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Tuesday, 27 May 2003
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Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 19 August 2002:

(1) What was the total cost of conducting the Fuel Taxation Inquiry that was chaired by David Trebeck and is he able to provide a breakdown of that expenditure into such things as wages and administration costs.

(2) How many people were employed on the project, and of these, how many were Commonwealth employees.

(3) What was the nature of the employment of other contributors.

(4) How many Commonwealth Departments provided submissions to the inquiry, and what was the cost of preparing each of those submissions.

(5) Did any other Commonwealth Department incur other costs in relation to the inquiry; if so, which Department and what cost was incurred.

(6) Can he outline the decision making process following the finalisation of the Fuel Taxation Inquiry Report (FTIR) in March 2002.

(7) Which Ministers, ministerial staff and Departments received a copy of the report before it was released publicly.

(8) Was an inter-departmental committee established to consider the recommendations; if so, which Departments were involved; if not, why not.

(9) Did Cabinet consider the reports recommendations or receive a briefing about the report before it was released publicly; if so, when; if not, why not.

(10) Which Ministers were involved in making the decision announced by the Government in response to the FTIR.

(11) Did he consult with any individual or organisation when making a decision in response to the FTIR; if so, what are the details; if not, why not.

(12) What is the Governments position on each of the recommendations in the FTIR and why.

(13) Is the current structure and level of fuel taxation adequate and appropriate for Australia's national interest; if not, why not.

(14) Which Departments are responsible for the development of the energy grants credit scheme that will replace the Diesel and Alternative Fuel Grant Scheme and the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme.

(15) What work has been done on the design of the energy grants credit scheme to date, when is a draft proposal due for consultation and what will that consultation process be.

Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Please refer to answer provided to Budget Estimates Question 10 asked by Senator Conroy 4 - 6 June 2002.