 151 incidents of verbal abuse,

                 76 spitting incidents, and

                 30 incidents where an employee was hit by an object thrown from inside or outside the bus.

            During this period Sydney Buses provided approximately 7.1 million services.


*1219 JUSTICE—LONG BAY HOSPITAL—Ms Rhiannon asked the Minister for Justice, Minister Assisting the
      Premier on Citizenship—
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     (1)   (a)    Does the Government have plans to rebuild and partly privatise Long Bay Hospital including
                  privatisation of custodial and security management and educational programs at the facility?

           (b)    If so, please outline the exact plans for this rebuilding and privatisation process?

     (2)   What assurances can the Minister provide to prisoners, existing staff and relevant unions that this process
           will not compromise the quality of services or job security?

     Answer—

     I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
     Member’s question is –

     (1) (a) and (b) The Prison Hospital will be a Department of Corrective Services facility and will thus continue
                    with similar custodial, security management and educational programs.

                  The Forensic Hospital will be built on the site of the existing Long Bay Hospital on land that will
                  be de-gazetted as a prison to allow treatment of forensic patients in a NSW Health facility. Clinical
                  services will continue to be provided by Justice Health, the NSW Government Agency currently
                  responsible for providing health care to forensic prisoners. The new hospital will be a separate
                  facility to the existing gaol but will however have perimeter security equivalent to that of a
                  maximum security facility. This will change the model of care provided to forensic patients in line
                  with that provided in Victoria, New Zealand and the UK. Internally, security will be managed via
                  closely monitored clinical management. The Forensic Hospital patients will have access to
                  computer rooms, group training rooms, art, therapy and industrial training rooms for educational
                  purposes.

                  The current procurement timetable anticipates the construction of the Prison Hospital and Stage I
                  of the Forensic Hospital being completed by September 2006. Stage II of the Forensic Hospital is
                  scheduled for completion by September 2007.

     (2)   The quality of the health service provided will improve. Forensic patients will no longer be housed in a
           correctional centre, but in a Health facility that will be purpose built to cater to their needs. Prisoners
           requiring medical/ surgical treatment or mental health treatment will receive care in the Prison Hospital.
           A 15 bed Aged Care/ Rehabilitation Unit will be built in the Prison Hospital to cater for the needs of the
           ageing inmate population.

           The existing Hospital is a 120 bed facility. The Forensic Hospital will comprise 135 beds while the Prison
           Hospital will have 85 beds, an increase of 100 beds. Furthermore, the Government’s guideline for PFP
           projects, states that there can be no forced redundancies as a result of a project being procured via PFP.

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*1220 TREASURER—TREASURY MANAGED FUND—Ms Cusack asked the Treasurer, Minister for State
      Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

     In regard to the Treasury Managed Fund:

     (1)   In relation to the $3,666 million provision for outstanding claims what amount:

           (a)    Relates to claims already reported?

           (b)    Is provided for claims not yet reported?

     (2)   In relation to reported claims that are outstanding:

           (a)    What is the total number of outstanding claims that have been reported?
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             (b)    What is the number of reported claims for each of the insurance schemes operated by the fund?

             (c)    What is the estimated number of claims not yet reported for each of the schemes?

      (3)    What is the total dollar provision being made in each of the insurance schemes for outstanding claims
             (both reported and not yet reported)?

      Answer—

      I’m advised that the TMF improved its methodology in 2002 to provide an actuarial assessment of both
      outstanding reported and incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims. This methodology is consistent with the
      practice of private sector insurers and most Australian governments.

      Financial data relating to claims is published in the Annual Report of the Crown Financial Entity, which is
      available on the Treasury website.

      It should be noted that under my administration, the TMF is now fully funded. As such, all outstanding claims
      (both reported and IBNR) and fully back by financial assets. This stands in stark contrast to the deficit of
      $143.8m in 1994/95.


*1221 ROADS—HOSPITAL ROAD—Ms Cusack asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for
      Housing—

      What is the Roads and Traffic Authority’s recommended route for traffic exiting Hospital Road and wishing to
      access south bound lanes of the Eastern Distributor?

      Answer—

      Motorists exiting Hospital Road may use the existing surface city streets to access the southbound lanes of the
      Eastern Distributor, via Shakespeare Place (eastbound) or the Bourke Street entry ramp when it re-opens
      following the opening of the Cross City Tunnel.


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*1222 TREASURER—AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION—Dr
      Chesterfield-Evans asked the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive
      Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

      (1)    Has the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) applied for an operating
             licence for the new nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights?

      (2)    Did the original Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new reactor assume that there would be an
             operating nuclear waste disposal site by 2005?

      (3)    (a)    Will there be such a nuclear waste disposal site operating by 2005?

             (b)    If so, will it be in New South Wales?

      (4)    In the absence of an operating nuclear waste disposal facility, will the new Lucas Heights reactor still be
             licensed?

      (5)    (a)    Will the Government make a submission to the ANSTO operating licence assessment?

             (b)    If so, what will be the nature of that submission and will it be available to the public?
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      Answer—

      The Premier has provided the following answer:

      (1)   It is understood that ANSTO applied to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
            for a licence to operate the proposed new research reactor at Lucas Heights on 13 September 2004.

      (2)   The draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed new research reactor assumed that the
            present temporary waste storage arrangements at Lucas Heights would be satisfactory until several years
            after the start of operation of the new reactor. The draft statement did, however, state that ‘the
            Commonwealth Government expects the store [the Commonwealth’s proposed intermediate-level nuclear
            waste store] to be in operation by the time the replacement reactor [the proposed new research reactor] is
            operational in 2005’.

      (3)   The establishment of a store for nuclear waste from the Lucas Heights reactor is a decision for the
            Commonwealth. However, the NSW Government strongly opposes the Commonwealth opening a dump
            for its nuclear waste in this State.

      (4)   The decision to grant a licence for the proposed new Lucas Heights research reactor is also a matter for
            the Commonwealth and its agencies.

      (5)   The NSW Government will finalise its response to the ANSTO operating licence assessment when it has
            considered the implications of the Federal Government's response to the assessment, along with the
            Federal Government’s recent announcements regarding the establishment of a low and medium level
            waste dump.

            Any submissions are public documents and will be published on the Australian Radiation Protection and
            Nuclear Safety Agency Internet Site.


*1223 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—ASBESTOS SAFETY LAW AND EDUCATION—Dr Chesterfield-Evans
      asked the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant
      Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1)   (a)    Is the epidemic of asbestos-caused disease yet to peak?

            (b)    If so:
                   (i)    Is the Government concerned about this?
                   (ii)   What does the Government intend to do to lessen the population’s exposure?

      (2)   Given the large amount of older housing with asbestos what plans does the Government have to educate
            the population on the dangers of asbestos when renovating and demolishing?

      (3)   (a)    Will the Government implement an Asbestos Safety Certificate for houses containing asbestos?

            (b)    If not, what guarantee of safety do home renovators or demolishers have from asbestos caused
                   disease?

      (4)   (a)    Does the Government assess the presence of asbestos in buildings it is demolishing?

            (b)    If not, why not?

      (5)   Does the Government inform the following people of the presence of asbestos?

            (a)    Buyers?

            (b)    Demolishers?
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      (6)    (a)    Does the Government insist that such contracts for demolition are performed with compliance with
                    all asbestos demolition regulations?

             (b)    If not, why not?

      (7)    (a)    Does the Government intend to introduce asbestos safety laws on the model recently introduced in
                    the ACT?

             (b)    If not, why not, and what alternatives are proposed?

             (c)    What is the time frame for a decision on which alternative will be preferred?

      Answer—

      (1) to (7) Asbestos related diseases include mesothelioma, asbestos induced lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos
                related pleural disease. Over the last ten years there has been an increasing incidence of these diseases
                and data shows that diagnosis of these diseases will continue to steadily increase. Given that the latent
                effect of these diseases can vary between 15 and 60 years, forecasts indicate that new victims will
                present for the next 40 or so years.

               The NSW Government in 1998 through WorkCover, released a publication called “Living with Fibro”
               which was targeted at homeowners. This publication dealt with the dangers of asbestos and safe work
               procedures for dealing with asbestos. This publication has recently been updated and can be obtained
               from www.nsw.gov.au.

               The NSW Government has convened a working group comprised of representatives from various
               government departments to consider a further public education strategy which targets home renovators.

               The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OH& S Regulation) sets legislative requirements in
               relation to:
                     recording the presence, type, condition and location of all asbestos in buildings;
                     risk assessment and control measures for people working in buildings containing asbestos; and
                     risk assessment and control measures when work is being carried out in a building containing
                         asbestos.

               For example the OH&S Regulation requires that an employer must ensure that asbestos work is carried
               out in accordance with the National Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos and that
               workers contracted to carry out asbestos work are informed of the dangers involved and the precautions
               which should be taken in connection with work involving asbestos. It also requires that all employees
               be informed when asbestos work is being carried out in a building and that signs are used to warn
               people of the presence of asbestos.

               The OH&S Regulation also requires that only licensed removalists be allowed to remove or undertake
               demolition work involving friable asbestos or bonded asbestos having a total surface area greater than
               200m2.

               The NSW Government complies with the requirements set by the OH&S Regulation.


*1224 HEALTH—HEALTH REFORMS—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the Special Minister of State, Minister for
      Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
      representing the Minister for Health—

      (1)    (a)    What were the terms of reference for the Ernst and Young review of the administration of health
                    services?

             (b)    Will these be made public?

      (2)    Why were 17 Area Health Services reduced to 8, and CEOs put in place prior to that review?
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      (3)   Is the intention of the review to reduce administrative staff and costs, in order to transfer resources to
            front line medical and nursing staff?

      (4)   (a)      Will the policy of no forced redundancies remain in place?

            (b)      If so, are Ernst and Young wasting their time?

      Answer—

      I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
      member’s question is—

      (1) (a) and (b) Ernst and Young were required to review data on Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff employed in
                     an administrative capacity within Health Services. The terms of reference have been provided to
                     Health Service Administrators and health service unions.

      (2) and (3) The decision to reform health administration follows the review by the Independent Pricing and
                Regulatory Tribunal, conducted in 2003. The merger of 17 Area Health Services to create 8 larger
                Area Health Services is being undertaken to streamline administration and realise savings that can be
                directed to frontline clinical services.

                  Chief Executive Officers for the new merged Area Health Services have not yet been appointed.

      (4) (a) and (b) The Government Policy of no forced redundancies remains.

*1225 PREMIER—NEW NUCLEAR REACTOR AT LUCAS HEIGHTS—Dr Chesterfield-Evans asked the
      Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the
      Premier, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

      (1)   (a)      Will the Government respond to the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee Report into
                     the Transport and Storage of Nuclear Waste?

            (b)      If so, when?

            (c)      If not, why not?

      (2)   Has the Government instructed relevant agencies such as DEC, Health, Police, Fire Brigades, Sydney
            Water and Attorney Generals et al, to adopt the recommendations of this cross party report?

      (3)   (a)      Has the Government received any correspondence from the Commonwealth in relation to this
                     Report?

            (b)      If so, will the Government make any such correspondence public?

      (4)   (a)      Will the Government enact legislation, or strengthen existing legislation, as other State
                     Governments have done, to prevent the Federal Government from imposing a nuclear waste dump
                     in New South Wales?

            (b)      If not, why not?

      (5)   Is the Government aware that Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is
            about to make an application for an operating licence for the new nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights?

      (6)   Did the original Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this new reactor assumed that there would be
            an operating national nuclear waste storage site by 2005?

      (7)   (a)      Does the Government believe such a site will be operating by 2005?

            (b)      If so, will it be in New South Wales?
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(8)    Does the recent failure of the Federal Government to impose a national radioactive waste facility in South
       Australia have direct implications for the generation and management of radioactive waste in New South
       Wales?

(9)    In the absence of an operating national nuclear waste storage facility, will the Government make its
       opposition to the licensing process for the new Lucas Heights reactor public?

(10)   (a)    Does the Government propose to make a submission to the ANSTO operating licence assessment?

       (b)    If so:
              (i)    What will be the nature of that submission?
              (ii)   Will it be public?

Answer—

The Premier has provided the following answer:

(1) and (2) The Government will provide a comprehensive response to the Report of the New South Wales
          Inquiry into the Transportation and Storage of Nuclear Waste. The matter is being assessed, and will
          go to Cabinet for whole-of-government consideration.

(3)    The Premier wrote to the Prime Minister in May 2004 expressing the New South Wales Government’s
       opposition to the transport of nuclear waste and the establishment of a storage facility within this State.
       The Premier also forwarded the Report of the Joint Select Committee. On 6 August 2004, the Federal
       Minister for Science, the Hon Peter McGauran MP, replied to this letter on behalf of the Prime Minister.
       The Premier has asked that a copy of the letter be tabled. The response provided no new information or
       commitment to an open process with adequate consultation.

(4)    Recommendation 22 of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry’s report suggests that the New South
       Wales Government should amend legislation (the Uranium Mining and Nuclear Facilities (Prohibitions)
       Act 1986). This will be considered, with the other Inquiry recommendations.

(5)    The Government understands that the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
       (ANSTO) applied on 13 September 2004 to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety
       Agency for a licence to operate the proposed new research reactor at Lucas Heights.

(6)    The draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed new research reactor assumed that the
       present temporary waste storage arrangements at Lucas Heights would be satisfactory until several years
       after the start of operation of the new reactor. The draft statement did, however, state that ‘the
       Commonwealth Government expects the store [the Commonwealth’s proposed intermediate-level nuclear
       waste store] to be in operation by the time the replacement reactor [the proposed new research reactor] is
       operational in 2005’.

(7)    The establishment of a store for nuclear waste from the Lucas Heights reactor is a decision for the
       Commonwealth. However, the NSW Government strongly opposes the Commonwealth opening a dump
       for its nuclear waste in this State or on Commonwealth land within New South Wales.

(9)    The NSW Government has already made its opposition to the plans for a replacement reactor at Lucas
       Heights clear to the Parliament, the public and the Commonwealth.

(8) and (10) The NSW Government will finalise its response to the ANSTO operating licence assessment when
            it has considered the implications of the Federal Government's response to the assessment, along
            with the Federal Government’s recent announcements regarding the establishment of a low and
            medium level waste dump.

             Any submissions are public documents and will be published on the Australian Radiation Protection
             and Nuclear Safety Agency Internet Site.
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                    A copy of the letter dated 6 August 2004 from the Federal Minister for Science, the Hon Peter
                    McGauran MP, to the Premier is available, at the Legislative Council Procedures office.


*1226 SPECIAL MINISTER—DRUG REHABILITATION IN THE HUNTER REGION—Mr Cohen asked the
      Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
      Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1)    What are the Government’s plans for government or private drug rehabilitation treatment clinics in the
             Hunter region?

      (2)    What is the estimated number of heroin users in the Hunter area?

      (3)    What proportions of these users are estimated to be currently in treatment?

      (4)    What is the estimated number of heroin users in the Hunter area who would like to now be in treatment
             but cannot get in due to scarcity of places?

      (5)    What is the estimated number of heroin users in the Hunter area who would like to be in
             methadone/buprenorphone treatment but are unable because of a scarcity of places?

