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                                 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

                                         QUESTIONS
                                                  AND
                                           ANSWERS
                                                  No. 38

                                THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER 2003



(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. 30 (Including Question Nos 760 to 789)                 16 December 2003

       Q&A No. 31 (Including Question Nos 790 to 800)                 17 December 2003

       Q&A No. 32 (Including Question Nos 801)                        18 December 2003

       Q&A No. 33 (Including Question Nos 802 to 808)                 23 December 2003

       Q&A No. 34 Nil Questions submitted                                      -

       Q&A No. 35 (Including Question Nos 809)                        25 December 2003

       Q&A No. 36 (Including Question Nos 810 to 833)                   6 January 2004

       Q&A No. 37 (Including Question Nos 834 to 842)                   7 January 2004

       Q&A No. 38 (Including Question Nos 843 to 876)                   8 January 2004
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                                                     30 OCTOBER 2003

                                                        (Paper No. 29)

*749 HEALTH—FAR WEST WATER—Mr Gay 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)    Which drinking water guidelines are used for the Broken Hill water supply?

      (2)    If the Far West Area Health does not use the Australian Drinking Water guidelines, what guidelines are
             used?

      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)    The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

      (2)    Not applicable.


*751 LOCAL GOVERNMENT—INCIDENT AT COLLAROY BEACH—Ms Hale asked the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister Assisting the Minister
     for Natural Resources (Lands)—

      (1)    (a)    Has Warringah Council permitted a developer to dump so called „clean fill‟ on Collaroy Beach?

             (b)    If so, has this fill contained rubble, brick, glass and asbestos for several weeks?

      (2)    What action has been taken with Warringah Council and the developer to ensure the safety of the beach
             and local residents?

      (3)    Has the developer been publicly identified?

      (4)    Has the developer been charged?

      (5)    Did the Council enter into the contract with the developer after Dick Persson took over as administrator
             for Warringah Council?

      (6)    What action has the Minister taken to ensure Warringah Council does not breach environmental standards
             in the future?

      (7)    Does this incident suggest there are lax enforcement procedures or environmental standards at Warringah
             Council?

      (8)    What action has the Minister taken to ensure councils prevent such flagrant breaches of environmental
             standards in future?

      Answer—

      I provide the following details in response to your questions:

      (1)    (a)    I am advised by council that as part of Warringah Council‟s ongoing management of
                    Collaroy/Narrabeen Beach, council has for some years been undertaking a sand nourishment
                    program that involves placing sand on the beach. This sand is secured from nearby building sites
                    and helps replace the sand that is lost through erosion. This action is part of the
                    Collaroy/Narrabeen Coastline Management Plan and is effective in assisting council to protect and
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                    enhance Collaroy/Narrabeen Beach. The placement of sand on the beach is undertaken at no cost
                    to the ratepayers and is an important tool in minimising erosion.

             (b)    I am advised that on 29 October 2003 council became aware that some of the sand being placed on
                    the beach contained inappropriate material. This included building material and rubble, tree roots
                    and a number of pieces of fibro.

      (2)    I am advised that council undertook a number of actions in response to the discovery. These actions
             included:

             Fencing off the site and entering into cleanup discussions with the builder concerned;

             Employing specialists with expertise in dealing with fibro material and contamination; and

             Undertaking an assessment of the fibro to assess if it contained asbestos.

             Before Council could commence cleanup actions, an extensive testing program was carried out to see if
             any of the fibro contained asbestos. This testing included a “Below Ground Asbestos Survey” to
             determine if any of the fibro particles were present in the sand.

             The scientific analysis showed that while there were some pieces of fibro in the sand, and that they
             contained asbestos, there was no evidence of free asbestos fibres. The report was reviewed by the
             Director of Public Health for Northern Sydney, Dr Victor Carey, who visited the site on Tuesday 11
             November 2003 and advised that the situation presented no risk to human health. Dr Carey also advised
             that he considered the report thorough and the testing methodology acceptable.

