Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document


Previous Fragment    Next Fragment

Notice given 31 July 2001

3785  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Since January 1998, on how many occasions has the Federal Government received an application for assistance through the Exceptional Circumstances Program to farmers in Western Australia.

(2) On each occasion, when and by whom was the application made.

(3) (a) On each occasion, when was the application referred to the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council (RASAC) or the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC); and (b) when did RASAC or NRAC report to the Minister.

(4) (a) How many visits did members of RASAC or NRAC make to the affected region in relation to each of the above applications; and (b) when did each trip take place.

(5) Where RASAC or NRAC recommended against a region being granted exceptional circumstances assistance, what was the basis on which the recommendation was made.

(6) Where RASAC or NRAC recommended that a region be granted exceptional circumstances assistance, what was the basis on which the recommendation was made.

(7) With reference to the above recommendations from either RASAC or NRAC: (a) when did the Minister make a decision in relation to the application; (b) did the Minister accept or reject the recommendation; (c) when was that decision communicated to the affected farmers; (d) how was that decision communicated to the affected farmers; and (e) when was that decision made public.

3786  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Since January 1998, on how many occasions has the Federal Government received an application for assistance through the Exceptional Circumstances Program to farmers in Queensland.

(2) On each occasion, when and by whom was the application made.

(3) (a) On each occasion, when was the application referred to the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council (RASAC) or the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC); and (b) when did RASAC or NRAC report to the Minister.

(4) (a) How many visits did members of RASAC or NRAC make to the affected region in relation to each of the above applications; and (b) when did each trip take place.

(5) Where RASAC or NRAC recommended against a region being granted exceptional circumstances assistance, what was the basis on which the recommendation was made.

(6) Where RASAC or NRAC recommended that a region be granted exceptional circumstances assistance, what was the basis on which the recommendation was made.

(7) With reference to the above recommendations from either RASAC or NRAC: (a) when did the Minister make a decision in relation to the application; (b) did the Minister accept or reject the recommendation; (c) when was that decision communicated to the affected farmers; (d) how was that decision communicated to the affected farmers; and (e) when was that decision made public.