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Tuesday, 17 June 2003
Page: 11721


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 21 November 2002:

(1) On what date did the department first become aware that some Farm Management Deposit (FMD) products may not comply with legislation applicable to the Governments FMD scheme.

(2) (a) What was the source of this information; and (b) in what form was this information conveyed, for example, correspondence, e-mail, telephone conversation or direct conversation.

(3) What was the nature of the problem specifically identified in this information.

(4) On what date did the department inform the Minister, or his office, of this problem.

(5) Did the Minister, or his office, receive advice about this problem from a source other than the Minister's department; if so: (a) on what date was this information first received; (b) what was the source of this information; (c) in what form was this information conveyed; and (d) what was the nature of the problem specifically identified in this information.

(6) (a) On what date, or dates, did the department take action in response to this identified problem; and (b) what action did the department take.

(7) (a) What departments, agencies, banks or non-bank financial institutions did the department communicate with in relation to this matter; (b) on what date, or dates, did that communication occur; and (c) what form did that communication take.

(8) (a) What responses, if any, has the department received in respect to those communications; (b) in what form have those responses been received; and (c) what was the content of those responses.

(9) What action has the department taken in response to communications from departments, agencies, banks or non-bank financial institutions.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Acting Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The issue lies outside the Department of Transport and Regional Services area of responsibility. Department has no formal advice or knowledge regarding the assertions.

(2) to (4) Not applicable - see (1).

(5) My office has no record of the matter being raised with my staff or me.

(6) to (9) Not applicable - see (1).