             Once council had the test results showing that the asbestos was only present in the fibro, Council was
             then able to commence cleaning up the building material without needing to remove the sand and
             undertake a full remediation. This clean up program commenced on Thursday 13 November 2003 and
             involves the mechanical sieving of the sand that has recently been placed on the beach.

      (3)    The sand is from a building site at 134-138 Ocean Street Narrabeen. Council‟s discussions to date have
             been with the building company for the site, Austruc Constructions Limited.

      (4)    Council advises that council staff are still investigating issues related to this incident including the issue
             of clean up costs. No final decisions have yet been made on the possibility of breaches of the relevant
             legislation.

      (5)    I am advised that council approved the Development Application for the site in 2001. The development
             application included a condition requiring the developer to give council first option on taking the sand for
             its beach management program.

      (6)    Council has informed me that Council Administrator, Mr Dick Persson, has introduced new measures to
             improve the quality control processes for sand from building sites to ensure that no inappropriate material
             finds its way onto council‟s beaches. These include requiring the material to be sieved on site before
             being trucked to the beaches and also having a certified Environmental Hygienist approve the material
             before it leaves the building site.

      (7)    Over the last few years, Council‟s old system has provided many thousands of tonnes of top quality beach
             sand from building sites to the eroding beaches of Collaroy and Narrabeen at little or no cost to
             ratepayers. While the previous system has worked well for some years, council accepts this incident
             establishes the need for additional quality control processes. These new processes are now in place.

      (8)    I refer you to (6) above.


*752 LOCAL GOVERNMENT—OLD BAKERY AT HURSTVILLE—Mr Gallacher asked the Minister for Rural
     Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister Assisting the Minister
     for Natural Resources (Lands)—
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     (1)    (a)      Has work commenced on restoration of the Old Bakery in Forest Road, Hurstville following the
                     awarding of a Bicentennial Grant in May 1989 to Hurstville Council to convert the site into a
                     Museum?

            (b)      If so, what was/is the nature of this work?

     (2)    Does Hurstville Council intend to lease the premises to the Hurstville Historical Society?

     (3)    Will the premises be used for any other purposes other than a Museum?

     (4)    If the premises are not to be used for a Museum what is the reason not to proceed with this project?

     (5)    Will the Government seek reimbursement of the $150,000 Bicentennial Grant to Hurstville Council now
            that the premises are to be sold?

     Answer—

     I provide the following response to your questions:

     (1)    (a)      Council advises me that work has been completed.

            (b)      Council advises that there was a total refurbishment of the building to allow it to meet
                     contemporary building standards while maintaining its character.

     (2)    Council advises that it does not intend to do so.

     (3)    Council advises that a decision has not been made at this time.

     (4)    Council advises that the building has been refurbished and has been occupied as a museum for some 10
            years.

     (5)    Council has reserved that the building is not to be sold.


*753 TRANSPORT—“MV ISLAND TRADER”—Mr Gallacher asked the Minister for Transport Services, Minister
     for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)—

     (1)    Is the vessel MV Island Trader, that currently has the NSW Government contracts for sea freight supply
            of general cargo and fuel to Lord Howe Island, entitled to carry fuel oil cargo in its double bottom tanks
            into the Lord Howe Island Lagoon?

     (2)    Does the vessel‟s shipping classification as a BV class type General Cargo ship allow the carrying of fuel
            oil as cargo?

     (3)    Does the vessel currently hold a valid Certificate of Survey issued by the NSW Waterways Authority?

     (4)    Does this vessel currently have a valid insurance policy?

            (a)      If so, does the insurance policy include coverage for the carriage of fuel oil as cargo by the vessel
                     MV Island Trader?

            (b)      Does this vessel‟s insurance policy indemnify the NSW Government from liability for damages in
                     the event of an oil spill?

