Questions and Answers No. 10, Tuesday 19 September 1995

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FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-FIRST PARLIAMENT
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TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 1995


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*1 1994 HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE—Dr Goldsmith asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

    (1) In the 1994 Higher School Certificate how many students, in total, sat for:

    (a) The subject English; and

    (b) The subject Mathematics?

    (2) (a) How many English papers, in total, from all courses gained scores in the top 5% of marks?
      (b) How many gained scores in the top 10% of marks?

    (3) (a) How many Mathematics papers, in total, from all courses gained scores in the top 5% of marks?

    (b) How many gained scores in the top 10% of marks?

    Answer—

    (1) The total numbers of students sitting for the subjects of English and Mathematics in the 1994 Higher School Certificate examination were:

    (a) English: 56,756.

    (b) Mathematics: 55,639.

    (2) and (3) The numbers of students in each of English and Mathematics gaining marks in the top 5% and 10% in each of the papers are shown in the following tables:
          ENGLISHN_47(/50)_45(/50)
          Contemporary16,43743173
          General30,22852302
          2 Unit7,2883884
          3 Unit Common2,80335124
          3 Unit Additional2,7934294
          Totals 59,549210777
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        MATHEMATICSN_47(/50)_45(/50)
        Maths in Practice3,7251251
        Maths in Society20,24752279
        2 Unit19,13849303
        3 Unit Common9,1521,2172,934
        3 Unit Additional9,1261,1442,860
        4 Unit Common3,4032,0792,773
        4 Unit Additional3,4031,7112,440
        Totals68,1946,26411,640
        (Note: At this time the data available is on a one unit basis only. Thus the closest figure to the top 5% is 47/50).

      It will be noted that there are significant differences in these figures due to the following:
            •The entry pattern in English is quite different from that of Mathematics with the vast majority of English students presenting for one of the 2 Unit courses (95.1%). In Mathematics the percentage of students attempting one of the 2 Unit courses is only 77.5%.
            •The system of reporting HSC marks is such that 1-2% of 2 Unit students will gain a mark of 90 or more (in the top 10%).
            •The 3 Unit marks and the 4 Unit marks also in Mathematics are calculated on the basis of those students’ marks in the common 2 Unit or 3 Unit (in Maths) papers.
            •There are very different patterns of overlap between the course candidatures in Mathematics and English with the Mathematics candidatures being much more discrete without the overlap in achievement evident in English.

      It is for these reasons the Board of Studies advises students on their HSC credential that:
        “It is NOT valid to make any comparisons between the performances (viz. the marks) of students on different courses”.

    *2 BADGERYS CREEK—Ms Kirkby asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

      (1) Will the Minister inform the House when the airport at Badgerys Creek is likely to be completed?

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      (2) Can the Minister inform the House of the anticipated completion dates of the following stages of the project:

      (a) The pre-design stage;

      (b) The design stage;

      (c) The planning stage;

      (d) The environmental approval stage;

      (e) The statutory approval stage;

      (f) The acquisition of lands process;

      (g) The calling for and awarding of tenders;

      (h) The construction stage; and

      (i) The commissioning stage?

      (3) If not, will the Minister undertake to obtain this information from the Federal Minister for Industrial Relations and Transport and table it in this House at the earliest opportunity?

      Answer—

      I have been advised by the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning and Minister for Housing that the answers to the Honourable Member’s questions are:

      (1) The Hon. Laurie Brereton, M.P., Minister for Transport and Minister for Industrial Relations, announced in May 1995 that Sydney West Airport will be completed as a major domestic and international airport by late 1999.

      (2) No.

      (3) Yes.

    *3 CLEANING STANDARDS IN NEW SOUTH WALES SCHOOLS—Ms Kirkby asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

      (1) Has there been a considerable reduction in the number of cleaning hours in New South Wales schools and, if so, has this resulted in an increased workload for cleaning staff remaining after privatisation of the Government Cleaning Service?

      (2) Are teachers having to assist with cleaning duties in some cases, due to inadequate numbers of cleaning staff?

      (3) Can the Minister confirm that 45% of school toilets fall below acceptable standards as alleged in the February edition of the NSW Teachers Federation magazine “Education”?

      (4) Will the Minister give an assurance that standards of hygiene will be rapidly improved?


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      Answer—

      A. The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. J. Aquilina, M.P., advised that:

      (1) While in Opposition, this Government received many complaints about the contract cleaning arrangements put in place by the former administration when it privatised the Government Cleaning Service in 1994. This Government opposed that privatisation.

      Many of the complaints received have been about reductions to cleaning hours. Many cleaners have expressed their views that their workloads have been significantly increased because of the reduction in cleaning hours.

      (2) There have been complaints made and evidence presented that teachers, and in some cases parents and school children, have in the past been asked to assist cleaners to maintain proper standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

      This Government is firmly committed to ensuring that under no circumstances will teachers, parents or students be required to perform cleaning tasks in schools. School cleaning is the sole responsibility of the contractors and the Government will require them to deliver quality cleaning services which maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. The contractors will not be allowed to abrogate their responsibilities under the contracts.

      (3) The Teachers Federation’s survey was undertaken in 1994. More recent advice based on an analysis of the results of 1,100 inspections of schools undertaken over the past 6 months by the cleaning inspectorate within the NSW Supply Service, indicates that the standard of cleanliness in toilets is generally acceptable.

      (4) This Government has moved rapidly to address concerns about school cleaning and has honoured its pre-election commitment to review the school cleaning contracts.

      On 7 June 1995, the Minister for Public Works and Services and the Minister for Education and Training jointly announced a complete review of existing Government cleaning contract arrangements. The review is aimed at defining whether standards of cleanliness and hygiene have declined as well as the level of client satisfaction.

      The terms of reference for the review are very broad and cover:
            •the quality of services provided and the costs and benefits to the government;
            •the employment and industrial relations practices of the contractors;
            •compliance with contractual obligations; and
            •a review of the inspections of cleaning sites.

      The review is being undertaken by Corrs Chambers Westgarth who have invited both written and verbal submissions from client departments, contractors, unions and cleaners.

      Answer—

      B. The Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads, the Hon. Michael Knight, M.P., has advised me that:

      (1) Contracts for the cleaning of sites formerly cleaned by the Government Cleaning Service (GCS) are based on outcome—performance and quality—rather than inputs such as hours. This means the cleaning must be performed to specification. In the case of schools, this specification is determined by the Department of School Education.

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      The recent review conducted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth into the Government Cleaning Service Contracts recommended increases in the specifications for school cleaning. Agreement has already been reached with the companies for increases in some specifications. Negotiations with the companies on other increases are continuing.

      Contractors were contractually obliged not to vary the working hours of each ex-GCS part-time cleaner by more than 10% and not vary the hours of each ex-GCS full-time cleaner, unless the cleaner agrees, before 30 June 1995 (this was extended by the companies until 31 August 1995). If an ex-GCS cleaner ceases employment with a contractor then it is up to the contractor to assess replacement hours necessary to clean the site to specification.

      (2) Under the contract there is absolutely no requirement for teachers to undertake normal cleaning tasks. This is unacceptable to the Government and the Department of School Education and is not called for in the standard specifications.

      (3) The cleaning specifications requires a minimum daily full clean for toilet areas—the same specification as for the GCS prior to sale. Analysis of 1,303 cleaning inspections conducted in schools during a recent 7-month period indicate average cleaning performance scores of 83% for both high schools and primary schools and 90% for special schools. A cleaning performance score of 80% is regarded as acceptable. Where an individual school falls below the 80% benchmark, deficiencies in the cleaning are identified to the contractors and rectified promptly.

      (4) Standards of cleaning are closely monitored. A recent review of the Government Cleaning Service Contracts, initiated by this Government, recommended that the specifications for cleaning of schools be increased. The Department of Public Works and Services is currently negotiating with the cleaning companies to have the specifications increased.

      Agreement has already been reached with the companies for an increase in some of the specifications. The specifications increased so far involve: daily vacuuming of carpeted primary and infants classrooms; daily damp wiping of desks within primary and infants classrooms; annual shampooing of all carpets within schools.

      This Government is strongly committed to maintaining a high standard of hygiene in schools.

    *4 REGIONAL UNIVERSITY RAIL TRAVEL CONCESSIONS—Ms Kirkby asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

      (1) Will the Government demonstrate a commitment to rural and regional universities by providing railway travel concessions for external students and full-fee paying overseas students?

      (2) Will the greater use of electronic access to universities mean that many more students will study externally and attend university, in person, only for residential schools and exams?

      (3) Will the granting of such concessions assist in the process of regional development as centres such as Armidale become “university towns”?

      (4) Can the Minister give an assurance that he will consult with the Minister for Transport on this matter?

      Answer—

      (1) The NSW Government is clearly committed to the development of rural and regional universities in the State but it is also committed to maintaining fair and equitable public transport charges for all residents. Transport concessions form a broad-based NSW Government initiative to provide benefits to welfare recipients and low income groups.

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      Students who are residents of New South Wales and who have elected to study full-time at tertiary institutions are provided with assistance by both the Government and private sector, in the form of travel concessions, for the purpose of attending courses.

      Railway travel concessions are available to students who attend university, TAFE or private college full-time and who are not engaged in business or employment. There is a requirement that students must be attending day classes.

      The Minister for Transport has corresponded with the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Conference on the issue of travel concessions for overseas full-fee paying students. It is presumed that if students from overseas can afford to come to Australia to study, then they can afford to keep themselves, including full payment of travel fares. Most full fares on government public transport are already subsidised by the taxpayer. It is relevant also that universities do not generally discount their fees for such students.

      With regard to external students, many such students are in full-time employment and it would not be considered equitable to provide a travel concession not available to other members of the working community. External students who are not working are generally not precluded from doing so by way of their course studies.

      The Government, through the Department of Transport, will of course continue to review the availability of student concessions. However, for the reasons given, any further extension of existing concessions is not possible at this stage.

      (2) The greater use of electronic access and distance delivery mechanisms for university education, particularly in a nation such as Australia, will in my view bring important changes to the nature of university teaching and learning. Such changes are already in operation with such developments as the Open Learning Agency of Australia, and the Open Learning Technology Corporation on the national scene, and also in New South Wales with particular university developments and State developments such as the establishment of the NSW Information Technology Advisory Council.

      While such important developments may mean that many students spend less time attending formal classes face-to-face, this will vary depending on the particular course and university involved. Such changes, however, will never diminish the importance of face-to-face contact with university teachers nor the benefits for social and intellectual interaction with fellow students. This is why such importance will still be placed by universities on residential schools and seminars.

      (3) Any extension of existing travel concessions, either to external students or full-fee paying overseas students, would not be likely to affect the status of regional university towns such as Armidale. Armidale, for example, has a long, proud history as a university town in regional New South Wales and this is unlikely to be diminished on such an issue. University placements are generally limited by university resources and levels of demand for available university places are ongoing.

      (4) The above responses to the questions Ms Kirkby asks have been prepared in close consultation with the Minister for Transport and his office.


    *5 MEAT PROCESSING—Ms Kirkby asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) How many tonnes of meat and meat products were processed in New South Wales abattoirs and processing plants last financial year?

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      (2) How many State employed meat inspectors are retained to examine these products?

      (3) How many meat inspectors employed by the Commonwealth inspect meat in New South Wales abattoirs and processing plants?

      (4) How many meat inspectors are employed directly by the abattoirs and processing plants themselves?

      (5) In light of the Garibaldi Smallgoods contamination tragedy in South Australia, can the Minister provide an assurance that sufficient State employed meat inspectors are available to satisfactorily ensure public safety with regard to all meat products for domestic consumption and for export?

      Answer—

      (1) to (4) I regret that I am unable to provide the information requested as the matters you have raised fall within the administration of my colleague the Hon. R.S. Amery, M.P., Minister for Agriculture.

      (5) I am informed that a number of public health measures have been instituted following the Garibaldi incident in South Australia. In particular, from 10 April 1995, uncooked fermented comminuted meat products must be manufactured in accordance with a Code of Hygiene Production. Integral to the Code is a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) plan which will be audited by the Department of Health. Training of food inspectors for this purpose is already well advanced. These measures are in place nationwide and with ongoing industry co-operation can be expected to restore confidence in the smallgoods industry.

    *6 ILLAWARRA AREA HEALTH SERVICE—Ms Kirkby asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) How much will it cost the Illawarra Area Health Service (IAHS) for the proposed renovations of the Figtree Clinic?

      (2) Is the IAHS 18 months into a 3-year lease in its present location at the Unanderra Community Hall?

      (3) If so, how much would it cost the IAHS to break the lease?

      (4) Has the parents drop-in service been stopped?

      (5) If so, why?

      (6) How many mothers and babies does the Minister anticipate will miss out on the service already provided by both the Figtree and Unanderra Early Childhood Clinics when mothers and babies from Unanderra are forced to go to Figtree?

      (7) Does the Centre run an immunisation program?

      (8) If not, why not?

      Answer—

      (1) The cost of renovations to allow a second Early Childhood Nurse to operate from the Figtree Centre is $2,231.

      The cost of the repairs and maintenance to the area at Figtree Centre utilised by the remaining seven Generalist Nursing staff also working from the Figtree Centre totals $5,553.

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      (2) The Illawarra Area Health Service is 18 months into a rent-free agreement (not a lease) to remain at the Unanderra Community Centre.

      (3) The agreement at the Unanderra Community Centre is rent and bond-free, however, it includes the sum of $746 per annum for electricity. Arrangements would also have to be made regarding the photocopier which is currently shared.

      On 17 May 1995 the Unanderra Community Centre staff were given reassurance that the agreement would continue until the expiry date.

      (4) and (5) To align the Unanderra Centre with common practice in Early Childhood Services, the drop-in system has been discontinued and an appointment system has been implemented.

      The appointment system has the benefit of allowing each parent to spend 15-20 minutes with the Early Childhood Nurse. Parents are able to plan ahead when they wish to attend the clinic. They are also able to spend a reasonable time with the nurse without having to rush because other parents are waiting.

      (6) I have been advised by the Area Health Service that the majority of clients attending the Unanderra Centre use private cars. Access to the Figtree Centre should not present a problem to these parents.

      Those clients who have transport problems will continue to be able to attend a limited service at the Unanderra Centre. Mothers and babies will be able to attend education/support groups which will also be held by the Illawarra Area Health Service at the Unanderra Centre.

      (7) and (8) In the Wollongong area, immunisation clinics are conducted by the Illawarra Public Health Unit and are held at major centres only. The number of babies attending the clinic does not justify the establishment of an immunisation clinic at the Unanderra Centre.

    7 HILTON BOMBING—Ms Kirkby asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Police—

      (1) Did the former Police Commissioner, John Avery, ever order an inquiry into allegations about the Hilton Bombing made by bomb victim Terry Griffiths?

      (2) If so, was the inquiry ever completed?

      (3) If not, why not, particularly following the release of Mr Tim Anderson?

      (4) Was the inquiry ordered to be stopped?

      (5) If so, by whom?

      (6) (a) Did the then Minister assert in answers published on 16 September 1992 in response to questions on notice asked by myself, that New South Wales Police had no overseas-trained anti-terrorist personnel?

      (b) Did media statements made by Superintendent Reginald Douglas reported in the Daily Telegraph, 14 February 1978, suggest otherwise?

      (7) (a) Did the then Minister state that there were no established security procedures in 1978 which required garbage bins in a public street to be searched?

      (b) Are such directions contained in Permanent Circular 135 which came out in 1972?

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      (8) Was there a request from the New South Wales Police for the Military Sniffer Dog Squad to examine the site of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting? If not, why not?

      (9) (a) Did the then Minister maintain in his answer to my question on notice on 16 September 1992 that to allow a garbage truck to empty the bin in which the bomb eventually exploded would have caused disruption to traffic?

      (b) Why was it not possible for traffic in front of the hotel to move into the centre lane?

      (10) (a) In answer to my question on 16 September 1992, did the then Minister state that the running sheet entries of the New South Wales Police who were on duty at the time of the Hilton Bombing were at the Independent Commission Against Corruption?

      (b) Where are those documents now?

      (c) Can the Minister indicate which personnel were on duty at the Hilton Bombing?

      (11) (a) Who were the New South Wales Police personnel rostered to perform duty with the anti-terrorist squad and within the security arrangements of the CHOGRM?

      (b) Why did they not search the bin and locate the bomb as they had been trained to do?

      (c) If officers were not present, why were they not directed to the vicinity of the front entrance in George Street after the phone call warning of the bomb?

      (d) Were the appropriate police officers called to give evidence and be cross-examined at the 1982 coronial inquiry into the Hilton Bombing? If not, why not?

      (12) Did ASIO personnel consult with the New South Wales Special Branch personnel on security for the CHOGRM conference and if so, what was the nature of that involvement?

      (13) Were any observation squad personnel who worked on CHOGRM ever called to give evidence about the Hilton Bombing? If not, why not?

      (14) Has any State security protection unit been called to account for its failure to detect the bomb?

      (15) (a) Did Superintendent Douglas accept responsibility for not searching?

      (b) Did Superintendent Douglas ever appear or was he ever subpoenaed as a witness to any court hearings relating to the Hilton Bombing?

      (c) If not, why not?

      (d) Was any disciplinary action taken against Superintendent Douglas?

      (16) (a) Did Detective Sergeant Streatfield disobey Police Permanent Circular 135 of 1972 by not relaying the warning he received of the presence of the bomb?

      (b) Was this reported in the 1992/93 Annual Report of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security?

      (c) Were seven items of particular interest to the New South Wales Police? If so, were these policies ever followed up? If not, why not?

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      (17) (a) Was crucial evidence relating to the Hilton Bombing (explosives and other items) found in a University of New South Wales locker in July 1981?

