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Notice given 13 March 2002

190  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Has an intrusive communications facility been approved for construction on the summit of Mt Olympus in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.

(2) What impact will this structure have on the wilderness values of the World Heritage Area.

(3) Why is this structure required.

(4) What alternative options were canvassed that did not involve a structure being built in the World Heritage Area.

(5) Why were these other options dropped in favour of the facility being proposed for the summit of Mt Olympus.

(6) What opportunity does the community have for input to the approval process for this proposal.

(7) (a) What have been the steps in the approval process to date; and (b) on what dates were the respective decisions made.

(8) Are there any other plans for similar facilities to be established anywhere within Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area; if so: (a) what are those plans; and (b) what other locations are being considered.

191  Senator Hutchins: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What percentage of adult detainees regularly attend education classes offered in all immigration detention centres in Australia.

(2) What percentage of child detainees regularly attend education classes offered in all immigration detention centres in Australia.

(3) What percentage of adult detainees regularly attend English language classes in all immigration detention centres in Australia.

(4) What percentage of child detainees regularly attend English language classes in all immigration detention centres in Australia.

(5) What are the costs associated with providing the different kinds of educational classes currently available in immigration detention centres.

(6) What are the costs associated with providing English language classes for detainees at immigration detention centres be provided.

192  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) What was the Government’s response to the December 2001 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Conservation Union recommendation that the Australian Government augment the Alligator Rivers Region Technical Committee with the appointment of formal non-government organisation representation on the committee.

(2) Why has the Government taken this position.

(3) With regard to recent reports of elevated levels of uranium and other contaminants detected in Kakadu National Park, downstream of the Jabiluka mine site and within the Ranger Project Area, does the Government support the Northern Territory approval of the spray irrigation of up to 250 kilograms of uranium per year on the 6.34 hectares of the Jabiluka mine site.

(4) Does the Government agree that this is the most likely cause of uranium levels in January 2002 being six times higher downstream of the mine site than upstream.

(5) Does the Government support the Northern Territory approval of concentrations of uranium in Swift Creek near the Jabiluka mine site and within Kakadu National Park at some 580 times the background level of uranium; if so, why does the Government consider pollution of this magnitude appropriate for a World Heritage Area.

(6) Has UNESCO been advised of the recently detected elevated concentrations of uranium in Kakadu National Park; if not, why not.