     Answer—

     I am advised:

     (1)    The MV Island Trader is entitled to carry fuel oil cargo.
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     (2)    The MV Island Trader did have Bureau Veritas (BV) classification and was permitted under that
            classification to carry fuel oil as cargo. However, the vessel now operates under the Waterways
            Authority‟s Commercial Vessels Act 1979. The NSW Waterways Authority has accepted the previous BV
            classification and permits the Island Trader to carry fuel oil as cargo.

     (3)    The MV Island Trader currently holds a valid Certificate of Survey as issued by the NSW Waterways
            Authority.

     (4)    The MV Island Trader currently holds a valid insurance policy.

            (a)    Details of the insurance policy are a matter for the owner of the vessel.

            (b)    In the event of pollution, liability rests with the vessel owner.


*754 POLICE—INCIDENT AT MENAI—Ms Rhiannon asked the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the
     Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

     (1)    Did Sutherland Local Area Commander Henry Karpic provide a screening to Liberal Party Councillor
            Steve Simpson of video footage, taken on CCTV, of a vandalism incident in Menai Park that took place
            early on Saturday 4 October?

            (a)    If so, when and where did the videotape screening take place?

            (b)    If so, why did Commander Karpic make this footage available to Councillor Simpson?

     (2)    (a)    Are there any guidelines for NSW Police that allow for a local area commander to provide video
            footage that is being used as part of an investigation to third parties, including local councillors?

            (b)    If so, what are they?

     (3)    Has there been any breach of privacy laws, regulations, police or council codes of conduct in relation to
            the footage of the vandalism incident at Menai Park on 4 October?

     Answer—

     NSW Police has advised me:

     (1) to (3) There has no breach of privacy laws or police codes of conduct. Superintendent Karpik acted within
             NSW Police guidelines.


*759 DISABILITY SERVICES—DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES—Ms Hale asked the Minister for Community
     Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

     (1)    (a)    Has the $5.5 million “replenishable pool” announced in the 2000 budget for disability services
                   been spent?

            (b)    How much is left in the pool as of today?

     (2)    How many families have been cut off disability support services as a result of changes in the eligibility
            criteria?

     Answer—

     (1)    (a) and (b) The $5.5 million interim funding has continued to be allocated in the budget each year since
                   2000.

     (2)    The target group for the program has been consistently those people:
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            “who have been unable to access adequate or suitable support from existing service providers and/or
            existing community resources, and where their current situation is placing:

                 them at significant risk,

                 their current community support arrangements at risk, or

                 their current level of independence at risk.”



                                                  4 DECEMBER 2003

                                                      (Paper No. 38)


843   FAIR TRADING—RENTAL BOND BOARD—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 Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce—

      (1)   During financial year 2002-03 what was the dollar value of interest received by the Rental Bond Board
            from tenant‟s bonds held in trust?

      (2)   During financial year 2002-03 what was the dollar value of interest paid by the Rental Bond Board to
            tenants when their bond was repaid?

      (3)   During financial year 2002-03 what was the interest rate paid by the Rental Bond Board to tenants when
            their bond was repaid?

      (4)   During financial year 2002-03 what was the dollar value of interest received by the Rental Bond Board
            that was paid to the Office of Fair Trading?

      (5)   What specific functions and programs in the Office of Fair Trading were funded by interest from the
            Rental Bond Board?

      (6)   Did these functions and programs receive funding from any other source?

      (7)   During 2002-03 what was the dollar value of interest received by the Rental Bond Board that was paid to
            the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Program?


844   TRANSPORT—COOTAMUNDRA RAIL SERVICES—Mr Colless to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
      Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)—

      (1)   Did senior staff from your office and from State Rail attend a community meeting in Cootamundra last
            Friday to discuss the future of Countrylink services and in particular train services?

      (2)   (a)   Did that meeting comprise over 40 people representing virtually all facets of transport travellers,
                  including Local Government, Rail Union representatives, Progress Associations, Pensioner
                  groups?