      (6)    If the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research estimates that for every 100 heroin users in methadone
             treatment for one year, there are 12 fewer robberies, 56 fewer break and enter offences and 57 fewer
             motor vehicle thefts; how many fewer robberies, break and enter offences and motor vehicle thefts would
             there be in the Hunter if permission was granted to establish a private methadone/buprenorphine clinic in
             Newcastle for 200 patients?

      (7)    (a)      Are one million needles and syringes distributed annually in the Hunter?

             (b)      Is there a 9-12 month waiting list for drug users in the Hunter seeking methadone/buprenorphine
                      treatment?

             (c)      Do Hunter patients often travel to Sydney every day in order to get drug treatment?

      (8)    (a)      Does NSW Health recognise a need for methadone/buprenorphine treatment places in Newcastle
                      and fully supports an application by Australian Polyclinics to establish a private
                      methadone/buprenorphine clinic?

             (b)      Why hasn’t the licence been granted?

      (9)    With Drug Summit funding capped at 16,600 clients in methadone/buprenorphine treatment in New
             South Wales, why haven’t private methadone/buprenorphine clinics taken up the slack of the
             overburdened public system?

      Answer—

      I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
      Member’s question is –

      (1) to (11) The 1999 Drug Summit allocated $50.734 million over four years to pharmacotherapy services in
                 New South Wales and a further $59.620 million for the 2003-07 period. As a result 4,000 extra places
                 in methadone treatment are able to be offered across New South Wales.

                   A report by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre commissioned by the Government in
                   November 2002 confirms that the number of current regular heroin users in New South Wales has
                   dropped substantially. The report found that in 2002 there were approximately 19,900 regular heroin
                   users in the State, 58% fewer than two years earlier. The report does not identify data specific to the
                   Hunter Area Health Service.
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                  Preliminary data indicates that there were 831 people receiving pharmacotherapy treatment in the
                  Hunter area as at 30 June 2004. This is 65% above the levels offered in June 1999 prior to Drug
                  Summit funding. As such the number of people waiting for pharmacotherapy treatment is kept to a
                  minimum. Priority access to treatment is available to pregnant, recently incarcerated or HIV clients.
                  In addition, alternative treatments such as counselling are available where appropriate.

                  I am advised that there were approximately 509,000 needles and syringes distributed by Hunter Area
                  Health Service in the year ending 30 June 2004. The Pharmacy Guild also distributes needle and
                  syringes for NSW Health.

                  NSW Health is presently considering options for the future direction of the NSW Pharmacotherapy
                  Program that will include discussions with a range of Government agencies.

                  I am also advised that the Director of Australian Polyclinics has been informed his application for a
                  licence to possess and supply drugs of addiction has been refused pending whole of Government
                  discussions on the future direction of the NSW Pharmacotherapy Program. Australian Polyclinics will
                  be notified of any changes in the application process at the conclusion of those discussions.


*1227 RURAL FIRE—HAZARD REDUCTION—Mr Cohen asked the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
      Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

     (1)    Does Section 66 of the Rural Fires Act allow local authorities to require owners or occupiers to carry out
            bush fire hazard reduction work?

     (2)    How many Section 66 notices were issued in the year 2003 to 2004?

     (3)    (a)      What actions did each notice require?

            (b)      How much land did each notice cover?

     Answer—

     (1)    Yes.
     (2)    1,482.
     (3)    (a)      Section 66 notices require various actions, potentially including prescribed burning, manual and/
                     or mechanical clearing, dependent upon the requirements and constraints of individual sites.
            (b)      There is no standard quantity of land for section 66 notices, each notice is determined to meet the
                     specific requirements of individual hazards.


*1228 LANDS—CRESCENT HEAD—Mr Cohen asked the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
      Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

     (1)    Has the Department of Infrastructure and Planning and Natural Resources granted a DA “Subdivision for
            Road Widening Adjacent to SEPP 26 Littoral Rainforest” which proposes to tarseal sections of the Point
            Plomer Road at Crescent Head?

     (2)    Is much of the proposed tarseal within 75 metres of Goolawah Lagoon which is a SEPP 71 Schedule 1
            listed Coastal Lagoon requiring “Significant Protection”?

     (3)    How does the Government propose to protect the littoral rainforest and the Goolawah Lagoon from runoff
            from the road once it is tarsealed?

     (4)    Why have the opinions of the Council of Dunghutti Elders regarding this DA been ignored?
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      (5)    Did the Australian Council of National Trusts this week list the Point Plomer Road as one of Australia’s
             most endangered places?

      (6)    Will the Minister create a new category of road to protect this endangered place?

      (7)    Will the Minister consider allocating or diverting present road funding to preserve this special rustic road
             as a safe, quality gravel road?

      (8)    Will the Minister add extra protection to this road and the Goolawah Reserve by incorporating the road
             within the National Park system?

      Answer—

      I provide the following details in response to your questions:
      (1)    This is a matter for the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.
      (2)    This is a matter for the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.
      (3)    This is a matter for the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.
      (4)    I am advised that SEPP 26 does not require consideration of issues raised by the public. Kempsey Council
             has responsibility for the determination of the DA having regard to issues raised in public submissions.
             However, I am aware that Kempsey Shire Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Committee has indicated that
             sealing of some sectors of Point Plomer Road for safety reasons will not affect the Aboriginal culture so
             long as site officers of the Dunghutti and Birpai communities are employed to protect the culture and
             heritage interests of the Aboriginal community and no further sealing of the road takes place.

      (5)    This question should be directed to the Australian Council of National Trusts.

      (6)    This is a matter for the Minister for Roads.

      (7)    There are no specific purpose grant funds within my local government portfolio to assist in the
             maintenance of roads. While the NSW Local Government Grants Commission considers local roads in its
             funding formula, the Commonwealth Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 requires those
             grants to be paid as untied, unconditional, general-purpose grants with each council having the
             responsibility to determine how the funds are to be spent according to their own local priorities.

      (8)    This is a matter for the Minister for Environment and Conservation.


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*1229 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TREASURY—UK TRADE AND INVESTMENT CO-ORDINATOR—Ms Cusack
      asked the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

      (1)    Please provide a copy of the internal advertisements for the position of UK Trade and Investment Co-
             ordinator which was ultimately filled by Mr Brad Fitzmaurice.

      (2)    (a)    When was the UK Trade and Investment Co-ordinator position formally evaluated and assessed as
             being Grade 11–12?

             (b)    Who conducted the evaluation?

      (3)    Please provide a copy of the review of the position of UK Trade and Investment Co-ordinator referred to
             by Mr Harris in his evidence to the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1 inquiry into the Budget
             Estimates, Treasury portfolio on 13 September 2004.

      (4)    (a)    Who initiated the review?
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             (b)    Who conducted the review?

             (c)    Why was the review undertaken?

      (5)    What was the date of Mr Fitzmaurice’s interview by the Selection Panel?

      (6)    What was the date of Mr Fitzmaurice’s appointment?

      (7)    What is the term of Mr Fitzmaurice’s appointment?

      (8)    When is Mr Fitzmaurice next expected to return to Australia for meetings/debriefings?

      Answer—

      I have been advised of the following answer:

      (1)    The Department of State and Regional Development advertisement is available at the Legislative Council
             Procedure Office.

      (2)    (a)    The description for the position of director of an overseas office (London and Tokyo) was last
                    evaluated on 15 April 1999

             (b)    The Department’s Manager, Human Resources convened a panel of DSRD officers in accordance
                    with the Department’s job evaluation procedures.

      (3)    A copy is available at the Legislative Council Procedure Office.

      4      (a)    The Executive Director, Small Business Division, the Department of State and Regional
                    Development.

             (b)    Lightfoot Associates Pty Ltd

             (c)    The review was undertaken as part of the Department’s ongoing process of program review and
                    evaluation. The objective of the review was to explore future strategies for the London and Tokyo
                    offices and to identify ways of improving the delivery of services by the Department

      5      3 October 2003

      6      5 January 2004

      7      2 Years

      8      October/November 2004.


*1230 HEALTH—SOUTH EASTERN SYDNEY AREA HEALTH SERVICE (SESAHS)—Dr Chesterfield-Evans
      asked the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant
      Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

      (1)    Were allegations made in 1999–2000 of misappropriation of funds in SESAHS?

      (2)    How much money was alleged to be missing?

      (3)    Were these allegations investigated by a team of accountants led by Kevin Kenny from Andersons?

      (4)    What were the recommendations of the auditors?

      (5)    Were the recommendations referred to the Police?

      (6)    What was the recommendation of the Police?
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      (7)    What has occurred with recommendations of both the auditors and the Police?

      (8)    Please table a copy of the Andersons and Police reports.

      Answer—

      I have been advised by the Hon Morris Iemma MP, Minister for Health, that the answer to the Honourable
      Member’s question is –

      (1) to (3) I am advised that an investigation into the misappropriation of funds in the South Eastern Sydney Area
              Health Service was initially investigated by KPMG Forensic Accounting and later referred to Arthur
              Anderson Integrity Risk Consulting for investigation. The investigation identified that $447,796.77 had
              been misappropriated. Insurance payouts totalling $452,730.39, including costs, were later received by
              the Area Health Service against this loss.

      (4) to (7) The Auditor made ten recommendations for improvement. The “Revenue Recovery Project” of the
              Area Health Service prepared a Bank Reconciliation Transition Strategy that addresses the majority of the
              recommendations with a three way reconciliation system capable of self-validating the balances of the
              Revenue bank split, ledger and unapplied receipts. The Area Internal Audit and Risk Management Branch
              and the Auditor General’s Office reviewed this document. The remainder of the recommendations were
              individually addressed through appropriate alteration to procedures.

             The alleged misappropriation was referred to Maroubra Detectives for consideration for investigation.
             The Maroubra Detectives sought advice from the Director Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the possibility of
             successful prosecution. The Area Health Service has advised that following consideration of advice from
             the DPP, Police abandoned the case.

             The Police did not make specific recommendations to the Area Health Service. However, 67
             recommendations made by the Accounting Investigations undertaken in this matter were appropriately
             actioned by the Area Health Service.

      (9)    The Andersen investigation was initiated when a number of employees utilised the Protected Disclosures
             Act 1994, to report their suspicions to the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service. This report is not
             available for release.


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*1231 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE STAFFING—
      Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for State Development—

      (1)    (a)    Are on-board XPT crew, as a result of changed XPT timetables, subject to barracks detention?

             (b)    If so, how many hours per week does barracks detention account for?

      (2)    (a)    Does a RailCorp organisation chart exist that shows the lines of employment and geographical
                    responsibility of employees on the North Coast services?

             (b)    If so, please provide the chart.

      (3)    (a)    Under the Australian Rail Track Corporation agreement, to what depot site locations have
                    maintenance staff at Grafton been relocated or are proposed to be relocated?

             (b)    How many such staff have been relocated to each depot site or are proposed to be relocated?
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      (4)    (a)      How many jobs have been lost as a result of the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah railway
                      service? Please provide a breakdown of part-time and full-time staff from every sector affected.

             (b)      Is there a discrepancy between the number of actual jobs lost and the figures of 40 full-time and 4
                      part-time jobs claimed by the Rail, Train and Bus Union?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      (1)    Under interim arrangements, there has been an increase in rest house time of approximately 68 hours.
             New rosters were implemented from 1 August 2004 that will reduce this time to 36.5 hours per day. The
             changes form part of the process for the relocation of positions from Sydney to Grafton, and gives effect
             to RailCorp’s strategy to increase jobs in regional areas.

      (2)    The organisation chart is available from the Legislative Council Procedure Office.

      (3)    Staffing levels are not specified in the ARTC agreement, which sees the Commonwealth lease the
             interstate track from New S and set staffing levels in those areas.

      (4)    RailCorp is not in a position to comment on where the RTBU sourced its information.
             There are 20 fulltime and 4 partime CountryLink Station staff affected.
             In relation to infrastructure workers, there are 13 civil workers based at Lismore depot.


*1232 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE COST
      RECOVERY—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    The Parry report indicated a cost recovery across the CountryLink network of 32 cents in the dollar.
             What is the cost recovery rate figure for the Casino to Murwillumbah railway service?

      (2)    (a)      How much money has been spent, to date, on advertising the closure of the Casino to
                      Murwillumbah railway service? Please provide a breakdown by media outlet, and how much was
                      spent per media outlet.

             (b)      How much has been spent on press advertising of bus timetables in relation to the closure of the
                      Casino to Murwillumbah railway service?

      (3)    (a)      What efforts have been made over the past 5 years to attract new freight or passenger business to
                      the Murwillumbah branch line?

             (b)      What officer or officers are in charge of these efforts? Please give name(s) and title(s).

             (c)      What budget and staff support has been directed to generating income to support the
                      Murwillumbah line?

             (d)      Which schemes were used to attract new business?

             (e)      How many expressions of interest have been received in response to any schemes to attract new
                      business?

             (f)      (i)    Was any assistance provided to attract and support new business?
                      (ii)   If so, what assistance was provided to attract and support new business?
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(4)    (a)    What was the shortfall in ‘bids’ from Rail Infrastructure Corporation Divisions compared to the
              forward estimates that were submitted to Treasury prior to the merger of State Rail and the Rail
              Infrastructure Corporation?

       (b)    (i)      Has any shortfall in the funding of those bids been met?
              (ii)     If so, how has the shortfall been met?

       (c)    (i)      Have savings had to be found to meet a shortfall?
              (ii)     If so, have savings been found by way of reducing overtime or reducing maintenance
                       funding? Please list the types and amounts of each saving.

(5)    What are the financial savings that CountryLink has realised from the closure of the Casino to
       Murwillumbah railway line from 16 May 2004 to date?

(6)    (a)    At any stage, has a press release been generated by you in response to the Parry report which
       indicated that the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line would remain open?

       (b)    If so, please provide the press release.

(7)    (a)    Does the Rail Infrastructure Corporation have a special fund to pay compensation or damages to
              operators whose trains are involved in a derailment or other accident attributed to poor condition
              of infrastructure?

       (b)    If so:
              (i)      What is the source of funds?
              (ii)     What payments have been made over the past 5 years?
              (iii)    Who have these payments been made to?
              (iv)     For what incidents were these payments made?

(8)    What is the total Community Service Obligation (CSO) funding for the non-metropolitan rail system and
       the metropolitan rail system (non-electrified tracks and services versus electrified tracks and services) for
       the following years:

       (a)    1999-2000,

       (b)    2000-2001,

       (c)    2001-2002,

       (d)    2002-2003,

       (e)    2003-2004?

(9)    (a)    What is the estimated population served in the areas serviced by electrified track?

       (b)    What is the estimated population of the areas not serviced by electrified track?

(10)   In relation to CSO payments for the Sydney-Casino section of the mainline:

       What was the level of payments for:

       (a)    The Murwillumbah line for the following years:
              (i)   1999-2000,
              (ii)  2000-2001,
              (iii) 2001-2002,
              (iv) 2002-2003?

       (b)    The mainline north of Dungog for the following years:
              (i)   1999-2000,
              (ii)  2000-2001,
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                (iii)   2001-2002,
                (iv)    2002-2003?

       (c)      Was funding for the Murwillumbah line fully expended on that line?