      (b) Was this evidence destroyed in 1985?

      (c) If so, why?

      (d) On whose orders?

      (e) Was any of this material brought to the attention of the inquest in 1982? If not, why not?

      (f) On what grounds was the investigation into Melton dropped?

      (g) If so, why and how were such investigations dropped?

      (18) (a) Did Mr Frank Walker, a former New South Wales Minister, publicly report that he was visited in 1980 by a former CSIRO scientist who claimed to have manufactured bombs for ASIO in the weeks prior to the Hilton Bombing?

      (b) Is the identity of the CSIRO scientist in question known to the Attorney General’s Department?

      (c) If so, what action does the Attorney General intend to take?

      (d) Is the Commonwealth Government willing to co-operate with the New South Wales Government on any inquiry into the Hilton Bombing?

      (e) If so, will the Minister ensure that an inquiry is established or ensure that the matter is investigated within the terms of the upcoming Royal Commission into the Police?

      Answer—

      The Minister for Police, the Hon. Paul Whelan, M.P., has advised for questions (1) to (17) and (18) (a) and (e). The responses to question (18) (b) to (d) are from my own portfolio.

      (1) I am advised no.

      (2) Not applicable.

      (3) Given the elapse of time and turnover of relevant personnel, I am unable to ascertain why not.

      (4) Not applicable.

      (5) Not applicable.

      (6) (a) This is a matter of public record.

      (b) I am advised that Superintendent Douglas was quoted in the Daily Telegraph of 14 February 1978 as saying NSW Police had been sent overseas to train in anti-terrorist tactics.

      (7) (a) This is a matter of public record.

      (b) I am advised no such directions are contained in Permanent Circular 135.

      (8) I am advised that no request was made. I am not aware of the reason for this decision.

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      (9) (a) This is a matter of public record.

      (b) I am advised that this was because cars were already double parked outside the hotel.

      (10) (a) This is a matter of public record.

      (b) In the possession of the Police Service.

      (c) I am advised that approximately 238 NSW Police were rostered for duty in relation to the CHOGRM Conference on the day in question. Copies of running sheets will be made publicly available as announced by the Premier on 24 July 1995.

      (11) (a) I am advised that this was a responsibility of Special Branch personnel.

      (b) I am not aware why a search was not carried out.

      (c) I am advised that there was insufficient time between the phone call and the time of the blast.

      (d) I am advised that Detective Sergeant Crothers did give evidence to the Coronial Inquiry. The Coroner would have decided who was to be called to give evidence.

      (12) I am advised that there was consultation on security arrangements for the conference.

      (13) I am advised that there was no NSW Observation Squad working at the conference.

      (14) I am advised that no disciplinary action was taken against any police arising out of the incident.

      (15) (a) Yes, the Daily Telegraph of 14 February 1978 reported Superintendent Douglas accepting responsibility as he was in charge of police operation.

      (b) I am advised no.

      (c) I am unable to provide any information as to why he was not called as a witness.

      (d) I am advised no.

      (16) (a) I am advised no.

      (b) I am advised no.

      (c) Refer to the 1992/93 Annual Report of the Inspector-General of Intelligence. I am unable to advise why no follow-up occurred.

      (17) (a) I am advised that this is correct.

      (b) I am advised that the explosives were destroyed.

      (c) I am advised that this was because the explosives had become dangerous due to passage of time.

      (d) I am advised that the decision was made by a forensic scientist.

      (e) I am advised no, the relevance of the explosives was not known until after the Coronial Inquiry.

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      (f) I am advised that Mr Melton was interviewed by police and eliminated as a suspect.

      (g) I am advised that a statement was taken from Mr Melton denying any knowledge and that his handwriting did not “match” the records at the university.

      (18) (a) Yes, according to media reports.

      (b) No.

      (c) Not applicable.

      (d) The NSW Government is eager to participate in a joint Commonwealth/State inquiry into the Hilton Bombing. However, the Commonwealth responses to the requests of my predecessors in office for a joint inquiry is that the explosion was a violation of New South Wales laws and therefore a joint inquiry is not justified.

      (e) The Premier has announced that all NSW Government files relating to the Hilton Bombing will be made available to the public.

    *8 REGULATIONS UNDER EXHIBITED ANIMALS PROTECTION ACT—Mr Jones asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Agriculture—

      (1) Has the Director-General varied a standard under Regulations to the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986?

      (2) If so, in respect of which establishments, by name and address?

      Answer—

      (1) The Director-General of NSW Agriculture may exercise authority to amend or vary standards under clause 7 of the Exhibited Animals Protection Regulations. The Director-General has had cause, on several occasions, to amend such standards. I am advised that such action is usually taken on the advice of the Exhibited Animals Advisory Committee following departmental review of standards and/or requests from members of the animal exhibition industry.

      (2) The Standards for Exhibiting Bottlenose Dolphins regarding suitable pool area have been amended.

      Similarly amendments to the Standards for Exhibiting Koalas in New South Wales regarding supervision of koalas handled by visitors affect all koala exhibitors in the State.

      The Regulations have also been amended to exclude the application of the Act to displays of farm species on farms and at agricultural shows and field days.

    *9 TRANSIT LANES—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

      (1) What study has been undertaken to ensure that transit lanes are the most effective way of moving people along the roads?

      (2) Have transit lanes increased the number of passengers using buses?

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      (3) How many individuals travel on the transit lanes including people in buses and cars, compared to other lanes?

      (4) Would more people be moved more quickly if it were allowable for cars with two persons aboard to use transit lanes?

      Answer—

      (1) In August 1994, the Roads and Traffic Authority completed an evaluation titled “A Study of Sydney’s Transit & Bus Lanes”, the purpose of which was to collect a representative set of data on the operation of Sydney’s transit and bus lanes and assess their effectiveness.

      (2) Bus passengers form the majority of travellers using transit and bus lanes. However, the study data regarding changes in bus occupancy over time were not conclusive. Survey results showed a slight reduction in passengers per bus (of about up to 10%) since 1989, while recent State Transit Authority studies showed occupancy levels to be higher than that indicated by the survey results.

      (3) The 1994 Study showed that the percentage of road users travelling on transit and bus lanes across Sydney was 49% overall, ranging from 39% on the Parramatta Road bus lane to 67% on Windsor Road. Approximately 51% of travellers on Military Road used the transit lane.

      (4) An increase in the number of vehicles allowed to use transit lanes could erode the travel time savings being achieved, particularly for buses. Routes with a high concentration of buses operate more efficiently with the three person limit on vehicles.

    *10 RTA PLANNING STAFF—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

      (a) Has the Government decided to centralise all planning in the Department of Planning and Urban Affairs?

      (b) If so:

      (i) What has happened to the former planning staff of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA); and

      (ii) Are the RTA staff who previously were planners now classified as engineers?

      Answer—
        (a) No.

      (b) (i) Not applicable.

      (ii) Not applicable.

    *11 CONTROL OF INVASIVE WEEDS BY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE—Mr Jones asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Agriculture—

      (1) What is the Department of Agriculture doing about the control of invasive weeds such as Bitou Bush on our coastline?

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      (2) Precisely what programs are in place to control such weeds?

      Answer—

      (1) NSW Agriculture’s involvement in the control of non-agricultural weeds, such as Bitou Bush, is generally limited to administration of the Noxious Weeds Act 1993. However, NSW Agriculture has carried out an extensive research program to develop cost effective methods for the control of Bitou Bush.

      The research programs are:

      (a) Development of chemical control—this program is at an advanced stage and large scale evaluation trials are currently being carried out. Research has shown that low rates (2 L/ha) of glyphosate (Roundup®), applied by helicopter during winter, can kill Bitou Bush without damaging native plants.

      (b) Development of biological control—one agent, the bitou tip moth, has been released. It is only effective in exposed situations but is useful in conjunction with chemical control. Two other agents are being evaluated.

      The eventual control package will probably involve chemical control, reseeding with local native species and biological control.

      (2) Bitou bush is a major environmental weed of coastal areas and currently infests about 70,000 hectares. However, it has only been declared as a noxious weed in 15 council areas (as W2 in Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Lord Howe Island, North Sydney, Parramatta, Pittwater, Randwick, Ryde, Shoalhaven and Willoughby and as W3 in Maclean, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla). Effective control strategies are essential before Bitou Bush is declared as a noxious weed along the whole coast.

      Implementation of control strategies developed by NSW Agriculture research programs will be the responsibility of the Department of Land and Water Conservation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, councils and landholders. NSW Agriculture will use the provisions of the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 to ensure that this control is carried out.

    *12 CONTROL OF INVASIVE WEEDS BY COASTAL COUNCILS—Mr Jones asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Local Government—

      (1) What are coastal councils doing about the control of invasive weeds, such as Bitou Bush, along our coastlines?

      (2) Which councils have control programs in place?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) The Minister for Local Government is aware that Bitou Bush has been declared a noxious plant in a number of local government areas throughout New South Wales. The provisions relating to the control of declared noxious plants by councils are contained in the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, administered by our colleague the Hon. Richard Amery, M.P., Minister for Agriculture. As the Minister for Local Government and I are not in a position to answer the question, we have referred the matter to Mr Amery for the preparation of an appropriate response.

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      The Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Richard Amery, M.P., has advised that:

      (1) At this stage most councils have not implemented control programs for Bitou Bush, due to the cost of implementing control. It is estimated that the current cost of mechanical control per hectare is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 in the first year.

      NSW Agriculture is carrying our research programs to develop cost effective methods for the control of the Bitou Bush. The eventual control package will probably involve chemical control, reseeding with local native species and biological control. The cost of this control is estimated to be around $200 per hectare. This trial work in its final year and, if results continue to be promising, affected councils will probably expand their Bitou Bush control programs.

      (2) Bitou bush is a major environmental weed of coastal areas and currently infests about 70,000 hectares. However, it has only been declared as a noxious weed in 15 council areas (as W21 in Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Lord Howe Island, North Sydney, Parramatta, Pittwater, Randwick, Ryde, Shoalhaven and Willoughby and as W32 in Maclean, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla). Effective control strategies are essential before Bitou Bush is declared as a noxious weed along the whole coast.


      25 MAY 1995

      (Paper No. 3)
    *13 OECD REPORT—Ms Kirkby asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs—

      (1) Is the Premier aware of a draft Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report to Ministers on Trade and Environment, likely to be adopted at a meeting in Paris shortly?

      (2) Is the Premier aware that this OECD policy document encourages the 26 member countries to introduce new environmental taxes?

      (3) Is Australia a member of the OECD?

      (4) Will the lifting of user pays charges such as tolls on major motorways contravene the spirit of this Report?

      (5) Will the lifting of tolls encourage more people to use personal, rather than public transport?

      (6) Does the State of New South Wales have a “duty” to assist the Commonwealth in reducing greenhouse emissions and other environmental impacts?

      (7) Will the Premier give an undertaking that he will not lift any further tolls on environmental grounds?

      Answer—

      The Premier was not aware of the Report on Trade and Environment to the OECD Council at Ministerial Level and appreciates it being drawn to his attention. The Premier has subsequently requested a detailed analysis of the whole report. In any event, the Government is not in favour of new taxes.



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    30 MAY 1995

      (Paper No. 4)
    *14 AUDIT ON HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS—Dr Pezzutti asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

      (a) Has the Minister called for the internal audit (including in this, a probe into efficiency) by the Department of Public Works into the changing of contracts from the building of the Inner West Hospital to the redevelopment of Canterbury Hospital?

      (b) If not, why not?

      Answer—

      (a) An internal audit by the Department of Public Works and Services has not been requested into changing the Inner West Hospital from the Croydon site to Canterbury.
            The transfer was made on the basis of a delivery strategy undertaken by the Minister for Health which demonstrated a fairer and more equitable outcome of health services in the Inner West.

      (b) Public Works and Services has a Contract Risk Management role in the project which includes advice on the tender process, procurement method and contract negotiations to be used.
            Preliminary negotiations are currently being held with the contractor, Concrete Constructions, for the transfer of the hospital in an effort to minimise project costs.
            The negotiation process is intended to be publicly accountable, in accordance with probity rules, and able to withstand the scrutiny of the industry and parliament.
            The outcome must be commercially sensible for both sides and must demonstrate a clear advantage over repudiating the existing contract and implementing the Canterbury project by re-tendering.

    *15 BREACH OF FOOD ACT—Mr Jones asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

      (1) Are claims made on page 3 of News Bulletin Issue Number 1, issued by Southern Game Meat Pty Ltd of 22 Churchill Street, Auburn 2144, contrary to section 12 of the Food Act 1989?

      (2) Do these statements breach Food Standard A1(19)?

      (3) If this material is in breach of the Act, will you ensure that all copies will be seized and destroyed?

      Answer—

      (1) and (2) I am advised that, whilst the claims are not in breach of section 12 of the Food Act 1989, some of the claims appear to be in breach of section 14 of the Act and they may breach Food Standard A1(19).

      (3) The Department has advised me that the matter has been referred to the Western Sydney and Wentworth Public Health Unit for appropriate action.

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      *16 SHARK NETTING—Mr Jones asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Mineral Resources, and Minister for Fisheries—

        (1) Which beaches still have shark netting?

        (2) Precisely how many sharks are caught at each beach and what species are the sharks?

        (3) How many dolphins are caught each year at each beach?

        (4) How many turtles are caught each year at each beach?

        (5) What percentage of animals and fish caught are non-target species?

        (6) How much does the shark netting cost taxpayers?

        (7) How many of the sharks killed can be regarded as dangerous to bathers?

        (8) (a) Will you re-examine the effectiveness and need for shark netting; and

        (b) Will this re-examination include possible alternatives?

        Answer—

        (1) Newcastle beaches: Catherine Hill Bay, Caves, Swansea, Blacksmiths, Redhead, Merewether, Dixon Park, Bar, Newcastle, Nobbys, Stockton.
          Central Coast: Lakes, Soldiers, The Entrance, Shelley, Terrigal, Avoca/North Avoca, Copacabana/ McMasters, Kilcare, Umina/Ocean.
          Sydney: Palm, Whale, Avalon, Bilgola, Newport, Mona Vale, Warriewood, North Narrabeen, Dee Why, Curl Curl, Harbord, Queenscliff, North Steyne, Manly, Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Maroubra, Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla, Cronulla, Wattamolla, Garie.
          Wollongong: Coledale, Austinmer, Thirroul, North Wollongong, South Wollongong.

        (2) Between 150 and 200 sharks are caught each year in the shark netting program. No statistics are currently available about individual beaches.

        Some of the major species caught by percentage in the years 1972-90 at Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong beaches are:

        Sphyrna spp. 46.3 (Hammerhead)
          Squatina australis 20.8 (Angel)
        Carcharinus spp. 15.3 (Whalers)
        Charcharadon carcharias 3.1 (White Pointer)

        (3) Between 1 and 2 dolphins are now caught each year in the shark netting program. No statistics are currently available about catches at each beach.

        (4) An average of 1.3 turtles are caught each year in the shark netting program. Statistics about individual beaches are not currently available.

        (5) No statistics currently available.

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        (6) The annual cost depends on tenders but is currently under $400,000.

        (7) The three species thought most likely to be responsible for attacks on humans, the white shark, the tiger shark, and the bull shark are all present in the New South Wales shark netting program catch. Other sharks caught in the meshing program are relatively small and could therefore be considered to be relatively harmless to humans at that size.

        (8) (a) My department examines the effectiveness and need for the shark netting program on an ongoing basis.

        (b) Alternatives to netting are constantly being examined as the department becomes aware of them through assessments published in scientific literature. Were a suitable alternative to be identified, then I would only consider the introduction of that alternative after full and extensive consultation with organisations such as the Surf Life Saving Association as well as divers, bathers, beach users and the community in general.

      *17 BLACK COCKATOOS—Mr Jones asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

        (1) How many black cockatoos are being held at Taronga Park Zoo?

        (2) How long have these black cockatoos been held?

        (3) Are legal proceedings in progress?

        (4) If so, is it the intention of the National Parks and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate these black cockatoos back into the wild in appropriate habitat when all legal proceedings are finished? If not, why not?

        Answer—

        (1) Taronga Zoo houses 29 Black Cockatoos from two consignments of confiscated birds seized by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. These include:

        11 Red-tailed Black Cockatoos;
        14 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos;
        4 Glossy Black Cockatoos.

        (2) The birds were brought to the zoo in two seizures; 8 have been held since 9 June 1994 and 21 birds since 10 June 1994.

        (3) Yes.

        (4) That will depend on the results of the proceedings and any orders that the court might make as to who the birds should go to.

        If the court does not order the return of the birds to the defendants then the Service will endeavour to rehabilitate the birds to an appropriate habitat in the wild.

        Birds that cannot be rehabilitated because they have been in captivity too long will remain at the zoo for exhibition or transfer to another “A Class” zoo for exhibition.


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        *18 COUNCIL FEES—Mr Jobling asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Local Government—

          (1) How many councils have increased fees paid to mayors and councillors to the maximum?

          (2) Which are these councils?

          (3) Which councils have not increased fees?

          (4) What percentage of general rates will be allocated by each council to fees for mayors and councillors?

          Answer—

          The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Ernie Page, M.P., has advised me that:

          (1) to (4) The information sought by the Honourable Member is not presently available to the Hon. Ernie Page, M.P., or his administration. The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal is an independent statutory body and recently delivered its determination expressed to apply to annual fees for mayors and councillors of local councils for the period 1 July 1995 to 30 June 1996. Some councils would still be deliberating on the fees to be fixed for the next financial year within the range of minimum and maximum fees set by the Tribunal for each category of councils. A council that does not resolve to set an annual fee before 1 July will pay the maximum fee determined by the Tribunal.