            (b)   Was it a fair representation of the broader community?

      (3)   (a)   Was the meeting overwhelming in its condemnation of some bus and train timetables?

            (b)   Did the meeting:

                  (i)    Highlight many instances of lack of services and reliability with trains?

                  (ii)   Highlight difficulty with physically obtaining tickets?
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                    (iii)   Request a more customer friendly approach to elderly passengers getting luggage on and
                            off trains at night?

                    (iv)    Highlight in some instances dirty trains and overflowing toilets?

      (4)    Did the meeting unequivocally say that the community wants existing train services to continue but on a
             vastly upgraded basis?

      (5)    Did the meeting unanimously indicate that passengers would be prepared to pay additional costs in fare
             structures if the service were maintained and, in particular, improved to meet community requirements?

      (6)    Will you give an assurance that you will respond to that meeting‟s needs and maintain train services to a
             fully upgraded, modern standard?


845   ENVIRONMENT—TUGGERAH LAKE—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the Environment—

      Has the Environment Protection Authority failed to act to prevent Wyong Council‟s plans to dump 15,000 cubic
      metres of dredge toxic silt from Tumbi Creek into Tuggerah Lake when available scientific evidence shows that
      material from Tumbi Creek is highly acidic and has the potential to add to problems of acid sulphate soil in the
      area?


846   ENVIRONMENT—NORTH HEAD QUARANTINE STATION LEASE—Mr Cohen to ask the Minister for
      Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
      Environment—

      (1)    How can members of the public comment, as they have been invited to, on the National Parks and
             Wildlife Service‟s intention to lease the North Head Quarantine Station in Sydney Harbour National Park
             when the lease is not publicly available?

      (2)    Will the Minister ensure that the proposed lease, pursuant to Section 151B of the National Parks and
             Wildlife Act, is made publicly available prior to the close of the public comment period?

      (3)    What is the significance of the change in proposed lessee from Mawland Hotel Management Pty Ltd (the
             holder of the Conditional Agreement to Lease) to Mawland Q-Station Pty Ltd, the proposed lessee cited
             in the S.151B Notice of Intention?

      (4)    What information does the Minister have to satisfy the need for Mawland Q-Station Pty Ltd to be
             adequately resourced to undertake required monitoring, management planning and other requirements
             contained in the Conditions of Approval provided by the NSW Heritage Council and of the Determining
             Authorities?

      (5)    Given previous uncertainties about the financial capacity of the proponents to meet required conditions of
             approval, please provide information about the guarantors for this project?


847   TRANSPORT—RAILWAY STATION CONSTRUCTION—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport
      Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)—

      (1)    When will planning and construction commence on the new $19 million North Warnervale Railway
             Station promised by your Government in its Central Coast Transport Action Plan released in July 2002?

      (2)    When will funding be provided to commence planning works for the $10 million Tuggerah Railway
             Station upgrade promised by your Government in the July 2002 Central Coast Transport Action Plan—
             “Connecting the Central Coast”?
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848   EMERGENCY SERVICES—WARNERVALE FIRE STATION—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Rural
      Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister Assisting the Minister
      for Natural Resources (Lands)—

      (1)    Are you aware of the concerns expressed by Warnervale residents about the NSW Fire Brigade‟s
             proposal to build a fire station on Minnesota Road, a residential street?

      (2)    Does the Fire Brigade have the power to force through the Development Application to build the station
             even if Wyong Shire Council opposes the development?

      (3)    Did the Member for Wyong previously commit to locate the station in the new Town Centre, away from
             residents?

      (4)    If so, what action has the NSW Fire Brigade taken to identify a more suitable site for this station?


849   TRANSPORT—TAXI INDUSTRY STANDARDS— Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
      Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)—

      (1)    What is the current status of new network service delivery standards for the taxi industry that were
             supposed to have been introduced following the passage of the Passenger Transport Amendment Act
             2000?

