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Thursday, 14 November 2002
Page: 6467


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 14 October 2002:

(1) Has the Prime Minister received correspondence from the Deputy Prime Minister concerning the future of the Australian Greenhouse Office; if so: (a) what was the date of that letter; and (b) did that correspondence recommend that the Australian Greenhouse Office be split.

(2) (a) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be handed over to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; (b) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be transferred to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources; and (c) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be retained by Environment Australia.

(3) If the Deputy Prime Minister did not propose that the Australian Greenhouse Office be split and transferred, what future did he propose for it.

(4) Has the Prime Minister responded to the Deputy Prime Minister's correspondence concerning the future of the Australian Greenhouse Office; if so, what was his response to the proposal.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) to (4) I have received views on the review of the Australian Greenhouse Office from a number of Ministers, and I am considering those views.