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Notice given 18 June 2001

3626  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 3538 (Senate Hansard, 22 May 2001, p. 23759):

(1) Why is the Commonwealth not aware of jobs shed at the Burnie paper mill, in Forestry Tasmania or other forest industry entities since the Prime Minister signed the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA).

(2) (a) What was the number of direct employees at the Burnie mill, in Forestry Tasmania and overall in the Tasmanian forest industry when the RFA was signed in 1997; and (b) in each of these, what is the current jobs number.

(3) Why has the Australian Bureau of Statistics classified the amount of woodchip exports as confidential and does the Prime Minister agree; if not: (a) what is the 1999-2000 amount; and (b) what is the amount for each quarter since.

(4) Is the Prime Minister satisfied that the job figure for export woodchipping are not available.

(5) Why does the Prime Minister view the loss of 41 jobs in Forestry Tasmania as not being ‘forestry jobs having been shed’.

3627  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 3550 (Senate Hansard , 23 May 2001, p. 23860):

(1) (a) Does the Minister accept in full the findings of the Forest Practices Board regarding Mt Arthur; and (b) does the Minister, in particular, accept that the destruction of trees in stream-side areas is against the Forest Practices Code; if not, what other exceptions are allowed; if so, what action will be taken.

(2) Will the Minister or any Commonwealth officer visit the site where the Forest Practices Code has been breached; if not, why not.

(3) The Minister says that the Mt Arthur Forest Reserve was reduced in size, after the Prime Minister signed the Regional Forest Agreement, by 259 hectares, that is by more than 25 per cent. Which were the areas found not to have target values (please supply a map or grid references) and, for each area, what were those target values.

(4) (a) When was each decision made by Forestry Tasmania to log those parts of the 259 hectares excluded, which have been or will be logged, and when and by what process did the Minister agree; and (b) was any other minister involved.

(5) Did the Minister first become aware of this logging after community objection began.

3629  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the proposed irradiation facility at Narangba in Queensland:

(1) What independent studies of the proposal have been made by the Commonwealth and what were the findings.

(2) Will the facility be fully insured, in particular, against radioactive contamination in the local environment or of workers; if not, why not.

(3) Have the proponents’ existing facilities been free of problems involving radiation or the threat of radiation.

(4) (a) Have local real estate values fallen due to the plant being rezoned; and (b) is such an impact on real estate a consideration for the Minister.

(5) Will food be stored in the hazardous and toxic waste zone.

(6) What emergency plans has the Commonwealth agreed to for the transport, use and storage of nuclear materials.

(7) Has the Commonwealth consulted with the Moreton Bay fishing industry about this plant in its catchment; if so, what was the outcome.

3633  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—In the 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01 financial years, by month: (a) how many air operating certificates (AOCs) were suspended; (b) how many AOC holders were issued with a ‘Show Cause’ notice; (c) how many AOCs were cancelled; and (d) how many AOC holders surrendered their AOCs.

3634  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) (a) What is the cost of the Reflection Sydney 2000 promotion; and (b) who met that cost.

(2) What consultancies have been let as part of the campaign, in each case: (a) who is the consultant; (b) what is the cost of each consultancy; and (b) what is the duration of each consultancy.

(3) (a) How many videos were produced as part of the promotion; (b) to whom were these videos distributed; and (c) what was the cost of the production of the videos.

(4) (a) How many books were produced as part of the promotion; (b) to whom were these books distributed; and (c) what was the cost of the production of the books.

(5) (a) How many CD ROMS were produced as part of the promotion; (b) to whom were these CD ROMS distributed; and (c) what was the cost of the production of the CD ROMS.

(6) What additional costs including travel costs have been, or will be incurred, as part of this promotion.