      (2)    Are these standards still only in a draft form at the Ministry of Transport, despite the fact they were
             supposed to have been implemented three years ago?

      (3)    Why have they not been introduced?

      (4)    Is the taxi industry still using supposedly “interim” standards, that are now more than ten years old, dated
             September 1993 in the case of the Metropolitan, Wollongong and Newcastle Transport Districts and
             dated February 1993 in the case of country areas?

      (5)    On what date will the new network service delivery standards be implemented?


850   TRANSPORT—CANBERRA RAIL LINK—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister
      for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)—

      (1)    Did the State Government sign an agreement in 1985 to maintain a rail link to Canberra?

      (2)    Does this agreement bind the Government to provide rail services until 2010?

      (3)    If so, do you intend to abide by this agreement?


851   COMMERCE—OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE—Dr Chesterfield-Evans to ask the Special Minister of State,
      Minister for Commerce, Minister for Industrial Relations, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for the Central
      Coast—

      What is the progress of the inquiry into the use of open source software by the Government, suggested at the
      2003 NSW Labor Party Conference?


852   ATTORNEY-GENERAL—PLAIN ENGLISH LEGISLATION—Dr Chesterfield-Evans to ask the Minister for
      Justice, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Attorney General and Minister for the
      Environment—

      What is the progress of the Government‟s commitment to plain English legislation?
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853   POLICE—RAYMOND TERRACE POLICE STATION—Ms Parker to ask the Minister for Justice, and
      Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—

      (1)    Does the Government have any intention of upgrading facilities at Raymond Terrace Police Station in
             light of the government‟s initial budget allocation in 1996 of $2.6 million to upgrade Raymond Terrace
             Police Station and its subsequent reallocation?

      (2)    Will the Minister visit Raymond Terrace police station to view the substandard conditions Port Stephens
             police are working under?


854   NATURAL RESOURCES—SODIUM CYANIDE SHIPMENTS—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for
      Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)
      representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Natural Resources—

      (1)    Will 6,090 tonnes of sodium cyanide travel each year from Bundaberg in Queensland to Lake Cowal in
             central New South Wales for each of the next 13 years, for use in Barrick Gold‟s Lake Cowal Gold Mine?

      (2)    Is this specified as part of Barrick Gold‟s application for a mining licence?

      (3)    If so:

             (a)      What will be the route for these shipments?

             (b)      Which towns will the shipments pass through?


855   MINERAL RESOURCES—SODIUM CYANIDE SHIPMENTS—Ms Rhiannon to ask the Minister for
      Agriculture and Fisheries representing the Minister for Mineral Resources—

             (1)      Will 6,090 tonnes of sodium cyanide travel each year from Bundaberg in Queensland to Lake
                      Cowal in central NSW for each of the next 13 years, for use in Barrick Gold‟s Lake Cowal Gold
                      ine?

      (2)    Is this specified as part of Barrick Gold‟s application for a mining licence?

      (3)    If so:

             (c)      What will be the route for these shipments?

             (d)      Which towns will the shipments pass through?


856   ROADS—COMMUNICATIONS ADVISERS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
      Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the
      Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    (a)      In 2002-03, how many media or communications advisers were employed as officers of the RTA ?

             (b)      What was the total cost of this?

      (2)    (a)      What is the forecast for 2003-04 for the number of media or communications advisers to be
                      employed?

             (b)      What will be the total cost of this?

      (3)    (a)      What is the forecast for 2003-04 for the number of media or public relations advisers to be
                      employed as contractors?

             (b)      What will be the total cost of this?
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857   ROADS—ADVERTISING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter,
      and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads and
      Minister for Housing—

      (1)   (a)    How much money was spent on advertising in 2002-03 by the RTA?

            (b)    Please split this into employment related advertising and non-employment related advertising.

      (2)   (a)    How many advertising campaigns were conducted in 2002-03?

