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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 190


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 20 December 2004:

(1)   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 Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   No request for funding has been made to the Department by Primary Energy Limited in relation to their Gunnedah ethanol plant.

(a)   see above.

(b)   see above.

(c)   see above.

(d)   see above.