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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6455


Mr TREVOR (5:19 PM) —It was around this time last year that I got the best birthday present that I had had for quite a while: the privilege of announcing with the Minister for Resources and Energy budget funding of some $50 million to a Central Queensland clean coal demonstration project in Biloela in my electorate of Flynn. It is a three-stage demonstration of carbon capture and storage technologies. As you would know, Minister, having visited this project with me in November last year, the project involves a retrofit of technology to a unit at Callide Power Station and will allow the capture and storage of approximately 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year for up to three years. Could you advise what funding the government has allocated in the budget for carbon capture and storage technology and explain why this investment is so important to Australia’s energy security?