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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7094


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 7 November 2002:

With reference to the Minister's answer to question on notice no.734:

(1) (a) When will the details of the full-time position at the National Farmers' Federation (NFF) be finalised; and (b) when will this position commence.

(2) Can the Minister confirm the commitment to fund this position was made without consideration of its budgetary impact; if consideration has been given to its budgetary impact, can details be provided.

(3) Will the Minister's stated expectation that this position will facilitate communication with non-NFF member organisations be realised in the contract arrangements that create the position.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) 18 November 2002.

(b) 19 November 2002.

(2) Funding for the position is provided for under the Budget allocation for implementation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

(3) Yes.