            (b)    Please provide a list of campaigns, including:

                   (i)     The cost of each campaign?

                   (ii)    Which firms were engaged?

                   (iii)   How much was spent on „media buy‟ and advertising agency fees?

            (c)    Please provide an outline/analysis of the success of each campaign.


858   ROADS—RTA STAFF—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and
      Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads and Minister
      for Housing—

      (1)   Has the RTA employed any staff who have worked for a Minister or the Premier since 2000, excluding
            Departmental Liaison Officers, but including Freedom of Information officer positions?

      (2)   If so, please provide the following information for each employee:

            (a)    Name,

            (b)    Position,

            (c)    Remuneration for that position,

            (d)    The name of the Minister they previously worked for, and

            (e)    The date at which they joined the department.


859   ROADS—CONFERENCE FEES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      (1)   How many fee-paying conferences did RTA Head Office employees attend in 2002-03?

      (2)   How many employees attended each conference, what were the conference fees and where were the
            conferences held?


860   ROADS—STRESS LEAVE COSTS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      (1)   (a)    How many RTA employees had time off for stress leave in 2002-03?

            (b)    How many full-time equivalent days did this leave amount to?
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      (2)    Of those employees, how many were on leave for more than:

             (a)    3 months?

             (b)    6 months?

             (c)    12 months?


861   ROADS—BRUNSWICK HEADS TO YELGUN DUAL CARRIAGEWAY—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister
      for Transport Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources
      (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    Why is the Brunswick Heads to Yelgun Dual Carriageway going to cost an extra $84 million, more than
             twice the estimated price?

      (2)    Why will it take five years longer then expected to complete?


862   ROADS—HEYWOODS BRIDGE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    When will the Deviation to Heywoods Bridge at Lake Hume Village project be completed? The Value
             Management Study completed eight years ago said the timetable for completion was 1997.


863   ROADS—ROAD UPGRADES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    (a)    How many kilometres of road network were upgraded in New South Wales in 2002-03?

             (b)    How many kilometres of the upgraded road network were in the Sydney basin?

      (2)    How many kilometres of the Pacific Highway were upgraded in 2002-03?

      (3)    How many kilometres of the Princes Highway were upgraded in 2002-03?

      (4)    How many kilometres of the Newell Highway were upgraded in 2002-03?

      (5)    How many kilometres of the New England Highway were upgraded in 2002-03?

      (6)    As a percentage and a figure, of the maintenance package for New South Wales‟ roads, how much of that
             package was allocated to rural and regional roads?

      (7)    Of the entire road network in New South Wales how many kilometres of road network in the State are
             considered to be:

             (a)    Metropolitan?

             (b)    Regional?


864   ROADS—TUNNEL FILTRATION—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    Why has the report of the RTA and Baulderstone‟s Japanese trip to research tunnel filtration systems not
             been tabled?
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      (2)    (a)    Are particles the main cause of visual pollution inside road tunnels?

             (b)    Are particles dangerous to human health, being strongly linked to asthma, heart disease and lung
                    cancer?

      (3)    The RTA has admitted that particle levels inside the M5 East tunnel are often 50 times higher than the
             limits for ambient air outside the tunnel. This means that a motorist, like a taxi driver would reach their
             daily exposure limit after just six trips through the tunnel. How can the Government justify this level of
             exposure and the obvious health risk it poses to any commercial driver who uses the tunnel?

      (4)    Do electrostatic precipitators improve visibility by removing fine particles?


865   HOUSING—CONTRACTORS—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      Why has the use of contractors in the Department of Housing risen from 358 at 30 June 2002 to 481 at 30 June
      2003 when the department has had a clear objective to reduce the number of contractors?


866   HOUSING—CONFERENCE FEES—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister for the
      Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for Roads
      and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    How many fee-paying conferences did Department of Housing Head Office employees attend in 2002-
             03?

