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Tuesday, 14 October 2003
Page: 21399


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 8 September 2003:

(1) In respect of the subsidy being paid to Australian ethanol producers following the Prime Minister's announcement of 12 September 2002, how much money has been paid out pursuant to the subsidy for each month since the announcement?

(2) What are the names of the ethanol producing companies which have received subsidy payments and how much has been paid each month since the announcement to (a) the Manildra Group and (b) each other ethanol producing company?


Mr Ian Macfarlane (Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) As of 29 September 2003, the total amount of subsidy that has been paid each month is:

Month

Amount

September 2002

$961,586.00

October 2002

$2,156,707.00

November 2002

$2,336,247.13

December 2002

$2,826,871.93

January 2003

$2,378,405.99

February 2003

$2,224,476.13

March 2003

$2,491,632.73

April 2003

$2,237,189.93

May 2003

$2,331,768.17

June 2003

$2,409,978.46

July 2003

$1,026,317.48

August 2003

$1,182,355.18

September 2003

$476,467.10

Total

$25,040,003.23

(2) The ethanol production subsidy has been paid to Manildra Energy Australia Pty Limited (Manildra) and CSR Distilleries Operations Pty Limited.

(a) As of 29 September 2003, the amounts paid to Manildra for the production periods ending in the relevant month are:

Month

Amount

September 2002

$961,586.00

October 2002

$2,156,707.00

November 2002

$2,207,193.53

December 2002

$2,718,922.28

January 2003

$2,206,266.64

February 2003

$2,147,045.83

March 2003

$2,429,383.34

April 2003

$2,134,508.98

May 2003

$2,224,734.72

June 2003

$2,323,333.17

July 2003

$985,155.94

August 2003

$1,178,739.99

September 2003

$476,467.10

Total

$24,150,044.52

A further $231,509.32 is owed to Manildra.

(b) As of 29 September 2003, the amounts paid to CSR Distilleries Operations Pty Limited for applications lodged in each month have been:

Month

Amount

September 2002

0

October 2002

0

November 2002

$129,053.60

December 2002

$107,949.65

January 2003

$172,139.35

February 2003

$77,430.30

March 2003

$62,249.39

April 2003

$102,680.95

May 2003

$107,033.45

June 2003

$86,645.29

July 2003

$41,161.54

August 2003

$3,615.19

September 2003

0

Total

$889,958.71