(11)   For 2003-04 what was the budgeted amount of CSO funding and what is anticipated to be actual
       payments for:

       (a)      The Murwillumbah line?

       (b)      The main line north of Dungog?

(12)   What assessments has RailCorp made of the implications for the New South Wales 2004-2005 Budget of
       the Auslink and Australian Rail Track Corporation announcements?

Answer—

I am advised:

The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

(1)    RailCorp does not hold the cost recovery figures for segments of its rail corridors.

(2)    The cost to date of advising the community of the new rail service and connecting coach services has
       been as follows:

       Advertising—regional and metropolitan press                             $30,098

       Design and printing of station posters and alterations to timetable     $924

       Total                                                                   $31,022 (includes GST)

(3)    RIC does not market directly to potential rail users, as this conflicts with the marketing functions of rail
       operators. RIC does, however, facilitate introductions between rail operators and potential end customers.

       In the Northern Rivers region, RIC also contributed financially to the reinstatement of a rail siding at
       Mullumbimby to facilitate the movement of cement by rail.

       RIC's general manager Access Division is responsible for business development, and there are three
       account managers supporting the general manager. The position of general manager has had several
       incumbents over the last five years.

       RIC has not actively sought to attract a new tourist operator on to the line, as this would have jeopardised
       the operations of Northern Rivers Railroad.

       RIC has been supportive of Interail's freight terminal based at Casino, leasing facilities and land to the
       company to enable the base to be established. Interail has attracted business from the Northern Rivers
       region, but has not sought to access the Casino to Murwillumbah line.

       Marketing strategies are not 'line specific' as freight operations generally traverse several lines between
       origin and destination. Accordingly, no specific budget was allocated to attract new business on the
       Casino to Murwillumbah line.

       Most recently, upon notice of CountryLink's intention to suspend operations on the line, RIC wrote to
       operators formally advising them of the decision. In accordance with RIC's obligations, RIC sought
       interest from operators to explore alternative funding arrangements; no responses were received.

(4)    Owing to the pending structural changes arising from the reintegration of RIC’s metropolitan functions
       with StateRail, forward estimates were confirmed only for the 2003/2004 financial year.
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      (5)    The many initiatives that underpin the financial savings for the Customer Services division of RailCorp
             are currently underway. As such, RailCorp is unable to provide a current estimate on the financial savings
             to date.

      (6)    There is no reference to the Casino—Murwillumbah line in the Government’s response to the Parry
             report. A copy of the Government's response to the Parry Report is available from the Legislative Council
             Procedure Office.

             The Government's decision to change rail services to coach services on the Casino to Murwillumbah line
             was in response to the Federal Government's decision to take $1.7 billion over 5 years from NSW through
             the Grants Commission.

      (7)    RIC and all rail operators carry third party insurance to cover claims for incidents that occur on the
             network.

      (8)    RIC does not routinely analyse CSO by electrified v. non-electrified. Data is available by CityRail (some
             non-electrified) and CountryLink (non-electrified). This CSO data is publicly available in the annual
             reports of the Transport NSW/Ministry of Transport.

      (9)    Based on the ABS 2003 data, it is estimated that 4.94m people in New South Wales live in areas served
             by electrified rail.

             Based on the ABS 2003 data, it is estimated that 1.74m people in New South Wales live in areas not
             served by electrified rail.

             Note: This figure is based on a total New South Wales population of 6.68 million people and excludes the
             Sydney Statistical Division and the Illawarra Statistical Division, Lake Macquarie Council and Newcastle
             City Council which are in areas broadly served by electrified rail.

      (10) and (11) There are no CSO actual or budget payments for specific line sectors.

      (12)   RailCorp is still in the process of assessing the impact of the AusLink and ARTC announcements on the
             metropolitan area. Outside of the metropolitan area the impacts of AusLink will be matters for ARTC and
             RIC.


*1233 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE, STATION
      MAINTENANCE—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    For 2002-2003 what were the building maintenance costs for the stations at:

             (a)    Lismore?

             (b)    Byron Bay?

             (c)    Murwillumbah?

             (d)    Mullumbimby?

      (2)    For 2003-2004 what were the building maintenance costs for the stations at:

             (a)    Lismore?

             (b)    Byron Bay?

             (c)    Murwillumbah?

             (d)    Mullumbimby?
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      (3)    For 2004-2005 what are the projected maintenance costs for the stations at:

             (a)      Lismore?

             (b)      Byron Bay?

             (c)      Murwillumbah?

             (d)      Mullumbimby?

Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

             Period                  Lismore            Mullumbimby           Murwillumbah            Byron Bay
                                        $                    $                     $                      $
       F/Y 2002/03               2829.15              504.20                2579.65              2222.00

       F/Y 2003/04               24547.00             3472.70               56463.99             10066.45


      The costs included normal routine maintenance necessary to keep the buildings in good repair.

      The larger amounts in the 2003/04 financial year are due to the following:

      Lismore:              White ants and roofing. It should be noted that there was also an amount for on site
                            protection for work at other locations combined together and reflected against Lismore.

      Murwillumbah:         Station repainting.

      Estimated costs for normal routine maintenance for 2004/05 are:

             Period                  Lismore            Mullumbimby           Murwillumbah            Byron Bay
                                        $                    $                     $                      $
       F/Y 2004/05               8000.00              4000.00               8000.00              5000.00



*1234 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE, LINE
      MAINTENANCE—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    (a)   How much was allocated for track maintenance for 2002-03 on the Casino to Murwillumbah
             branch line?

             (b)      How much of this allocation was spent?

             (c)      Please provide a breakdown of how this allocation was spent?

      (2)    How much was requested/bidded for in maintenance funding for the Casino to Murwillumbah line in the
             following years:

             (a)      2003-04;

             (b)      2002-03;
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       (c)      2001-02;

       (d)      2000-01;

       (e)      1999-00?

(3)    Is there a weight restriction on the Murwillumbah branch line?

       If so:

       (a)      What is it?

       (b)      When was it imposed?

       (c)      Why was it imposed?

       (d)      (i)    Has this weight limit been exceeded?
                (ii)   If so, what were the circumstances?

(4)    With the upgrading of the Brisbane/Sydney rail line, what are the implications of track work on that line
       (such as straightening the track) for the XPT running schedule?

(5)    Please provide a summary of the findings of previous studies into the viability of a railway link from
       Murwillumbah to the Gold Coast, including but not limited to the March 1992 Travers Morgan study, the
       May 1994 Kearney-Sinclair Knight study and the GHD/Transmark study?

(6)    At what track condition index is a line considered to be in too poor a condition to support an XPT service
       with an axle weight of 13 tonnes?

(7)    (a)      What are the existing branch lines in metropolitan and country New South Wales that are in
                existence, but are classified as being ‘disused’ or ‘non-operational’?

       (b)      How much money was allocated to be spent on maintenance for each of these ‘disused’ or ‘non-
                operational’ lines for the following years:
                (i)    1999-00;
                (ii)   2000-01;
                (iii) 2001-02;
                (iv) 2002-03;
                (v)    2003-04?

       (c)      Of the money allocated to be spent on maintenance for these ‘disused’ or ‘non-operational’ lines,
                how much was actually spent on each line for the following years:
                (i)    1999-00;
                (ii)   2000-01;
                (iii) 2001-02;
                (iv) 2002-03;
                (v)    2003-04?

(8)    (a)      In 2002-03, were any sleepers laid on the Casino to Murwillumbah line?

       (b)      If so, how many?

(9)    (a)      In 2003-04, were any sleepers laid on the Casino to Murwillumbah line?

       (b)      If so, how many?

(10)   What has happened to the 8,000 unused sleepers distributed along the length of the Casino to
       Murwillumbah line?

(11)   How many sleepers are estimated to exist on the Murwillumbah branch line?
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    (12)   (a)      When did the steel sleeper programme commence?

           (b)      How many sleepers have already been laid?

    (13)   (a)      How many steel sleepers need to be installed?

           (b)      What is the cost involved?

    (14)   (a)      Will re-sleepering with 1 in 4 timber sleepers replaced with steel to tie the track maintain it to
                    adequate standard?

           (b)      If so, does this mean the track requires 44,800 steel sleepers?

    (15)   What is the cost for the line to be adequately maintained for use by the XPT and potential use by motor
           rail?

    (16)   How many unused sleepers are distributed along the length of the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line?

    (17)   (a)      How will unused sleepers be recovered?

           (b)      What would be the total cost of recovering the unused sleepers?

    (18)   How many sleepers could be installed if $32 million was allocated to such a project?

    (19)   (a)      Has RailCorp an estimate of the cost of steel re-sleepering?

           (b)    If so, what is the true cost for the line to be adequately maintained for use by the XPT and
           potential use by motor rail?

Answer—

    I am advised:

    The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
    of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

    (1) and (2) Regional bids do not represent funds required for the line to operate safely, but rather an optimal
              draft figure. Secondary plans are prepared to match the actual funds that are allocated to the local area
              and reflect that many items of maintenance can be safely rescheduled under routine maintenance with
              no safety implications.

                 The funds for the North Coast region between Maitland and the Border Loop (QLD border) including
                 between Casino and Murwillumbah were spent on Routine Maintenance, Major Periodic
                 Maintenance, and Capital Works.

                                            allocation                 actual expenditure
                 1999/2000                  $43.1m                     $46.9m
                 2000/2001                  $73.0m*                    $56.1m
                 2001/2002                  $66.5m                     $70.9m
                 2002/2003                  $52.0m                     $51.9m
                 2003/2004                  incomplete                 incomplete

                 *The allocation included funds for planned works between Dungog and Craven, which, due to
                 operational schedules, were undertaken the following year.

    (3)    XPTs are permitted and a load limit of 13 tonne axle load for freight trains. A one off waiver was given in
           March 2004 by RIC's Engineer Structures for a 423 class loco on a work train (lower risk) to traverse the
           line. As this was not a regular occurrence, the 2 return journeys were considered acceptable.
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(4)   Responsibility for the NSW component of the Brisbane—Sydney line has passed to ARTC. It is not
      possible to determine impacts on the XPT running schedule from upgrading works until a fully detailed
      scope of the ARTC’s plans are available.

(5)   As provided to GPSC no.4, the executive summaries of the Travers Morgan study, the Kearney – Sinclair
      Knight study and the GHD/Transmark study are attached.

(6)   TCI is an overall indicator of average condition. Within any line there will be sections of higher and
      lower TCI but the ability of any section to support an XPT depends on the particular geometry defects in
      that section and the normal allowable speed of the XPT in that section. The Casino-Murwillumbah line is
      highly curved and graded and that the normal speed allowable is low compared to the XPT maximum
      allowable elsewhere of 160km/h.

(7)   The list of current disused lines and the year they became disused is as follows:

      Prior to 1988
      Bungendore to Captains Flat        (1968)
      Merrywhinebone to Pokataroo (1974)
      Tarana to Oberon (1979)
      Weemelah to Mungindi (1984)
      Byrock to Brewarrina        (1982)
      Craboon to Coolah (1985)
      Cootamundra to Tumut (1984)
      Tumut to Batlow (1984)
      Wagga Wagga to Tumbarumba - from Ladysmith (1974)
      Borree Creek to Oakland - from Urana (1982)
      North Star to Boggabilla (1987)
      West Tamworth to Barraba (1987)
      Galong to Boorowa (1987)
      Culcairn to Holbrook (1987)
      Queanbeyan to Bombala - from Cooma (1986)
      Hillston to Roto (1986)
      Narrandera to Tocumwal - from Jerilderie (1987)

      1988—1994

      Murwillumbah to Condong (1993)
      Dumaresq to Wallangarra - from Glen Innes (1989), from Dumaresq (1993)
      Moree to Inverell - from Delungra (1987), (from Biniguy 1991), to Biniguy (1994)
      Sandy Hollow to Merriwa (1988)
      Cowra to Eugowra (1991)
      Nyngan to Bourke (1989)
      Molong to Dubbo from Yeoval (1988), to Yeoval (1992)
      Picton to Braemar (1989)
      Goulburn to Crookwell (1989)
      Yass Jct to Yass town         (1988)
      Wagga Wagga to Tumbarumba - to Ladysmith (1988)
      Uranquinty to Kywong          (1988)
      Henty to Rand          (1989)
      Culcairn to Corowa - from Brocklesbury(1989), to Brocklesby (1991)
      Queanbeyan to Bombala - to Cooma (1989)
      Borree Creek to Oakland - to Urana (1988)
      Greenthorpe to Grenfell (1991)
      Willbriggie to Hay (1989)
      Narrandera to Tocumwal - to Jerilderie (1991)
      Fassifern to Toronto (1990)
      Sydney Yard to Darling Harbour (1993)
      Loftus to National Park (1991)
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             1995- present
             Casino –Murwillumbah (2004)

             Two lines were also re-opened in this period:
             Kandos – Golgong (2000)
             Cowra - Blayney (2000)

             Note that a few of these disused lines are operated by Heritage groups. There are about 2,500km of
             disused lines for which RIC has statutory responsibilities regarding fire hazard control, noxious weed and
             animal control and public safety (mainly bridges).

             Lines can only be closed and infrastructure removed and lands sold by act of Parliament.

             The cost to carry out needed maintenance activity is about $600/km/year or $1.5m per year.

      (8)    In 2002/03 there were approximately 1,500 sleepers placed in the track.

      (9) to (19)    As previously advised the 8,000 sleepers that were scheduled to be used from Casino to
                    Murwillumbah in 2003/04 were transported to the Walgett line.

                    It was proposed to replace all timber sleepers as they become life expired with long lasting steel
                    sleepers over a 20 year period. The unit rate was based on 2000/01 unit rate of $183 per sleeper
                    including schedule B overheads.

                    There are approximately 230,000 sleepers on the Murwillumbah branch line.

                    The steel sleeper program commenced in 1994, with 55,000 laid to date.

                    The $32 million program would provide for 175,000 sleepers to be laid.

                    1:4 steel is adequate if the remaining timber can support the vertical load. As timber ages over time
                    more steel is required and eventually all timber will be expired and we would end up with 100%
                    steel. The track does not need 44,800 sleepers now. RIC was planning to install 8,000 in 03/04 on a
                    needs basis.

                    Steel re-sleepering is not overestimated. Sleeper replacement is only 1 component of infrastructure
                    maintenance which also includes: bridges, signalling, cuttings and embankments, ballast, rail,
                    formation, vegetation, fencing, and level crossings.


*1235 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—GRAFTON WORKS DEPOT—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister
      for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    For maintenance directed by the Grafton Works Depot for each of the following years:

             (a)     1999-2000:
                     (i)    Grafton Office bid for maintenance funding?
                     (ii)   Allocated budget?
                     (iii) Actual expenditure?
                     Please provide a breakdown as to how and where maintenance funds were spent.

             (b)     2000-2001:
                     (i)    Grafton Office bid for maintenance funding?
                     (ii)   Allocated budget?
                     (iii) Actual expenditure?
                     Please provide a breakdown as to how and where maintenance funds were spent.

             (c)     2001-2002:
                     (i)   Grafton Office bid for maintenance funding?
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                      (ii)   Allocated budget?
                      (iii) Actual expenditure?
                      Please provide a breakdown as to how and where maintenance funds were spent.

