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Monday, 11 August 2003
Page: 18102

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 26 May 2003:

With reference to the review of the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target Scheme:

(1) Can the Minister confirm the report in the Northern Territory News on 26 March 2003 which states that the former Senator for the Northern Territory, Mr Grant Tambling, has been awarded the position of Chair of a panel reviewing the Commonwealth's renewable energy legislation; if so, (a) what is Mr Tambling's salary, and (b) what monetary or other entitlements are provided to Mr Tambling in the position.

Dr Kemp (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I confirm that the Hon. Grant Tambling has been appointed as Chair of a panel established to undertake a review of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, which I announced jointly with the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Hon Ian Macfarlane on 25 March 2003.

(a) Mr Tambling's fee for services is $60,000 exclusive of GST, which is within the Remuneration Tribunal's parameters.

(b) Mr Tambling is paid under a Contract for Services with the Australian Greenhouse Office, and is paid travel allowance at the Remuneration Tribunal Tier 1 rate and reimbursed reasonable out of pocket expenses relating to review business.