      (2)    (a)    How many employees attended each conference?

             (b)    What were the conference fees?

             (c)    Where were the conferences held?


867   HOUSING—INDIGENOUS HOUSING—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Transport Services, Minister
      for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) representing the Minister for
      Roads and Minister for Housing—

      (1)    What was the actual number in real terms of unoccupied public housing units?

      (2)    What was the proportion of State-owned and indigenous housing dwellings occupied on 30 June 2003?

      (3)    In real terms, how many new indigenous households were assisted in 2002-03?


868   TREASURY—SPEED CAMERA REVENUE—Miss Gardiner to ask the Treasurer, Minister for State
      Development, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

      (1)    For 2002-03, how much revenue was generated by speed cameras:

             (a)    State-wide?

             (b)    In Sydney alone?

      (2)    How much revenue was generated by speed cameras outside schools in New South Wales for 2002-03?


869   POLICE—HIGHWAY PATROL—Miss Gardiner to ask the Minister for Justice, and Minister Assisting the
      Premier on Citizenship representing the Minister for Police—
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      What is the highway patrol strength in 2003?


870   TRANSPORT—INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATIONS—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Transport Services,
      Minister for the Hunter, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests)—

      (1)    Do all instructors working at the Australian Rail Training Facility at Petersham have nationally
             recognised workplace training and assessment qualifications to provide instruction to train drivers?

      (2)    If not:

             (a)       How many have appropriate qualifications?

             (b)       How many do not have appropriate qualifications?


871   PREMIER—REGISTERED CLUBS ACT—Mr Gallacher 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—

      In relation to the recent changes to the Registered Clubs Act:

      (1)    How many complaints has the Premier received about clubs since January 2002?

      (2)    How many of those complaints about clubs have been found to be sustained?

      (3)    How many of those complaints have not been fully investigated due to the lack of power of the
             Department of Gaming and Racing inspectors?

      (4)    How many of the complaints originated from a member of an organisation called the “Footy Five” from
             Penrith?

      (5)    In relation to any complaints from the “Footy Five”:

             (a)       When were they received?

             (b)       How many of them were sustained?

             (c)       How many of them were not sustained?


872   GAMING AND RACING—REGISTERED CLUBS ACT—Mr Gallacher to ask the Minister for Agriculture
      and Fisheries representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing—

      In relation to the Registered Clubs Act:

      (1)    How many complaints has the Department of Gaming and Racing received under the provisions of this
             Act since January 2002?

      (2)    How many of those complaints about clubs have been found to be sustained?

      (3)    How many of those complaints have not been fully investigated due to the lack of power of the
             Department of Gaming and Racing inspectors?

      (4)    How many of the complaints originated from a member of an organisation called the “Footy Five” from
             Penrith?

      (5)    In relation to any complaints from the “Footy Five”:

             (a)       When were they received?
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             (b)   How many of them were sustained?

             (c)   How many of them were not sustained?


873   HEALTH—BATHURST BASE HOSPITAL—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—

      (1)    (a)   Does the Government have any plans to have a radiology unit based at Bathurst Base Hospital?

             (b)   If not, why not?

      (2)    (a)   What is the agreed level of health care for the community of Bathurst?

             (b)   What services are currently available to that community?

      (3)    (a)   Has there been any increase in the number of infections of Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph)
                   at Bathurst Base Hospital over the last three years?

             (b)   How many Golden Staph infections were recorded at the hospital in the calendar years 2000, 2001
                   and 2002 respectively?

      (4)    (a)   Does Bathurst Base Hospital have a currently functioning medical retrieval team?

             (b)   If not, why not?

      (5)    (a)   Does Mid West Area Health Service supply the doctors for the Careflight helicopter which is
                   based in Orange?

             (b)   From what budget is the payment for these doctors sourced?

      (6)    Under the new plans for Bathurst Base Hospital, will there be an increase in the number of beds
             compared to those currently existing at Bathurst Base Hospital?

