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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4939


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

(1) What is the area covered by the south-east New South Wales Area Consultative Committee (ACC).

(2) When was the area covered by the south-east New South Wales ACC assessed by the Commonwealth/state taskforce to determine whether or not it would meet the eligibility criteria for the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP).

(3) (a) When did the assessment process commence; (b) when was the process completed; and (c) what were the findings of that assessment process.

(4) Can a copy of the assessment report be provided, together with any related documentation.

(5) Has this area been the subject of any review to determine its ongoing eligibility for assistance through the DRAP; if so: (a) when did that review commence; (b) when was it completed; (c) who did the review; and (d) what was the outcome of that review.

(6) Can a copy of that review be provided, together with any related documentation.

(7) If there has not been a review of the eligibility of the area for assistance through the DRAP, why not.


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

(1) The South East NSW Area Consultative Committee covers the shires of Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Bombala, Snowy River and Cooma-Monaro.

(2) The area was not assessed by the Commonwealth/state taskforce.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) No.

(6) Not applicable.

(7) The need for a review was obviated by the release of the ABARE report The Australian Dairy Industry - Impact of an Open Market in Fluid Milk Supply. This report identified regions impacted upon by dairy deregulation.