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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 236

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 20 December 2004:

Has Primary Energy Limited sought funding or other assistance from any department or agency for which the Minister is responsible in connection with the company’s ethanol project at Gunnedah; if so, will the Minister provide details including: (a) date; (b) amount of funding or other assistance sought; (c) relevant departmental or agency program from which funding or other assistance was sought; and (d) funding or other assistance provided or currently under consideration.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Under the secrecy provisions set out in section 94 (2) of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985, Austrade is not permitted to provide any information concerning the affairs of any company in relation to seeking funding or other assistance from Austrade.