      (7)    (a)   Does Bathurst Base Hospital own an ultrasound machine?

             (b)   If so, how old is this machine?

             (c)   If the machine is out of date when will it be upgraded?

      (8)    (a)   What proportion of the Mid West Area Health Service budget expenditure is required for treatment
                   of road accident victims?

             (b)   Has this proportion increased in the last three years?

             (c)   Can this increase?

      (9)    How many patients have been turned away from Bathurst Base Hospital in the last three years?

      (10)   (a)   Have patients been allocated beds at Bathurst Base Hospital who may otherwise have been
                   relocated to the Rehabilitation Unit?

             (b)   What is the hospital‟s policy in relation to relocation of patients between the hospital and the
                   Rehabilitation Unit?

      (11)   (a)   What is the current agreement between Bathurst Base Hospital and St Vincents Hospital at
                   Bathurst regarding the allocation of public beds?

             (b)   What is the cost of the beds per day to the public system?
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      (12)   What plans does the Government have regarding the future of Macquarie homes in Bathurst?

      (13)   What plans does the Government have regarding the future of the Rehabilitation Unit at Bathurst Base
             Hospital?

      (14)   What plans does Mid West Health Service have for the Daffodil Cottage?

      (15)   Does the Government have any plans to upgrade Bathurst Base Hospital Accident and Emergency
             services?

      (16)   When will building works commence on the new Bathurst Base Hospital?


874   JUSTICE—DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIVE SERVICES—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Justice, and
      Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship—

      (1)    In relation to compensation payouts to prisoners in the past year:

             (a)    How much was paid out to each prisoner?

             (b)    Who received payments?

             (c)    How many claims are unresolved?

      (2)    How many mobile phones were found within the prison system in the past year in each correctional
             facility?

      (3)    How much money was raised through vending machines in visitor areas of prisons in the past year?

      (4)    How many drug tests were performed in each month of 2003 in each of the following correctional
             centres:

             (a)    The Metropolitan Reception and Remand Centre?

             (b)    Long Bay?

             (c)    Parklea?

             (d)    John Moroney I and II?

             (e)    Mulawa?

      (5)    How many tests in each of the above centres were positive?

      (6)    (a)    What tasks has Mr Vern Dalton been asked to undertake as a consultant during the last two
                    financial years?

             (b)    What are the amounts of money paid to him for each?

      (7)    In relation to the 23 officers of the Department of Corrective Services who were found to have engaged in
             misconduct during the calendar years 2002 and 2003:

             (a)    How many of the officers were retained within the prison service?

             (b)    How many were dismissed?

             (c)    How many resigned?

      (8)    (a)    Is the Department of Corrective Services currently operating over its budget?

             (b)    If so, why?
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      (9)   I understand that a significant number of promotions positions were advertised and subsequently
            withdrawn by the Department of Corrective Services recently:

            (a)    Why did this happen?

            (b)    How many positions were involved?


875   DISABILITY AND AGEING—REGIONAL BUDGETS—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Community
      Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

      In regard to the supplementary answer provided to General Purpose Standing Committee 3 on 3 December 2003
      about regional budgets:

      (1)   What programs are included in these figures?

      (2)   (a)    Are there any administrative expenses such as the cost of the regional office itself included in
                   these budgets?

            (b)    If so, how much money is involved for each region?

      (3)   (a)    Do the programs covered by the budgets vary across the regions?

            (b)    If so, how?

      (4)   What programs are provided centrally?

      (5)   As you indicated that the figures were indicative only, what is the process for approving changes?



876   DISABILITY AND AGEING—SERVICE ACCESS SYSTEM—Mr Ryan to ask the Minister for Community
      Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for Youth—

      What rights and procedures are available to families and clients who are refused funding for application made
      under the Services Access System operated by the Department of Disability Ageing and Home Care?




                                                                                                           John Evans
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