             (d)      2002-2003:
                      (i)    Grafton Office bid for maintenance funding?
                      (ii)   Allocated budget?
                      (iii) Actual expenditure?
                      Please provide a breakdown as to how and where maintenance funds were spent.

             (e)      2003-2004:
                      (i)    Grafton Office bid for maintenance funding?
                      (ii)   Allocated budget?
                      (iii) Actual expenditure?
                      Please provide a breakdown as to how and where maintenance funds were spent.

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      As explained in hearings before the Committee, regional bids do not represent funds required for the line to
      operate safely, but rather an optimal draft figure. Secondary plans are prepared to match the actual funds that are
      allocated to the local area and reflect that many items of maintenance can be safely rescheduled under routine
      maintenance with no safety implications.

      The funds for the North Coast region between Maitland and the Border Loop (QLD border) including between
      Casino and Murwillumbah were spent on Routine Maintenance, Major Periodic Maintenance, and Capital
      Works.

                                     allocation                    actual expenditure
      1999/2000                      $43.1m                        $46.9m
      2000/2001                      $73.0m*                       $56.1m
      2001/2002                      $66.5m                        $70.9m
      2002/2003                      $52.0m                        $51.9m
      2003/2004                      incomplete                    incomplete

      *The allocation included funds for planned works between Dungog and Craven, which, due to operational
      schedules, were undertaken the following year.


*1236 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE ACCESS
      FEES —Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    What is the access cost per kilometre that CountryLink is paid on the Casino to Murwillumbah line?

      (2)    (a)      What were the total access fees (budget and spending to date) attributed to the Murwillumbah-
                      Sydney XPT for the following years:
                      (i)   1999-00;
                      (ii)  2000-01;
                      (iii) 2001-02;
                      (iv) 2002-03;
                      (v)   2003-04?
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             (b)      What portion of these fees were attributable to the Casino-Murwillumbah-Casino section of the
                      track for each of the following years:
                      (i)     1999-00;
                      (ii)    2000-01;
                      (iii) 2001-02;
                      (iv) 2002-03;
                      (v)     2003-04?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      CountryLink’s access charges for the use of the rail network in NSW has been levied on a lump sum network-
      wide basis since 1996 to 2004. Therefore, the access cost per kilometre for the Casino to Murwillumbah line
      prior to its closure is not determinable.


*1237 BUDGET ESTIMATES—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE PRIVATE OPERATORS—
      Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for State Development—

      (1)    (a)      Have any approaches been made by private operators, wanting to operate a rail service on the
                      Casino to Murwillumbah line?

             (b)      If so, what access fee would be charged to a private operator?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      Heritage operators (The Rail Motor Society, 3801 Limited and NSW Rail Transport Museum) have sought
      access to the line on an occasional basis.

      Access charges to use the line vary between operators and depend upon the train specification.

      On this line, RIC has adopted a principle of charging rates that are close to the floor price (as described in the
      Regime) to encourage use of the line.


*1238 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE FREIGHT
      SERVICES—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    When and why did freight services cease on the Murwillumbah branch line?

      (2)    How much revenue did freight services generate for the branch line for the following years:

             (a)      2003-04;

             (b)      2002-03;

             (c)      2001-02;
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             (d)      2000-01;

             (e)      1999-00?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      Pacific National was the last freight customer on the branch line running its final service in January 2003.

      The reason for the ending of the service was that Pacific National’s own customer sourced an alternative supply
      of fly ash for its Murwillumbah plant.

      Access revenue from commercial freight operations beyond Old Casino services was as follows:

      2003-04; $0
      2002-03; $5,189
      2001-02; $40,337
      2000-01; $12,272
      1999-00; $20,489


*1239 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE COACH
      SERVICES—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
      Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    How many passengers each week, on average, are using the replacement bus service between Casino and
             Murwillumbah?

      (2)    What is the total number of coaches involved in the replacement bus services for the Casino to
             Murwillumbah railway line?

      (3)    How much money has been saved by the use of buses, which replaced the Casino to Murwillumbah
             section of the railway line, in the period 16 May 2004 to date?

      (4)    (a)      What was the value of the Sunstate contract?

             (b)      What services were being provided prior to 16 May 2004?

             (c)      (i)    Are new bus services being provided by Sunstate at Grafton?

                      (ii)   If so, what is the cost of these services?

             (d)      What is the additional charge by Sunstate for the use of additional coaches?

             (e)      Does Sunstate have the necessary facilities to legally comply with their Countrylink contract?

      (5)    Detail precisely the changes to the coach services as a result of representations from Kirkland Buslines
             since the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah service.

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:
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(1)    Set out below is the average daily passenger numbers on North Coast connections from 17 May until 20
       June 2004.

       North Bound Coaches
        Depart                      Location                    Average Week Day          Average Weekend
        6.50pm                      Casino—Murwillumbah         25.6                      18.1
        6.55pm                      Casino—Robina               23.8                      15.4
        7.00pm                      Casino—Brisbane             17.3                      12.8
        7.02pm                      Casino—Surfers              13.2                      12.2
                                    Paradise
        7.05pm                      Casino—Tweed Heads          3.4                       2.6

       South Bound Coaches
        Depart                      Location                    Average Week Day          Average Weekend
        3.10pm                      Brisbane—Casino             32.6                      29.3
        3.30pm                      Tweed Heads—Casino          10.4                      7.0
        3.50pm                      Surfers    Paradise—        11.8                      9.5
                                    Casino
        4.25pm                      Robina—Casino               21.1                      12.0
        5.15pm                      Murwillumbah—Casino         8.5                       6.7
        6.07pm                      Byron Bay—Casino            3.0                       2.1

       More than half of the passengers previously using the Casino-Murwillumbah train services connected to
       or from a coach at Murwillumbah.

(2) to (5) Since 24 May 2004, the total number of coaches involved in the services replacing the Casino to
         Murwillumbah rail service is 8.

        The many initiatives that underpin the financial savings for the Customer Services division of RailCorp
        are currently underway. As such, RailCorp is unable to provide a current estimate on the financial
        savings to date.

        RailCorp (then StateRail) awarded contracts for six North Coast/South East Queensland coach services
        in November 2002, following a competitive tender process. These included the coaches that met up with
        North Coast train services. Following the collapse of King Brothers in 2003, tenders were again called
        for three of these services in August 2003.

        These contracts were awarded to Sunstate. Under the terms of these contracts, RailCorp can vary the
        routes or services in consultation with the contractor. That’s why interim arrangements for the new and
        extended existing services were put in place under the existing contracts with Sunstate.

        RailCorp plans to put the new services out to tender before the end of the year. An additional coach was
        introduced on an interim basis between Byron Bay and Casino after 16 May 2004 to ensure reliability
        of connecting services at Casino pending a review. This service is being provided by Sunstate Charters
        on a temporary basis at a cost of $780 per day including GST.

        Prior to 16 May 2004, Sunstate provided six coach services on the NSW north coast.

        These were:

                 Brisbane to Murwillumbah and return (daily)

                 Surfers Paradise to Murwillumbah and return (daily)

                 Robina to Murwillumbah and return (daily)

                 Byron Bay to Grafton and return (daily)
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                          Casino to Tweed Heads and return (daily)

                          Casino to Surfers Paradise and return (daily)

               Total cost of these services was: $1.26m. Following a public tender process for the ex-King Bros and
               the Lithgow-Barradine-Coonabarabran services, Sunstate Charters were a successful tenderer and
               awarded a contract for the Byron Bay to Grafton service at a cost of $321,930 (including GST) per
               annum.

               Based on information currently available with RailCorp, Sunstate have the necessary facilities to legally
               comply with their CountryLink contracts.

               Discussions with Kirklands Buslines since the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah service have not
               resulted in any changes to the temporary arrangements put in place on the North Coast.


*1240 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—BRIDGES ON THE CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY
      LINE—Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting
      the Minister for State Development—

      (1)    What would be the estimated cost of removing speed restrictions on the timber trestle bridges on the
             Casino to Murwillumbah railway line?

      (2)    Are bridge inspection reports available for timber trestle bridges on the:

             (a)    (i)       Casino to Murwillumbah line?
                    (ii)      Cowra to Blayney line?
                    (iii)     Kandos to Gulgong line?

             (b)    If so, please provide such reports?

      (3)    (a)    What other lines contain timber trestle bridges?

             (b)    (i)       Are bridge inspection reports available for those?
                    (ii)      If so, please provide such reports?

      (4)    On what basis are decisions made about the amount of work required to maintain a bridge?

      (5)    (a)    How much expenditure would be required to replace timber underbridges on the Casino to
                    Murwillumbah railway line?

             (b)    (i)       Of that expenditure, what is the estimated expenditure for the replacement of each timber
                              underbridge on the line?
                    (ii)      Please detail by bridge?

             (c)    When and if bridges are replaced on the line, are plans in place to replace bridges with cheaper
                    structures or would bridges be replicas of existing bridges?

      (6)    (a)    Have the overbridges on the Casino to Murwillumbah line that will need to be replaced over the
                    next 20 years been identified?

             (b)    If so, which overbridges on the Casino to Murwillumbah line will need to replaced over the next
                    20 years?

      (7)    (a)    What has been the cost to date of the Eltham Bridge repainting project?

             (b)    (i)       Have the sandblasted sections of Eltham Bridge been repainted?
                    (ii)      If not, will they be repainted and when?

             (c)    If they are not painted, what other measures have been undertaken to protect the exposed steel
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                      from weather conditions?

      (8)    (a)      Do speed restrictions of 10 km/h exist on any bridges on the Casino to Murwillumbah railway
                      line?

             (b)      If so:
                      (i)    How many bridges have this restriction?
                      (ii)   Why have speed restrictions been imposed on these bridges?

             (c)      (i)    Are speed restrictions due to poorly maintained or old bridges?
                      (ii)   If so, why have these bridges not been replaced?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      (1)    The amount estimated for bridge and component renewal is $92m.

      (2) and (3) The total bridge inspection reports for the Casino—Murwillumbah have been provided to GPSC
                no.4.

      (4)    When a bridge is inspected a standard reporting format is used to record all defects found and their size.
             A Structures Manager (or Engineer) reviews the reports and determines whether repairs are required
             urgently, in a forward works program, or not at all. That officer will also consider whether it may be
             better to plan to replace the bridge (or the trestle or span) than to repair it.

      (5)    $92m, consisting of $82m for bridge renewal and $10m for component renewal. It is based on an average
             unit rate of new bridge construction of $20,000 per metre length of bridge. There are 4,050 lineal metres
             of bridge on the Murwillumbah line.

             Where possible bridges are replaced by steel pipes or concrete culverts rather than the more expensive
             bridge construction. This is dependent on waterway required, speed of flow, potential for debris build up
             etc. To achieve a given waterway usually a longer length of culvert is required than with a bridge.

      (6)    RIC was planning to replace all timber overbridges over a 20 year period.

      (7)    The Eltham Bridge repairs (steelworks, patching and transom renewal) has cost $1,025,000 to date in
             2003/04. All areas that have been cleaned back to bare metal have been painted with a protective coating
             or parts are replaced with galvanised members. There are parts of the bridge that have not been worked
             on where the existing protective coating remains.

      (8)    As previously advised by the RailCorp CEO to GPSC no.4, RailCorp have previously made decisions to
             allocate funds towards maintenance and operations to safe levels, rather than renewal of sections of the
             line.


*1241 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CASINO TO MURWILLUMBAH RAILWAY LINE SERVICES—
      Miss Gardiner asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
      Minister for State Development—

      (1)    Has an 81-class locomotive been put on the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line in recent months? If so:

             (a)      Why was it put on the track?

             (b)      Did it damage the track?
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             (c)      Did any such damage have any impact on the maintenance bid for the line?

      (2)    When the Pacific Coast Motorail was withdrawn, what consideration, if any, was given to running a
             regular CountryLink Explorer train between Lismore and Murwillumbah during the morning and
             afternoon, in addition to the evening XPT service?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      The following information was previously provided to General Purpose Standing Committee No.4 by the CEO
      of RailCorp on 10/09/04:

      (1)    Current weight restrictions on the line prohibit the operation of 81 class locomotives over structure on the
             line.

             Pacific National, the owner of 81 class locomotives, has not operated freight services to Murwillumbah
             since January 2003.

      (2)    There was never a service called the Pacific Coast Motorail. The previous Government withdrew the
             Pacific Coast Express in 1988 and the Gold Coast Motorail in 1990.

             Xplorer trains were acquired specifically to replace the CountryLink road coach services from Tamworth
             to Armidale and Moree and between Sydney and Canberra.

             The provision of an isolated train service such as that described would require the provision of servicing
             facilities. The former locomotive maintenance facility at Casino would not have been suitable as it is not
             designed for modern diesel rollingstock and would need substantial changes to accommodate. An
             additional requirement would be the need for a facility for carriage works that allows major servicing and
             bogie changes. This would also require a stock of parts disproportionate to the operation.


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1242 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—PUBLIC HOUSING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1243 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—LOCATION OF PROPERTIES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1244 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—REGIONAL OFFICES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1245 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—RENT ASSISTANCE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1246 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—RENTAL SUBSIDIES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1247 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—MINISTERIAL OFFICE EXPENSES—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—
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1248 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—MEDIA MONITORING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1249 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—


1250 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—ADVERTISING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1251 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—


1252 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES (SES)—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1253 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—CONSULTANTS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1254 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1255 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—CONTRACTORS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1256 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—CONFERENCES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1257 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—STRESS LEAVE —Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1258 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—FEES AND FINES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1259 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—SENIOR
     OFFICERS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1260 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     DEPARTMENTAL TAXI FARES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
     Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure
     and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1261 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     MINISTERIAL EXPENSES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
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      and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and
      Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1262 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     MINISTERIAL STAFF—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1263 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     CONTRACTORS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1264 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—MEDIA
     MONITORING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1265 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—TENDERS—
     Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
     Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—

1266 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—TRAVEL—
     Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
     Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—

1267 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     PREMISES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1268 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—FRINGE
     BENEFITS TAX——Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1269 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCUTRE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—MOTOR
     VEHICLES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1270 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—MOBILE
     PHONES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1271 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—STAFF—
     Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
     Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—

1272 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCUTRE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     ADVERTISING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—
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1273 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     ADVISERS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1274 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—EXECUTIVE
     SUPPORT UNIT—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1275 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     CONFERENCES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1276 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—STRESS
     LEAVE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1277 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCIES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
     Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure
     and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1278 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—FEES AND
     FINES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1279 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE—WHITE BAY POWER STATION—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1280 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE—SYDNEY FISH MARKET—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1281 BUDGET ESTIMATES—NFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     MISCELLANEOUS EXPENDITURE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for
     the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1282 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     CONSULTANTS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

*1283 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—INTEGRATED TRANSPORT INFORMATION—Ms Hale asked
      the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
      Development—

      (1)    Why was significantly less spent on Integrated Transport Information in 2003-04 than allocated?

      (2)    Why has there been a substantial cut in the 2004-05 allocation?

      Answer—

      I am advised:
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      (1) and (2) Expenditure on the 131500 transport information line is dependent on the volume of calls made.

