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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6961


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2002:

(1) When was the Commonwealth/state taskforce referred to in the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) guidelines, dated 13 July 2000, established.

(2) (a) What is the membership of that taskforce; (b) who appointed the taskforce members; and (c) on how many occasions has the taskforce met since it was established.

(3) (a) On how many occasions has the taskforce reported to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services; and (b) on how many occasions has the taskforce consulted with the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, either directly or indirectly.

(4) (a) When did the taskforce commence its review of eligible regions at the end of the first year of the programme, referred to in the DRAP guidelines; (b) when was the review completed; and (c) when were the findings of the review provided to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.


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) 3 March 2000.

(2) (a) State and Commonwealth representatives. (b) Members were drawn from a working group established in December 1999 by Commonwealth and State agriculture Ministers. (c) Six times.

(3) (a) Nil. (b) Once, as part of the Agriculture and Resource Ministers' Council of Australia and New Zealand.

(4) (a) Not applicable, see question 4 (b). (b) The need for the review was obviated by the report The Australian Dairy Industry - Impact of an Open Market in Fluid Milk Supply released by the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE) in January 2001. (c) Not applicable, see question 4 (b).