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Notice given 15 October 2003

2306  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to a proposed runway at the Casey base in Antarctica: (a) is the construction of a rock-gravel runway one of the options under consideration; (b) what options have been proposed; (c) where will the runway be located; and (d) what will its cost, specifications and environmental impact be.

2307  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to the air link between the Hobart and the Casey base in Antarctica:  (a) where will the Casey landing strip be; (b) what are its proposed specifications and environmental impacts; and (c) has an environmental impact study been done; if so, by whom.

2308  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to the Davis base in Antarctica: (a) when, and by whom, was approval granted for an intra-continental runway at the base; (b) has an environmental impact study been announced or completed; if so, what opportunities for public input are or were announced; (c) where is the runway; and (d) what are its costs, specifications and environmental impacts.

2310  Senator Mackay: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the additional answer to Senator Mackay’s question without notice on Tuesday, 14 October 2003 (Senate Hansard , 14 October 2003, p.16077), regarding Telstra e-mail services:

(1) (a) What are Telstra’s standard compensation claim procedures; and (b) are these procedures publicised by Telstra; if so, how.

(2) How are compensation claims determined.

(3) What payments, if any, are likely to be made to affected customers.

(4) How would a typical small business that has experienced internet and e-mail outages over the past few weeks and as a result, lost business or had customer contacts delayed, be compensated.

(5) Will all Telstra Big Pond customers affected by the e-mail and internet outages over the past few weeks be advised of Telstra’s compensation claim procedures.