                  The budget for 2003-04 was increased as a higher volume of calls were expected due to the Rugby
                  World Cup. However this did not eventuate.

                  The estimated cost for 2004-05 is in line with the historical cost for providing this service.


1284 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—STAFFING AND STATE RAIL CUTS—Ms Hale to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—

1285 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—BUS SERVICES—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—



1286 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—INNER WEST RAIL—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

*1287 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HUNTER—HUNTER TRANSPORT—Ms Hale asked the Minister for Transport
      Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)   Terms of Reference 3 of the Lower Hunter Transport Working Group (LHTWG) specifically required
            that the rail line to Newcastle be replaced with a ‘superior frequent bus service’. In what way is the
            replacement bus service recommended by the LHTWG ‘superior’ to the current rail service?

      (2)   What is the predicted annual operating costs of replacing all the existing rail services on the Newcastle
            Line with the bus service recommended by the LHTWG?

      (3)   (a)       How many additional buses will be required to replace the existing rail services on the Newcastle
                      Line?

            (b)       Will this reduce bus service levels elsewhere in the Lower Hunter, particularly during the morning
                      peak period 7.45 am – 9.00 am?

      (4)   How many consultancies have been and/or may be commissioned by the Transport Infrastructure
            Development Corporation, the Ministry of Transport, to review the reports and/or recommendations of
            the Lower Hunter Transport Working Group?

      (5)   Who are the consultants commissioned so far by name?

      (6)   What are the Terms of Reference and/or Project Brief for each of the consultants?

      Answer—

      I am advised:

      I refer the Member to answers on the Legislative Council notice paper, numbers 1120 and 1137, which notes the
      Lower Hunter Transport Working Group was an advisory group established last year to report on transport
      services in the Hunter region.

      In December 2003 the Working Group’s final report was released.

      The Ministry of Transport is coordinating the Government’s response to the report in consultation with key New
      South Wales agencies and the Lower Hunter Councils.

      Progress to date includes the commissioning of a feasibility study for a new bus interchange at Broadmeadow by
      the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation.
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      In addition, the Ministry of Transport has commissioned an economic impact study by transport planning and
      economic consultants GHD on the effects which may result from any change to Newcastle’s branch line.

      These organisations may engage other specialists in developing their reports in accordance with the appropriate
      guidelines.

      The reports will be considered as part of any NSW Government decision on the future of the Newcastle branch
      line service and will be made publicly available in due course.

      The above action is being taken to address the chronic decline in public transport patronage in the Lower Hunter
      and to improve access to key services like hospitals, shopping and education centres.


1288 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CITY AIR QUALITY——Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1289 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—PLANNING
     REFORMS—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1290 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     METROPOLITAN STRATEGY—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
     and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and
     Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1291 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—PORTAL
     EMISSIONS—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1292 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     FILTRATION REPORT—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1293 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     HONEYSUCKLE—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1294 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—SYDNEY
     AIRPORT—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting
     the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—

1295 BUDGET ESTIMATES—NATURAL RESOURCES—NATIONAL WATER INITIATIVE—Ms Hale to ask
     the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1296 BUDGET ESTIMATES—NATURAL RESOURCES—GROUNDWATER ISSUES—Ms Hale to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1297 BUDGET ESTIMATES—NATURAL RESOURCES—MACQUARIE RIVER—Ms Hale to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—
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1298 BUDGET ESTIMATES—NATURAL RESOURCES—LAND CLEARING—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1299 BUDGET ESTIMATES—NATURAL RESOURCES—BRIGALOW BELT—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1300 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—ASBESTOS IN PUBLIC HOUSING—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1301 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—HOUSING POLICY AND ASSISTANCE—Ms Hale to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1302 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—LAND AND HOUSING CORPORATION —Ms Hale to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

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1303 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—SENIOR OFFICERS—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—


1304 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—CABCHARGE—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1305 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MINISTERIAL OFFICE AND EXPENSES—Ms
     Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—


1306 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1307 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Ms
     Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1308 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MOBILE TELEPHONES—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1309 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MOTOR VEHICLES—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1310 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—
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1311 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—OFFICE SPACE—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1312 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Ms Parker to
     ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1313 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—REDUNDANCIES—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1314 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—TENDERING PROCESS—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1315 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS—Ms Parker to
     ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1316 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—ICAC—Ms Parker to ask the Minister for
     Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth representing
     the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1317 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—ENTERTAINMENT—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1318 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—BOARD APPOINTMENTS—Ms Parker to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1319 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—TAFE STUDENTS—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1320 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—COMMONWEALTH LABOUR MARKET
     PROGRAMS—Ms Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for
     Disability Services, and Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister
     for Aboriginal Affairs—

1321 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—STATE ASSET ACQUISITION PROGRAM—
     Ms Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services,
     and Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal
     Affairs—

1322 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MURRAY FARM PUBLIC SCHOOL AND
     EPPING WEST PUBLIC SCHOOL—Ms Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for
     Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and
     Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1323 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—VANDALISM—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1324 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—AIR-CONDITIONING FOR SCHOOLS—Ms
     Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—
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1325 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MAINTENANCE COSTS—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1326 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—
     Ms Parker to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services,
     and Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal
     Affairs—


1327 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—ADVERTISING—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1328 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Ms Parker to
     ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—


1329 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Ms Parker
     to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister
     for Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1330 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—CONSULTANTS—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1331 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Ms Parker to
     ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1332 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—CONTRACTORS—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1333 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—CONFERENCES—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1334 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—STRESS LEAVE—Ms Parker to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1335 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—FEES AND FINES—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1336 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MEDIA MONITORING—Ms Parker to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1337 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—MINISTERIAL OFFICE AND EXPENSE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1338 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—MEDIA MONITORING—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Health—
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1339 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—


1340 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—ADVERTISING—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1341 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—


1342 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1343 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CONSULTANTS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1344 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1345 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CONTRACTORS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1346 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CONFERENCES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1347 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—STRESS LEAVE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1348 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—FEES AND FINES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1349 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—DNA TESTING SERVICES AT LIDCOMBE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1350 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—BOWRAL PRIVATE HOSPITAL—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1351 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—BATEMANS BAY HOSPITAL—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1352 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CAPITAL PROJECTS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Health—
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1353 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—LANDCOM—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Roads and Minister for Housing—

1354 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—REDFERN REDEVELOPMENT —Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1355 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—MINTO ESTATE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1356 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HOUSING—RANDWICK PROJECT ST PAUL STREET—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1357 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—ALFORD POINT BRIDGE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1358 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—SUNNYHOLT ROAD, JAMES COOK DRIVE AND QUAKERS HILL
     PARKWAY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1359 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—OLD WINDSOR ROAD—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1360 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WOLLONGONG NORTHERN DISTRIBUTOR—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1361 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WINDSOR ROAD—BOUNDARY TO HENRY ROAD—Miss Gardiner
     to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1362 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WINDSOR ROAD UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1363 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—OLD WINDSOR ROAD UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1364 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—ROXBOROUGH PARK AND SHOWGROUND ROAD—Mr Breen to
     ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1365 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—MILE END ROAD—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1366 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—MERRIVALE ROAD—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1367 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WESTERN SYDNEY ORBITAL—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—
      1986
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1368 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—PRINCES HIGHWAY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1369 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—NORTH KIAMA BYPASS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1370 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROAD—PARRAMATTA TO STRATHFIELD TRANSITWAY—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1371 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—ROUSE HILL TRANSITWAY —Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1372 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—TOURLE STREET BRIDGE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1373 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—NEWCASTLE INNER CITY BYPASS—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1374 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WEST CHARLESTOWN BYPASS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1375 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—MOOREBANK INTERCHANGE UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1376 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—M4 EAST—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Roads and Minister for Housing—

1377 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—LIVERPOOL TO PARRAMATTA TRANSITWAY—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1378 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—LANE COVE TUNNEL—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1379 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—HOXTON PARK ROAD UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1380 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—CROSS CITY TUNNEL—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1381 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—COWPASTURE ROAD UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1382 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—BLACKTOWN TO WETHERILL PARK TRANSITWAY—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister
     for State Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—
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1383 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—BLACKTOWN TO CASTLE HILL TRANSITWAY—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1384 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—BANGOR BYPASS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1385 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—SPIT BRIDGE UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1386 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—TOPVALE ROAD UPGRADE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1387 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—POLICE HIGHWAY PATROLS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1388 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—HEAVY VEHICLE REST STOPS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1389 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—HIGHWAY UPGRADES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1390 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—TIMBER BRIDGES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1391 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—MASS LIMITS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1392 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—STAFF SURVEY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1393 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—ROAD ACCIDENTS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1394 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—TRANSITWAY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1395 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—NORTHERN BEACHES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1396 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WAGGA—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Roads and Minister for Housing—

1397 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—MURRUMBIDGEE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—
      1988
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1398 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—HORNSBY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Roads and Minister for Housing—

1399 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—ADVERTISING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1400 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—CROWN SOLICITORS ADVICE—Mrs Forsythe to ask
     the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1401 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1402 ATTORNEY GENERAL—JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE INTO THE TRANSPORTATION AND
     STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WSTE—Mr Breen to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the Environment—

1403 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—COMMONWEALTH GRANTS—Ms Cusack to
     ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1404 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—TEACHERS—Ms Cusack to ask the Minister for
     Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth representing
     the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1405 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION AND TRAINING—MISCELLANEOUS—Ms Cusack to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

*1406 NATURAL RESOURCES—NATIVE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT UNIT—Mr Gay asked the Minister
      for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
      representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

      (1)    How many employment positions currently exist at the Native Vegetation Management Unit at
             Wellington?

      (2)    Are any of these positions currently unfilled?

      Answer—

      (1)    Staffing for the Native Vegetation Management Unit at Wellington remains at nine positions.

      (2)    All positions at the Native Vegetation Management Unit at Wellington are currently filled.


1407 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WINDSOR ROAD—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1408 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—MUSWELLBROOK—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1409 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—FIXED SPEED CAMERAS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—
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1410 NATURAL RESOURCES—SOUTHERN REGIONAL FOREST AGREEMENT—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1411 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1412 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—CABCHARGE—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1413 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—MINISTERIAL OFFICE AND EXPENSES—Mrs
     Pavey to ask the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1414 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1415 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mrs Pavey
     to ask the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1417 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1418 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mrs Pavey to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1419 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—OFFICE SPACE—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—
1420 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mrs Pavey to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1421 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—REDUNDANCIES—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1422 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—TENDERS—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1423 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—MISCELLANEOUS—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1424 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—MEDIA MONITORING—Mrs Pavey to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1425 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—Mrs
     Pavey to ask the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—


1426 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—ADVERTISING—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1427 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mrs Pavey to ask
     the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—


1428 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mrs Pavey to ask
     the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1429 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—CONSULTANTS—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—
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                      Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74—Tuesday 19 October 2004

1430 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Mrs Pavey to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1431 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—CONTRACTORS—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1432 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—CONFERENCES—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1433 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—STRESS LEAVE—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1434 BUDGET ESTIMATES—GAMING AND RACING—FEES AND FINES—Mrs Pavey to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1435 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1436 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—CABCHARGE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1437 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—MINISTERIAL OFFICES AND EXPENSES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1438 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1439 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1440 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—MOBILE PHONES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1441 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—MOTOR VEHICLE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1442 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1443 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—OFFICE SPACE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1444 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1445 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—REDUNDANCIES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1446 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—TENDERS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1447 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—MISCELLANEOUS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1448 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—MEDIA MONITORING—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1449 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—
                                                                                                                  1991
                       Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74— Tuesday 19 October 2004

1450 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—ADVERTISING—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1451 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—


1452 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1453 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—CONSULTANTS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1454 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNIT—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1455 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—CONTRACTORS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1456 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—CONFERENCES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1457 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—STRESS LEAVE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1458 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—FEES AND FINES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

1459 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1460 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CABCHARGE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1461 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1462 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1463 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—MOBILE PHONES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1464 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1465 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1466 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—OFFICE SPACE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—
       1992
                       Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74—Tuesday 19 October 2004

1467 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1468 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—REDUNDANCIES—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1469 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—TENDERS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister
     for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1470 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—MISCELLANEOUS—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

                                                   22 SEPTEMBER 2004

                                                       (Paper No. 72)

1471 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1472 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—CABCHARGE—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1473 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—MINISTERIAL OFFICE AND EXPENSES—Mr Gay to
     ask the Minister for Primary Industries—

1474 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1475 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mr Gay to
     ask the Minister for Primary Industries—

1476 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—MOBILE TELEPHONES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1477 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1478 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1479 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—OFFICE SPACE—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1480 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mr Gay to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries—

1481 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—REDUNDANCIES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1482 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—TENDERS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries—

1483 BUDGET ESTIMATES —PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—MISCELLANEOUS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—
                                                                                                                  1993
                       Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74— Tuesday 19 October 2004

1484 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1485 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—CABCHARGE—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1486 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—MINSTERIAL OFFICES AND EXPENSES—Mr Gay
     to ask the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1487 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1488 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mr Gay to
     ask the Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1489 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—MOBILE PHONES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1490 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1491 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1492 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—OFFICE SPACE—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1493 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mr Gay to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1494 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—REDUNDANCIES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1495 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—TENDERS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1496 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—MISCELLANEOUS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1497 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—LEVEL CROSSINGS PRIORITY LIST—Mr Gallacher to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—

1498 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—RESTRICTED AND BRANCH LINES SPENDING—Mr Gallacher
     to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—

1499 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1500 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CABCHARGE—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1501 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—MINISTERIAL OFFICE AND EXPENSES—Mr Gallacher to ask
     the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—

1502 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—
      1994
                     Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74—Tuesday 19 October 2004

1503 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mr Gallacher to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—

1504 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—MOBILE TELEPHONES—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1505 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1506 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1507 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—OFFICE SPACE—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1508 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1509 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—REDUNDANCIES—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1510 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—TENDERS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1511 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—MISCELLANEOUS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1512 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—MEDIA MONITORING—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1513 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—Mr Gallacher to ask
     the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—


1514 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—ADVERTISING—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1515 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Gallacher to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—


1516 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mr Gallacher to ask the
     Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development—

1517 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CONSULTANTS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1518 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1519 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CONTRACTORS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1520 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—CONFERENCES—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—
                                                                                                                  1995
                       Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74— Tuesday 19 October 2004

1521 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—STRESS LEAVE—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1522 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TRANSPORT—FEES AND FINES—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

1523 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—SIGNAGE IN HALLIDAYS POINT—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1524 BUDGET ESTIMATES—UTILITIES—BARRABA WATER SUPPLY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1525 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—WALLIS LAKE BRIDGE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1526 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—COOPERNOOK-HARRINGTON INTERSECTION—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State
     Development representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1527 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION FUND—Miss Gardiner to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1528 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—DENTAL WAITING LIST—Miss Gardiner to ask the Special Minister
     of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the
     Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1529 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—BOWNING DEVIATION—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for
     Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
     representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1530 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—BURRINJUCK—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1531 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMERCE—QANTAS BUSINESS TRAVEL CONTRACT—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer,
     and Minister for the Central Coast—

1532 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for
     State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts
     and Minister for Citizenship—

1533 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—CABCHARGE—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1534 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—DEPARTMENT AND EXPENSES—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1535 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—STAFF—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—
      1996
                      Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74—Tuesday 19 October 2004

