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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 159


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 November 2004:

(1)   On what date did the Minister attend the announcement of the $6,000,000 grant for the National Equine and Livestock Centre project in Tamworth in the company of Senator Sandy Macdonald, Mr Greg Maguire and others.

(2)   What departmental resources were expended on the planning and execution of the announcement in Tamworth, including but not necessarily limited to:

(a)   production and postage of invitations;

(b)   logistics arrangements including the carriage and placement of ‘Nationals’ banners;

(c)   departmental staff time including associated remuneration;

(d)   departmental staff transport;

(e)   production and distribution of material related to the announcement;

(f)   refreshments; and

(g)   media monitoring.

(3)   Were any departmental staff present at the announcement; if so, which staff and what departmental function did they perform.

(4)   Was the unsuccessful National Party candidate for New England for the 2004 federal election invited to the announcement of the grant; if so, did he attend.

(5)   Was the Member for New England invited to the announcement of this grant; if so, did he attend; if not, why not.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   21 September 2004

(2) (a)   - (g) Nil

(3)   No

(4)   Yes.  The announcement was made during the election campaign.

(5)   No. the announcement was made during the election campaign.