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Thursday, 13 May 1999
Page: 5482

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 24 March 1999:

Has (a) the Minister, (b) his or her predecessors or (c) the Department or an agency for which the Minister holds, or his or her predecessors held, portfolio responsibility, engaged Australasian Research Strategies, related companies or organisations or Mr Mark Textor to undertake research since 2 March 1996; if so, in each case, (i) what was the nature of the research, (ii) what was its purpose, (iii) what was its cost, (iv) was the outcome of the research supplied to a non-government organisation, individual or political party and (v) will the Minister release the outcome of the research.

Mr Tim Fischer —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Austrade has not entered into any contracts during the period specified with Australasian Research Strategies, associated companies or Mr Mark Textor.