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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6956

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 4 October 2002:

(1) (a) What assessment was made by the Department of Transport and Regional Services of an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme to fund the construction of a short floor manufacturing project for Australian Solar Timbers; (b) when was that assessment completed; and (c) what were the findings of that assessment.

(2) What assessments of the above application were made by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or any other federal or state agency; and in each case: (a) who did the assessment; (b) when did the assessment commence; (c) when was the assessment completed; and (d) what were the results of the assessment.

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

(1) (a) The application was assessed against the Dairy RAP guidelines. (b) 24 April 2002. (c) The project was recommended for funding.

(2) (a) None. (b) Not Applicable. (c) Not Applicable. (d) Not Applicable.