Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Questions on Notice

Employment and Workplace Relations (Question No. 1912)

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations) Share this | | Hansard source

asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, on Notice, on 25 June 2012:

With reference to the unanswered questions on notice nos 1558, 1761, 1809 and 1814:

(1) Why does each question on notice remain unanswered.

(2) Why does the Minister take longer than 30 days to respond to questions on notice.

Photo of Joe LudwigJoe Ludwig (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | | Hansard source

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and my office give all parliamentary questions the expected level of attention required. When questions are complex and detailed, or require information not easily obtainable and input from several sources across the department, this causes delays in providing answers to these questions.

The outstanding questions on notice have now been tabled.