1536 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIERS—CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS—Mr Pearce to ask the
     Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the
     Premier, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1537 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—MOBILE PHONES—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1538 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for
     State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts
     and Minister for Citizenship—

1539 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—FRINGE BENEFITS TAX—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister
     for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the
     Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1540 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—OFFICE SPACE—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1541 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1542 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—REDUNDANCIES—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1543 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—TENDERS—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1544 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—MISCELLANEOUS—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1546 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—LEGAL FEES—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1547 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—MR WEDDERBURN’S SALARY—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1548 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—MINISTERIAL HANDBOOK—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1549 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—MINISTERIAL OFFICE EXPENSES—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1550 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—RURAL GRANTS—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1551 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—CAPITAL PROJECTS—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for
     State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts
     and Minister for Citizenship—
                                                                                                                 1997
                      Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74— Tuesday 19 October 2004

1552 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ARTS—AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for
     State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts
     and Minister for Citizenship—

                                                  23 SEPTEMBER 2004

                                                       (Paper No. 73)

1553 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—M5 EAST TUNNEL—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1554 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—MOTOR
     VEHICLES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1555 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     DEPARTMENTAL REFORMS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
     Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure
     and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1556 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—ELECTION
     PROMISES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1557 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1558 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING, NATURAL RESOURCES— SALINITY—
     Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
     Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—

1559 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING, NATURAL RESOURCES—WATER—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister
     for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural
     Resources—

1560 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—FEDERAL
     LABOR WATER POLICY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
     and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and
     Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1561 No question

1562 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     FORESTRY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1563 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     PRIVATISATION OF FORESTS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
     Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure
     and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—
      1998
                      Legislative Council Questions and Answers No. 74—Tuesday 19 October 2004

1564 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—NATIVE
     VEGETATION—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1565 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SYDNEY WATER—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1566 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SYDNEY WATER TAX EQUIVALENT
     PAYMENTS —Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister
     for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1567 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SYDNEY WATER ASSET VALUATION—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1568 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—WATER LOSS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1569 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—COUNTRY TOWN WATER SUPPLY—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1570 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SAFETY UPGRADING WORK—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1571 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1572 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—NEW WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1573 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1574 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—REGIONAL SEWERAGE SERVICES—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1575 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SEWERAGE SYSTEMS—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
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      Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
      Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1576 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—WATER AND SEWERAGE PROJECTS—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1577 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SEWERAGE PROGRAMS IN GOSFORD AND
     WYONG—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1578 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID ARMIDALE—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1579 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID BAYSWATER—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1580 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID COFFS HARBOUR—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1581 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID DARLINGTON POINT—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1582 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID HOLROYD—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1583 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID KEMPS CREEK—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1584 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID MASON PARK—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1585 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID MOUNT PIPER—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1586 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY UTILITIES—TRANSGRID NEW VIC INTERCONNECTION—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—
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1587 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES— TRANSGRID SYDNEY WEST—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1588 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID REINFORCE CENTRAL WEST—
     Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency
     Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
     Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
     Arts—

1589 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID REINFORCE NORTH COAST—Miss
     Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1590 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID SOUTH COAST—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1591 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID SYDNEY CBD—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1592 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID SYDNEY WEST —Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1593 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID UPPER TUMUT—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1594 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID WAGGA—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1595 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID WARATAH WEST—Miss Gardiner to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1596 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID YASS-WAGGA—Miss Gardiner to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1597 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—TRANSGRID YASS—Miss Gardiner to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1598 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—SEWERAGE FOR BROOKLYN AND DANGAR
     ISLANDS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
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      Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on the Arts—

1599 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN
     HORNSBY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1600 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—CAPE HAWKE COMMUNITY PRIVATE HOSPITAL—Miss Gardiner
     to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant
     Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1601 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     MISCELLANEOUS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1602 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—FEES
     AND FINES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1603 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—STRESS
     LEAVE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1604 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     CONFERENCES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1605 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNIT—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
     Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and
     Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1606 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—FORMER
     MINISTERIAL STAFF—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1607 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     ADVERTISING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister
     for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1608 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—MEDIA
     AND COMMUNICATION ADVISERS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for
     Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for
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      Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health
      (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1609 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—MEDIA
     MONITORING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister
     for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1610 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     TENDERS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—

1611 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     REDUNDANCIES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1612 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—AIR
     CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
     Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and
     Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—



1613 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—OFFICE
     SPACE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—



1614 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—FRINGE
     BENEFITS TAX—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1615 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—MOTOR
     VEHICLES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—



1616 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—MOBILE
     PHONES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—
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1617 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     CONSULTANTS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—



1618 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     CONTRACTORS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—


1619 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     MINISTERIAL STAFF—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities,
     Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1620 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     MINISTERIAL EXPENSES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local
     Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and
     Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—



1621 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—
     CABCHARGE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister
     for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—



1622 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—SENIOR
     OFFICES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for
     Science and Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on the Arts—



1623 EDUCATION—KINDERGARTEN CLASS SIZES—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for Community
     Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth representing the Minister
     for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

1624 GAMING AND RACING—REPORTING—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for Primary Industries
     representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

1625 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—OUT OF HOME CARE—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1626 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS—Mr Ryan to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—
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1627 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—BUSINESS LINK—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for
     Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1628 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—ATTENDANT CARE PROGRAM—Mr Ryan to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

1629 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—HOME CARE SERVICE —Mr Ryan to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

*1630 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—PROGRAM OF APPLIANCES FOR DISABLED
      PEOPLE—Mr Ryan asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability
      Services, and Minister for Youth—

      What plans does DADHC have to expand its contribution to PADP to accommodate changes made to its
      eligibility criteria including the removal of the means test for families with children with a disability?

      Answer—

      The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care commenced to make a contribution to the PADP program
      in 2000 to assist it to meet the needs of paediatric aids and appliances. The contribution was made in the context
      of the removal of the means test of children with a disability’s families.


1631 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION—Mr Ryan to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

1632 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—COMMUNITY ACCESS SYSTEMS—Mr Ryan to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

1633 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—ATLAS AND PSO—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for
     Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1634 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—INTEGRATED MONITORING SYSTEM——Mr
     Ryan to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth—

1635 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—BOARDING HOUSE REFORMS—Mr Ryan to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

1636 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—CAPACITY REVIEW—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1637 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—DISABILITY ADVOCACY STATE PLAN—Mr
     Ryan to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth—

1638 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—SERVICES DELIVERY FOR CALD GROUPS—Mr
     Ryan to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth—

1639 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—EARLY INTERVENTION—Mr Ryan to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—
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1640 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—AUTISM PROGRAM REVIEW—Mr Ryan to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

1641 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—RESPITE BEDS—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for
     Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1642 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAMS—Mr Ryan to ask
     the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for
     Youth—

1643 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES— BUDGET DEFICIT—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for
     Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1644 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH—PROGRAM OF APPLIANCES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE (PADP)—
     Mr Ryan to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations,
     Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1645 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMUNITY SERVICES—REGIONAL BUDGETS—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister
     for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

1646 MINERAL RESOURCES—CATARACT AND GEORGES RIVERS—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1647 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EDUCATION—ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION—Ms Rhiannon to ask the
     Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth
     representing the Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—



*1648 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TREASURER—VENDOR TRANSFER PROGRAM—Ms Rhiannon asked the
      Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

      (1)    How much of the estimated $690 million revenue from the Vendor Transfer Duty is being directed
             towards:

             (a)    Public Housing?

             (b)    Community Housing?

             (c)    Aboriginal Housing?

             (d)    Affordable Housing Initiatives?

      Answer—

      (1)    The Government levies a range of taxes to fund budget expenditure. The vendor duty collections are not
             specifically linked or allocated to the Government’s Housing Policy and Assistance Program. The budget
             allocation to that program is largely determined by the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement. There
             are also additional discretionary State funds allocated to the program.

             In the 2004-05 budget the Housing Policy and Assistance Program has been allocated $445,081,000. The
             allocations within the program are as follows:
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              Public Housing Supply                                      $26,703,000
              Public Housing Asset Management                           $173,984,000
              Community Housing Program                                 $117,388,000
              Aboriginal Housing Program                                 $33,250,000
              Aboriginal Communities Development Program                 $15,000,000
              Other Housing Programs                                     $78,756,000

1649 BUDGET ESTIMATES—COMMERCE—RELOCATION OF AGENCIES—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast—



1650 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—LUCAS HEIGHTS—Dr Chesterfield-Evans to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1651 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—RESEARCH STATIONS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1652 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM—Mr Gay to
     ask the Minister for Primary Industries—

1653 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—OVINE JOHNE'S DISEASE—Mr Gay to ask the
     Minister for Primary Industries—

1654 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—DEPARTMENT ASSETS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1655 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—ORANGE HEAD OFFICE—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—



1656 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—BUDGET CUTS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1657 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—PALMER REPORT ON ILLEGAL FISHING FOR
     COMMERCIAL GAIN OR PROFIT —Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary Industries—

1658 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—FISHERIES OFFICES—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—



1659 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES——NSW AGRICULTURAL OFFICES—Mr Gay to ask
     the Minister for Primary Industries—

1660 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—GREY NURSE SHARKS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1661 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—DROUGHT RELIEF—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1662 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—LOCUST CONTROL—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1663 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—NATIONAL                                 LIVESTOCK        IDENTIFICATION
     SYSTEM —Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary Industries—
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1664 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—WILD DOGS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries—

1665 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—RURAL ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY—Mr Gay to ask
     the Minister for Primary Industries—

1666 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—FARMBIS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries—

1667 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—CAPE BYRON MARINE PARK DRAFT ZONING
     AND OPERATIONAL PLAN—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary Industries—



1668 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—BRIGALOW BELT SOUTH BIOREGION—Mr Gay to
     ask the Minister for Primary Industries—

1669 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—CAULERPA TAXIFOLIA—Mr Gay to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1670 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—FISH RESTOCKING—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1671 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     DEPARTMENT STAFFING—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1672 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AN D NATURAL RESOURCES—SEPP71
     STAFFING—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1673 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—PLANNING
     TASKFORCES—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1674 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     METROPOLITAN STRATEGY—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
     and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and
     Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1675 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—BSR
     SOLUTIONS—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1676 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCUTRE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—HELEN
     BAUER—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting
     the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—

1677 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—PLAN FIRST
     LEVY—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the
     Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for
     Natural Resources—
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1678 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—PRIVATE
     CERTIFIERS—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1679 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—BUILDERS
     PROFESSIONAL BOARD—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1680 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—BRINGELLY
     LAND RELEASE—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1681 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—NORTH
     WEST LINK—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1682 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—PUBLIC
     SECTOR APPOINTMENTS—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1683 BUDGET          ESTIMATES—TREASURY—FOX       INDUSTRY         ASSISTANCE        SHOWGROUND
     AGREEMENT—Dr Chesterfield-Evans to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-
     President of the Executive Council—

1684 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—MINISTERIAL EXPENSE—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1685 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—MEDIA MONITORING—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1686 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA STAFF—Mr Clarke to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
     for Small Business—


1687 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—ADVERTISING—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1688 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Clarke to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—


1689 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA —SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mr Clarke to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—
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1690 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—CONSULTANTS—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1691 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Mr Clarke to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1692 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—CONTRACTORS—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1693 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—CONFERENCES—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1694 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—STRESS LEAVE—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business

1695 BUDGET ESTIMATES—THE ILLAWARRA—FEES AND FINES—Mr Clarke to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1696 PREMIER—POWER HOUSE MUSEUM—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State Development,
     and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and Minister for
     Citizenship—

1697 BUDGET ESTIMATES—POLICE—PARRAMATTA POLICE CENTRE—Mrs Forsythe to ask the Minister
     for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—



1698 BUDGET ESTIMATES—EMERGENCY SERVICES—RURAL FIRE SERVICE—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands—

1699 BUDGET ESTIMATES—MINERAL RESOURCES—MISCELLANEOUS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

1700 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ATTORNEY GENERAL —NUCLEAR FACILITIES—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1701 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1702 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—DUNPHY WILDERNESS FUND—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1703 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—CITY OF BLUE MOUNTAINS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister
     for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for
     the Environment—
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1704 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—MARINE PARKS AUTHORITY—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1705 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—LAKE COWAL—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1706 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—ROADS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister
     Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the Environment—

1707 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICES
     CENTRES—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship
     representing the Attorney General and Minister for the Environment—

1708 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—WASTE SYSTEMS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1709 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—LAND ACQUISITION STRATEGY—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1710 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT —SYDNEY CATCHMENT AUTHORITY—Mr Cohen to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1711 BUDGET          ESTIMATES—REGIONAL             DEVELOPMENT—RURAL               COMMUNITY         IMPACT
     STATEMENTS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1712 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—BUSINESS AND JOBS—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1713 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—BUDGET—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1714 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—DECENTRALISATION—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1715 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—FINANCIAL GRANTS FOR BUSINESS —Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and
     Minister for Small Business—

1716 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—POPULATION GROWTH—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1717 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOARDS—Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
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      and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and
      Minister for Small Business—

1718 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REGIONAL RETAILING—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1719 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—YOUTH BUSINESS PROGRAMS—Mr Colless to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
     for Small Business—

1720 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—DEPARTMENTAL JOBS—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1721 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—STRATEGIC PLAN—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1722 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS
     SCHEME—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1723 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—HUNTER ADVANTAGE FUND—Mr Colless to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
     for Small Business—

1724 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—ILLAWARRA ADVANTAGE FUND—Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and
     Minister for Small Business—

1725 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REGIONAL ECONOMIC TRANSITION
     SCHEME—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1726 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REGIONAL ABORIGINAL BUSINESS LINK
     PROGRAM—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1727 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—NSW SALINITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
     PROGRAM—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1728 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—NEW MARKET EXPANSION PROGRAM FOR
     REGIONAL ENTERPRISES—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government,
     Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development,
     Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—
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1729 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REGIONAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT
     TOURS AND BUSINESS RELOCATION SEMINARS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs,
     Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the
     Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1730 BUDGET          ESTIMATES—REGIONAL             DEVELOPMENT—AGRIBUSINESS                  ALTERNATIVES
     PROGRAM—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1731 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—DEVELOPING REGIONAL RESOURCES—Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and
     Minister for Small Business—

1732 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION
     SURVEY—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1733 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MAIN STREET/SMALL TOWNS PROGRAM—
     Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency
     Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra
     and Minister for Small Business—

1734 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—TOWNS AND VILLAGES FUTURES
     PROGRAM—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for
     Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for
     the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1735 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—COUNTRY LIFESTYLES PROGRAM—Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and
     Minister for Small Business—

1736 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MINISTERIAL OFFICE AND EXPENSES—Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and
     Minister for Small Business—

1737 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MEDIA MONITORING—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1738 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—PUBLIC RELATIONS—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—


1739 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—ADVERTISING—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1740 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Colless to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
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      Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
      for Small Business—


1741 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mr Colless
     to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
     for Small Business—

1742 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—CONSULTANTS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1743 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNIT—Mr Colless to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
     for Small Business—

