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Notice given 11 May 2006

1786  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to Commonwealth funding to the Tasmanian forest industry as part of the 1997 Regional Forest Agreement (RFA):

(1) $6 million was allocated to ‘roading to increase productivity’ (clause 101, p. 33, RFA 1997): on what roads were those funds spent.

(2) $3 million was allocated to tourism infrastructure: can a breakdown be provided of how those funds were spent (i.e. what amounts and on what projects).

(3) $57 million was allocated to ‘new intensive forest management initiatives’: can a breakdown be provided of how those monies were spent (i.e. an amount per project/initiative).

(4) $13 million was allocated to ‘the implementation of employment and industry development initiatives’ (p. 3 RFA, clause 101 and Attachment 12): can a breakdown be provided of the expenditure of those monies.

1787  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) With reference to Commonwealth funding to Tasmania as part of the 1997 Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), under which $10 million was allocated for actions to implement the ‘Program to protect conservation values on private land in support of the CAR Reserve System’ (Clause 101 (iv), p. 33 RFA 1997): can a breakdown be provided of how those monies were spent.

(2) How many provisional coupes were included inside: (a) formal reserves; and (b) informal reserves, in the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement.

(3) What was the area of provisional coupes inside: (a) formal reserves; and (b) informal reserves, in the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement.

 

 (4) Can a breakdown be provided of the number of provisional coupes and the area of provisional coupes in each of the proposed new formal reserves in the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement.

1791  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Have any weapons used in individual or joint exercises with the United States of America (US) or other military forces on Australian soil contained depleted uranium.

(2) What measures has the Government taken to verify that weapons containing depleted uranium have not been used in joint exercises on Australian soil or in Australian waters.

(3) Has the Government ever conducted environmental monitoring to verify that such munitions have not been used on Australian soil or in Australian waters.

(4) Is the Minister aware that such munitions have been used by US military forces in Okinawa and Puerto Rico without the knowledge of the host governments.

(5) Is it the case that none of the Abrams tanks purchased from the US Army contains depleted uranium armouring: if so, what form of armour is used.

(6) What is the Government’s understanding of the health effects associated with weapons containing depleted uranium.

(7) Which sources does the Government consider authoritative when considering the health effects of depleted uranium.

(8) Does the Government offer medical testing for Australian service personnel, specifically testing for depleted uranium and associated decay products, when these personnel are deployed in areas where depleted uranium has potentially been used; if so, what forms of testing are offered; if not, why not.

1792  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—(a) Since their inception, how much has been expended on the Dairy Structural Adjustment Package and Supplementary Drought Assistance funding to the dairy industry; and (b) how have these funds been distributed regionally over time.

1793  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Is Coles ‘home brand’ fresh milk all produced in Victoria; if not, what proportions are produced in other states.

 (2) Is Woolworths ‘home brand’ fresh milk all produced in New South Wales; if not, what proportions are produced in other states.

 (3) What volume of Coles ‘home brand’ fresh milk is currently being sold in states other than Victoria.

 (4) What volume of Woolworths ‘home brand’ fresh milk is being sold in states other than New South Wales.

 

 1795  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the Dairy Australia report Australian Dairy 04.1 p. 3, which provides a graph of the total factor productivity on Australian dairy farms:

(1) Is this data available on a state-by-state basis; if so, can the figures for total factor productivity for dairy farms, state-by-state, from 1982 be provided.

(2) What specific research has been undertaken by Dairy Australia or other Government-funded bodies in relation to the employment levels in the Australian dairy industry over this period.

(3) Can details be provided on a state-by-state basis of employment data in the Australian dairy industry from 1982; if not, why not.