        *19 PROFESSOR HILMER OF PACIFIC POWER—Mr Jobling asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

          (1) Does the new Chairman of Pacific Power, Professor Hilmer, oppose the proposal to break up Pacific Power into three competitive units?

          (2) Did Professor Hilmer threaten to resign?

          (3) Will you detail Professor Hilmer’s preferred option for Pacific Power?

          Answer—

          (1) The Chairman of Pacific Power, Professor Hilmer, is currently chairing the deliberations of the Generation Review Working Group. This group was recently established by the Government to advise it on the final shape of a reformed generation sector, and to consider whether Pacific Power should be corporatised as one or more publicly owned businesses. Professor Hilmer’s final report on the recommended reform of the generation sector will be provided no later than December 1995.

          (2) Professor Hilmer has not threatened to resign as Chairman of Pacific Power.

          (3) See (1).

        *20 MEMBERS’ TRAVEL—Mr Jobling asked all Ministers—

          (1) Will you be travelling or planning to travel out of the State or Australia during the coming Parliamentary recess?

          (2) Will staff or other bureaucrats or Members be accompanying you?

          (3) What are their names?
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          (4) What class of travel will each Member be using?

          (5) What are the anticipated total and individual costs budgeted for each trip?

          (6) Where and for how many days will you be absent?

          (7) What is the stated purpose of the visit?

          Answer—

          (1) The Premier and Ministers Refshauge, Egan, Aquilina, Knight, Yeadon, Knowles, Face and Martin will travel out of the State on official government business.

          (2) Yes.

          (3) J. Anderson, J. Brennan, J. Brophy, S. Crawford, A. Crook, M. Duffy, C. Gellatly, A. Goodwin, B. Johnson, S. Jones, A. Keith, S. Kerkyasharian, M. Lambert, P. Levins, D. Lowenthal, K. Purcell, M. Schultz, C. Siorokos, J. Stewart, D. Tierney, J. Watt, G. Wedderburn and J. Wyn Owen will accompany Members.

          (4) Ministers will be travelling in accordance with approved guidelines for class of travel.

          (5) Costs will be met from current Ministerial budget allocations.

          (6) A number of separate trips are proposed and include the following destinations: USA, Europe, Alice Springs, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.

          Total number of days: 74.5.

          (7) Official government business.

        *21 PACIFIC POWER—Mr Jobling asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

          (1) Do you propose to split Pacific Power into three generating units?

          (2) Will the proposed three units be Upper Hunter, Central Coast and Western Area?

          (3) Is this break-up to satisfy Victoria’s claims that with 56% of generating capacity Pacific Power would be too big and dominate the proposed national grid?

          Answer—

          (1) The Chairman of Pacific Power, Professor Hilmer, is currently chairing the deliberations of the Generation Review Working Group. This group was recently established by the Government to advise it on the final shape of a reformed generation sector, and to consider whether Pacific Power should be corporatised as one or more publicly owned businesses. Professor Hilmer’s final report on the recommended reform of the generation sector will be provided no later than December 1995. The Government will not corporatise the generation sector until such time as it has considered the working group’s recommendations.

          (2) See (1).

          (3) See (1).

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          31 MAY 1995

          (Paper No. 5)
        *22 NEWCASTLE CABINET MEETING—Mrs Forsythe asked all Ministers—

          (1) Did you attend the Cabinet meeting in Newcastle on 8 April 1995?

          (2) (a) What form of transport did you use to travel to Newcastle?

          (b) If you travelled by a ministerial car, did any other Minister travel with you in the car?

          (3) (a) Did you travel to Sydney after the meeting?

          (b) If not, what was your destination?

          (4) (a) What method of transport did you use to return from the Cabinet meeting?

          (b) If you travelled by a ministerial car, did any other Minister travel with you in the car?

          Answer—

          (1) The Cabinet meeting was held on 10 April 1995, not 8 April 1995. All Ministers attended.

          (2) (a) Charter Air to Williamtown airbase and bus, except Ministers Egan, Dyer, Face and Martin who travelled by Ministerial car.

          (b) No.

          (3) (a) All Ministers returned to Sydney except the Premier, Minister Egan and Minister Scully.

          (b) Canberra for the COAG meeting.

          (4) (a) Charter Air, bus and some by car.

          (b) No.

        *23 UNION CONCERNS ABOUT PACIFIC POWER—Mr Jobling asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

          (1) Has the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union written to the Government opposing the dismantling of Pacific Power?

          (2) Were they concerned about loss of jobs, the doubt about reductions in electricity prices and the questionable increase in competition?

          (3) Has the Electrical Trade Union also opposed the proposal and warned about cuts in jobs and services?

          (4) What assurances have both unions been given about union members’ job security?

          (5) What additional costs will be incurred to meet all the Government’s promises to the unions?

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          Answer—

          (1) Yes.

          (2) Yes.

          (3) Yes.

          (4) The Government is having ongoing discussions with the unions regarding electricity reform.

          (5) One objective of the electricity reforms proposed by the Government is to reduce costs.

        *24 COAL BENEFICIATION—Mr Pickering asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

          (1) (a) Is approximately 86% of all coal burnt by Pacific Power to generate the State’s power supply not subject to any form of coal beneficiation to reduce ash levels after mining?

          (b) If so, have some senior staff within Pacific Power historically erroneously concluded that generally the beneficiation of raw coal used by Pacific Power is economically deleterious?

          (2) Of recent date, has there been any effort made by senior staff within Pacific Power to re-evaluate this situation to properly assess on a sound scientific basis if boiler thermal efficiency might benefit from coal beneficiation?

          (3) Would small percentage increases in thermal boiler efficiency result in significant cost savings in the production of power as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

          (4) Has the present Federal Minister for Energy on a number of occasions stated that if China were to clean its raw coal used for power generation in that country it would do much to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions problem?

          Answer—

          (1) (a) Yes.

          (b) No.

          (2) Not recently, but Pacific Power advised me that its approach to beneficiation of coal rests on a sound economic and scientific basis.

          (3) Yes, however beneficiation of coal will not always lead to increased boiler thermal efficiency.

          (4) I understand that this view has been expressed by many persons in the industry about the specific case of coal in China.

        *25 REID HARRIS CONSULTING FIRM—Dr Pezzutti asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

          Could the Minister please advise the House on the number and title of consultancies undertaken by the Reid Harris Consulting Firm for the Department of Health in the period from 1988 to March 1995?

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          Answer—

          I am informed that there were nine consultancies undertaken by the Reid Harris & Associates consulting firm for the Department of Health in the period from 1988 to March 1995. The titles of the consultancies were:
                •Ophthalmology Enhancement Programme.
                •Review Hospital Junior Medical Staffing.
                •Aids Planning Study.
                •NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programme.
                •Eastern & Southern Sydney Clinical Services Review.
                •N.G.O. Review.
                •Service Sharing between Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital.
                •Aeromedical Review.
                •Orange Base Hospital Review.

        *26 COUNCIL APPROVAL AT GREEN POINT—Mr Jones asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Local Government—

          (1) Did Lake Macquarie City Council recently approve a subdivision of land at Green Point?

          (2) Did the council’s officers advise against this subdivision?

          (3) (a) Is the land currently the subject of legal proceedings regarding the ownership of the land, and at present before the Supreme Court in the case of Lunn v. Savage?

          (b) If so, is it appropriate for the council to approve this development while the land is under dispute?

          Answer—

          The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Ernie Page, M.P., has advised me that:

          (1) Lake Macquarie City Council did recently grant development consent to the subdivision of land at Green Point.

          (2) Council has advised the Department of Local Government that its officers did not advise against the subdivision.

          (3) (a) The council has advised the Department that its aware of the case Lunn v. Savage.

          (b) Council has advised the Department that it has counsel’s advice that it is in order for council to deal in the land.

        *27 MINISTERIAL APPROVAL CONCERNING GREEN POINT—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

          (1) Has the Minister approved the rezoning of Green Point to allow a subdivision development to go ahead?

          (2) (a) Is this land currently the subject of legal proceedings before the Supreme Court regarding the ownership of the land in the case of Lunn v. Savage?

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          (b) If so, would it not be more appropriate to wait for the approval of the development until the case is decided?

          Answer—

          I have been advised by the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning and Minster for Housing that the answers to the Honourable Member’s questions are:

          (1) Yes.

          (2) (a) Yes.

          (b) The granting of development consent is a matter for determination by the Lake Macquarie City Council.

        *28 CARDIFF COAL COMPANY—Mr Jones asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations—

          (1) Is there an ongoing legal battle over the Cardiff Coal Company and Belmont Colliery, and the involvement of Mr L.H. Savage, Director of Cardiff Coal Company, on the basis of his claim that his Belmont Colliery owns the majority shares in Cardiff Coal Company?

          (2) Has a recent judgment of Justice Hulme ruled that the documents used to transfer shares of Cardiff Coal Company to Belmont Colliery were fraudulent, and the signatures upon them forged?

          (3) Has Justice Hulme’s judgment ruled that Mr Savage’s Belmont Colliery never owned shares in Cardiff Coal Company?

          (4) Is Mr Savage still operating as the Director of Cardiff Coal Company?

          (5) Will the Attorney General enquire into the Cardiff Coal Company to determine who are the legitimate shareholders so that a meeting of shareholders can be called and directors properly appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Act of Incorporation and the Deed of Settlement?

          (6) Has the company failed to issue notices of meetings, reports and financial statements to shareholders as required by the Deed of Settlement?

          Answer—

          (1) Yes.

          (2) Yes, however, Mr Justice Hulme has not reached any conclusion as to who is responsible for the forgeries.

          (3) Yes.

          (4) This question should be directed to the Australian Securities Commission.

          (5) Any inquiries should be conducted by the Australian Securities Commission.

          (6) This question should be directed to the Australian Securities Commission.


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          1 JUNE 1995

          (Paper No. 6)
        *29 STRUCTURE OF PACIFIC POWER—Mr Jobling asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

          (1) In the event that Pacific Power is broken up into three units, will it be corporatised, or privatised as in Victoria?

          (2) What interest will the Government maintain in each option?

          (3) Where will the headquarters of each new unit be located?

          (4) What increases in staffing and administration costs will result from corporatisation or privatisation of Pacific Power?

          Answer—

          (1) The Government has set up a working group, chaired by the Chairman of Pacific Power, Professor Hilmer, to advise it on the final shape of a reformed generation sector, and to consider whether Pacific Power should be corporatised as one or more publicly owned business. Professor Hilmer’s final report on the recommended reform of the generation sector will be provided no later than December 1995. The Government will not reform nor corporatise the generation sector until such time as it has considered the working group’s recommendations.

          (2) A statutory corporation has two shareholders, the Treasurer and the Minister nominated by the Premier.

          (3) See (1).

          (4) See (1).

        *30 PACIFIC POWER PROPERTIES—Mr Jobling asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council—

          (1) If Pacific Power is corporatised or privatised, is the existing building at Elizabeth and Park Streets to be sold?

          (2) What is the book value of the building?

          (3) What properties are surplus to Pacific Power’s current needs?

          Answer—

          (1) The Government has set up a working group, chaired by the Chairman of Pacific Power, Professor Hilmer, to advise it on the final shape of a reformed generation sector, and to consider whether Pacific Power should be corporatised as one or more publicly owned business. Professor Hilmer’s final report on the recommended reform of the generation sector will be provided no later than December 1995. The Government will not reform nor corporatise the generation sector until such time as it has considered the working group’s recommendations.

          (2) The book value of the Pacific Power building is $55 million, excluding land, as noted in Pacific Power’s Annual Report.

          (3) This information is commercial and in confidence.

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          *31 MINISTERIAL STAFF—Mr Jobling asked all Ministers—


            (1) Does your Ministerial staff include any former employees of the Australian Labor Party?

            (2) If so:

            (a) How many?

            (b) Who are they?

            (c) In what positions are they employed?

            (d) What are their salaries?

            (e) Which staff members were specifically employed at ALP headquarters in Sussex Street?

            Answer—
                  •The Labor Government advertised for 204 Ministerial staff positions.
                  •The selections were based on merit and in accordance with public sector equal employment opportunities.
                  •Ministerial staff members are paid in accordance with the salary ranges and regulations determination by the Public Employment Office.

          *32 POLICE VISITS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND—Mrs Symonds asked the:

            (i) Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Gaming and Racing, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Hunter Development—

            (ii) Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Police—


            (1) How many times have police attended the University of New England in regard to liquor licensing laws in the period from January 1994 until May 1995?

            (2) How many breaches were detected during that period?

            (3) What is the description of the breaches detected?

            (4) At what premises were the breaches detected?

            (5) Have the breaches been proceeded with?

            (6) What breaches have been concluded and what was the result of such action?

            (7) What breaches have yet to be concluded?

            (8) Who were the officers involved in the detection of the breaches?

            (9) What is their rank, where are such officers stationed, and what is their major duty description?

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            (10) (a) Were the police visits to the New England University as a result of a complaint?

            (i) If so, who made such a complaint?

            (ii) If not, were such visits routine inspections of licensed premises?

            (b) How many other licensed premises in the city of Armidale were visited in the same period of time?

            (c) What were the number and type of breach detected on those premises?

            (11) Were the police that visited the New England University given specific directions to do so?

            (12) If so, who so directed the police and for what reason?

            (13) Did the police who attended the University threaten that they would continue to visit the University and record liquor licensing breaches until licences for various locations on the University campus were cancelled?

            (14) Have police tried to assist by giving advice to the University to comply with the laws on how to rectify problems?

            (15) If not, why not?

            Answer—

            Questions (1) and (8) to (15) answered by the Hon. J.W. Shaw, M.L.C., Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations.

            Questions (2) to (7) answered by the Hon. R.D. Dyer, M.L.C., Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services and Minister for Disability Services.

            (1) Twice.

            (2) Licensing Court records indicate that one breach was detected during the period from January 1994 to May 1995.

            (3) The description of that breach is “Did supply liquor in contravention to a condition of the licence”.

            (4) University of New England Union, University of New England, Armidale 2350.

            (5) Yes. Last hearing on 15 May 1995 adjourned. Listed for next hearing at Armidale on 26 July 1995.

            (6) See (5).

            (7) See (5).

            (8) In relation to the breach before the Licensing Court, the officers were Constables Short and Parker.

            (9) Constables at Tamworth on general duties.

            (10) (a) Yes.
              (i) The Australian Hotels Association.
              (ii) Not applicable.

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              (b) I am advised that all the licensed premises in Armidale were visited during this period on a regular basis.
              (c) 55 breaches for offences such as minors in licensed premises, intoxication, signs not correctly displayed.

            (11) Yes.

            (12) Sergeant Menzies of Armidale, after consultation with the Patrol Commander.

            (13) No.

            (14) The Police Service has advised me that they have.

            (15) Not applicable.


            6 JUNE 1995

            (Paper No. 7)
          *33 ILLAWARRA RAIL LINE—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

            (1) (a) Did the State Rail Authority (SRA) block drainage culverts on the main Illawarra line in 1982-85?

            (b) If so, did this occur as a result of constructing access roads with bulldozers during electrification of the line?

            (2) (a) Did the SRA re-open these blocked culverts upon completion of roadwork and electrification activities?

            (b) If not, why not?

            (3) Was loss of life at Coledale in 1988 linked in any way to poor maintenance of drainage culverts?

            (4) Has the SRA adopted a policy of cutting track maintenance staff along this line?

            (5) (a) Have communities at Scarborough/Wombarra suffered extensive washouts and property damage on three occasions since 1985?

            (b) If so, was this as a direct result of SRA culvert blockages?

            (6) Was multi-million dollar drainage engineering on the Illawarra line undertaken by the SRA in 1989/90?

            (7) Did these engineering works divert and combine natural sub-escarpment stream courses?

            (8) Did this action increase flow velocities of watercourses?

            (9) Did those works contravene current State Pollution Control Commission drainage guidelines intended to prevent flash flooding?

            (10) Did the works contravene the Public Works Department’s Flood Plain Management Policy?

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            (11) (a) Were these drainage diversions licensed under the Clean Waters Act?

            (b) If so, on what date was the licence granted?

            (12) Did Wollongong Council request closure of these SRA drainage works based on concern for resident safety?

            (13) (a) Were improvised baffle plates and ground overflow channels fitted by the SRA?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Was this baffling and ground overflow channel construction of an ad hoc nature?

            (ii) Were these activities undertaken against the advice of SRA hydrological consultants?

            (iii) Which SRA engineer was responsible for this work?

            (iv) Does the officer still hold a position in the SRA?

            (v) If so, what position is that?

            (14) (a) Did the SRA advise Northern Illawarra residents of potential flood danger when it closed-off/ baffled engineering drainage works in 1990?

            (b) If not, why not?

            (15) Was flooding and property damage experienced by Scarborough/Wombarra communities in June 1991 in any way related to SRA water diversion activities?

            (16) Is Scarborough/Wombarra an area of known ecological fragility?

            (17) Did the SRA undertake engineering works in 1989/90 to reorganise drainage of the line without prior environmental impact assessment?

            (18) (a) Was an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for Culvert Amplification undertaken after the works?

            (b) If so, how much did this “after the fact” EIS cost taxpayers of New South Wales?

            (19) Were closed-off SRA Culvert Amplification works directly linked to flood damage of Scarborough/ Wombarra homes in June 1991?

            (20) Did residents suffer new flood damage on 17 May 1995 downstream of SRA Culvert Amplification works on Reeces Creek, Wombarra?

            (21) If there were property losses caused by 1989/90 SRA drainage works, will the SRA pay compensation to local residents?

            (22) Who was the General Manager of CityRail when these works were carried out?

            (23) (a) Does the officer currently hold a position in the SRA?

            (b) If so, what position?

