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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4936


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2002:

With reference to an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund a steel profiling plant at Moruya, in the Eurobodalla Shire of New South Wales, listed in the DRAP project summaries round 6, 2001-02:

(1) When was the application lodged with the south-east New South Wales state office of the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

(2) (a) Who lodged the application; and (b) can a copy of the original application for assistance lodged with the state office of the department be provided; if not, why not.

(3) Was there any communication between the proponents of the proposal, or anyone acting on their behalf, the Federal Member for Eden Monaro, the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, or his office, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, or his office, and the south-east New South Wales state office of the Department of Transport and Regional Services; if so: (a) when did each communication take place; (b) who was involved in each communication; (c) what was the nature of each communication; (d) what was the form of each communication; and (e) which officers of the south-east New South Wales state office of the Department of Transport and Regional Services were involved in these contacts.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Refer to Question 507. There is no distinction between lodgement of applications to Regional Offices or Central Office in Canberra.