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Notice given 8 March 2002

175  Senator Conroy: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) (a) How does the Child Support Agency (CSA) determine the cost of raising children; and (b) if the determination is based on research completed by the CSA, or commissioned by or on behalf of the CSA, when and where was that research conducted.

(2) Has the CSA made any effort to obtain more relevant and up to date information on the cost of raising children.

176  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Is the Minister aware of an assessment by the Queensland Government of the level of commercial fishing in Queensland National Parks in 1999.

(2) Is the Minister aware that there is significant commercial fishing in the: (a) Cape Bowling Green National Park and Ramsar site; (b) Great Sandy National Park & World Heritage Area; (c) Hinchinbrook Island National Park and World Heritage Area; (d) Lumholtz National Park and World Heritage Area; (e) Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area; and (f) Edmund Kennedy National Park and World Heritage Area.

(3) Is it the case that the Commonwealth has management obligations for these areas in line with its international responsibilities for World Heritage areas.

(4) Is the extent of fishing in the Cape Bowling Green and Ramsar site likely to have a significant impact on the ecological character of Cape Bowling Green.

(5) Has fishing in Cape Bowling Green been referred to the Minister under the referral provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

(6) Is commercial fishing in the above locations likely to have a significant impact on the values associated with the World Heritage areas.

(7) Have any of the commercial fishing activities in the above World Heritage areas been referred to Environment Australia under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

(8) Would a national park system administered by the Commonwealth, instead of being regulated at a state level, be likely to improve the standard of protection and management in areas that are recognised as being of international value.

177  Senator Murray: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—According to the Australian Taxation Office, how many small businesses are there in each state and territory (using the small business classifications arising from registrations under the Australian Business Number program, the goods and services tax and the like).