1744 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—CONTRACTORS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1745 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT— CONFERENCES—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1746 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—STRESS LEAVE—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1747 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—SENIOR OFFICERS—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1748 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—CABCHARGE—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1749 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1750 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MOBILE TELEPHONES—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1751 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MOTOR VEHICLES—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—
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1752 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—FRINGE BENEFIT TAX—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1753 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—OFFICE SPACE—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1754 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—AIR CHARTER AND TRAVEL—Mr Colless to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister
     for Small Business—

1755 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—REDUNDANCIES—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1756 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—TENDERS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands
     representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—

1757 BUDGET ESTIMATES—REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT—MISCELLANEOUS—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands representing the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small
     Business—1758        BUDGET ESTIMATES—PLANNING—HARBOUR FORESHORE AND BLACK
     WATTLE BAY—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1759 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—
     MINISTERIAL EXPENSES—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
     and Minister for Natural Resources—

1760 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—MEDIA
     MONITORING—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and
     Minister for Natural Resources—

1761 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ATTORNEY GENERAL—MR NEIL HEUSTON—Mr Pearce to ask the Minister
     for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for
     the Environment—

1762 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ATTORNEY GENERAL—DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS—Mr
     Pearce to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the
     Attorney General and Minister for the Environment—

1763 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ATTORNEY GENERAL—DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT ASSISTANCE
     PROGRAM—Mr Pearce to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship
     representing the Attorney General and Minister for the Environment—

             (b)

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1764 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands—

1765 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—COST OF ADMINISTRATORS—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands—

1766 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—PRECINCT COMMITTEES—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for
     Lands—

1767 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—FEDERAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS—Mr Colless to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands—

1768 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—WALGETT SHIRE—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

1769 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—MACLEAN SHIRE—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

1770 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—COUNTRY TOWN WATER AND SEWERAGE—Mr
     Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services,
     and Minister for Lands—

1771 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT —AMALGAMATIONS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

1772 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—RATE INCREASES—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for
     Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

1773 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LOCAL GOVERNMENT—CLARENCE VALLEY COUNCIL—Mr Colless to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
     for Lands—

1774 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—PROPERTY STOCK AND DBUSINESS AGENTS ACT 2002—
     Mr Lynn to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations,
     Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister
     Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

1775 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—RENTAL BOARD —Mr Lynn to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

1776 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—REAL ESTATE AGENTS—Mr Lynn to ask the Special Minister
     of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the
     Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

1777 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ATTORNEY GENERAL—LEGAL EXPENSES—Mr Lynn to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1778 BUDGET ESTIMATES—RURAL AFFAIRS—SENIOR POLICY ADVISERS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister
     for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

1779 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—COOGEE ELECTORATE OFFICE—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—
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1780 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK AUTHORITY—Mr Pearce to ask the
     Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the
     Premier, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1781 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—DARCY HOUSE—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
     Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts and
     Minister for Citizenship—

1782 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PREMIER—PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT OFFICE—Mr Pearce to ask the Treasurer,
     Minister for State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister
     for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship—

1783 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—KURNELL PENINSULA—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1784 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—COOLAH TOPS NATIONAL PARK—Mr Colless to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

1785 BUDGET ESTIMATES—LANDS—“NORWOOD”, HAY—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs,
     Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands—

1786 BUDGET ESTIMATES—INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND NATURAL RESOURCES—BORE
     LICENCE APPLICATIONS—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
     and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Infrastructure and
     Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

1787 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—WASTE LEVIES—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1788 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—THREATENED SPECIES AMENDMENT BILL—Mr Cohen to
     ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General
     and Minister for the Environment—

1789 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—FINANCIAL SUPPORT—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1790 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—QUARANTINE STATION—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1791 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—UPPER HUNTER—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1792 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—KOSCIUSZKO —Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

1793 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILILTIES—WOLLAR TO WELLINGTON TRANSMISSION
     LINE—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency
     Services, and Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and
     Medical Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the
     Arts—
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1794 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY AND UTILITIES—DEMAND MANAGEMENT FUND—Mr Cohen to
     ask the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and
     Minister for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical
     Research, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1795 BUDGET ESTIMATES—SMALL BUSINESS—BYRON BAY—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Lands representing
     the Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Small Business—

1796 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—GE CROPS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries—

1797 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTIRES—MARINE PARKS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1798 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—CAMPHOR FORESTS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1799 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—CATTLE DIP SITES—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1800 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—GREY NURSE SHARK—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1801 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—ORGANIC PRODUCE—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1802 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—NSW FORESTS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1803 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—RECOVERY PLANS—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister
     for Primary Industries—

1804 BUDGET ESTIMATES—PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—NSW FISHERIES—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
     Primary Industries—

1805 HEALTH—WOLLONGONG MEDICAL RETRIEVAL UNIT—Ms Hale to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Health—

1806 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—TUNNEL FILTRATION—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1807 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—RURAL ROADS—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for
     Roads and Minister for Housing—

1808 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—M4 EAST—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister
     for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Roads
     and Minister for Housing—

1809 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ROADS—ALBURY FREEWAY—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development representing the
     Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

1810 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENERGY & UTILITIES—WATER USE IN POWER STATIONS—Ms Hale to ask
     the Minister for Rural Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister
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       for Lands representing the Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for Science and Medical Research,
       Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts—

1811 BUDGET ESTIMATES—HEALTH-QUIT SMOKING PROGRAMS—Ms Hale to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Health—

1812 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TREASURY—TAXATION REVENUE—Ms Hale to ask the Treasurer, Minister for
     State Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

1813 BUDGET ESTIMATES—TREASURY INDEXATION FOR GRANTS PROGRAMS TO NON-
     GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS—Ms Hale to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State Development, and
     Vice-President of the Executive Council—

1814 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—TUNNEL FILTRATION—Ms Hale to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

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1815 WOMEN—MINISTERIAL SUMMIT ON BODY IMAGE AND EATING DISORDERS REPORT—Ms
     Cusack to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and
     Minister for Youth representing the Minister for Tourism and Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women—

       (1)    What progress has the Government made in implementing the recommendations of the Ministerial
              Summit on Body Image and Eating Disorders Report (ref: pages 4-5 of the report)?

       (2)    What was the month and year of publication of this report?

       (3)    What are the details and total cost of the Ministerial Summit (including associated costs such as
              publication of the report on the Ministerial Summit)?

       (4)    (a)   Is it the role of the Government to seek to influence and regulate “self-body image”?

              (b)   If so, why?


1816 HEALTH—MINISTERIAL SUMMIT ON BODY IMAGE AND EATING DISORDERS REPORT—Ms
     Cusack to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant
     Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Health—

       (1)    What progress has the Government made in implementing the recommendations of the Ministerial
              Summit on Body Image and Eating Disorders Report (ref: pages 4-5 of the report)?

       (2)    What was the month and year of publication of this report?

       (3)    What are the details and total cost of the Ministerial Summit (including associated costs such as
              publication of the report on the Ministerial Summit)?

       (4)    (a)   Is it the role of the Government to seek to influence and regulate “self-body image”?

              (b)   If so, why?


1817 JUSTICE—HIGH RISK PRISONERS—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on Citizenship—
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     (1)    (a)   How are prisoners classified as "high risk"?

            (b)   What are the grounds for being classified as "high risk"?

            (c)   Is there a classification committee or some other similar body?

     (2)    (a)   Are "high risk" prisoners on remand ever placed in the HRMU (High Risk Management Unit)?

            (b)   If not, how are they managed?

     (3)    Are psychological disorders (as opposed to 'mental illnesses' as defined by the Act) taken into
            consideration when determining whether to send a prisoner to the HRMU?

     (4)    (a)   Are "high risk" prisoners suffering from mental illnesses (as defined by the Act) ever placed in the
                  HRMU?

            (b)   If not, how are they managed?

     (5)    What programs or facilities are offered to prisoners in the HRMU in order to facilitate their
            rehabilitation?

     (6)    How are prisoners in the HRMU rehabilitated so that they can be safely placed back into the mainstream
            prison system?

     (7)    Are prisoners placed in the HRMU informed of why they are there?

     (8)    (a)   What was the architect's brief in terms of objectives to be achieved through the physical design of
                  the HRMU?

            (b)   Were psychologists or psychiatrists consulted on the design of the HRMU?


1818 JUSTICE—HIGH RISK PRISONERS—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for
     the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

      (1)   (a)   Did the patronage survey in the EIS, prepared by consultants on the proposed Parramatta to
                  Chatswood rail link, survey the patronage of passengers travelling back from Chatswood to
                  Epping?

            (b)   If not, why not?

     (2)    (a)   Was the Carlingford Telopea line, one of the most poorly serviced rail lines in the Sydney
                  Metropolitan area, one of the hardest hit in terms of service cuts in the recent timetabling exercise?

            (b)   If so, why?

     (3)    (a)   Were contracts with the companies that built the Millennium trains to the specifications demanded
                  by NSW Government terminated in breach of contract?

            (b)   If so, why?

     (4)    How was the responsible Minister, Mr Craig Knowles, held accountable for the breach of these contracts?


1819 MINERAL RESOURCES-LAKE COWAL—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for Primary Industries
     representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—
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      (1)    (a)    Is the Government paying for, or subsidising, any of the construction of the Temora to Lake Cowal
                    electricity transmission line?

             (b)    If so, by how much?

      (2)    How much is Barrick paying for its electricity in relation to the Cowal Gold Project?

      (3)    Is this the standard rate that other residents, businesses and farmers of the area pay?

      (4)    How much is Barrick Gold paying per 1,000 litres of water it uses in relation to the Cowal Gold Project?


1820 MINERAL RESOURCES—RAVENSWORTH WEST MINE—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for Primary
     Industries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

      (1)    Does Macquarie Generation own the coal at Ravensworth West Mine that has been approved with
             conditions and a mine lease?

      (2)    If so, why is it not possible for Xtrata, the mine operator, to obtain a contract to supply the coal to
             Macquarie Generation?

      (3)    (a)    Did the Government tender an exploration lease for Wilpinjong Coal Mine, with the condition that
                    a contract be negotiated to supply coal to Macquarie Generation for 5 years?

             (b)    If so, why?


1821 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—JUVENILE JUSTICE ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS—Ms Cusack to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast—

      (1)    In relation to each of the following facilities:

             Kariong Juvenile Justice Centre
             Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre
             Orana Juvenile Justice Centre
             Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre
             Yasmar Juvenile Justice Centre
             Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre
             Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre
             Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre
             Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre
             Broken Hill Juvenile Justice Centre

             (a)    How many incidents involving allegations of assault have been made to police over the past
                    recorded year by the Department of Juvenile Justice?

             (b)    How many of the alleged assaults were upon staff; detainee or other person?

             (c)    How many incidences results in charges laid by police?

      (2)    What formal relationships are in place between police and the Department of Juvenile Justice to improve
             security and safety of staff and detainees, particularly in detention centres?


1822 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—JUVENILE JUSTICE WORKCOVER COMPLAINTS—Ms Cusack to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast—
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      (1)   How many complaints has WorkCover received in relation to workplaces operated by the Department of
            Juvenile Justice for the past recorded year?

      (2)   How many of these incidents related to each of the following centres:

            Kariong Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Orana Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Yasmar Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre?
            Broken Hill Juvenile Justice Centre?

      (3)   What formal relationships are in place between WorkCover and the Department of Juvenile Justice to
            improve workplace safety, particularly in Detention Centres?

      (4)   Has the Department of Juvenile Justice given sufficient priority and resources to ensuring workplace
            safety for all its employees?


1823 BUDGET ESTIMATES-ENVIRONMENT-CONSULTANTS—Mr Pearce to ask the Minister for Justice, and
     Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

      (1)   Which former employees of the former Waste Boards have been employed by Waste Service NSW or
            Resource NSW, either as employees or as contractors or consultants (please give names)?

      (2)   (a)    Which consultants have been employed by the Department of Environment and Conservation in
                   2003/04 (please give names)?

            (b)    What project/s was each consultant working on?

            (c)    How much was paid for each consultancy?


1824 BUDGET ESTIMATES-ENVIRONMENT-WASTE SERVICES—Mr Pearce to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

      (1)   What does the Government estimate the true environmental and social cost of landfill in New South
            Wales to be, and do you believe this cost is acceptable?

      (2)   What was the recycling rate for glass in New south Wales in each of the following years:

            (a)    1995/96?

            (b)    2000/01?

            (c)    2001/02?

            (d)    2002/03?

            (e)    2003/04?

      (3)   (a)    How much compost was produced from organic waste last year?
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             (b)    How many tonnes of this material ended up being dumped in landfill last year because it was
                    substandard or couldn’t be sold?

      (4)    (a)    How much compost does the Government plan to produce a year from the GRL facility at Eastern
                    Creek?

             (b)    Where will this material go?

             (c)    How much of this material will be sold on the open market to the private sector and how much will
                    be bought by NSW Government agencies?

             (d)    What price do you expect to obtain for the compost?

             (e)    What percentage of this material will be used as day cover for the Eastern Creek landfill?

      (5)    (a)    How much money has Resource NSW budgeted to spend over the next 10 years to stimulate
                    markets for recycled products and to assist with the introduction of alternative waste treatment
                    technology?

             (b)    For what specific purposes and projects will this money be used?

      (6)    How many fines have been issued to Waste Service NSW for odours in the last four years and what
             monetary value was involved?

      (7)    How many complaints has the EPA received in the last four years about odours from Waste Service
             NSW’s Lucas Heights landfill?



1825 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—CIGARETTE BUTTS—Mr Pearce to ask the Minister for
     Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—

      (1)    (a)    What is the cost of the Department’s campaign to reduce the incidence of cigarette butt littering by
                    the Aboriginal community?

             (b)    When did the programme begin?

             (c)    How long is the program intended to run for?

             (d)    What measures of success does the Government have for this program?

             (e)    Is the Government concerned that the 35mm film containers being used in the program give off
                    toxic fumes when burnt?


1826 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS DIVISION—Mr Pearce to ask
     the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

      How many staff have been cut from the Sustainable Programs division of the Department of Environment and
      Conservation as a result of the restructure of the Department and budgetary cutbacks?


1827 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—NATIONAL PARKS—Mr Pearce to ask the Minister for Justice,
     and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
     Environment—
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       (1)   How many hectares of NSW National Parks were hazard reduction burnt this year?

       (2)   How many kilometres of fire trails have been closed to public access in NSW National Parks in the last
             12 months and where are those fire trails located?

       (3)   How many kilometres of fire trails have been closed to public access in NSW National Parks since March
             1995 and where are those fire trails located?

       (4)   (a)    Has there been an infestation of St John’s Wort in the Bundella Creek compartment of the Coolah
                    Tops National Park?

             (b)    If so, what control measures have been used to control this noxious weed and how much did they
                    cost?

             (c)    Was the weed sprayed by air (fixed wing or helicopter) or by ground rig?

             (d)    What herbicide was used?

             (e)    When was the spraying carried out and what were the weather conditions on the day?

             (f)    What was the application rate of herbicide used in this operation and were the rate and method of
                    application consistent with regulations?

             (g)    Was there any collateral damage caused to other, native, species such as white box trees, rough
                    barked apple trees and kurrajongs as a result of the spraying programme in Coolah Tops National
                    Park?