            (24) Will the Minister arrange for an independent performance audit of the SRA by the Office of the Auditor-General?

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            Answer—

            (1) (a) No.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (2) (a) Not applicable.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (3) No.

            (4) Policy is to have sufficient track maintenance staff to ensure a safe railway.

            (5) (a) The SRA advises me that it is not aware of extensive property damage, however, there have been occasions of scour in watercourses.

            (b) No.

            (6) Yes.

            (7) No. The engineering works undertaken by the SRA did not alter any drainage flows because the SRA installed baffles in the culverts to maintain the status quo.

            (8) No.

            (9) No.

            (10) No. There were no drainage diversions.

            (11) (a) No. This was not necessary as there were no drainage diversions.

            (b) Not applicable, as there were no drainage diversions.

            (12) No, however, due to public concern and at council’s request, some amplified culverts were baffled back to their original capacity.

            (13) (a) No.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (14) (a) Work was designed to reduce any risk and residents were aware of the work being undertaken.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (15) No.

            (16) In the absence of a definition of ecological fragility and specific details of the area concerned, it is not possible to provide an answer.

            (17) Yes. An EIS was not necessary for the work.

            (18) (a) No. An EIS was undertaken prior to those works which required such study.

            (b) Not applicable.

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            (19) No.

            (20) Yes. Minor scour within the watercourse occurred.

            (21) The SRA was not aware of any such property losses.

            (22) Mr R.A. Schwarzer.

            (23) (a) No.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (24) No, unless information is provided which indicates that it is necessary.

          *34 SOUTH CLIFTON COLLIERY—Mr Jones asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Local Government—

            (1) (a) Has Wollongong Council in principle accepted ownership of the disused South Clifton Colliery from Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA)?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Will remediation of the land now fall to ratepayers at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (ii) Was this transfer proposal a “fair trade” swap in exchange for fast track approval of a real estate subdivision on Kembla Coal and Coke lands at Clifton?

            (2) Are these lands immediately above the Illawarra rail line?

            (3) Will there be drainage impacts on the rail line at Clifton?

            (4) (a) Does Wollongong Council have geotechnical reports on unstable lands near to the proposed SRA tunnel works at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (b) If so, will the Minister table these reports for public inspection?

            (5) (a) Are the two dams on the South Clifton Colliery site licensed by Wollongong Council?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Will the Minister table copies of these two licences?

            (ii) If not, why not?

            (6) Are these dams maintained to structural adequacy by Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA)?

            (7) Did overflow from these dams flood the Illawarra line and homes at Scarborough/Wombarra in June 1991?

            (8) Did Wollongong Council make independent hydrological assessment of conditions at Scarborough/ Wombarra when it told the SRA to close-off/baffle 1989/90 Culvert Amplification works?

            (9) Did council advise Scarborough/Wombarra residents of potential flood risks resulting from such closure?

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            (10) Which officer at Wollongong Council was responsible for the decision to close-off Culvert Amplification works?

            (11) Did the Group General Manager of CityRail threaten the Mayor of Wollongong Council with legal action in order to ensure passage of the Wombarra Drainage Tunnel development application through council on 14 March 1993?

            (12) Will the Minister call for a performance audit of Wollongong Council Planning Department to be carried out by the Office of the Auditor-General?

            Answer—

            (1) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (2) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (3) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (4) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (5) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (6) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (7) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (8) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (9) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (10) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (11) This is a matter for the attention of the Wollongong City Council.

            (12) There is no intention to call for the Office of the Auditor-General to carry out a performance audit of the Wollongong City Council’s Planning Department.

          *35 DRAINAGE TUNNEL—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

            (1) Has the State Rail Authority selected Transfield Constructions to build the proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel?

            (2) (a) Are there unstable conditions on mine lands upstream of the proposed tunnel intake shaft?

            (b) If so, has the SRA advised Transfield of the unstable conditions?

            (3) Who would be liable in the event of operational failure of the tunnel?

            (4) Does the Minister have the assurance of Treasury that the State Government will make good any future liabilities concerning the proposed tunnel?

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            (5) What insurance arrangements have been entered into by the SRA?

            (6) Who is the insurer?

            (7) What insurance arrangements have been entered into by Transfield?

            (8) Who is the insurer?

            (9) (a) Has the SRA offered Scarborough/Wombarra residents written guarantees of compensation for possible damages that might arise as a result of tunnel construction?

            (b) If not, why not?

            (10) (a) Has the SRA offered written guarantees of compensation for possible damages arising as a result of operational failure of the tunnel?

            (b) If not, why not?

            (11) What authority is to assume responsibility for maintenance of the proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel?

            (12) (a) Is this arrangement in contract form?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Will the Minister table this contract?

            (ii) Does the contract for the proposed tunnel resemble a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) Scheme?

            (13) What flood mitigation solution is proposed for Scarborough/Wombarra after the 50-year life of the tunnel has ended?

            (14) How will tunnel infrastructure be maintained after the year 2045?

            (15) Has this been costed by the SRA?

            (16) Would the Minister please inform the House how much money was donated to the Australian Labor Party by Transfield Constructions between 1992-94?

            Answer—

            (1) Yes.

            (2) (a) The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation, principal engineering consultant for this project, advises that any movement from the South Clifton landslide would not seriously endanger the proposed drainage system.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (3) This would depend on the circumstances.

            (4) This would depend on the circumstances.

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            (5) During the course of construction, the SRA is covered by the contractor’s insurance policies covering construction, property and personnel.

            (6) HIH Casualty and General Insurance Limited.

            (7) Insurance to cover both the construction of the Wombarra Drainage Project as well as Public/Products Liability.

            (8) HIH Casualty and General Insurance Limited.

            (9) No. The SRA does not anticipate that there will be any adverse effects on adjacent properties as a result of the tunnel construction or operation.

            (10) See (9).

            (11) The SRA is currently seeking the establishment of an independent body to manage and maintain the tunnel.

            (12) (a) No.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (13) The tunnel’s life expectancy is over 100 years.

            (14) It will be the role of the proposed independent authority to put in place appropriate inspection and maintenance arrangements and it intended that these will occur indefinitely.

            (15) Yes.

            (16) The Electoral Funding Authority is the proper source of information on the disclosures required for election funding.

          *36 SRA DRAINAGE TUNNEL—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

            (1) Does the State Rail Authority’s proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel conflict with requirements of the Water Act 1912?

            (2) Does the SRA proposal conflict with the Clean Waters Act 1970?

            (3) Does the SRA proposal conflict with the Water Administration Act 1986?

            (4) Does the SRA proposal conflict with directives of the New South Wales Flood Plain Management Policy?

            (5) Does the SRA tunnel proposal constitute a third series of catchment interferences to sub-escarpment streams at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (6) (a) Has the Department of Conservation and Land Management applied Catchment Management Principles to flood mitigation at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (b) If not, why not?

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            (7) (a) Is the Public Works Department’s Flood Plain Management Branch involved in flood mitigation at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (b) If not, why not?

            (8) Can the Minister advise on efforts to co-ordinate these bodies?

            (9) Will the Minister require a Total Catchment Management Study for Scarborough/Wombarra as a matter of urgency?

            (10) Will the Minister make available a special one off grant for this purpose?

            (11) Will the Minister make available a further grant to carry out urgent interim flood relief measures at Scarborough/Wombarra including:

            • clearing out debris from watercourses;
            • emptying and reinforcement of disused dams;
            • redirection of northern streams to near original courses;
            • re-opening SRA culvert baffle plates?

            (12) Will individual landholders in the Northern Illawarra be liable for costs of $10,000 to $100,000 for drainage improvements to natural creeks crossing their properties as a result of 1990 SRA drainage culvert constructions?

            (13) What is State Government policy regarding who pays for drainage modifications on private property made necessary by Government activities affecting natural stream flows?

            (14) What is State Government policy regarding who pays for drainage modifications on State/private property made necessary by company activities affecting natural stream flows?

            (15) Is there a possibility of damage to the Illawarra Coast from the SRA’s proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel?

            (16) Does this include fragile sub-escarpment coastal rainforest at Wombarra?

            (17) Will the tunnel deposit acid sulphate soils from South Clifton Colliery at Scarborough Beach headland?

            (18) Will the Minister immediately activate the State Government’s Coastal Protection Policy at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (19) Will the Minister review the situation in New South Wales whereby the same authority may be both proponent of an EIS and determining authority?


            Answer—

            (1) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (2) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (3) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (4) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (5) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.
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            (6) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (7) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (8) No.

            (9) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (10) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (11) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (12) This matter does not fall within the administration of the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning.

            (13) Councils have prime responsibility for managing drainage and stormwater systems. Under section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, councils can seek contributions for drainage facilities from Government or private sector developments which will lead to an increase in stormwater run-off.

            The Environment Protection Authority chairs a State Stormwater Coordinating Committee. Further information on the work of this committee could be obtained from the Minister for the Environment.

            (14) See (13).

            (15) I understand the environmental impact statement for the drainage tunnel concluded that the impact on the coast would be less than the existing stormwater channels. The drainage tunnel would also reduce coastal hazards by reducing landslip and stormwater damage.

            (16) No.

            (17) No. Maps prepared by the Department of Land and Water Conservation indicated that acid sulphate soils are not present in this locality.

            (18) The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 1994 specifies that the Government Coastal Policy does not apply to the Wollongong Local Government area, which includes the Scarborough/Wombarra area.

            (19) The Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning is the approval authority for proposals where the Directors’ requirements for an environmental impact statement were issued after 22 April 1994 and the proponent is also the determining authority under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. His role in approving these proposals follows from amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which came into force 22 April 1994.

            The Minister was not required to approve the SRA Drainage Tunnel proposal as the SRA determined the proposal in mid-1993 before the changes to the Act came into effect.

          *37 WOMBARRA DRAINAGE PROJECT—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

            (1) Was the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) an author of the Wombarra Drainage Project EIS?

            (2) (a) Is SMEC the design engineers for the proposed SRA tunnel?

            (b) If so, does this arrangement favour objective evaluation?

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            (3) Can the Minister assure the House that SMEC has no conflict of interest?

            (4) (a) Did the SRA target 10 Scarborough/Wombarra homes for resumption in an engineering drainage proposal offered as an alternative to the Wombarra Drainage Tunnel?

            (b) If so:

            (i) How many families would have been displaced?

            (ii) Was this threat of relocation used by the SRA to persuade Scarborough/Wombarra residents to accept the tunnel as the best drainage solution?

            (iii) Did this process divide the Scarborough/Wombarra community over the merits of the SRA tunnel proposal?

            (5) Is current community support for the tunnel approximately 15%?

            (6) Is current community opposition to the tunnel approximately 85%?

            (7) Did SRA Community Consultation Reports show strong support for a mine rehabilitation-based flood control solution as early as 1990?

            (8) Would this option minimise flood impacts by keeping sub-escarpment rainforest stream flows separate?

            (9) (a) Was this option fully examined by the SRA, with input from ecologists and geologists in addition to engineers?

            (b) If not, why not?

            (10) (a) Did an internationally renowned landscape restorationist visit Scarborough/Wombarra in 1994?

            (b) If so, did this expert endorse the need for mine and stream rehabilitation at South Clifton Colliery?

            (11) Could a rehabilitation option be paid for under provisions of Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA)’s Coal Lease 587 ?

            (12) Does this lease provide for $310,000 per annum site expenditure or more at the discretion of the Minister for Mineral Resources?

            (13) Was the larger Yellow Rock Colliery, further south, rehabilitated by Shell for less than $1 million?

            (14) How long would rehabilitation of South Clifton Colliery take to complete?

            (15) How long is the proposed tunnel construction expected to take?

            Answer—

            (1) Yes. SMEC was an independent author along with Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd.

            (2) (a) Yes.

            (b) SMEC is a reputable body.

            (3) SMEC is a reputable body.

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            (4) (a) The EIS examined eight options, two of which identified ten private properties as likely to be affected by major storms which would require them to be purchased.

            (b) (i) Neither of these two was the preferred option.

            (ii) No.

            (iii) No.

            (5) Community opinion has not been quantified by the SRA.

            (6) Refer to answer (5).

            (7) There was strong community feeling about the lack of rehabilitation of the mine site. It was generally accepted that more than rehabilitation was required to resolve the water flow problem.

            (8) A restoration option was examined by D.H. Pilgrim & Associates and Dr E. O’Loughlin, of the CSIRO. A Technical Working Party, established by the previous Government, concluded that this was not a feasible solution to the flooding problem as it would only contain 3% of the flow.

            (9) Refer to answer (8).

            (10) (a) Input has been provided by a number of external parties.

            (b) In the absence of a specific identity, this cannot be answered.

            (11) These matters do not fall within the administration of the Minister for Transport.

            (12) These matters do not fall within the administration of the Minister for Transport.

            (13) These matters do not fall within the administration of the Minister for Transport.

            (14) These matters do not fall within the administration of the Minister for Transport.

            (15) 12 to 18 months.

          *38 MINE WASTE RESIDUE—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

            (1) Did residue and other pit-top debris from the South Clifton Colliery site wash onto the Illawarra rail corridor during rains in June 1991?

            (2) Has the SRA undertaken engineering works at Wombarra in order to manage downstream movement of mine waste residues?

            (3) (a) Has New South Wales taxpayers’ money been used on engineering works dedicated to this function?

            (b) If so, how much has been spent on SRA works in the vicinity of the disused South Clifton Colliery?

            (4) Has the SRA requested mine owners, Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA), to remove unstable coal waste residue upstream of the rail corridor?

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            (5) Has the SRA sought compensation from Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA) for any flood damages to the Illawarra rail corridor in recent years?

            (6) (a) Did an SRA hydrological consultant involved in production of the 1991 EIS for Culvert Amplification inform a public meeting at Wombarra in June 1991 that his firm was instructed by the SRA not to make assessment of conditions on mine land above the rail corridor?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Was this instruction in response to legal advice from SRA’s solicitors Freehill, Hollingdale and Page?

            (ii) Will the Minister table this advice?

            (7) Did the EIS for Culvert Amplification disregard conditions on disused mine lands upstream of the rail corridor and town?

            (8) Was rail embankment collapse and flooding of homes at Wombarra in June 1991 a result of overflow from a culvert blocked by pit-top debris from the mine?

            (9) (a) Has SRA approached Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA) to rehabilitate this mine site?

            (b) If so, what was the mining company’s response to this request?

            (10) (a) Is the SRA presently considering a new drainage option for Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (b) If so:

            (i) What form of flood mitigation solution is this?

            (ii) How much would the option cost?

            (iii) Who would pay for this proposal?

            (iv) Will Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA) contribute to construction costs?

            (v) If not, why not?

            Answer—

            (1) Yes.

            (2) No.

            (3) (a) Not to SRA’s knowledge.

            (b) Not applicable.

            (4) The SRA has approached the CRA and held discussions on a number of drainage matters. The old mine site is now in the process of rehabilitation.

            (5) No.

            (6) (a) The SRA has advised that, to the best of its knowledge, no such information was provided.

            (b) Not applicable.

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            (7) No.

            (8) No.

            (9) See (4).

            (10) (a) No.

            (b) Not applicable.

          *39 ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF DRAINAGE TUNNEL—Mr Cohen asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

            (1) (a) Would construction of SRA’s proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel cause loss of stream flows?

            (b) If so:

            (i) What would be the effect on rainforest fauna from loss of stream flows?

            (ii) What would be the effect of diminished stream flows on rainforest flora?

            (2) Would long-term drying out of the Scarborough/Wombarra coastal strip affect geological stability?

            (3) Would the underground watertable be affected by the proposed tunnel?

            (4) Does the SRA plan to pump underground water out through natural creeks during tunnelling?

            (5) Is this water acid or saline?

            (6) What effect could acid water flows have on local stream ecology?

            (7) Could underground watertable changes affect homes in the area through subsidence?

            (8) Can the SRA guarantee that foundations will not crack as a result of subsidence from lowered underground water levels?

            (9) Did this occur in suburbs south of Sydney following the construction of Water Board sewer tunnels?

            (10) Could underground water removal during tunnelling result in sink holes?

            (11) (a) Could any SRA pump-out result in lowered pressure?

            (b) If so, could a salt water intrusion spoil underground acquirers as a result of this lowered pressure?

            (12) Could this further deteriorate the Illawarra coast?

            Answer—

            (1) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) Refer to answer (1) (a).

            (2) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (3) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

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            (4) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (5) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (6) Refer to answer (5).

            (7) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (8) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (9) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (10) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (11) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) Refer to answer (11) (a).

            (12) Refer to answer (11) (a).

          *40 LAND SUBDIVISION BY WOLLONGONG COUNCIL—Mr Cohen asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Local Government—

            (1) Is Wollongong Council continuing to approve land subdivision adjacent to the unstable Illawarra rail corridor at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (2) (a) Is council continuing to approve land subdivision on filled or diverted watercourses in the locality?

            (b) If so, will the Minister require Wollongong Council to put a moratorium on any further land subdivision at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (3) Will the State Government seek a performance audit of the Planning Department at Wollongong Council?

            Answer—

            The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Ernie Page, M.P., has informed me that:

            (1) The matter raised is not one on which either the Minister for Local Government or the Department of Local Government hold details of on record, or seek in their day-to-day administrative activities.

            Councils are autonomous bodies able to exercise subdivision and development control powers within the discretions available under the relevant pieces of legislation. They are not required to report these details to the Minister.

            (2) (a) As above.

            (b) The Minister for Local Government has no authority under the Local Government Act 1993 to suspend a council’s subdivision powers. A local Environment Plan under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act generally determines the eligibility of land for degrees of subdivision, and the decision to approve, approval subject to conditions, or refuse a development consent/division application rests with the council. Our democratic system allows for a right of appeal to the Land and Environment Court by an applicant who is not satisfied with a decision of a council in respect of a development/subdivision application.

