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Monday, 24 March 2003
Page: 10058


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 24 February 2003:

(1) Since October 2001, what briefings has the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) provided to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on the imposition of the `snap-back' provision whereby Japan will impose an increased tariff on imported Australian beef.

(2) Were the briefings written or oral.

(3) In the case of oral briefings: (a) when did these briefings occur; (b) who attended each briefing; and (c) what records were kept of each briefing.

(4) If the advice was written, can a copy be provided.

(5) Since October 2001, what briefings has Austrade provided to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on the imposition of the snap-back.

(6) Were the briefings written or oral.

(7) In the case of oral briefings: (a) when did these briefings occur; (b) who attended each briefing; and (c) what records were kept of each briefing.

(8) If the advice was written, can a copy be provided.

(9) Since October 2001, what advice has Austrade provided to members of the Australian beef industry, beef producer peak bodies or beef exporters in relation to the snap-back.

(10) Was the advice written or oral.

(11) In the case of written advice, can a copy of the advice be provided.

(12) In the case of oral advice: (a) when was the advice given; and (b) was the advice delivered face to face or by telephone or some other means.

(13) In the case of face-to-face advice: (a) who attended each meeting; and (b) what records were kept of each meeting.

(14) In the case of advice delivered by telephone or by some other means: (a) when was this advice given; (b) to whom was this advice given; and (c) what records were kept of each briefing.

(15) Since October 2001, has Austrade met with officials from the United States of America, Canada, or New Zealand with a view to acting in conjunction with these nations in attempting to prevent the imposition by Japan of the snap-back.

(16) (a) When were these meetings conducted; (b) where were these meetings conducted; (c) what was the cost to the Commonwealth of these meetings; (d) what specifically was discussed at each meeting; (e) what was the outcome of each meeting; and (f) what records were kept of each meeting.

(17) Since October 2001, has the Minister met with his counterparts from America, Canada, or New Zealand with a view to acting in conjunction with these nations in attempting to prevent the imposition by Japan of the snap-back.

(18) (a) When were these meetings conducted; (b) where were these meetings conducted; (c) what was the cost to the Commonwealth of these meetings; (d) what specifically was discussed at each meeting; (e) what was the outcome of each meeting; and (f) what records were kept of each meeting.

(19) Since October 2001, has Austrade offered any briefing to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry which was not accepted; if so, what was the reason given by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

(20) Since October 2001, has the Minister offered any briefing to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry which was not accepted; if so, what was the reason given by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.


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

(1) Austrade has not provided any briefings to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (AFFA) on this issue.

(2) No briefings have been provided.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) Austrade has not provided any briefings to the Department of AFFA on this issue.

(6) Not applicable.

(7) Not applicable.

(8) Not applicable.

(9) Austrade has not provided any briefings to the Australian beef industry, beef producer peak bodies or beef exporters in relation to snapback.

(10) Not applicable.

(11) Not applicable.

(12) Not applicable.

(13) Austrade has not provided any face-to-face advice.

(14) Austrade has not delivered any advice by telephone or other means in relation to snapback.

(15) Austrade have not discussed snapback with officials of the United States of America, Canada or New Zealand.

(16) Not applicable.

(17) See answer to QON 1252 provided by DFAT.

(18) See answer to QON 1252 provided by DFAT.

(19) Austrade has not provided any briefings to any Minister on this issue.

(20) See answer to QON 1252 provided by DFAT.