1828 BUDGET ESTIMATES—ENVIRONMENT—SYDNEY CATCHMENT AUTHORITY—Mr Pearce to ask the
     Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and
     Minister for the Environment—

       (a)   What has the average annual rainfall been over the last 40 years in the Shoalhaven River catchment?

       (b)   What has the average annual rainfall been over the last 40 years in the Warragamba Dam catchment?

       (c)   Please supply annual rainfall data for the Shoalhaven River catchment and the Warragamba Dam
             catchment for each year between 1961 and 2003.


1829 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—RENTAL BOND BOARD—Mr Pearce to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce—

       (1)   In light of the large surpluses of the Rental Bond Board relative to the interest paid to consumers, what
             consideration has the Office of Fair Trading given to increasing the level of interest paid to consumers
             when their bond is returned?

       (2)   What has been done with the $18,989,000 in surpluses generated by the Rental Bond Board in the past
             four financial years?


1830 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—BUILDER’S LICENCES—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister
     of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the
     Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—
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      (1)    Was the information presented to Assistant Commissioner Mr Kieren Pehm of the Independent
             Commission Against Corruption during the investigation concerning applications made to the Department
             of Fair Trading for building and trade licences using forged qualifications and related documents (report
             dated November 2003), correct that the Department of Fair Trading only conducts standard checks on
             10% of the applications it receives for contractor licences?

      (2)    If so why is the Department of Fair Trading not complying with the Home Building Act 1989 and Home
             Building Regulation 2004 that states that before any licence is issued the Director General must be
             satisfied that the applicant meets the requirements?

      (3)    (a)    Why was Mr Raymond Goody (licence number Q11172) who had disciplinary action taken
                    against him by the DFT effective on 24 June 2003 able to obtain a new licence number (14891C)
                    in May 2003 that did not, and still does not, detail proceedings against him?

             (b)    What is the Department doing to prevent builders like Mr Goody obtaining new ‘clean’ licences?

      (4)    What confidence can consumers have in the online public register of builders licences when the
             Department of Fair Trading only conducts some standard checks on 10% of applicants?


1831 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—RELOCATION OF SAFETY AND STANDARDS BRANCH
     OFFICE—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial
     Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and
     Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

      (1)    Does the Consultative Arrangements Policy and Guidelines issued by the Premiers Department in July
             1997 mandate that discussions will be held with affected staff before any decision to move their place of
             work occurs?

      (2)    Did the discussions referred to above in relation to the movement of the Safety and Standards Branch to
             Lindfield occur? If not, why not?

      (3)    How much will this move cost the New South Wales’ taxpayer?

      (4)    What is the rationale for this move?

      (5)    Please quantify the financial savings as a result of this move.


1832 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—MINISTERIAL OFFICE/EXPENSES—Mr Pearce to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce—

      (1)    What initial budget was allocated in 2003/2004 for:

             (a)    the Ministerial Office?

             (b)    other Ministerial support?

      (2)    Was this budget revised or exceeded and if so by how much?

      (3)    What are the allocations for the Ministers Office and other Ministerial Support for 2004/2005?

      (4)    (a)    What are the details of the Ministerial Office Budget approved by the Minister or their Chief of
                    staff in 2003/2004 and 2004/05?
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       (b)    What variations were required by the Minister or their staff to the Department’s or utility’s
              proposed Budget?

       (c)    For what purpose were those variations proposed?

       (d)    Were they agreed and funded by the Department or utility?

(5)    (a)    What is the breakdown of expenditure, as authorised by your Chief of Staff, and outlined in
              Ministerial Memorandum No. 96-28, for 2003-04?

       (b)    What is the forecast for expenditure in 2004-05?

(6)    (a)    Does your Ministerial Office have a discretionary allowance?

       (b)    How was it expended during 2003-04?

       (c)    What is the forecast for expenditure in 2004-05?

(7)    (a)    Did you seek or receive reimbursement, or did your government agency or utility pay or is in the
              process of paying, for any “out of pocket” expense, incurred by you, as outlined in Ministerial
              Memorandum No.99-24, in 2003-04?

       (b)    If so, what was the breakdown of these expenses?

       (c)    What is the forecast amount to be spent in 2004-05?

(8)    (a)    In 2003-04, how much was spent on your ministerial expenses? Please provide a breakdown by
              expense, for example hotel expenses, office refurbishments etc

       (b)    What is the forecast amount to be spent in 2004-05?

(9)    (a)    What are the addresses of the premises owned or rented for the purpose of Ministerial
              accommodation?

       (b)    What is the annual rental cost?

       (c)    What is the cost per square metre of each premises?

(10)   (a)    Are any floors or part floors of these premises currently vacant? Please detail dates and floor area.

       (b)    Have any new fit-outs been undertaken for Ministerial accommodation in the last 12 months?

       (c)    If so please give details of contractor, cost and purpose.

(11)   (a)    Has any decorative or art-work been acquired or commissioned for these premises in the last 12
              months?

       (b)    If so, please give details of cost.

(12)   In 2001/02, what was the total cost and total quantity used of the following, supplied to these premises:

       (a)    Water supply?

       (b)    Electricity supply?

(13)   In 2002/03, what was the total cost and total quantity used of the following, supplied to these premises:
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             (a)    Water supply?

             (b)    Electricity supply?

      (14)   In 2003/04, what was the total cost and total quantity used of the following, supplied to these premises:

             (a)    Water supply?

             (b)    Electricity supply?


1833 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—MEDIA MONITORING—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister
     of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the
     Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

      (1)    For each of your portfolio agencies and utilities in 2003-04, how much was spent on media monitoring
             from Rehame Australia Monitoring Services, as outlined in Premiers Department Circular 2002-22?

      (2)    For each of your portfolio agencies and utilities in 2003-04, how much was spent on media monitoring
             other than from Rehame Australia Monitoring Services?


1834 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—PUBLIC RELATIONS/MEDIA STAFF—Mr Pearce to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce—

      (1)    (a)    In 2003-04, for each of your portfolio agencies, how many media or communications advisers
                    were employed as officers of the Department?

             (b)    What is the total cost of this?

             (c)    What is the forecast for 2004-05 for the number of media or communications advisers to be
                    employed, and their total cost?

      (2)    (a)    In 2003-04, for each of your portfolio agencies, how many media or public relations advisers were
                    employed as contractors?

             (b)    What is the total cost of this?

             (c)    What is the forecast for 2004-05 for the number of media or public relations advisers to be
                    employed as contractors, and their total cost?

      Please provide this information in the following table:

      Department             Number of Media          Cost    of    Each    Total   Cost       in   Expected Cost in
                             Advisors                 Advisor               2003/04                 2004/05




1835 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—ADVERTISING—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of State,
     Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast
     representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

      (1)    For each of your portfolio agencies, how much money was spent on advertising in 2003-04? Please split
             this into employment related advertising and non-employment related advertising.
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       (2)    For 2003-04, please provide a list of each campaign, cost, which firms were involved and how much was
              spent on “media buy” and advertising agency fees. Please provide a monthly breakdown of advertising
              expenditure.

       (3)    What was the success of each campaign? Please outline and provide the analysis.


1836 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—FORMER MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Pearce to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce—

       (1)    (a)   Has your department employed any staff who formerly worked for a Minister or the Premier since
                    2000 excluding Departmental Liaison Officers?

              (b)   If so, please provide the information outlined in the following table:


       Name                  Position                Remuneration           Former Ministerial    When joined       the
                                                                            Staff of?             Department?




1837 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICES—Mr Pearce to ask the
     Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and
     Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce—

       (1)    (a)   For each of your portfolio agencies in 2003-04, how much was spent on the salary packages for
                    Senior Executive Services?

              (b)   What is the estimated expenditure for 2004-05?


1838 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—CONSULTANTS—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

       (1)    Please name all consultants that you have used in 2003/04, including those whose consultancy was worth
              less than $30,000.

       (2)    How much were they paid, and what was their purpose?

       (3)    (a)   Before you engage a consultant, do you prepare a projection of the cost for the consultancy?

              (b)   If so:
                    (i)    did any consultancy exceed its projected cost;
                    (ii)   please detail how much it exceeded projections, and
                    (iii) why it exceeded expectations?

       (4)    What measurement/reporting systems does your Department have to ensure that consultants deliver
              within the specifications of the brief?

       (5)    In 2003/04, how many consultancy agreements had variations during the consultancy, both in dollar terms
              and in terms of deliverables?
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1839 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—EXECUTIVE SUPPORT UNITS—Mr Pearce to ask the Special
     Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for
     the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for
     Commerce—

       (1)    (a)    Does your Department have an executive support unit (or similar)?

              (b)    If so,
                     (i)      what does it do;
                     (ii)     how many people are in the unit;
                     (iii)    what is the total cost of the unit;
                     (iv)     do they advise the Minister, or prepare briefings for the Minister, as part of their functions,
                              and
                     (v)      who do they report to?


1840 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—CONTRACTORS—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

       (1)    What are the names of all contractors that you have used in 2003/04, in respect to your portfolio?

       (2)    How much were they paid, and what was their purpose?

       (3)    (a)    Before you engage a contractor, do you prepare a projected cost for the contract?

              (b)    If so:
                     (i)    Did any contractor exceed its projected cost?
                     (ii)   Please detail how much it exceeded expectations and why it exceeded expectations.


1841 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—CONFERENCES—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

       (1)    How many fee-paying conferences did Head Office employees attend in 2003/04?

       (2)    For each conference:

              (a)    how many employees attended, and what are their names;

              (b)    what was the name of the conference;

              (c)    what were the conference fees;

              (d)    where was the conference held, and

              (e)    what was the total cost to the department?


1842 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—STRESS LEAVE—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

       (1)    (a)    how many employees had time off for stress leave in 2003/04?

              (b)    What was the total amount of time off, in Full Time Equivalent days?

       (2)    Of these, how many were on stress leave for greater than:
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              (a)    3 months;

              (b)    6 months, and

              (c)    12 months?


1843 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—FEES AND FINES—Mr Pearce to ask the Special Minister of
     State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
     Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

       (1)    What fees does your department levy?

       (2)    What fees have been increased in the past year?

       (3)    What fees have been increased above CPI?

       (4)    What fines does your department collect?

       (5)    What fines have been increased in the past year?

       (6)    What fines have been increased above CPI?


1844 BUDGET ESTIMATES—FAIR TRADING—ORANGE GROVE FACTORY RETAIL OUTLET—Mr Pearce
     to ask the Special Minister of State, Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant
     Treasurer, and Minister for the Central Coast representing the Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting
     the Minister for Commerce—

       (1)   Has the Minister or any member of her Department ever met with Mr Nabil Gazal or Mr Phoung Ngo for
             any reason?

       (2)   has the Minister or any member of her Department met with Mr Gazal, Mr Bargshoon or Mr Mosca in
             relation to the opening of the Orange Grove Factory Retail Outlet by Minister Knowles in November
             2003?

       (4)    Has the Minister or any member of her Department provided any assistance to Mr Gazal, Mr Bargshoon
              or Mr Mosca with regard to the opening of the Orange Grove Factory Retail Outlet?


1845 TRANSPORT SERVICES—COUNTRYLINK SERVICES—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       Are there any plans to terminate City Rail services at Mt Victoria instead of Lithgow and extend western
       CountryLink buses to The Mount?


1846 TRANSPORT SERVICES—EMPLOYMENT—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

       (1)   How many people were employed by your Ministry in 1995 in each of its offices in NSW?

       (2)   How many people are employed in each of those offices today?

       (3)   What is the total value of salaries for each office?

       (4)   How many local consultants were employed by each of your offices in each year between 1995 and 2004?
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1847 TRANSPORT SERVICES—ETHANOL—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for
     the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

     (1)    In relation to the Ministry of Transport:

            (a)    How many motor vehicles does the Ministry of Transport lease and maintain?

            (b)    Has any consideration been given by the Ministry to the use of fuel containing ethanol? If so,
                   what was the result of that consideration?

     (2)    In relation to the Rail Corporation of NSW:

            (a)    How many motor vehicles does the Rail Corporation of NSW lease and maintain?

            (b)    Has any consideration been given by RailCorp to the use of fuel containing ethanol? If so, what
                   was the result of that consideration?

     (3)    In relation to the Rail Infrastructure Corporation:

            (a)    How many motor vehicles does the Rail Infrastructure Corporation lease and maintain?

            (b)    Has any consideration been given by RIC to the use of fuel containing ethanol? If so, what was
                   the result of that consideration?

     (4)    In relation to Sydney Ferries:

            (a)    How many motor vehicles does Sydney Ferries lease and maintain?

            (b)    Has any consideration been given to the use of fuel containing ethanol? If so, what was the result
                   of that consideration?

     (5)    In relation to the State Transit Authority:

            (a)    How many motor vehicles does the State Transit Authority lease and maintain?

            (b)    Has any consideration been given to the use of fuel containing ethanol? If so, what was the result
                   of that consideration?


1848 TRANSPORT SERVICES—MENANGLE BRIDGE—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
     Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

     (1)    Does the Menangle Rail bridge need to be replaced?

     (2)    Is the bridge on a stretch of track that is now part of the ARTC agreement?

     (3)    What conditions did you place on the ARTC to replace the bridge in the negotiations regarding the
            takeover of the track by the ARTC?

     (4)    What agreements did you resolve with the ARTC over the replacement of the bridge?

     (5)    When will a new bridge be built?


1849 TRANSPORT SERVICES—RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
     Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development—

     (1)    For each of the following State Rail Authority capital projects:
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            New Outer Suburban Train Cars
            New Hunter Valley Train Cars
            Operating System Enhancements
            Bondi Junction Turnback
            Port Botany Rail Freight line
            Parramatta Rail Link Section 1
            Parramatta Rail Link Section 2 Development
            North West Rail link investigation
            Newcastle High Speed Rail link investigation
            Wollongong High Speed Rail link investigation
            Millennium Train Cars Stage 1
            Millennium Trains Stage 2
            Millennium Trains Stage 3
            Easy Access
            Network Control
            Rail Infrastructure Expansion Works
            Reality Centre Simulation - Rail Training Development
            Renewal of Life Expired Assets
            Rollingstock Upgrades
            Station Passenger information Systems
            Station Retail Development
            Station Upgrading
            Freight General

            (a)    What is the current budget estimate?

            (b)    What is the current approval status?

            (c)    If under construction, what is the current status of the project?

            (d)    What is the completion date?

            (e)    (i)     Is there a budget over-run?
                   (ii)    If so, by how much?

            (f)    (i)     Is there a completion date over-run?
                   (ii)    If so, by how much?


1850 PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—LOCUST CONTROL—Mr Gay to ask the Minister for Primary Industries—

      (1)   To date, what amount of funding has the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries spent on
            locust control this financial year?

      (2)   What amount of funding has been used in locust control from the Rural Lands protection Board insect
            control fund?


1851 POLICE—SANDON POINT—Dr Chesterfield-Evans to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

      (1)   Was the Aboriginal Embassy fire at Sandon Point on Sunday 19 September 2004 deliberately lit?

      (2)   Is the fire being fully investigated?

      (3)   (a)    Will any charges laid?
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       (b)   If so, when?




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