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            (3) The Wollongong City Council draws its environmental planning and development control powers and authorities from the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 which is administered by the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning. Any request for the investigation or removal of a council’s planning powers should be directed in writing to the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, together with sufficient substantive evidence to support an investigation.

          *41 ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT—Mr Cohen asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

            (1) Does the Maddens Plains coal emplacement affect waterfalls off the Illawarra Escarpment?

            (2) Is rainforest dying out as a result of coal residues washed down over the escarpment?

            (3) (a) Has the coal emplacement at Maddens Plains resulted in drainage diversions?

            (b) If so, on what date were these catchment changes introduced?

            (4) (a) Was Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA) responsible for these catchment changes?

            (b) If not, what coal mining company was responsible?

            (5) Does the now disused South Clifton Colliery at Scarborough/Wombarra impact in any way on sub-escarpment rainforest growth to north and west?

            (6) Is this area designated for protection under the Illawarra Escarpment Park proposal?

            (7) Have coal emplacement residues at South Clifton Colliery changed the course of sub-escarpment stream flows?

            (8) Do stream diversions on the mine pose a drainage nuisance to the Illawarra rail corridor below it?

            (9) Is 44% of floodwaters on the mine site a result of creek diversions?

            (10) Do disused water storage dams on the mine pose a drainage nuisance to the rail?

            (11) Did a Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA) officer state the site is responsible for 50% of flood problems at Scarborough/Wombarra on ABC Radio National on 24 August 1994?

            (12) Do drainage diversions on the mine threaten lives and private property downstream at Scarborough/ Wombarra?

            (13) (a) Did a State Government authority give consent for drainage diversions at South Clifton Colliery?

            (b) If so, on what date was consent given?

            (14) What Local Government authority gave consent for watercourse diversions at South Clifton Colliery?

            (15) On what date was consent given?

            (16) Are there substances in coal residues that affect soil toxicity?

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            (17) (a) Are there substances in coal residues that could affect the marine ecosystems at the proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel outfall?

            (b) If so, what are these substances?

            (18) (a) Are emissions of these wastes in stream waters leaving the mine site?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Is Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA) monitoring the emissions?

            (ii) What is the result of this measurement?

            (19) Is the Environment Protection Authority monitoring coal residues in waters crossing State and private lands downstream of the disused South Clifton Colliery at Scarborough/Wombarra?

            (20) (a) Did the coal emplacement site above Wombarra township develop fissures in 1991?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Did these fissures leak methane and carbon monoxide gas?

            (ii) Do these emissions indicate underground combustion at South Clifton Colliery?

            (iii) Are these gas fissures some 500 metres to the west of SRA’s proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel intake shaft?

            (iv) Is the EPA aware of these gas emissions?

            (21) Is the Minister for Mineral Resources aware of the statutory requirements for remediation contained in Coal Lease 587?

            (22) Will the Minister for the Environment ensure that lease requirements for rehabilitation of watercourses are undertaken immediately?

            (23) Will the Minister ensure that lease requirements for waste removal from the site are undertaken immediately?

            (24) Will the Minister initiate talks between Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA), the local community and SRA concerning all appropriate rehabilitation measures as a matter of urgency?

            (25) Who is the environmental engineer at Kembla Coal and Coke (CRA)?

            (26) (a) Do penalties attach to failure of mine officials to comply with the Environmental Offences and Penalties Act (1989)?

            (b) If so, what are these penalties?

            Answer—

            (1) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (2) Refer to answer (1).

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            (3) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (4) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (5) Refer to answer (1).

            (6) No.

            (7) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (8) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (9) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (10) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (11) This is a matter for Kembla Coal and Coke.

            (12) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (13) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) Refer to answer (13) (a).

            (14) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (15) Refer to answer (14).

            (16) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (17) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (18) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) (i) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (ii) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (19) No.

            (20) (a) Yes.

            (b) (i) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (ii) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (iii) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (iv) No.

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            (21) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (22) Rehabilitation of mine sites has historically included close co-operation of officers from the EPA and the Department of Mineral Resources.

            (23) Refer to answer (22).

            (24) Refer to answer (22).

            (25) This is a matter for Kembla Coal and Coke.

            (26) (a) Yes.

            (b) The available penalties range from a fine of $150 for a tier three offence up to $250,000 for an individual or $1,000,000 for a corporation where a tier one offence is proven.

          *42 PROPOSED WOMBARRA DRAINAGE TUNNEL—Mr Cohen asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

            (1) (a) Does the SRA plan to partly demolish Scarborough Beach headland to build the proposed Wombarra Drainage Tunnel?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Does this project involve a form of ocean outfall?

            (ii) Is this SRA drainage tunnel and outfall being built to convey floodwaters from an unrehabilitated mine at South Clifton Colliery directly to the coast?

            (2) Will the Minister raise the matter with the Minister for Mineral Resources?

            (3) Will the Minister raise the matter with the Minister for Transport?

            (4) Does the SRA propose to cut Scarborough headland back by some 16 metres to the west?

            (5) Would tidal patterns at Scarborough Beach be affected by removal of the headland?

            (6) Would sand budgets be affected with resulting coastal erosion?

            (7) (a) Was removal of the headland addressed in the SRA’s Wombarra Drainage Project EIS?

            (b) If not, does this invalidate the determination of that EIS?

            (8) (a) Did the EIS consider marine pollution from coal mine residues deposited onto Scarborough Beach?

            (b) If not, does this invalidate the EIS?

            (9) Did the consultant responsible for the EIS marine ecology section personally visit Scarborough/ Wombarra?

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            (10) Does the SRA propose to construct an access road along Scarborough Beach for tunnel construction purposes?

            (11) Does the SRA propose to concrete over the natural rock pool play area below the headland for use as a truck turning facility?

            (12) What effect would regular movements of a construction bombardier along Scarborough Beach have on local flora and fauna?

            (13) Does this SRA proposal contradict the State Government’s commitment to coastal protection?

            (14) Will the Minister intercede with the Minister for Planning to halt further work on the Wombarra Drainage Tunnel?

            (15) Will the Minister request the Minister for Planning to investigate an environmentally sound alternative flood mitigation solution as a matter of urgency?

            Answer—

            (1) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) (i) The project proposes a tunnel that will discharge onto a shoreline rock shelf.

            (ii) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (2) Refer to answer (1) (a).

            (3) Refer to answer (1) (a).

            (4) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (5) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (6) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (7) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) Refer to answer (7) (a).

            (8) (a) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (b) Refer to answer (8) (a).

            (9) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (10) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (11) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

            (12) Refer to answer (10).

            (13) This is not within the administration of the Minister for the Environment.

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            (14) No. The decision to proceed with the tunnel was reached through the appropriate planning processes. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) provided comment in this process. The construction of the tunnel is essentially a safety issue, which is a matter for other portfolios.

            The EPA will review the environmental aspects of any proposal that is acceptable in terms of safety considerations and the approved planning processes.

            (15) Refer to answer (14).

          *43 SRA’s ENVIRONMENT SECTION—Mr Cohen asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

            (1) Has the SRA’s Environmental Code of Practice, drafted in 1990, been implemented for drainage works on the Illawarra line?

            (2) How many people are employed in the SRA’s Environmental Section?

            (3) What has been the Environmental Section’s Annual Budget each year since 1991?

            (4) (a) Were tenders for an Environmental Education program withdrawn by the SRA’s Environment Section in 1994?

            (b) If so, why?

            Answer—

            (1) The Code of Practice referred to cannot be identified by CityRail’s Environmental Section.

            (2) There are 20 staff positions with CityRail’s Environmental Engineering Section.

            (3) The Minister was advised that the environmental staff do not have a separate budget, however, the capital allocation for environmental purposes since 1991 has been:

            • 1990/91 $1.3 million.
            • 1991/92 $1.4 million.
            • 1992/93 $1.3 million.
            • 1993/94 $2.5 million.
            • 1994/95 $4.8 million.

            (4) (a) No.

            (b) Not applicable.

          *44 DRAINAGE BAFFLES—Mr Jones asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

            In his answer to my questions of 3-4 December 1991 (No. 291 (1) and (2)) the Minister for Local Government told the House that SRA Culvert Amplification constructions had to be closed/baffled because “they would have a severe impact on downstream properties”.

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            In his answer to my questions of 3-4 December 1991 (No. 290 (8), (9) and (10)) the Minister for Transport told the House that the above SRA drainage works “did not alter drainage flows because the SRA installed baffles on culverts to maintain the status quo”.

            In his answer to my question of 3-4 December 1991 (No. 300 (12)) the Minister for Transport told the House “the SRA has advised that embankment collapse and flooding of homes (at Scarborough/Wombarra) was caused by the baffles . . . which prevented water flowing through its natural drainage path”.

            (1) Can the new Minister advise which of these contradictory statements is correct?

            (2) Are these baffle plates still diverting natural flows?

            (3) Will the Minister direct the SRA to adjust the culvert openings at Creek G, Wombarra, as a matter of public safety?

            Answer—

            (1) The statements are all correct. The answer to Question 291 relates to action taken as a result of a perception of the potential impact on downstream properties adjacent to creeks from high volume flows through the upgraded culverts.

            The answer to Question 290 refers to the effect of the baffles on the upgraded culverts maintaining the culvert openings at the same size as before upgrading.

            The answer to Question 300 relates to the effect of the baffles at Wombarra which prevented stormwater from passing through the upgraded culverts, allowing it to flow into other catchments as it had done in other storms.

            (2) The baffle plates are still in place and stormwater flows remain the same as before the culvert works.

            (3) The effects of removing the baffles have been examined in a detailed process of investigation and community involvement. The conclusion reached is that stormwater run-off should be managed in a drainage tunnel by-passing the community. The construction of this tunnel has been reviewed by an EIS. It will not be necessary to remove the baffles as the tunnel will handle the stormwater flows.

          *45 KOALA RESEARCH PROGRAM—Mr Jones asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

            (1) In regard to the Koala Research Program conducted by State Forests in the Eden Management Area, did the Minister for the Environment at that time, the Hon. Garry West, make an assurance that National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) personnel would be present every time a koala was captured, radio-collared and handled?

            (2) Does the Koala Steering Committee consider that it is no longer necessary for NPWS staff to be present on such occasions?

            (3) (a) Have three koalas involved in radio-tracking studies in the Eden Management Area died?

            (b) If so, could the Minister describe the circumstance surrounding the death of each koala?

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            (4) (a) Have any koalas involved in the radio-tracking study subsequently been unable to be relocated?

            (b) If so:

            (i) Have they not been able to be relocated because of equipment failure?

            (ii) Could the Minister describe the circumstance surrounding the loss of the koalas?

            (5) If koalas have been lost due to equipment failure, was the NPWS present at the time of examination of each koala and testing of the equipment before releasing each koala?

            (6) Has the NPWS been made aware as to the loss of radio-collared koalas?

            (7) Has the Koala Steering Committee been made aware of the loss of radio-collared koalas?

            (8) Has the Animal Care Ethics Committee and the Animal Research Review Panel been made aware of the loss of radio-collared koalas?

            Answer—

            (1) No. An arrangement was made at local level for service staff to attend when possible.

            (2) No. It is now a condition of State Forests’ scientific licence that a veterinarian is present. This obviates the need for service personnel to be present.

            (3) (a) Four koalas have died.

            (b) “Michelle”—killed by powerful owl.
            “Robert”—found in grass in malnourished condition.
            “Ruth”—skull found, evidence of death from dog attack.
            “Wayne”—killed by falling branch.

            (4) (a) Yes.

            (b) (i) Equipment failure is being assumed at this stage.

            (ii) “Allan”—searches were conducted and there is evidence that he is operating in home range.
            “Roberta”—not transmitting, search conducted but unable to be found as territory is large with difficult terrain.
            “Simon”—not transmitting, intensive search shows evidence of scats.

            (5) No. The research was originally approved under the scientific licence and was under the supervision of the senior scientist at State Forests.

            (6) Yes.

            (7) The Koala Steering Committee has been replaced by the South East Forests Koala Research Committee.

            (8) The appropriate body to answer this question is State Forests as its Animal Care and Ethics Committee is the responsible body. The Animal Research Review Panel is under the control of the Department of Agriculture, Welfare Branch.


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            7 JUNE 1995

            (Paper No. 8)
          *46 VOTER REGISTRATION—Dr Goldsmith asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs—

            (1) Within the last 6 months before the 1995 New South Wales State election, how many:

            (a) new voters registered in each New South Wales electorate; and

            (b) itinerant voters registered in each New South Wales electorate?

            (2) In the 28 days prior to the writs being issued in the last two State elections, how many new voters registered in each New South Wales electorate?

            (3) Has the Electoral Commission checked on the incidence of multiple voting at the 1995 election?

            (4) How many examples of multiple voting were there in each New South Wales electorate in the last two State elections?

            Answer—

            (1) The Electoral Commissioner has advised that:
              (a) A total of 88,895 new voters registered to vote in the 6 months prior to the 1995 State election. Figures for each electorate are attached as Annexure “A”.

            (b) A total of 115 itinerant voters registered to vote in the 6 months prior to the 1995 State election. Figures for each electorate are attached as Annexure “B”.

            (2) The Electoral Commissioner has advised that a total of 11,564 voters registered to vote within 8 days of the writs being issued for the 1995 election. Figures for each electorate are attached as Annexure “C”. There are no figures available from the 1991 election in this regard.

            (3) The Electoral Commissioner has advised that he has checked the incidence of multiple voting at the 1995 election.

            (4) The Electoral Commissioner has advised that at the 1995 General Election there were 1,433 instances of apparent multiple voting. Figures for each electorate are attached as Annexure “D”. The Electoral Commissioner has further advised that of these 1,433 instances, there were 14 instances where it appears an elector may have voted more than twice. These cases have been referred to the police for investigation. The remaining cases involving apparent dual voting are being investigated by the State Electoral Office.

            The records relating to apparent multiple voting at the 1991 General Election are no longer available.

            The figures in Annexures “A” to “D” have been supplied by the Electoral Commissioner.


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            ANNEXURE “A”

              ElectorateNumberElectorateNumber
              Albury711Cronulla 575
              Ashfield1,150Davidson 910
              Auburn1,713Drummoyne 666
              Badgerys Creek1,117Dubbo 819
              Ballina1,342East Hills 595
              Bankstown1,334Eastwood1,182
              Barwon653Ermington 968
              Bathurst683Fairfield1,339
              Baulkham Hills1,141Georges River 813
              Bega 595Gladesville 837
              Blacktown1,430Gordon1,101
              Bligh1,315Gosford 609
              Blue Mountains812Granville 846
              Broken Hill720Hawkesbury1,108
              Bulli765Heffron1,571
              Burrinjuck650Hurstville 989
              Cabramatta2,011Illawarra 523
              Camden888Keira 518
              Campbelltown1,215Kiama 685
              Canterbury1,017Kogarah 808
              Cessnock795Ku-ring-gai 947
              Charlestown385Lachlan 835
              Clarence652Lake Macquarie 780
              Coffs Harbour630Lakemba1,135
              Coogee1,011Page 110
              Lane Cove
              928
              Lismore 914Port Jackson 747
              Liverpool1,776Port Macquarie 588
              Londonderry1,268Port Stephens 712
              Maitland 568Riverstone1,169
              Manly 707Rockdale1,225
              Maroubra 834Smithfield1,200
              Marrickville1,516South Coast 642
              Miranda 825Southern Highlands 596
              Monaro 781St Marys 820
              Moorebank 871Strathfield1,275
              Mount Druitt1,581Sutherland 908
              Murray 482Swansea 571
              Murrumbidgee 837Tamworth 888
              Murwillumbah 611The Entrance 739
              Myall Lakes 486The Hills1,081
              Newcastle 434Upper Hunter 847
              North Shore 738Vaucluse1,097
              Northcott 885Wagga Wagga1,093
              Northern Tablelands 682Wakehurst 536
              Orange 856Wallsend 561
              Oxley 667Waratah 682
              Parramatta1,302Willoughby 951
              Peats 633Wollongong 782
              Penrith 943Wyong 641
              Pittwater 525TOTAL88,895


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            ANNEXURE “B”

            APPROVALS OF REGISTRATIONS OF ITINERANT ELECTORS

              ElectorateNumberElectorateNumber
              Albury Cronulla
              Ashfield Davidson
              Auburn 1Drummoyne 3
              Badgerys Creek 5Dubbo 2
              Ballina 6East Hills
              Bankstown Eastwood
              Barwon 2 Ermington
              Bathurst 3Fairfield
              Baulkham Hills Georges River 2
              Bega 4 Gladesville 2
              Blacktown Gordon 1
              Bligh 2Gosford
              Blue Mountains 1Granville
              Broken Hill 5Hawkesbury 3
              Bulli Heffron
              Burrinjuck 3 Hurstville
              Cabramatta Illawarra
              Camden Keira
              Campbelltown Kiama 2
              Canterbury Kogarah
              Cessnock Ku-ring-gai 1
              Charlestown Lachlan 2
              Clarence 4Lake Macquarie
              Coffs Harbour 4Lakemba
              Coogee Page 112
              Lane Cove
              2
              Lismore 1Port Jackson 7
              Liverpool 1Port Macquarie 6
              Londonderry 1Port Stephens
              Maitland 2Riverstone 2
              Manly 1Rockdale 1
              Maroubra Smithfield 3
              Marrickville 1South Coast
              Miranda 1 Southern Highlands 1
              Monaro 4St Marys 2
              Moorebank 2 Strathfield 1
              Mount Druitt Sutherland
              Murray Swansea
              Murrumbidgee Tamworth
              Murwillumbah 2The Entrance 1
              Myall Lakes The Hills
              Newcastle Upper Hunter 1
              North Shore 1Vaucluse
              Northcott Wagga Wagga
              Northern Tablelands Wakehurst 1
              Orange 1Wallsend
              Oxley 4Waratah 1
              Parramatta 2Willoughby
              Peats Wollongong
              Penrith 3 Wyong
              Pittwater 1TOTAL 115

