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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 226

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   What has been the measurable increase in use of sugar and/or sugar by-products as feedstock for fuel ethanol since the introduction of the ethanol production subsidy on 17 September 2002.

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)   The production subsidy replaced an excise exemption of equivalent value. It is not possible to separate out the change in the supply/use of ethanol resulting from the new method for delivering support to the industry. Given that the new approach is broadly equivalent to the old, no additional impact is anticipated.