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            ANNEXURE “C”

            1995 State Election

              ElectorateNumberElectorateNumber
              Albury 71Cronulla 95
              Ashfield161Davidson123
              Auburn181Drummoyne149
              Badgerys Creek158Dubbo 66
              Ballina124East Hills 67
              Bankstown151Eastwood149
              Barwon103Ermington141
              Bathurst106Fairfield191
              Baulkham Hills117Georges River 94
              Bega 49Gladesville121
              Blacktown154Gordon143
              Bligh172Gosford125
              Blue Mountains102Granville131
              Broken Hill 94Hawkesbury142
              Bulli 97Heffron154
              Burrinjuck 62Hurstville116
              Cabramatta224Illawarra 64
              Camden156Keira 58
              Campbelltown107Kiama 84
              Canterbury152Kogarah137
              Cessnock 81Ku-ring-gai145
              Charlestown 59Lachlan 62
              Clarence100Lake Macquarie 76
              Coffs Harbour 96Lakemba161
              Coogee184Page 114
              Lane Cove
              159
              Lismore167Port Jackson171
              Liverpool125Port Macquarie 46
              Londonderry130Port Stephens 60
              Maitland 88Riverstone153
              Manly153Rockdale132
              Maroubra146Smithfield123
              Marrickville206South Coast 77
              Miranda 94Southern Highlands 75
              Monaro103St Marys116
              Moorebank117Strathfield183
              Mount Druitt195Sutherland133
              Murray 56Swansea 88
              Murrumbidgee 76Tamworth 82
              Murwillumbah 99The Entrance115
              Myall Lakes 53The Hills148
              Newcastle 74Upper Hunter 66
              North Shore143Vaucluse139
              Northcott138Wagga Wagga 84
              Northern Tablelands118Wakehurst 99
              Orange102Wallsend 90
              Oxley 74Waratah 74
              Parramatta146Willoughby148
              Peats101Wollongong 76
              Penrith124Wyong130
              Pittwater114TOTAL11,564

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            ANNEXURE “D”

            NET MULTIMARKS
            1995 State Election

              ElectorateNumberElectorateNumber
              Albury6Cronulla 16
              Ashfield24Davidson 5
              Auburn 21Drummoyne 34
              Badgerys Creek 12Dubbo 12
              Ballina 6East Hills 9
              Bankstown 15Eastwood 13
              Barwon 10Ermington 13
              Bathurst 9Fairfield 36
              Baulkham Hills 14Georges River 12
              Bega 9Gladesville 13
              Blacktown 11Gordon 7
              Bligh 18Gosford 29
              Blue Mountains 11Granville 29
              Broken Hill 3Hawkesbury 31
              Bulli 12Heffron 12
              Burrinjuck 15Hurstville 11
              Cabramatta 40Illawarra 7
              Camden 8Keira 14
              Campbelltown 16Kiama 7
              Canterbury 25Kogarah 4
              Cessnock 8Ku-ring-gai 10
              Charlestown 6Lachlan 12
              Clarence 7Lake Macquarie 5
              Coffs Harbour 23Lakemba 45
              Coogee 17Page 116
              Lane Cove
              16
              Lismore 7Port Jackson 17
              Liverpool 27Port Macquarie 12
              Londonderry 15Port Stephens 17
              Maitland 12Riverstone 14
              Manly 25Rockdale 23
              Maroubra 15Smithfield 12
              Marrickville 24South Coast 4
              Miranda 13Southern Highlands 9
              Monaro 21St Marys 12
              Moorebank 10Strathfield 22
              Mount Druitt 19Sutherland 11
              Murray 17Swansea 2
              Murrumbidgee 10Tamworth 12
              Murwillumbah 6The Entrance 8
              Myall Lakes 7The Hills 11
              Newcastle 4Upper Hunter 16
              North Shore 15Vaucluse 29
              Northcott 22Wagga Wagga 9
              Northern Tablelands 10Wakehurst 11
              Orange 6Wallsend 7
              Oxley 7Waratah 13
              Parramatta 19Willoughby 17
              Peats 19Wollongong 16
              Penrith 8Wyong 21
              Pittwater 12TOTAL1,433

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            *47 EL DOCO OPERATION—Ms Saffin asked the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Police—

              (1) Has the Minister called for a report from local police into the EL DOCO operation currently being undertaken in Nimbin?

              (2) Will the Minister ensure the report addresses among other things:

              (a) the cost of EL DOCO, which the local police claim has cost $40,000;

              (b) the apparent rate and zeal of random searches of Nimbin residents and even tourists and tourist bus operators;

              (c) the coincidence of the police raid by a helicopter and nine police vehicles on candidate, Mr Bob Hopkins’ residence, the day after the State election;

              (d) the impact EL DOCO has had on the ability to investigate home invasions, considering that 19 have been reported from 1 January 1995;

              (e) the impact EL DOCO has had on the local economy;

              (f) action to be taken regarding the allegations that two police officers entered a Nimbin cafe without the proprietor’s permission and with no warrant, and proceeded to assault a person in the cafe, who refused to be searched?

              Answer—

              I have been informed by the Hon. Paul Whelan, Minister for Police:

              (1) The Minister for Police is fully briefed at the completion of any police operation. Operation Ell Dockin will be no exception to standard operation procedures.

              (2) (a) to (f) I am advised that the report to be provided to the Minister will address the matters raised in the question.

            *48 ETHNIC AFFAIRS—Mrs Sham-Ho asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs—

              (1) Did the Minister meet with the Ethnic Communities Council on Wednesday 7 June 1995?

              (2) Did the Minister choose to see only four members of the Management Committee and not the entire Committee, as requested, as has been the tradition with all Ethnic Affairs Ministers?

              (3) Why was the meeting scheduled for a day when the Parliament was sitting?

              (4) Did the Minister indicate that the meeting would last for 30 minutes, but if the House was delayed, the Minister would not see the council at all?

              (5) Why does the Minister persist in ignoring the voice of the ethnic communities of New South Wales?

              (6) When will the Minister pay attention to ethnic affairs issues?

              (7) Why does the Minister consistently neglect his role as Minister for Ethnic Affairs and when will he resign?
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              Answer—

              (1) Yes.

              (2) The Premier’s invitation to the Council to meet with its Management Committee was extended to all members of the Committee. The Ethnic Communities’ Council decided the composition of the delegation.

              (3) The Premier gave his meeting with the Council very high priority and accordingly wished to meet with the Council prior to going overseas. The only available day prior to his departure was a Parliamentary sitting day.

              (4) The meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes. In accordance with the level of importance attached to it, however, the Premier extended the meeting by almost an extra 30 minutes, and delayed his attendance at a subsequent meeting, to ensure that the delegation could present fully the Council’s position on a range of matters, including unemployment among some ethnic groups, local government and other services to ethnic communities, an anti-racism pilot project in schools, strengthening the obligation on government agencies to plan for and report on ethnic affairs, education issues and other matters

              (5) to (7) In its election policy statement for ethnic affairs, the Government promised to make a number of changes to the administration of ethnic affairs to ensure that the portfolio is given the attention it deserves.

              Unlike the previous Coalition Government, which left responsibility for ethnic affairs with a junior minister, the Premier has chosen to retain responsibility for ethnic affairs policy and programs.

              This is consistent with the Government’s commitments in its policy statement to ensure that ethnic affairs is restored to a central place in the State administration, and the Ethnic Affairs Commission plays a crucial role in planning, delivering and evaluating services to ethnic communities across New South Wales.

              The Premier is interested in real policy initiatives and has already had discussions on matters such as education for migrant children, teaching of community languages, access to interpreters, ethnic affairs policies of Government agencies, availability and access to employment for immigrants and health care for members of ethnic communities.

              Ethnic affairs is considered an integral aspect of Government policy, and the Premier has taken responsibility for the portfolio to ensure that it is given the priority and attention it deserves, and that policy in this area is implemented in a consistent manner by all Government agencies. The Premier has already met with a number of representatives of ethnic community organisations, and has arranged to meet with others to ensure that their voice can be considered in the Government’s decision-making.


              8 JUNE 1995

              (Paper No. 9)
            *49 FISH HABITAT PROTECTION PLAN—Mr Jones asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Mineral Resources, and Minister for Fisheries—

              (1) Was the Fish Habitat Protection Plan published in the New South Wales Government Gazette No. 28?

              (2) Does this plan apply to all waters to which the Fisheries Management Act 1994 applies, including wetlands?

              (3) Does this management plan apply to dredging or reclamation?

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              (4) Can dredging or reclamation impact on fish habitat?

              (5) Is the Minister’s consent required for dredging or reclamation works affecting wetlands?

              (6) (a) Is there a proposal for a marina?

              (b) If so, will it totally destroy SEPP 14 Wetland 376?

              (7) Will the Minister ensure that consent is not given to the destruction of this wetland?

              Answer—

              (1) Yes.

              (2) Yes. Subject to any limitations of the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

              (3) Yes. However there are some exceptions relating to other government legislation.

              (4) Yes. Dredging may have positive and negative effects on fish and fish habitat. Reclamation generally has negative effects because it reclaims aquatic habitat for terrestrial habitat.

              (5) Yes, in most cases. However, there are some exceptions relating to other government legislation.

              (6) (a) It is not clear what marina the Member is referring to.

              (b) Not applicable.

              (7) Not applicable.

            *50 CORRIMAL COKE WORKS—Mr Jones asked the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

              (1) Did Peter Shmigel, Executive Officer of the then Minister for the Environment, write a letter to Professor Chris Illert of Corrimal Residents Action Committee, dated 3 March 1994, in which he stated that the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) had advised that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons emitted by the Corrimal coke works were in accordance with published standards and benzene was not present in the gases discharged?

              (2) Was the Illawarra Coke Company’s licence renewed for another year on the basis of those tests done by the EPA?

              (3) (a) Is the coke works situated in a densely populated area and directly adjacent to Corrimal Railway Station?

              (b) Do commuters as well as residents regularly suffer dizziness, burning sensations in their lungs and nausea from the fallout of fumes and clouds of gases emitted by the coke works?

              (4) Has Professor Chris Illert produced surveys showing an up to eight times higher than average rate of absenteeism from Northern Illawarra schools due to illness, together with highest usage of doctors and consumption of cough medicines amongst children and adults from those schools closest to the Corrimal coke works and the Port Kembla steel works?

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              (5) (a) Did seven Corrimal High School students and two teachers need to seek medical treatment on Tuesday 22 September 1993?

              (b) Was this a result of being overcome by fumes from the Corrimal coke works?

              (c) Did 84 students stay home sick the following day?

              (d) Is this a 10% increase on the school’s normal level of absenteeism?

              (e) If so, has the EPA launched legal proceedings against Kembla Coal and Coke regarding the above matters occurring at Corrimal High School?

              (6) Has Professor Chris Illert also produced surveys which show that the rate of incidence of several types of cancer is higher in the areas close to the coke works and steel works?

              (7) (a) Have past surveys been undertaken by the Illawarra Area Health Service regarding illnesses and cancers occurring in the population throughout the Illawarra area?

              (b) Have they taken into account groups of residents in proximity to the coke works and the steel works, or the schools in closest proximity to these?

              (c) If not, why not?

              (8) (a) Is the Illawarra Area Health Service funded by Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) which runs the Port Kembla steel works?

              (b) If so, can their regional surveys be regarded as impartial?

              (9) (a) Has Corrimal coke works had years of persisting large financial losses?

              (b) How many people does it employ?

              (c) Does it cause hardship to hundreds of residents in the area?

              (d) If so, why is Corrimal coke works allowed to continue production?

              (10) Are the coke works useful solely to BHP’s Port Kembla steel works and the few people it employs?

              (11) Will the Minister ensure that the Corrimal coke works licence will not be renewed early next year, unless it is relocated to an area away from such dense population?

              Answer—

              (1), (2) and (11) I am unable to provide the information requested as the matters you have raised fall within the administration of my colleague the Hon P.D. Allan, M.P., Minister for the Environment.

              (3) (a) I am advised by the Illawarra Area Health Service that the immediate area is mostly zoned 2a Residential by the Wollongong City Council and consists of low to medium-density housing. the eastern boundary of the Corrimal coke works is situated adjacent to the Illawarra railway line with the coke oven batteries being close to the Corrimal Railway Station.

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              (b) I am advised that the Illawarra Area Health Service is aware that people living near the Corrimal coke works have complained of eye irritation, throat irritation, dry cough, headache and breathing difficulties, providing anecdotal evidence that emissions from the coke works had adverse health effects on the local residents.

              (4) The Area has advised that in May 1994, Chris Illert and Daniela Reverberi published the results of a survey which found that school absentee rates in 1992 in the Illawarra urban area tend to be higher with decreasing distance from Corrimal and Port Kembla coke works. The reasons for absenteeism were not investigated. Given that the response rate for the survey was very low (“nearly 30” schools responded out of a possible 70), the validity of the results may be questionable.

              According to the 1990/91 report Health Atlas of the Illawarra (sponsored by “Healthy Cities” Illawarra and the University of Wollongong), in the last quarter of 1987 the Fairy Meadow, Wollongong, Dapto and Kiama-Gerringong areas showed the most marked sales of cough and cold preparations, followed closely by Albion Park, Figtree, Corrimal and Warrawong-Cringila. The Health Atlas also documented that in 1986/87 general practioner visitation rates were relatively high in the “blue collar” suburbs of Port Kembla, Warrawong, Berkeley, Bellambi, Dapto and Unanderra. The report noted that there is a fairly clear relationship between high general practitioner usage and a variety of indicators of socio-economic disadvantage.

              (5) (a) to (d) The matters you have raised come within the administration of my colleague the Hon. J.J. Aquilina, M.P., Minister for Education and Training.

              (e) This matter comes within the administration of my colleague the Hon. P.D. Allan, M.P., Minister for the Environment.

              (6) I am unaware of any such surveys.

              (7) (a) In August 1994 the Illawarra Public Health Unit reported to the Corrimal Public Meeting the results of an analysis of NSW Central Cancer Registry data for the period 1972-90. For the 16 most common sites of cancer, for both men and women in the Corrimal postcode (2518), the incidence of cancer was not statistically different to the incidence in the rest of the Illawarra (nor to the average incidence for New South Wales as a whole).
                    In November 1994 the Illawarra Public Health Unit reported to the Corrimal Public Meeting preliminary results from a survey of the respiratory health of children attending schools in the Corrimal area. These results were compared with preliminary results from respiratory health surveys undertaken in four other Illawarra areas, Wollongong, Port Kembla, Kembla Grange and Albion Park. The proportion of children with respiratory problems was similar in the Corrimal, Port Kembla, Kembla Grange and Albion Park areas; respiratory problems were less common in the Wollongong area.

              (b) Yes.

              (c) Not applicable.

              (8) (a) No.

              (b) Not applicable.

              (9) and (10) These are not matters that fall within my administration.


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              19 SEPTEMBER 1995

              (Paper No. 10)
            51 SCHOFIELDS AERODROME—Ms Kirkby to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

              (1) Has the Government agreed with the Department of Defence to close Schofields Aerodrome?

              (2) If so, has the Government considered aircraft congestion and, therefore, safety in relation to the closure?

              (3) Does Bankstown Airport have more aircraft movements than any aerodrome in the southern hemisphere.

              (4) Is Bankstown Airport approaching its capacity?

              (5) Did the State Government request or stipulate that the Federal Government close Schofields Aerodrome during negotiations with the Department of Defence to buy the HMAS Nirimba site?

              (6) Is an educational precinct to be established on the HMAS Nirimba site?

              (7) If so, would the Government give reasons why the establishment of an educational precinct on the HMAS Nirimba site precludes the continued operation of Schofields Aerodrome?

              (8) What plans has the Government made to provide for the future needs of general aviation in the Sydney region following the closure of Schofields Aerodrome?

              (9) Has any investigation been made as to whether a similar aerodrome could be established in the Sydney basin?

              (10) (a) Have the Civil Aviation Authority and Schofields Flying Club received complaints about aircraft noise from residents?
                (b) If so, how frequently?

              (11) (a) Has a noise study been carried out relating to buildings on the Nirimba site?

              (b) If so, what were the principle findings of that report?

              (12) (a) Is Schofields the only general aviation aerodrome north of the city?

              (b) Would it be the least affected by the Badgerys Creek airport development?

              (13) Did the Federal Airport Corporation release to the media a statement dated 28 October 1994, part of which states “The greater Sydney area is exceedingly short of airport capacity compared to other metropolitan centres in Australia and even with Badgerys Creek and Hoxton Park, Sydney very quickly will approach peak capacity for General Aviation traffic”?

              (14) Do three of the four general aviation aerodromes in the Sydney basin have sealed runways in only one direction?

              (15) How many sealed runways in multi-directions does Schofields Aerodrome have?


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              52 DISTRICT COURT SENTENCE INDICATION SCHEME—Ms Kirkby to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations—

                (1) Has a review of the District Court Sentence Indication Scheme been undertaken?

                (2) If so, what were the results of this review?

                (3) Will the scheme be extended to country areas?

              53 AUSTRALIAN OPTOMETRICAL ASSOCIATION OF NSW—Ms Kirkby to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

                (1) Is the Australian Optometrical Association of NSW concerned about the sale of “ready made” or non-prescription spectacles to members of the public?

                (2) Do people who purchase “ready made” spectacles avoid examination by an optometrist?

                (3) Did a 1988 survey of 58 Australian optometrists reveal that 1 in every 17.5 patients required referral for examination and treatment by a medical practitioner as a result of conditions picked up in their examinations by optometrists?

                (4) (a) Were 5,600 patients included in the 1988 survey and, of these, did 36 have previously undetected diabetes, 45 have glaucoma, 5 have papilloedema and 54 have potentially life-threatening conditions?

                (b) If so, would these conditions normally be detected if the consumer purchased “ready made” spectacles bought from a corner shop or petrol station?

                (5) What action will the Minister take to ensure that optical care to the citizens of New South Wales is not compromised?

              54 PYRMONT POINT—Ms Kirkby to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

                (1) Are the Upper and Lower headlands of Pyrmont Point the last headlands in the Inner Harbour that can be dedicated as public parkland without the need to resume or demolish expensive privately owned buildings?

                (2) Will any decision to dedicate these headlands as public land have to be made now in the Pyrmont Master Plan?

                (3) Did a public meeting called by the Sydney City Council Open Space Committee unanimously agree that the so-called Interim Park on the headland be retained as open space?

                (4) Did the recent Vanadi judgement for Balmain adopt 21 square metres per resident as the minimum requirement of open space for residents?

                (5) Is this open space requirement figure seven times more per resident than is proposed for Pyrmont?

                (6) Are population projections for the area in the year 2023 for workers and students expected to top 75,000?

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                (7) Does this figure leave just 3 square metres of open space for students and workers and 6.8 square metres for residents in future years?

                (8) Will the Minister ensure that the remaining open space on the headland is retained as open space?

              55 SCHOFIELDS AERODROME—Ms Kirkby to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Tourism—

                (1) Did Sydney have fewer general aviation aerodromes in relation to aircraft movements than any other Australian capital city when Schofields was closed on 31 October 1994?

                (2) (a) Did a BDW Aviation Services Report of August 1993 on Schofields Aerodrome strongly recommend that the aerodrome be retained?
                  (b) If so, what weight did the previous Government give to this report?

                (3) (a) Did the then Minister for Transport write to the Minister for Defence on 27 August 1992 to support recommendations for retaining Schofields Aerodrome?
                  (b) Have the following organisations and reports also recommended retaining Schofields Aerodrome?

                (i) Department of Planning.

                (ii) 1986 Sydney Regional Environment Plan.

                (iii) Air Transport Council.

                (iv) 1988 Report of the Joint Commonwealth/New South Wales Task Force.

                (v) Federal Airports Corporation.

                (4) Has the Minister received protests about the closure of Schofields Aerodrome from general aviation organisations in Australia and from a large proportion of general aviation pilots throughout Australia?

                (5) Does the Minister support a statement made by the previous Minister for Transport in correspondence that “The fact that the State could use its zoning powers to allow continued use of the site as an aerodrome is not disputed”?

              56 STAFF SECONDED TO MINISTERIAL OFFICE—Mrs Chadwick to ask all Ministers—

                (1) Are any members of staff of Departments, Authorities or Agencies seconded or located in your Ministerial office?

                (a) If so, how many persons are involved?

                (b) Are any of these persons SES officers?

                (c) Are salaries of such officers funded from your Ministerial budget?

                (2) (a) Are the terms of service in your office for such officers time limited?
                  (b) If so, what are the terms of service?

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                57 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF BADGERYS CREEK—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                  (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Badgerys Creek in the 1994/95 financial year?

                  (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Badgerys Creek for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                  (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Badgerys Creek area in the1994/95 financial year?

                  (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Badgerys Creek area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                58 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF BATHURST—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                  (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Bathurst in the 1994/95 financial year?

                  (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Bathurst for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                  (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Bathurst area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                  (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Bathurst area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                59 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF BLUE MOUNTAINS—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                  (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Blue Mountains in the 1994/95 financial year?

                  (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Blue Mountains for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                  (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Blue Mountains area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                  (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Blue Mountains area in the 1995/96 financial year?


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                  60 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF CAMDEN—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Camden in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Camden for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Camden area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Camden area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                  61 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF COOGEE—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Coogee in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Coogee for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Coogee area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Coogee area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                  62 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF DRUMMOYNE—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Drummoyne in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Drummoyne for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Drummoyne area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Drummoyne area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                  63 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF GLADESVILLE—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Gladesville in the 1994/95 financial year?

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                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Gladesville for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Gladesville area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Gladesville area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                  64 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF KOGARAH—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Kogarah in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Kogarah for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Kogarah area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Kogarah area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                  65 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF MAITLAND—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Maitland in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Maitland for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Maitland area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Maitland area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                  66 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF MANLY—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                    (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Manly in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Manly for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                    (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Manly area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                    (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Manly area in the 1995/96 financial year?


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                    67 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF MARRICKVILLE—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                      (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Marrickville in the 1994/95 financial year?

                      (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Marrickville for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                      (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Marrickville area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                      (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Marrickville area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                    68 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF MURWILLUMBAH—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                      (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Murwillumbah in the 1994/95 financial year?

                      (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Murwillumbah for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                      (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Murwillumbah area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                      (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Murwillumbah area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                    69 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF PENRITH—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                      (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Penrith in the 1994/95 financial year?

                      (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Penrith for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                      (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Penrith area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                      (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Penrith area in the 1995/96 financial year?


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                      70 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF SOUTH COAST—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                        (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of South Coast in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of South Coast for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                        (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the South Coast area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the South Coast area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                      71 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF STRATHFIELD—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                        (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of Strathfield in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of Strathfield for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                        (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the Strathfield area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the Strathfield area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                      72 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF THE ENTRANCE—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                        (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of The Entrance in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of The Entrance for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                        (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the The Entrance area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the The Entrance area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                      73 ROADWORKS—ELECTORATE OF THE HILLS—Mr Gay to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for the Olympics, and Minister for Roads—

                        (1) What was the Roads and Traffic Authority priority works program for road construction and maintenance for the electorate of The Hills in the 1994/95 financial year?

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                        (2) What future program of road construction work does the RTA have for the electorate of The Hills for the 1995/96 and the 1996/97 financial years?

                        (3) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money was spent in the The Hills area in the 1994/95 financial year?

                        (4) What amount of 3x3 petrol tax money will be spent in the The Hills area in the 1995/96 financial year?

                      74 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF BADGERYS CREEK—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                        (1) In the electorate of Badgerys Creek, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                        (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Badgerys Creek:
                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?
                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?
                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

                        (3) In the same period in the electorate of Badgerys Creek:

                        (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                        (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                        (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                        (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                        (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?
                              (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                        (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                        (4) In the same period in the electorate of Badgerys Creek:

                        (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?
                              (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                        (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                        (5) In the same period in the electorate of Badgerys Creek how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                        (6) In the same period in the electorate of Badgerys Creek:

                        (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                        (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

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                        75 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF BATHURST—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Bathurst, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Bathurst:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Bathurst:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?
                            (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Bathurst:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Bathurst how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Bathurst:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        76 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF BLUE MOUNTAINS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Blue Mountains, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

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                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Blue Mountains:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Blue Mountains:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?
                            (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Blue Mountains:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Blue Mountains how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Blue Mountains:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        77 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF BROKEN HILL—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Broken Hill, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Broken Hill:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Broken Hill:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Broken Hill:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Broken Hill how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Broken Hill:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        78 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF CAMDEN—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Camden, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Camden:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Camden:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Camden:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Camden how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Camden:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        79 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF COOGEE—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Coogee, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Coogee:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Coogee:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Coogee:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Coogee how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Coogee:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        80 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF DRUMMOYNE—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Drummoyne, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Drummoyne:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Drummoyne:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Drummoyne:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Drummoyne how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Drummoyne:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        81 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF GLADESVILLE—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Gladesville, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Gladesville:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Gladesville:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Gladesville:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Gladesville how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Gladesville:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        82 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF KOGARAH—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Kogarah, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Kogarah:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Kogarah:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Kogarah:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Kogarah how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Kogarah:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        83 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF MAITLAND—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Maitland, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Maitland:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Maitland:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Maitland:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Maitland how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Maitland:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        84 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF MANLY—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Manly, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Manly:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Manly:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Manly:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Manly how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Manly:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        85 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF PENRITH—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Penrith, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Penrith:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Penrith:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Penrith:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Penrith how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Penrith:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        86 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF SOUTH COAST—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of South Coast, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of South Coast:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of South Coast:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of South Coast:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of South Coast how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of South Coast:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        87 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF STRATHFIELD—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of Strathfield, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of Strathfield:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of Strathfield:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of Strathfield:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of Strathfield how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of Strathfield:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        88 SECONDARY SCHOOLS—ELECTORATE OF THE ENTRANCE—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the electorate of The Entrance, what are the number and name of primary, secondary, infants, central and senior secondary schools?

                          (2) From April 1995 to September 1995 in the electorate of The Entrance:

                          (a) What new Government initiated educational programs have been introduced?

                          (b) What financial resources have been allocated to such programs?

                          (c) How many additional staff—teaching and ancillary—have been allocated to each program?

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                          (3) In the same period in the electorate of The Entrance:

                          (a) Which schools, by name, are undergoing cyclic maintenance?

                          (b) Which schools, by name, are receiving minor capital works?

                          (c) Which schools, by name, are receiving major capital works?

                          (d) By school, what is the cost of such work?

                          (e) (i) Have funds been allocated to the acquisition of property for future development of new schools?

                          (ii) If so, what was the cost of such acquisition?

                          (f) By school, how many demountable classrooms, specialist areas, toilets and FSU’s are in place?

                          (4) In the same period in the electorate of The Entrance:

                          (a) (i) How many schools, by name, have a school hall?

                          (ii) Of these, how many are deemed adequate to the needs of the school community they serve?

                          (b) How many schools have a multi-service unit?

                          (5) In the same period in the electorate of The Entrance how many schools, by name, have a covered outdoor play area?

                          (6) In the same period in the electorate of The Entrance:

                          (a) By school, how many computers are available for the use of students?

                          (b) By school, what is the ratio of computers to students?

                        89 EDUCATION ADVANCED SKILLS TEACHERS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) In the document “Labor’s Policy for New South Wales High Schools” is it stated, referring to Advanced Skills Teachers, “Labor will establish 400 more such positions”?

                          (2) When will these positions be in place in schools?

                          (3) What criteria will be utilised to identify successful teachers who have “shown demonstrated excellence in teaching”?

                        90 EDUCATION “SABBATICAL LEAVE” SYSTEM—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                          (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to introduce a “sabbatical leave” system for teachers?

                          (2) Will this new opportunity for New South Wales public school teachers be introduced in 1995?

                          (3) If not, when will the scheme be introduced?

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                          91 EDUCATION—PRIMARY SCHOOLS—SURPLUS TEACHING SPACES AND SURPLUS ACCOMMODATION—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                            (1) By district, how many public primary schools have teaching spaces, surplus to need, based on student enrolment?

                            (2) Of these, how many have surplus accommodation of:

                            (a) 20%?

                            (b) 30%?

                            (c) more than 30%?

                          92 EDUCATION—HIGH SCHOOLS—SURPLUS TEACHING SPACES AND SURPLUS ACCOMMODATION—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                            (1) By district, how many public high schools have teaching spaces, surplus to need, based on student enrolment?

                            (2) Of these, how many have surplus accommodation of:

                            (a) 20%?

                            (b) 30%?

                            (c) more than 30%?

                          93 EDUCATION—SCHOOLS—ALARM SYSTEM—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                            (1) Did the document “Labor’s Policy for New South Wales High Schools” include a commitment to conduct an efficiency audit of the school alarm system?

                            (2) (a) Has the audit commenced and who is conducting the audit?

                            (b) If not, when will the audit be undertaken and by whom?

                          94 EDUCATION—SCHOOLS—COMPUTER SOFTWARE TO RECORD ATTENDANCE—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                            (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to commission software to be distributed to schools statewide for use with OASIS computers to automatically record school attendance?

                            (2) What steps have been taken to develop and introduce this software?

                            (3) Will the system be capable of recording periodic daily attendances such as the missing of particular classes or part of a school day?

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                            95 EDUCATION—SMALL SCHOOLS—ADDITIONAL TEACHERS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise that small schools would receive the funding equivalent of at least 130 extra teachers?

                              (2) If so, when will these teachers be appointed or the equivalent funds be allocated to small schools?

                              (3) Are these teachers to provide additional face-to-face teachers or to provide additional relief days for teachers in small schools?

                            96 EDUCATION—HIGH SCHOOLS—ADDITIONAL TEACHERS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to appoint 170 extra high school teachers?

                              (2) If so, does the Government intend to implement this initiative?

                              (3) What criteria will be utilised for the distribution of these new positions?

                              (4) What subjects or areas of specialisation are to be targeted?

                              (5) Will these be additional classroom teachers or are they to provide release from face-to-face teaching for existing staff?

                            97 EDUCATION—SCHOOLS—COMMUNITY LANGUAGE TEACHERS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to employ 96 community language teachers?

                              (2) If so, does the Government intend to fulfil this promise?

                              (3) What professional and academic qualifications will be required by these community language teachers?

                              (4) Will such teachers be appointed to a specific school or required to work at several schools?

                              (5) What community languages are to be given priority?

                              (6) What criteria will be utilised to determine the distribution of these teachers to schools?

                              (7) Are these teachers to be appointed exclusively to primary schools?

                            98 EDUCATION—SCHOOLS—COMPUTER TRAINING TEACHERS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to supply the equivalent of 250 computer training teachers via relief time for training?

                              (2) Does the Government intend to fulfil this promise?

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                              (3) If so, when will this be implemented?

                              (4) What is the cost of this initiative?

                            99 EDUCATION—HSC—HELPLINE FOR STUDENTS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to establish an HSC Helpline to provide advice to students?

                              (2) Did this promise include the employment of 19 teachers?

                              (3) Will the Helpline be in place for the 1995 cohort of HSC students?

                            100 EDUCATION—PRIMARY SCHOOLS—LITERACY TEACHERS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to place 400 literacy teachers in primary schools?

                              (2) If so, when will these teachers be appointed?

                              (3) What is the job description of a “literacy teacher”?

                              (4) How will the successful appointees be selected?

                              (5) What criteria will be utilised to allocate these teachers?

                              (6) Will these teachers be part of the general teaching staff of the school or are they to conduct separate specialist programs?

                              (7) Will the new literacy teachers be permanently appointed to a particular school or are the appointments to be time limited?

                              (a) If so, what is the term of such appointments?

                              (b) What is the estimated cost of this initiative?

                              (c) Do these costs include all on costs, including any necessary capital works?

                            101 EDUCATION—TAFE—HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECTS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                              (1) In the document “Labor’s Policy for New South Wales High Schools” is it stated that a Labor Government would “ensure that there is adequate consultation between TAFE and schools about how such subjects are to be delivered and resourced”?

                              (2) If so, how does the Minister define “adequate”?

                              (3) What steps have been taken to implement this process?


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                              102 EDUCATION—HIGH SCHOOL—COMPUTER CO-ORDINATORS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                                (1) Prior to March 1995, did the then Labor Opposition promise to place 386 computer co-ordinators in secondary schools?

                                (2) If so, when will these teachers be appointed?

                                (3) What is the role of a “computer co-ordinator”?

                                (4) What professional and academic qualifications will be held by a “computer co-ordinator”?

                                (5) What criteria will be utilised to allocate these teachers?

                                (6) What is the estimated cost of this initiative including on costs?

                              103 EDUCATION—HIGH SCHOOLS—VOCATIONAL SUBJECTS—Mrs Chadwick to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                                (1) In the document “Labor’s Policy for New South Wales High Schools” is it stated (p. 8) “Direct the Board of Studies to accelerate the introduction of rigorous new vocational subjects (e.g., Computer and New Technology Servicing Industries, Small Business, Tourism, Desktop Publishing, Telecommunications, Marine Studies).”?

                                (2) If so, has the Board of Studies been so directed?

                                (3) If not, why not?

                              104 VOTER REGISTRATION—Mr Jobling to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs—

                                (1) Within the 12 months prior to the 25 March 1995 State election:

                                (a) How many new voters registered for each New South Wales electorate?

                                (b) How many itinerant voters were registered for each New South Wales electorate?

                                (2) Within the 3 months prior to the 25 March 1995 State election:
                                  a) How many new voters registered for each New South Wales electorate?
                                  (b) How many itinerant voters were registered for each New South Wales electorate?

                                (3) Within the month prior to the 25 March 1995 State election:
                                  (a) How many new voters registered for each New South Wales electorate?
                                  (b) How many itinerant voters were registered for each New South Wales electorate?

                                (4) What checks were carried out by the NSW Electoral Commission on these new enrolments and what percentage of the voters falling into the categories of 12 months, 3 months and 1 month were in fact checked?

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                                (5) What percentage of new enrolments were found to be non-genuine?

                                (6) What action has the NSW Electoral Commission taken in respect of any enrolment found to be non-genuine?

                                (7) What action is proposed to prevent a repetition of any non-genuine enrolment being repeated at any subsequent election?

                              105 ITINERANT VOTERS—Mr Jobling to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs—

                                (1) What are itinerant voters and how do they register on the State electoral roll?
                                (2) How long have itinerant voters been eligible to register on the New South Wales State electoral roll?

                                (3) What other States in Australia allow itinerant people to register as voters?

                                (4) Can itinerant voters be enrolled for Federal House of Representatives/Senate elections?

                                (5) In relation to itinerant voters, how and when are checks carried out by the Electoral Commission?

                                (6) What percentage of itinerant voter enrolments are checked and what percentage are found to be non-genuine?

                                (7) What actions are proposed to prevent non-genuine itinerant voting occurring at future elections in New South Wales?

                              106 BUILDING SERVICES CORPORATION—INSURANCE CLAIMS—Mr Jobling to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Consumer Affairs, and Minister for Women—

                                (1) Did insurance claims to the Building Services Corporation rise to 1,512 claims for the year ended 31 December 1994?

                                (2) Was this an unprecedented increase of 81% during the year?

                                (3) Did contractor insolvencies play the major part in lifting claims to this level?

                                (4) What action is the Government proposing to protect home builders and increase consumer confidence in the Building Services Corporation?

                              107 BUILDING SERVICES CORPORATION—DISPUTE—MEDIATION—Mr Jobling to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Consumer Affairs, and Minister for Women—

                                (1) How many consumers/home builders have used the dispute resolution option introduced by the Building Services Corporation in September 1994?

                                (2) How many complainants have sought mediation as the preferred option?

                                (3) How many complaints have been satisfactorily resolved by mediation?

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                                (4) How many long-standing insurance disputes have used this option:

                                (a) Pre-1984?

                                (b) Pre-1988?

                                (c) Post-1984?

                              108 BUILDING SERVICES CORPORATION—COMPLAINTS—Mr Jobling to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Consumer Affairs, and Minister for Women—

                                (1) How many complaints against licensed contractors and tradesmen have been lodged with the Building Services Corporation and its predecessor in:

                                (a) 1984;

                                (b) 1985;

                                (c) 1986;

                                (d) 1987;

                                (e) 1988;

                                (f) 1989;

                                (g) 1990;

                                (h) 1991;

                                (i) 1992;

                                (j) 1993;

                                (k) 1994?

                                (2) How many of the complaints are still unresolved:

                                (a) to the complainants satisfaction;

                                (b) by either nil action by the Building Services Corporation or the complainant?

                              109 BUILDING SERVICES CORPORATION—SURPLUS FUNDS—Mr Jobling to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Consumer Affairs, and Minister for Women—

                                (1) Was a total amount of $53.05 million of Building Services Corporation surplus funds transferred to the Home Purchase Assistance Authority?

                                (2) Was a review of this transfer to be undertaken and completed in early 1995?

                                (3) Has this review been completed and when will it be released?

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                                (4) What were the reserves available following the transfer of these funds?

                                (5) What current reserves were available at 30 June 1995?

                                (6) How many new claims have been lodged since the transfer of funds occurred?

                                (7) (a) How many of these new claims have been resolved?

                                (b) How many of the other claims are likely to be resolved?

                                (c) How many are expected to result in a dispute or expected cost?

                                (8) What are the costs or expected costs of (7) (a) and (7) (b) above?

                              110 PUBLIC SERVICE—MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENT—MR JEFF ANGEL—Mr Jobling to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

                                (1) Has Mr Jeff Angel been employed by your Department/Ministerial office?

                                (2) Is this the same Jeff Angel who is the Director of the Total Environment Centre?

                                (3) What is his job description?

                                (4) Where was the position advertised and how many applicants applied?

                                (5) If the position was not advertised, how was the position offered to Mr Angel, by whom and who authorised such an approach?

                                (6) What are the conditions of his employment:

                                (a) The duration of employment?

                                (b) Number of hours employed per week?

                                (c) Salary per week?

                                (d) Total cost of support staff, office rental, equipment, travel and any other costs?

                                (e) Who is providing the salary payments?

                                (7) What specific tasks has Mr Angel been employed to complete?

                                (8) When will such tasks be completed and available for public scrutiny?

                                (9) If Mr Angel is employed to prepare reports for the Minister, does this mean that there will be no conflict of interest between the Government and the Total Environment Centre?

                                (10) (a) Does this appointment compromise the NSW Government?
                                  (b) If not, why not?

                                (11) Are there any further proposals to employ the Total Environment Centre or Mr Angel for special projects by either the Minister or the NSW Government?

                                (12) Has any inquiry been made to the Independent Commission Against Corruption to ensure that in the employment of Mr Angel there is no breach of standards in relation to conflict of interests?

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                                *111 MULTIPLE VOTING—Mr Jobling asked the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs—

                                  (1) Has the Electoral Commission checked on the incidence of multiple voting in the March 1995 State election?

                                  (2) How were these checks undertaken?

                                  (3) List the examples of multiple voting detected at each New South Wales electorate. How many prosecutions have been launched in relation to fraudulent voting and how many “please explain” have been issued?

                                  (4) What activities is the NSW Electoral Commission or Australian Electoral Commission undertaking to stop multiple voting?

                                  (5) What other examples of fraudulent voting were detected following the checks of the 1995 State electoral rolls?

                                  Answer—

                                112 IRRIGATION SYSTEMS—WATER USAGE—GWYDIR VALLEY—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Land and Water Conservation—

                                  (1) Does anecdotal evidence from the Gwydir Valley indicate that there is frequent tampering with irrigation water meters to record a reduced water usage?

                                  (2) Is a stick placed in the propeller mechanism of an irrigation meter to stop its operation and hence the recording of water usage known as a “Gwydir Goanna”?

                                  (3) Will the Minister’s recently announced reforms restricting water usage by irrigators in the Gwydir Valley put pressure on people to resort to “Gwydir Goannas” in their irrigation systems?

                                  (4) Will the Minister investigate the feasibility of his Department installing, owning and monitoring water flow meters of a tamper-proof design on all irrigation schemes under Departmental control?

                                  (5) Will the Minister table any reports, relating to irregularities in relation to metering of irrigators’ water, including The North West Rivers Audit and River Meter Audits?

                                  (6) Has a lack of Departmental resources in the Gwydir Valley meant that the Department has been unable to carry out inspections of earthworks on the floodplain to ensure their compliance with licence conditions?

                                  (7) Will the Minister make available the necessary resources?

                                  (8) Under Part VIII of the Water Act 1912, are landholders who install earthworks on the Gwydir floodplain permitted to seek Departmental approval of the works subsequent to their construction?

                                  (9) Will the Minister introduce an amendment to the Act to prevent retrospective approval of earthworks on the Gwydir floodplain?

                                113 ENVIRONMENT—PLANNING—NORTH OCEAN SHORES—Mr Jones to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

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                                  (1) Did the Minister recently visit the far north coast and witness degradation of the highly significant and sensitive wildlife corridor at North Ocean Shores?

                                  (2) Is ongoing degradation occurring within this wildlife corridor?

                                  (3) Was there a pre-election commitment by the Government to purchase and protect this culturally and ecologically significant land?

                                  (4) Is this wildlife corridor designated SEPP 44 Core Koala Habitat and crucial to the survival of more than 38 rare and endangered fauna species that move through and inhabit the North Ocean Shores site?

                                  (5) Has degradation of this wildlife corridor occurred as recently as August 1995?

                                  (6) Were requests made, as early as May 1995, for the State Government’s Interim Protection Order covering most of North Ocean Shores to be extended to include this wildlife corridor?

                                  (7) (a) Does “Labor’s Vision for the NSW Coast” of March 1995 state:

                                  “A moratorium will be placed on development of environmentally sensitive coastal sites until completion of the conservation inventory and new reserve system . . . (these sites) identified as having populations of rare, endangered, threatened or previously unidentified species . . . acting as a wildlife corridor . . . migratory species habitat . . .

                                  “. . . Any proposed land clearing will be strictly assessed as to its impact on conservation values, including endangered species, wildlife corridors, fisheries resources and visual features”?
                                    (b) If so, why was this wildlife corridor not originally included within the boundaries of the Interim Protection Order in April 1995?

                                  (8) (a) Does “Strategy Action 28" on page 48 of the “North Coast Urban Planning Strategy” state:

                                  “The Department of Planning . . . should identify regionally important natural areas and links between them, with a view to identifying a regional greenbelt network . . . significant wildlife corridors . . . endangered species and their habitat . . . the need for green buffers between expanding urban areas . . .”?

                                  (b) If so, when will the Minister implement this strategy?

                                  (9) (a) Are National Parks and Wildlife Service funds sufficient to purchase the entire North Ocean Shores site?

                                  (b) If not will funds be made available from the Coastal Lands Acquisition Fund to purchase land falling within the coastal zone at North Ocean Shores, as defined in the “Coastal Zone Policy”?

                                114 WATER CONSERVATION—RUTILE AND ZIRCON MINES (NEWCASTLE) LIMITED—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Land and Water Conservation—

                                  (1) Did the Department of Land and Water Conservation issue a permit to Rutile and Zircon Mines (Newcastle) Limited for ground water extraction from the Tomago sandbeds which was conditional upon the formulation of a management strategy to determine what effect mining had upon ground water quality?

                                  (2) Has the mining company’s operations caused an increase in iron levels in the Tomago sandbeds ground water which is a high quality water resource for the Newcastle area?

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                                  (3) Will the Minister ensure that the permit will be cancelled if any deterioration in water quality is found?

                                115 LAND—STATE FORESTS—LOGGING—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Land and Water Conservation—

                                  (1) Has there been recent logging in Compartment 7 of the Croobyar State Forest?

                                  (2) Will the Government give protection to the unlogged old-growth forest areas of the Badja State Forest which contain 10 listed endangered species?

                                  (3) (a) Does the Wandella Dampier Forest Area represent over one-third of all unlogged forest listed by the Government in the South East?

                                  (b) Will this area be protected by the Government?

                                  (4) (a) Did the Government make an election promise to not log identified wilderness areas?

                                  (b) If so, is the Government intending to honour this promise?

                                116 ENVIRONMENT—ENDANGERED SPECIES—ACACIA—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

                                  (1) Have three new rare and endangered species of acacia recently discovered in northern New South Wales: Acacia tessellata, Acacia cangaiensis and Acacia dangarensis?

                                  (2) What measures have been taken to protect these acacia, especially Acacia tessellata, which is found predominantly in the Mount Boss State Forest?

                                117 EDUCATION—ANIMAL RESEARCH—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Education and Training—

                                  (1) How many animals and what species are used in New South Wales schools for the purposes of animal research?

                                  (2) To what extent have teachers been able to demonstrate that the use of animals is essential for achieving educational objectives?

                                  (3) How is the dissection of dead animals in New South Wales classrooms justified?

                                  (4) What protective measures are put in place to ensure the safety and welfare of animals used in schools, particularly outside school hours, at weekends and during vacations?

                                  (5) In the last 12 months, how many animals and what species of animals were killed or injured on school grounds as a result of attack by either humans or other animals?

                                  (6) How many prosecutions have been launched against those responsible for these offenses?

                                118 ENVIRONMENT—PLANNING—SAND MINING—Mr Jones to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

                                  (1) Is there currently a proposal to extract sand from Griffins Bay in Lake Illawarra?

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                                  (2) Would the mining of sand in Griffins Bay result in holes which are likely to be filled by silt washed into Lake Illawarra from Macquarie Rivulet, Mullet Creek and surrounding drains?

                                  (3) Has the experience of Hervey Bay in Queensland shown that sea grass does not grow in silt?

                                  (4) Does the experience of Hervey Bay in Queensland also show a dramatic decline in fish stocks caused by the destruction of sea grass beds caused by accumulation of silt?

                                  (5) What steps will the Minister take to ensure that the proposal to sand mine at Griffins Bay does not go ahead?

                                119 AGRICULTURE—CHEMICAL SPRAYING—2,4-d—Mr Jones to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Agriculture—

                                  (1) Was the chemical 2,4-d sprayed 100 metres from a residential area at North Ocean Shores on 3 January 1995?

                                  (2) (a) Were respirators, protective apparel or notification given to the nearby residents or villages?
                                    (b) If not, why not?

                                  (3) Is the Minister confident that the spraying of 2,4-d in close proximity to humans without protection does not pose a risk to foetuses?

                                120 LAND—STATE FOREST—ILLEGAL LOGGING—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for Land and Water Conservation—

                                  (1) (a) Have breaches to the Timber Industry (Interim Protection) Act occurred in Compartment 562 of Wild Cattle Creek?

                                  (b) Has illegal logging occurred?

                                  (2) (a) Was a contractor conducting the illegal logging fined only $100?

                                  (b) If so, does the Minister consider a $100 fine to be adequate for punitive and deterrent purposes?

                                  (3) Will heavier fines apply in the future?

                                121 FISHERIES—TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH COMMITTEE—Mr Jones to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Minister for Mineral Resources, and Minister for Fisheries—

                                  (1) When does the Minister intend to set up the Total Allowable Catch Committee (TACC) as provided for in the Fisheries Management Act 1994?

                                  (2) (a) Is the Minister intending to act upon the habitat protection and restoration provisions of the Act?

                                  (b) If so, when?

                                  (3) (a) Is the Minister intending to initially refer only the Abalone and Rock Lobster fisheries to the TACC?

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                                  (b) If so, is the Minister leaving the way open for an effective reallocation of fish from the commercial industry to the recreational anglers and thus failing to implement adequate controls on catches?

                                  (4) (a) Is the Minister delaying referring important fisheries such as Kingfish and Snapper to the TACC because he believes that the community needs to be educated further with regards to the implications of the Act?

                                  (b) If so, were the 4 years of preparation and consultation which proceeded the Act not sufficient time for the community to have been educated?

                                  (5) Given that the TACC, which is to regulate fisheries, is not yet set up, was the TACC announced for Lobster this year set within the provisions of the Act?

                                122 ENVIRONMENT—OCEAN HABITAT—DUMPING OF DEBRIS—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

                                  (1) Is there excessive debris floating along the coast of New South Wales within the 3 nautical mile limit zone?

                                  (2) Is this debris killing and maiming sea mammals?

                                  (3) (a) Does Federal legislation only cover the spilling of oil and noxious substances into the ocean?

                                  (b) Does neither Federal nor State law enact fines for vessels caught dumping other dangerous debris and garbage into the ocean?

                                  (4) (a) Will the Minister move to bring into effect regulations to prevent such dumping?

                                  (b) If so, what will be done to ensure compliance?

                                  (5) Will the Minister investigate what can be done to:

                                  (a) clean up this debris; and

                                  (b) prevent recurrence of this problem?

                                123 ENVIRONMENT—NOISE POLLUTION—TRW INDUSTRIES MARRICKVILLE—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

                                  (1) Does TRW Industries at Marrickville operate at unacceptable noise levels?

                                  (2) Have many residents in the surrounding area suffered from the noise pollution and made numerous representations to the Environment Protection Authority and various other agencies, including the local council, regarding this problem?

                                  (3) Has the Minister made representation to the EPA on behalf of the residents?

                                  (4) Can the Minister assure concerned residents that TRW will take the necessary action to lower noise to an acceptable level immediately?

                                  (5) Will the Minister take whatever action necessary to close down TRW’s operations should the company fail to comply quickly with the recommendations of the EPA to significantly reduce noise levels?


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                                  124 HEALTH—CANCER TREATMENT—Mr Jones to ask the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

                                    (1) Is the incidence of cancer continually rising in Australia?

                                    (2) Was last year’s budget for the NSW Cancer Council $13 million?

                                    (3) How has the NSW Cancer Council accounted for this money?

                                    (4) What part of the NSW Cancer Council’s budget is allocated to examining new and alternate avenues of treatment?

                                    (5) Has the NSW Cancer Council investigated the German treatments for cancer which have a recurrence rate of 28% compared to the Australian recurrence rate of 56%?

                                    (6) (a) Do we have cancer patients leaving Australia to gain better and more effective treatments overseas?

                                    (b) If so, are cancer treatments failing New South Wales citizens and what can be done to address this problem?

                                  125 ROADS—PLANNING—F3 FREEWAY—Mr Jones to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

                                    (1) Has the RTA announced a proposal to connect the northern end of the F3 near Newcastle with the southern end of the New England Highway at Branxton?

                                    (2) Is the RTA assessing the project contrary to Government policy that no Government body would have the power to decide works proposed by itself?

                                    (3) Should all such decisions be made by the Department of Planning and Urban Affairs?

                                    (4) Is this proposed action a breach of Part V of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act?

                                    (5) Has the Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed road taken into account the effect that extra traffic would generate?

                                  126 WATER—INDEPENDENT LICENCE REGULATOR —Mr Jones to ask the Treasurer, Minister for Energy, Minister for State Development, Minister Assisting the Premier, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, and Minister for Housing—

                                    (1) Has the Independent Licence Regulator for Sydney Water been established as provided for under the Water Board (Corporatisation) Act 1994?

                                    (2) If the Regulator has not been appointed, can the Minister advise when this will be done?

                                    (3) Has the Nature Conservation Council appointee to the Independent Licence Regulator been officially confirmed by the Minister?


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                                    127 ENVIRONMENT—ANIMALS—ANTARCTIC HABITAT—Mr Jones to ask the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations representing the Minister for the Environment—

                                      (1) Have several cases been reported in recent years of seals and seabirds which, after having journeyed from the Antarctic, were discovered taking respite along the New South Wales coast?

                                      (2) Were these seals, seabirds and penguins consequently taken into captivity for rehabilitation?

                                      (3) (a) Has the Sydney Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) claimed that pathogens were picked up by these wild animals while they were held in captivity?

                                      (b) If so, are these reports accurate?

                                      (4) (a) When released, were these animals taken directly to the Antarctic or Subantarctic?

                                      (b) If not, were follow-up studies undertaken on these wild animals, after they were released locally, to see whether they eventually returned to their Antarctic home?

                                      (c) If so, does this mean that new pathogens were introduced into the pristine Antarctic environment and pose a conservation risk to its wildlife inhabitants?

                                      (5) (a) Did the Australian National Committee on Antarctic Research (ANCAR) recommend against such re-introduction of rehabilitated indigenous species back to the Antarctic and Subantarctic in July of this year?

                                      (b) If so, what action can be taken to ensure that pathogens are not introduced into the Antarctic by rehabilitated wildlife?






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